Our God is a self-disclosing God who reveals Himself in acts of power by forcefully breaking into our otherwise routine existence (cf. “violent tempest blast”-Acts 2:2, Amp). He breaks in upon His Church (which most certainly is His privilege) with memorable moments that breathtakingly remind us of our destiny and which propel us out of comfortable routine into that destiny. Being conformed to the Image of Christ and ruling this universe with Him is our destiny. Day to day maintenance of mundane comfort zones does not allow propulsion into that destiny. Cf. “The Lord of life leaves enough mystery to be intrusive, disruptive and surprising in order that He might shatter our tendencies to predictability and, yes, even boredom. Saints die of many things, but to die of boredom is the ultimate insult to the God of an ever-expanding glory!” (quote from Mark Chironna)
Thank God for the prayer movement leaders who have arisen in the last 10 to 20 years to remind the church that they are supposed to be praying. Every time the people of God have lost something over the course of time God has been determined to restore it. He is a God of restoration. And every time God restores something to the church He has to bring it back in an earthshaking fashion for it to do staid, cynical humans any good. A plain old vitamin B tablet won’t get the job done when a virus has our entire system run down. God has to give us a “powerful concentration of ‘B’ in ‘shot’ form”. When a car battery goes dead, a simple 10 amp charger isn’t enough to get the vehicle going again. A 250 amp charger is required and, boy, is there ever a difference between a 10 amp spurt of electricity and a 250 amp jolt!
While it is good and necessary to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, let us honor Him even further by receiving the gift and empowering of the Holy Spirit that He gave at what many call the birth of the Church, Pentecost. Closing out this year and heading into 2018, anything less than a “high amperage” Holy Ghost “jolt” will not be sufficient. (Acts 2:2, TPT) “Suddenly they heard the sound of a violent blast of wind rushing into the house from out of the heavenly realm. The roar of the wind was so overpowering it was all anyone could bear!” (Acts 1:8, TLB) “But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power to testify about me with great effect, to the people in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth, about my death and resurrection.”
2 min. video of Marty Gabler encouraging you to listen for
and look for the extraordinary Savior.
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It was one of those phenomenal explosions that rocks the senses, jolts the mind and sends you reeling. But this particular explosion was of obvious origin. Awesome Power which had its source in heaven hit the cosmopolitan city of Jerusalem. It was a holiday and the city had swelled its population by many thousands. A learned medical doctor used the best means of description he could find in his vocabulary to describe what it was like. Dr. Luke described the event in such a way that we know he will never forget what transpired; and he has left us with such a dazzling account that we shall never forget this divine event. It was not just divinely inspired. It was divinely perpetrated. The only way men were involved were as receivers. There was no doubt that the violent tempest blast (Acts 2:2 Amplified Bible), which rocked the entire city and shook the four walls of their meeting room while filling them, was from heaven.
(This is the first excerpt from Marty Gabler’s article “Amazed and Perplexed“ taken from his most recent book release “Toward an Understanding of Moves and Manifestations of God”. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
As the people of God assemble today, may they be filled and overflowing with His grace and His empowering Holy Spirit and hope like they were at Pentecost and may His Spirit overflow into every area of their lives and into the areas of responsibility they have and the relationships they have.
“And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:4, KJV)
“May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!” (Rom.15:13, Msg)