Out of the Abundance of the Heart

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Building People of Substance for Works of Power

Let the wind blow, Amigos .

I have been praying for several weeks about how to approach this subject. Yesterday, the Lord answered me with a vision. I saw a windmill, an old one, sitting in a field. It was very still, no wind blowing. The windmill had all the working parts. It was ready to produce, but there was no wind. Windmills go back many centuries. They originally served two main purposes: to grind grain for food and to pump water for irrigation. Before the windmill, water had to be carried or pumped by hand, and grain was pounded with clubs or ground using oxen to turn a stone. I have pumped a hand pump, and I have seen grain pulverizeded by pounding with clubs. Both produced some results. We eventually had water, and we had some flour. It just took a massive amount of human strength, and it didn’t produce much. I am convinced that the Church is often in the condition of the windmill: everything is in place, but there is no wind. Our response is to redouble our human effort, pumping and grinding as hard as we can. We have a little fruit, but it takes everything we have. What we need is not more sweat or fret, we need wind!

25 years ago, the Holy Spirit gave me a prophecy saying there would come a day when even our so-called Word of Faith churches would be dry and without the manifestation of the Spirit. He said, “You will have to contend for the supernatural.” The Christian church without the supernatural is little more than a social club or a study group. Nice people gather to learn how to be nicer, and to think of ways to entice outsiders to join their niceness club. To move from discussion to demonstration, from intellectual contemplation to confounding power, we need the supernatural move of God in our services and in our churches. If you hunger for the manifest presence of God, for the wonder of His gifts, and for the miraculous signs that leave the unbeliever dumbstruck, then I invite you to join me as we lay aside our human effort and seek the power of the Spirit. Let the wind blow!

Somebody Said: “Christian signs and wonders are beyond rationality, but they serve a rational purpose: to authenticate the gospel. The gospel is opposed to the pluralistic lie that says all religious experience is equally valid. Signs and wonders validate Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and His lordship over every area of our lives.” ― John Wimber, Power Evangelism

Scripture Reading: And I myself will send upon you what my Father has promised. But you must wait in the city until the power from above comes down upon you.” (Luke 24:49 GNB)

The first step in our quest for the supernatural is to suspend the desperate search for more programs and practices. The things of God begin with God, not with me. Let’s take some extra time, take a deep breath, and wait on the Lord. Let distractions slip away, put anxieties on hold, and pray in the Spirit until the peace on the inside exceeds the clamor in the mind. Let’s do it daily, use every spare moment, until we get addicted to His peace. Ready? Here we go! Let the wind blow.

Pastor Virgil L. Stokes
Faith Christian Fellowship of Tucson
3141 W. Ironwood Hill Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85745
www.fcftucson.org
Office: 520-792-3238

Visit us on YouTube to taste the goodness @FCFTucson.

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