Recently, within these last two weeks while in corporate prayer times here, God really has been encountering us! We’ve been touching His heart and prayer from John 17 that “the hour has come, glorify Your Son!” I am filled with faith today to believe that NOW is the time for a great outpouring of the revelation of Jesus. We know that one day in the future this will be a reality:
“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of LORD as the waters cover the seas.” Habakkuk 2:14
“‘My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me, because my name will be great among the nations,’ says the Lord Almighty.” Malachi 1:11
I also know that this reality is going to touch ALL peoples: Muslims, Hindus, Black, Asian, Lesbians, Transgender individuals, Children, Elderly, Addicts, Pedophiles, etc. It will even reach into the hardest of hearts that hate and vocally despise Jesus and Christianity. Then what? Do we really believe God’s written word on this?
ARE WE REALLY READY FOR THIS?
I’ve been slowly reading through Acts to study how to steward and respond to revival because I do believe we are close to seeing this increase in many ways. In Acts 9, we see a dramatic conversion of a man that had much rage and hatred against Christianity. But from ONE ENCOUNTER with Jesus, his life was forever changed. And this happened suddenly when the light of Jesus’ face blinded him. Here in our community, we have been getting testimonies of life-changing encounters like this with our youth. God is encountering many!
After Paul experiences this, scripture says that “And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand…”
- Shut Up: As leaders, it’s easy to think we must have all the answers all the time. This can be dangerous because in trying to give language or explanation at times, we actually speak from our own wisdom instead of God’s wisdom. At times, I believe we need to keep our mouths shut and simply only acknowledge that God is doing something. We don’t have to understand it. At first, we might not even agree with it…but the undeniable thing should be that GOD IS AT WORK! These men couldn’t deny the fact that they had heard a voice speaking (God) though they didn’t see anyone there. They also couldn’t deny the fact that Saul was now suddenly blind. As leaders, we don’t want to deny God’s power and try to explain it away when people start getting transformed and encountered in real tangible ways.
- Take A Hand: Because of Saul’s blind state, he needed help. These men had to lead him by the hand, literally. Remember that when people get encountered by God, this doesn’t mean they are now perfect. We are all still human and in need of gentle guidance and compassion. One encounter definitely changes lives, but that also isn’t the complete end…rather, only the beginning. Jesus is faithful to complete every good thing He’s begun, so as a Body we must take on this likeness to walk with others through their own process of holiness.
So let’s all pray and believe for these encounters with God. From We all know so many who need God. Let’s shut up and walk with them hand in hand as we all pursue life in God.