by Pastors Ramon Arroyo and David Andrade
Many say that America stands at its tipping point. I hear the words “A line is being drawn in the sand” by many Â concerningÂ where America and the world will stand in the near future.
Yes, next year we will be at a pivotal spot with the 2016 elections, that willÂ reveal where believers stand on many issues.
Some sense that debate and negotiations are the answer to the worldÂ problems; others that we are on a steady decline and there is no moreÂ that can be done, and some are proclaiming a rapid decline.
We say that we are at one of the greatest moments in the history of theÂ Church. And that it is a moment when our God will arise, but not byÂ reasoning and debate, rather as the church sets its eyes on what givesÂ the Father pleasure, every single soul brought to Jesus Christ.
I, like many reading this once lived on a course that opposedÂ God. I am no different than most Americans and the world today. I lovedÂ the party life and all that came with it, until one day, I met Jesus.Â Until that moment, I was as religious as most; I was born again from theÂ inside out. All at once, most of the before life was interrupted by anÂ encounter with the living God.
In a moment, that which I once loved to do was passed for a new loveÂ for Him, with a heart set on His Kingdom and nature. My brothers andÂ sisters, we are not going to change the world and its direction throughÂ debate or trying to change people’s mind. The only way this world isÂ going to change is as people are born-again, and empowered to be HisÂ witness through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
My brothers and sisters, in the few minutes that I have taken to shareÂ this appeal, thousands have entered into eternity without Christ, withÂ no chance of ever knowing the goodness and faithfulness of a God thatÂ loves them or what Jesus did so that they can have relationship with theÂ Father.
Just a few moments in the last 100 years:
North Carolina and Topeka, Kansas 1896-1901
In 1896, a small group of people gathered in North Carolina and GodÂ opened “Heaven’s door.” An outpouring of the Spirit shook them as theÂ little bunch began to prophesy and speak in new tongues. Later in 1901,Â God moved again among another handful of believers in Topeka, Kansas andÂ Charles Parham. These events staged the beginning of a great outpouringÂ of the Holy Spirit that would change the look of Christianity over theÂ face of the whole earth. A few years later, the fires of God continuedÂ to smolder in small gatherings until an appointed moment on God’s timeÂ clock.
Welsh Revival 1904-1905
In the early nineteen hundreds the church rose up to fast, pray and seekÂ God for a restoration visitation. In 1904, the Welsh Revival broke forthÂ in a small coal miners town. This restoration revival of the SpiritÂ moved over the face of the entire earth after which smoldering pocketsÂ of revival emerged in small churches and cells throughout America. ForÂ years, there remained expectancy in the hearts of people that “God wasÂ about to move again.”
Azusa Street Revival 1906
In the early years of the 1900s in Los Angeles, California, a great HolyÂ Spirit encounter began in a small living room on Bonnie Brae Street. SoÂ great was the stir of the Holy Spirit power that the street soon filledÂ with thousands waiting to hear and see what God was doing. The wordÂ moved quickly as thousands slept on the streets to get a glimpse ofÂ William Seymour and receive the power of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
that continually left visitors drunk in the Spirit on the streets forÂ hours.
Seymour and the small band of Holy Spirit filled followers soon neededÂ room to accommodate the hundreds, sometime thousands of visitors thatÂ waited day and night to get close enough to the little house. They soonÂ occupied a facility on Azusa Street, giving rise to the name, The AzusaÂ Street Revival. The word of this God visitation spread rapidly acrossÂ the United States of America.
As the gold rush summoned many to the expectation of riches in SanÂ Francisco, God did not disappoint those that came from around the globeÂ to receive a touch from Him. They had come for a trickle of water andÂ instead received a river gushing from their bellies. Endowed with theÂ power and the fullness of the Holy Ghost, they returned to theirÂ hamlets, gathering believers, to share with them concerning what hadÂ happened. They were pleasantly surprised to find that as they gaveÂ testimony to the events, others received this Holy Spirit experience.
As a result, Holy Spirit filled believers began to gather in homes allÂ across America, making great, anointed preachers out of no-name-bodies.Â Other prior revivals had stirred the intellect of man. This revival wasÂ an external display of Holy Ghost power and His work in them.
Men and women were shaken, speaking in “unknown tongues” andÂ prophesying, seeing visions, angels and receiving deep God experiencesÂ that moved them to greater hunger and desperation for God, moving in theÂ gifts and revelation of the Spirit and imparting the Baptism of the HolyÂ Spirit to others.
Many seeking the deeper things of God were excommunicated fromÂ denominational Churches that had enjoyed previous restoration revivalÂ movements. The central doctrine of this new Pentecostal movement was theÂ “Baptism of the Holy Spirit” with the evidence of speaking in anÂ “unknown tongue.” Many new Pentecostal denominations began to rise asÂ a result. The new movement emphasized the Pentecost experience at theÂ birth of the early Church and the completion of the great commission toÂ go to the world and tell every creature.
Our God is a God of Mercy and Jesus is making intercession for us rightÂ at this moment. Together we can change to course of America and theÂ world. As we pursue and hunger for the One whom nothing is impossible.
God our Father, give us souls. Give us the harvest. Pour your SpiritÂ upon all the nations of the earth according to your promises.
Act 2:17 In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on allÂ people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will seeÂ visions, your old men will dream dreams.
Habakkuk 2:14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of theÂ glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea………Reveal your SelfÂ to a church and a world that need you so desperately.
The Spirit and the Bride says, COME.