God has a job for each of us to do. Do you believe that? Jesus said that the Father would give the Holy Spirit to those who ask. Do you feel that you need more power from the Holy Spirit? God wants to give you that power and He wants to fill you, and then refill you!
Have you ever tried to accomplish even the simplest tasks during a power outage? Everywhere you go inside your home, you instinctively reach for that light switch. If you can’t see, you can’t do much.
Pastor Greg Laurie points out that power is just as necessary in accomplishing the work that God wants us to do. And he also explains why he believes that the work has never been more necessary.
There have many descriptions over the years of what revival means. One is that ‘it’s a community saturated with God’. Another? ‘Revival is an invasion from heaven.’ Richard Owen Roberts wrote that ‘revival is an extraordinary movement of the holy spirit producing extraordinary results.’
In the book of Acts, we read about the Holy Spirit being poured out on the church. It’s a very important principle. It is the spirit of God, working through the word of God, in the hearts of the people of God.
The people that Jesus used to change His world were very ordinary. They were uneducated, had calloused hands and few social graces. Many of them were outcasts, but in a relatively short time, they changed the world.
“They had a road system and a common language they could use to bring the Gospel,” says Greg. “The rest of the world was under the control of Rome at that time. It was a work of the Holy Spirit. Jesus told them all after he died and rose again, to go to Jerusalem and wait. They didn’t even know what they were waiting for. Then on the day of Pentecost, suddenly the Bible says there was a mighty rushing wind.”
They spoke in new languages. They spoke in tongues, glorifying God. People were watching, trying to understand. Simon Peter got up to preach, after having denied Jesus three times. He’d been empowered by the Holy Spirit. You might be tempted to think that we need another Pentecost now. But we don’t. The same power that was poured out by the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost is available for believers today.
“God is still giving this power today,” Greg says. “What do you have to do to receive it? You just pray for it! God commanded us to be filled with the Spirit each and every day. But I think we make too much out of this and feel that it has to be an emotional experience. But generally, it’s not an emotional thing. It’s just something you do.”
When a Christian is living as they ought to live, it’s contagious. Other people want it. When God starts working in your life, it’s as though you’re the only person on earth He’s doing it for. But in reality, He’s doing it for many others.
“Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, and He stands at the door of your life,” says Greg. “If you’ll hear His voice and open the door, He’ll come in. My prayer is that the Holy Spirit will convict every single person.”
“If you’ve come to realize that you need to make a change in your relationship with the Lord, today’s a great day to do it, because whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.”
To listen to the rest of Greg’s message about Revival and The Holy Spirit, click below.