Prepare for the Unusual
My friend, we are about to hit the spiritual gusher that all generations have longed to see! It’s not far off either. In fact, prophecies the Spirit of God has given through me and other ministers are coming to pass. Some time ago, for example, a man in a denominational church whose voice had been damaged by a physical condition was teaching that healing had passed away. As he did, God healed him right in front of the people he was teaching!
I want you to know, it’s exciting to go to church these days. The more God pours out His Glory, the more unusual things we’ll see.
One of these days, you may just be talking to somebody, asking them how things went at church last Sunday, and they may say, “Oh, it was great! The Glory of God was so strong it healed 10 cripples, opened the ears of 30 deaf people, cured seven cases of cancer, and killed Brother Bigmouth and Sister Strife.”
I can just hear you thinking, Now hold on a minute, Brother Copeland. The Glory of God is a good thing. It doesn’t kill people.
It did in the New Testament Church. Acts 5 tells the story of Ananias and his wife, Sapphira. They lied to the Holy Ghost and withheld part of what they were to give. And they died!
Please understand, I’m not trying to dampen your enthusiasm about this wonderful move of God’s Glory we’re experiencing. I just want you to realize that in the midst of a move like this, willful sin and an unrepentant heart are dangerous.
A Christian might be able to get away with hanging on to sin when the rest of the congregation is as cold as he is. But when the fire of God begins to burn and the rivers of the Spirit start to flow, he’ll have to do one of two things: He’ll either have to yield to the Spirit and let go of that sin by repenting, or he’ll have to resist the flood of God’s Spirit and be swept away.
I realize that’s a sobering truth, but we need to be sober in this hour. We need to be watchful and keep ourselves in submission to God. If we’ll do that, we can have a wonderful time. That’s what the Church in Acts 5 did.
They were having such a glorious time in God that even when Ananias dropped dead right there in front of the preacher, they just went right on praising and worshiping. We know they did because the Bible says three hours later when Sapphira came in, lied and died, they were still having church!
Those believers had seen so many outstanding things that death didn’t even slow them down. So prepare yourself. Get ready for the Glory. Repent of any sin and get excited when the unusual happens all around you! The Glory is here!
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I walk worthy of God, Who has called me unto His kingdom and glory. (1 Thessalonians 2:12)
Lecture conseillée: Acts 5:1-11