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 concerning 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 will reveal where believers stand on many issues.
Some sense that debate and negotiations are the answer to the world problems; others that we are on a steady decline and there is no more 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 the Church. And that it is a moment when our God will arise, but not by reasoning and debate, rather as the church sets its eyes on what gives the Father pleasure, every single soul brought to Jesus Christ.
I, like many reading this once lived on a course that opposed God. I am no different than most Americans and the world today. I loved the party life and all that came with it, until one day, I met Jesus. Until that moment, I was as religious as most; I was born again from the inside out. All at once, most of the before life was interrupted by an encounter with the living God.
In a moment, that which I once loved to do was passed for a new love for Him, with a heart set on His Kingdom and nature. My brothers and sisters, we are not going to change the world and its direction through debate or trying to change people’s mind. The only way this world is going to change is as people are born-again, and empowered to be His witness through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
My brothers and sisters, in the few minutes that I have taken to share this appeal, thousands have entered into eternity without Christ, with no chance of ever knowing the goodness and faithfulness of a God that loves them or what Jesus did so that they can have relationship with the 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 God opened “Heaven’s door.” An outpouring of the Spirit shook them as the little bunch began to prophesy and speak in new tongues. Later in 1901, God moved again among another handful of believers in Topeka, Kansas and Charles Parham. These events staged the beginning of a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit that would change the look of Christianity over the face of the whole earth. A few years later, the fires of God continued to smolder in small gatherings until an appointed moment on God’s time clock.
Welsh Revival 1904-1905
In the early nineteen hundreds the church rose up to fast, pray and seek God for a restoration visitation. In 1904, the Welsh Revival broke forth in a small coal miners town. This restoration revival of the Spirit moved over the face of the entire earth after which smoldering pockets of revival emerged in small churches and cells throughout America. For years, there remained expectancy in the hearts of people that “God was about to move again.”
Azusa Street Revival 1906
In the early years of the 1900s in Los Angeles, California, a great Holy Spirit encounter began in a small living room on Bonnie Brae Street. So great was the stir of the Holy Spirit power that the street soon filled with thousands waiting to hear and see what God was doing. The word moved quickly as thousands slept on the streets to get a glimpse of William Seymour and receive the power of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
that continually left visitors drunk in the Spirit on the streets for hours.
Seymour and the small band of Holy Spirit filled followers soon needed room to accommodate the hundreds, sometime thousands of visitors that waited day and night to get close enough to the little house. They soon occupied a facility on Azusa Street, giving rise to the name, The Azusa Street Revival. The word of this God visitation spread rapidly across the United States of America.
As the gold rush summoned many to the expectation of riches in San Francisco, God did not disappoint those that came from around the globe to receive a touch from Him. They had come for a trickle of water and instead received a river gushing from their bellies. Endowed with the power and the fullness of the Holy Ghost, they returned to their hamlets, gathering believers, to share with them concerning what had happened. They were pleasantly surprised to find that as they gave testimony to the events, others received this Holy Spirit experience.
As a result, Holy Spirit filled believers began to gather in homes all across America, making great, anointed preachers out of no-name-bodies. Other prior revivals had stirred the intellect of man. This revival was an external display of Holy Ghost power and His work in them.
Men and women were shaken, speaking in “unknown tongues” and prophesying, seeing visions, angels and receiving deep God experiences that moved them to greater hunger and desperation for God, moving in the gifts and revelation of the Spirit and imparting the Baptism of the Holy Spirit to others.
Many seeking the deeper things of God were excommunicated from denominational Churches that had enjoyed previous restoration revival movements. The central doctrine of this new Pentecostal movement was the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit” with the evidence of speaking in an “unknown tongue.” Many new Pentecostal denominations began to rise as a result. The new movement emphasized the Pentecost experience at the birth of the early Church and the completion of the great commission to go to the world and tell every creature.
Our God is a God of Mercy and Jesus is making intercession for us right at this moment. Together we can change to course of America and the 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 Spirit 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 all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.
Habakkuk 2:14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea………Reveal your Self to a church and a world that need you so desperately.
The Spirit and the Bride says, COME.