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-- Jill Austin(from the Elijah List www.elijahlist.com)
Is Your Shadow Dangerous?
Acts 5:12-16--"The apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders among the people, and all the believers used to meet together at Solomon's colonnade. No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on the beds and mats so that at least Peter's shadow might fall on some of them as they passed by. Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits and all of them were healed."
Acts 19:11-12--"God did extraordinary miracles through Paul so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them."
Is your shadow dangerous? How much fire do you have inside of you? Have you ever prayed for your shadow to be anointed and dangerous? In2 Corinthians 4
, it says that we are earthenware vessels, but the glory, the treasure in us, is the Lord. In other words, there is a mystery. We are fragile earthenware vessels, but the glory, the fire inside of us, is the Lord.
Carriers Of A Radius Of His Glory
You know the song, "This little light of mine, I want to let it shine"? It's not even scriptural. It makes it sound like Christianity is puny, and you hope God has enough lighter fluid to fill you up again. We are earthenware vessels, so how many of you would like to have a radius of His glory inside of you like a nuclear reactor? Or would you like more? Do you want a resurrection anointing so strong that when you walk into a restaurant, the glory of God starts to move through you to confront the darkness? How much fire do you want? How dangerous do you really want to be?
Do you realize that if you have a radical anointing, you could get kicked out of your church? If you are the Pastor, they could lock you out! Do you realize you could be martyred? Would you rather be John the Baptist or Elijah? How many of you would like to see the glory of God rest over your house and as people drive by, they see angels of revelation camped over your house? How many of you would like to walk into work and suddenly the glory of God just explodes out of you? Would you like to have so much of God's glory that if your boss comes over to shake your hand, that all of a sudden he is falling to the floor with the anointing?
Impacting Your Neighborhood
Let's go back to your neighborhood. Let's say: a wife is bringing her husband home from the hospital, and he is dying of terminal bone cancer. The children of the sick father tell their parents that they keep seeing angels of the Lord at your house, and they believe that your prayers could heal him. The wife calls you and tells you that her husband has twenty-four hours left to live. She also tells you that her family understands that you are followers of Jesus, and that you love the Bible. She asks you to pray for her husband to see if what you preach is true.
So the neighbors come, put the husband on a blanket and carry him to your house. When they knock, you open the door, and they all come in, the family and the other neighbors. Maybe twenty people are there--watching to see if Jesus is real. Can we pray for the sick? Will He heal cancer? As you begin to pray, with all the neighbors looking on, color begins to come back into the man and the spirit of death starts to lift. He sits up and says, "I am hungry," and the Lord continues to heal him.
How many of you would like to have those in your neighborhood come and knock on your door for you to pray for them? The glory of the Lord would start to move through your neighborhood. How many of you would like to have ambulances parked outside of your door because people hear that the miracle power of Jesus is starting to move? How many of you would like to have hearses at your door as Jesus raises people from the dead? Even if they've been embalmed, God can give them blood! There's a radical cry in us--a cry where we start to say that we have a God who moves in our midst.
Renewal or Revival?
What is the difference between renewal and revival? I was in a conference meeting where the fire of God came with intercession, repentance, etc., and it was a wonderful renewal move of God. Then the next week, as I did a second series of meetings, I realized that the atmosphere was different as soon as I walked into the room. It was very different than the previous week's meetings! The atmosphere in this meeting was charged with the holiness of God, and the glory of the Lord.
As the meeting started, people were on their faces for hours as the heavy weight and glory of God came into the room, igniting revival. I have found that many people are looking for keys to unlock the Heavens and that includes the occult. Everyone wants power!
Important Keys that Unlock the Heavens
Yes, we serve a powerful God and He does come in power, but the only keys that unlock the Heavens are the blood of Jesus Christ and the Cross of the Lamb of God. The next key is passion for Jesus--that radical, militant, first love, face-on, full-on love that is like a radical "braveheart", pressing in to know Jesus personally and intimately.
The Governmental Throne of God
"ANOTHER HOLY OUTBREAK at ASBURY"
by J. Lee Grady
A sense of revival erupted this week on a college campus inKentucky. It could be the sign of a spiritual tsunami headed our way.
Students at Asbury College in Kentucky arrived for their usual10 a.m. chapel on Monday of this week. Some of them are still there today.
Students are worshiping, weeping and praying. Many of them tookoff their shoes in Hughes Auditorium because they felt they werestanding on holy ground. A photo on the nondenominationalChristian college’s Web site shows students with their handsraised in praise as they crowd near the chapel’s altar.
There's nothing else you can do when you meet your Creator faceto face like we did yesterday. -Student Ben Greenhoe“God’s will just broke out,” said one student, Michael Spann.“People were just yearning for God. I can’t even describe it. I didn’t want to leave until I felt the Lord was in me the way He wanted to be.”
“There’s nothing else you can do when you meet your Creator faceto face like we did yesterday,” sophomore Ben Greenhoe said on Tuesday.
The president of Asbury, Paul Rader, stayed in the auditoriumwatching the scene until midnight Monday. Folks in the small townof Wilmore, where Asbury is located, heard about the protractedmeeting and wandered in. A local grocer sent water and snacks tothe campus after hearing that the prayer service was going nonstop.
Wednesday night there were several hundred students praying inthe chapel. Some stayed until 4 a.m.On Thursday Rader led the morning chapel and felt what he called“an awesome sense of expectation.” He said: “From the first praisechorus students began coming to the long altar at the front of theauditorium. Soon the altar was crowded with students again. Therewas incredible freedom in the Spirit as we sang and prayed andshared testimonies of God’s gracious work in the hearts of students.”
This is not the first time Hughes Auditorium has been the site of arevival outbreak. On Feb. 3, 1970, the Holy Spirit invaded a chapelservice that was supposed to last 50 minutes. It lasted 185 hours,running 24 hours a day, and then continued intermittently for weeks.
It eventually spread throughout the United States and to severalforeign countries.Asbury is an interdenominational Christian college with Wesleyanroots.
The 1970 revival broke out when the school’s academic dean, Custer Reynolds, gave his testimony and then asked students toshare theirs. After several students spoke, Reynolds said something “broke.”
“Then [students] started pouring to the altar,” Reynolds told theLexington Herald Leader.The newspaper noted: “Asbury, like many evangelical organizations,held annual, scheduled ‘revivals’ with guest ministers and services", booked in advance. This, however, was not the same. No one had planned it. No one was leading it.”
Asbury’s president at that time, Dennis Kinlaw, was later askedby a reporter to explain what happened at Asbury. Kinlaw struggledto find the words to describe something that seemed holy and otherworldly.
Said Kinlaw: “Well, you may not understand this, but the only wayI know how to account for this is that last Tuesday morning, about20 of 11, the Lord Jesus walked into Hughes Auditorium, and He'sbeen there ever since, and you've got the whole community payingtribute to His presence.”
History books now say that the 1970 Asbury Revival spread to 130colleges, seminaries and Bible schools. Students from the schoolfanned out and shared their testimonies in churches and schoolsall across the nation, and their fervor spread like some kind ofheavenly virus.
A 1970 book about the revival One Divine Moment by Asburyhistory professor Jeff Blake, described the event as a modernPentecost. Other historians have noted that it occurred at thesame time a neo-Pentecostal movement was breathing new lifeinto American churches during the Jesus movement.
And all of this begs the question: Are we on the verge of anotherrevival of the same magnitude?Perhaps this week’s gathering at Hughes Auditorium is some typeof divine thermostat, helping us read the spiritual temperature?
Could the outbreak of revival fervor among these students be thefirst faint sound of a huge wave that is headed our way?
It would be just like God to orchestrate it this way. Genuine revivalhas an uncanny way of sneaking up on us. And when the HolySpirit comes in renewing power, He doesn’t come on our own timejust because we programmed Him to, nor does He visit the placeswe have prearranged.
All I can do is take off my shoes and say: “Do it again, Lord.”