Unity

Unity is one of the most powerful forces, and when Jesus is in the midst, it is truly supernatural.

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Acts 2:5 – And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

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Imagine a time when there was NO motorized travel of any kind; people traveled only by foot, beast, sailing.  Now imagine the city of Jerusalem, a city that could swell in population almost overnight to 10-times its norm.  Keep in mind, too, that Jerusalem was at the center of major trade routes of its day.  Now put all that together, and on the 50th day after Passover, one of those annual days occurred.  It was called Pentecost.  It was on that day, 50 days after the crucifixion of Jesus, that Holy Spirit came into the earth in His fullness to inaugurate the first day of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

On this high holy day of the Jewish people, after Holy Ghost had come, the apostle Peter stepped outside to deliver the first church’s first Pentecost Day sermon, and what a sermon it was.  At its conclusion, on this birthdate of the church, 3,000 new souls were added to that divine infant.  What a conspicuous beginning!  And one of the great contributing factors to that day was UNITY

It began with 120 people, gathered together in an upper room at the command of Jesus, waiting for the Promise, that being the outpouring of Holy Spirit upon all flesh.  There the 120 had gathered, in obedience to the Lord, but obedience was not the only factor.  There was UNITYActs 2:1 says they were gathered together “with one accord in one place.”  Think on that.  Is it important that they were “in one place?”  Absolutely!  Before Holy Spirit was poured out, though they had common belief, they were not yet made to be ONE with the Master, and therefore with one another.  Their physical proximity with one another was keenly important. 

But being in one place did not necessarily indicate UNITY.  How often have we witnessed the eruption and results of strife in vast gatherings of people?  But these, the 120, were not only gathered together “in one place,” but were gathered together “in one accord.”  These were on one location, but they were there with one purpose, one intention, one plan, and one outcome.  They were “all filled with the Holy Ghost, and (they all) began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them (all) utterance.”  The most powerful connection between God and man that ever existed was created on that day.  It was SO powerful that when one of them (Apostle Peter) gave voice of the event and its significance, 3,000 more people received the same thing.  People from at least 17 nations, multiple tongues, cultures, and religions were suddenly joined together in the body of Christ.  And it all began with UNITY.  Oh, that we might UNITE today.

Manna for Today – Acts 2:1-13; Matthew 18:19-20; 1 Corinthians 1:10; Acts 1:8; Joel 2; Ephesians 4

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Tongues

The issue of “tongues” should bring unity, yet so much division has resulted.

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Acts 2:4 – And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

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About this topic, there should be no debate.  The Scriptures are more than plain.  In the book of Acts, there are five occasions when people being baptized in Holy Ghost are mentioned.  In each passage, all seen below in our Manna for Today, the people who received the infilling of Holy Ghost all manifest the physical evidence of speaking in other tongues as Holy Ghost gave them utterance.  I use the phrase “physical evidence” only to emphasize that something occurred that was evident to the physical senses for both the recipient and observers.  In this case, it was something that was heard in the form of an utterance.

Of the five instances referenced, only one, those who received the baptism in Holy Ghost in Samaria after Philip called Peter and John to come and help, does not plainly say they spoke in tongues.  However, in that case, Peter told Simon the sorcerer that he had neither “part not lot in this matter” (Acts 8:21).  The word “matter” is the Greek word “logos,” and in this case means “utterance.”  The thing for which Simon asked had something to do with “utterance.  And while Acts 9 does not say that Paul (Saul of Tarsus) spoke in tongues when he received Holy Ghost, he himself writes in 1 Corinthians 14:8 that he was thankful to God that he spoke in tongues more than all those in Corinth.  Beloved, Father never changes (Malachi 3:6) and Jesus never changes (Hebrews 13:8), so it stands to reason that neither does Holy Ghost.  This is the pattern established by Holy Ghost Himself as a fulfillment of the promise of God, so clearly seen in Luke 11:13.

Tongues” has a divine purpose for the believer; one which EVERY believer should joyously embrace, but sadly, many are missing.  Let the argument be put aside.  Go to the Word of God.  It IS THE WILL OF GOD that every believer be filled with Holy Ghost and speak with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance.  Jesus called it a “promise,” and also said that all the believer needs to do to receive is ask.  If are filled, be thankful.  If not, ask.  Blessing beyond your imagination, a deeper, stronger, more powerful relationship with Father awaits.  Jesus wants you to be filled.  Holy Ghost is waiting, just as He did in the creation story in Genesis, hovering over the “face” of the waters.  He is ready to pour upon you this rain of the end times.  It is yours for the asking.  Ask, believe, receive, and enjoy the life of the supernatural that is made possible through this work.

Manna for Today – Acts 2:1-13, 6:2-4, 8:9-21, 9:17-18, 10:34-48, 19:1-7; 1 Corinthians 14:8

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Tongues

The issue of “tongues” should bring unity, yet so much division has resulted.

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Acts 2:4 – And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

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About this topic, there should be no debate.  The Scriptures are more than plain.  In the book of Acts, there are five occasions when people being baptized in Holy Ghost are mentioned.  In each passage, all seen below in our Manna for Today, the people who received the infilling of Holy Ghost all manifest the physical evidence of speaking in other tongues as Holy Ghost gave them utterance.  I use the phrase “physical evidence” only to emphasize that something occurred that was evident to the physical senses for both the recipient and observers.  In this case, it was something that was heard in the form of an utterance.

Of the five instances referenced, only one, those who received the baptism in Holy Ghost in Samaria after Philip called Peter and John to come and help, does not plainly say they spoke in tongues.  However, in that case, Peter told Simon the sorcerer that he had neither “part not lot in this matter” (Acts 8:21).  The word “matter” is the Greek word “logos,” and in this case means “utterance.”  The thing for which Simon asked had something to do with “utterance.  And while Acts 9 does not say that Paul (Saul of Tarsus) spoke in tongues when he received Holy Ghost, he himself writes in 1 Corinthians 14:8 that he was thankful to God that he spoke in tongues more than all those in Corinth.  Beloved, Father never changes (Malachi 3:6) and Jesus never changes (Hebrews 13:8), so it stands to reason that neither does Holy Ghost.  This is the pattern established by Holy Ghost Himself as a fulfillment of the promise of God, so clearly seen in Luke 11:13.

Tongues” has a divine purpose for the believer; one which EVERY believer should joyously embrace, but sadly, many are missing.  Let the argument be put aside.  Go to the Word of God.  It IS THE WILL OF GOD that every believer be filled with Holy Ghost and speak with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance.  Jesus called it a “promise,” and also said that all the believer needs to do to receive is ask.  If are filled, be thankful.  If not, ask.  Blessing beyond your imagination, a deeper, stronger, more powerful relationship with Father awaits.  Jesus wants you to be filled.  Holy Ghost is waiting, just as He did in the creation story in Genesis, hovering over the “face” of the waters.  He is ready to pour upon you this rain of the end times.  It is yours for the asking.  Ask, believe, receive, and enjoy the life of the supernatural that is made possible through this work.

Manna for Today – Acts 2:1-13, 6:2-4, 8:9-21, 9:17-18, 10:34-48, 19:1-7; 1 Corinthians 14:8

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About this topic, there should be no debate.  The Scriptures are more than plain.  In the book of Acts, there are five occasions when people being baptized in Holy Ghost are mentioned.  In each passage, all seen below in our Manna for Today, the people who received the infilling of Holy Ghost all manifest the physical evidence of speaking in other tongues as Holy Ghost gave them utterance.  I use the phrase “physical evidence” only to emphasize that something occurred that was evident to the physical senses for both the recipient and observers.  In this case, it was something that was heard in the form of an utterance.

Of the five instances referenced, only one, those who received the baptism in Holy Ghost in Samaria after Philip called Peter and John to come and help, does not plainly say they spoke in tongues.  However, in that case, Peter told Simon the sorcerer that he had neither “part not lot in this matter” (Acts 8:21).  The word “matter” is the Greek word “logos,” and in this case means “utterance.”  The thing for which Simon asked had something to do with “utterance.  And while Acts 9 does not say that Paul (Saul of Tarsus) spoke in tongues when he received Holy Ghost, he himself writes in 1 Corinthians 14:8 that he was thankful to God that he spoke in tongues more than all those in Corinth.  Beloved, Father never changes (Malachi 3:6) and Jesus never changes (Hebrews 13:8), so it stands to reason that neither does Holy Ghost.  This is the pattern established by Holy Ghost Himself as a fulfillment of the promise of God, so clearly seen in Luke 11:13.

Overflow

How can you tell when a vessel is truly full?  The next drop causes overflow.

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Acts 2:3-4 – And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

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From the very beginning, note the words, “…they were all filled….and began to speak…”  The indication is clear.  They were filled, completely filled.  And how can you tell they were filled.  There was overflow; something began to come out that was beyond their capacity to contain it.  Think of this.  If I pour water into a glass until it seems to be filled, but nothing has overflowed, there will always be a question as to whether or not the glass was truly filled.  But the moment there was overflow, then the evidence exists that the glass was truly filled.  Now read our Text for Today once again.  “They were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and (overflowed) began to speak with other tongues.”

In the church world, and especially from the minds of the religious, has arisen debate and argument, even to the point of church splits, bitterness, and backslidings, over the work of Pentecost in our churches today.  The issue of “speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance” has been reduced to debates and arguments over “speaking in tongues.”  Oh that those who want such debates, and by them create such division, would focus on the entire phrase.  If the words “as the Spirit gives utterance” were seriously considered in this discussion, all debate would have to be put aside.  For if it is “as the Spirit gives utterance,” there can be no debate.  It simply becomes a matter of obedience to the leadership of Holy Spirit, for as many as are led by Holy Spirit are the sons of God.  So, if it is Holy Spirit Who gives the utterance, there can be no error on the part of the person who yields to that leadership and speaks the words given him/her by Holy Ghost.  It fully becomes a “God-issue.” 

And it should be recognized, not as a matter to cause division, but as one to bring about unity.  It should be the longing of every Christian heart to be so filled with the love, Word, presence, and person of God by the Spirit that we all earnestly seek for “overflow.”  Speaking in tongues, when given its rightful place in our lives, is not a matter of making one Christian better than another, but of so saturating the believer’s life, and so filling them with the presence of Jehovah God, that overflow results.  Jesus said, “Out of your belly shall flow rivers of living water.”  That “flow” is truly “overflow.”  And Jesus went on to say that His words referred to Holy Ghost filling the life of the believer.  Those are His words, not man’s.  Yield to them, my friend.  It’s time to OVERFLOW!

Manna for Today – Acts 2:1-13; John 7:37-39; Psalm 23; Jude 20-21

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Do You Want to See?

The Scriptures declare that God confirms His Word with signs following.  Signs are seen.

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Acts 2:2-3 – And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

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More and more I am hearing Christians declare a deepening desire to SEE the power of God manifest in their homes, lives, and churches.  I concur with them whole-heartedly.  In no day would I dare belittle the preaching and teaching of the Word of God.  Sadly, however, much of what comes from our pulpits today is NOT the Word of God.  We here much of politics, social matters, a hyper-grace message (NOT the Gospel), and a religious message that fills about an hour each week with much of nothing.  I know, what I am saying sounds critical, and perhaps even harsh.  It is neither.  It is truth. 

Yes, I am thankful to say that I still know and fellowship with great men and women of God who proclaim the Word of Truth each time they stand to speak for the Lord.  But even in their speaking of God’s Truth, there still seems to be a diminished level of “seeing” the manifest life and power of Holy Spirit.  I find this a consistent topic of conversation among Christians who believe we should be seeing, doing, and accomplishing more in the supernatural realm.  And I must say, I, too, am one of them.

Take a moment to read our Text for Today once again.  You will see a very interesting correlation in the two sentences.  In the first sentence, we read that the house was “filled,” and obviously with the presence of Holy Spirit.  Then in the second sentence we read, “And there appeared unto them…”  Do you see it?  The example set on the day of Pentecost, the first day of the church, is clear.  It fits easily into what is called the “law of first mentions” as it relates to Scriptures.  On the FIRST DAY of the church, when the “house” was “filled” with Holy Ghost, “there appeared unto them…”  In short, when the place was full of Holy Ghost, something supernatural was seen. 

Since Father, Son, and Holy Ghost do not change, and since the Word of God is forever settled in heaven, is it not reasonable to expect that when the place in which we gather together today is filled with Holy Ghost, that we should fully expect that something supernatural should be seen?  I believe it absolutely sets that truth forth.  Join me in believing and holding fast to this truth, and fully expecting something supernatural to be seen when the place we come together, wherever that may be (in the church house, a cottage prayer meeting, a ministry staff meeting, etc.), is “filled” with Holy Ghost.  And having done so, keep you eyes open, for believing brings seeing.

Manna for Today – Acts 2:1-13; Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8; 1 John 5:7; Mark 11:22-24

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Full House

When God fills a place, it is filled.  No room remains.

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Acts 2:2 – And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

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It was fifty days after the crucifixion of our Lord.  He had risen from the dead, tarried in the earth for about five weeks, and ascended to the Father.  Then ten days later, as His followers who had obeyed His command to tarry in Jerusalem were gathered together in one place, Holy Ghost came on the scene, suddenly, powerfully, and fully.  Look at our Text for Today once again.  The sound came “suddenly,” though the plan was ages old.  The sound was of a “rushing mighty wind.”  “Rushing” indicates the meeting of a deadline, and the deadline was the promise of the Spirit.  “Mighty” signifies power, and this was indeed the dunamis power of God coming forth upon and into men.  And “wind” is significant of Holy Ghost; unseen, but tangible in His person, presence, and performance.

Now note the next phrase; “and it filled all the house where they were sitting.”  Please note that the passage does NOT say “it filled all the house,” but rather, “it filled all the house where they were sitting.”  There is great significance in that statement.  Holy Spirit did not come with the sound of a mighty rushing wind to an uninhabited location.  Rather, He came to a place that was inhabited by humanity, and not just any humanity, but to a place filled with humanity that was obedient to the Lord (the Word made flesh).  Holy Spirit has not changed, my friend; He is still the same today.  While as God, He is omnipresent (everywhere present at all times), Holy Spirit seeks that which is anointed as a place to rest, abide, and manifest His power.  On that first day of Pentecost following the resurrection of Jesus, that place was the 120 people who had chosen to obey the command of Jesus to tarry in Jerusalem until they would be endued with power. 

The Word of God carries anointing, and when one hears the Word of God and obeys the Word of God, one carries with that obedient action the anointing that is on that Word.  In Genesis 1, while the earth was in darkness, Holy Spirit was present, hovering over the face of the deep.  But that is all He was doing – hovering – until the Word came forth.  When Father spoke, Holy Ghost responded to that Word and light came forth.  The same is still true today.  Holy Spirit is still hovering over the face of the earth, and more specifically, waiting before the face of every person, waiting to hear the Word of God come from their lips.  And when He hears the Word, He does what He has always done – He goes into action, carrying out what that Word says.  And when He does it, He does it in FULL; NEVER part way.  ALWAYS IN FULL.  Fill your life with God’s Word, speak that Word from your mouth, and allow Holy Ghost to fill your house TO THE FULL.

Manna for Today – Acts 2:1-13; Genesis 1; Luke 4:18-21

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There Is ALWAYS Time

Though He is not governed by time, our God is NEVER late or early.

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There Is ALWAYS Time

Acts 2:1 – And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

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Consider the following events and the time surrounding them: Noah’s building of the ark and the coming of the flood; the destruction of Sodom after God’s visit with Abraham; Joseph interpreting dreams for Pharaoh; Moses bringing the children of Israel out of Egypt; Joshua and the children of Israel in their marching around Jericho; Daniel interpreting the “handwriting on the wall” for Nebuchadnezzar; Jesus telling His followers to “tarry in Jerusalem.”

Each of these incidents gives clear evidence of a great truth relating to our God.  His great judgments, His great moves, His mighty points of change ALL were announced in some way ahead of the moment of their beginning.  No one can honestly say that God did NOT warn or inform them of what was coming.  Before the flood, Noah not only built an ark, but preached righteousness for 120 years.  Before He destroyed Sodom, God first spoke to Abraham, who interceded on the behalf of any righteous people who could be found there.  Joseph’s interpretation of dreams spared Egypt AND the Israelites living in Egypt from the ravages of famine to come.  Abram warned his seed of their impending captivity in a foreign country LONG before Moses had to lead Israel out of Egypt.  Before the walls of Jericho fell down flat, the inhabitants had seven days of warnings in which, at least some of them, could have surrendered or left the city.  The “handwriting on the wall” in Babylon presented warning to which its leaders could have yielded.  And, of course, Jesus’ command to “tarry” held dynamic purpose as those who obeyed the “tarry” command discovered.  And oh, what a discovery!

I have heard some people say that God is a God of surprises.  HE IS NOT!  As He said concerning His judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah that He would not do anything until He had first revealed it to His friend, Abraham.  If things of God are hidden, they are hidden FOR us, not FROM us.  Only one thing is hidden FROM us; the moment Father will send Jesus for the Church.  And while our heavenly Father is NOT a God of surprises, He most assuredly IS a God of SUDDENLIES

Dear one, just because something happens SUDDENLY does not mean it is a SURPRISE.  It is generally in our ignorance that we are overtaken by surprises.  A birthday party may be a surprise, but it is only because the “surprised” person is ignorant of the event.  But in the kingdom of God, God does not go about surprising His people.  He is a Father Who forewarns, foretells, and prepares His people for what is to come.  And even though we know NOT the time of the rapture, we are already forewarned of its coming.  Don’t be surprised.  You have time NOW to be ready.

Manna for Today – Acts 2:1-13; Galatians 4:1-7; Genesis 49:10; Ephesians 1:10

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Don’t Be Cut Off

Why would anyone who walked with Jesus desire to be cut off from covenant?

Acts 1:20 – For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.

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John 3:16 is an absolute truth.  Whoever “believes in, trusts in, clings to, and relies” on Jesus “shall not perish, come to destruction, or be lost, but shall have eternal, everlasting life.”  Sadly, there are some who believe, and even teach others that this wonderful gift of salvation can never be lost.  Such teaching and thought, especially as it is set forth by some who teaches that because of grace, sin doesn’t count, is not only erroneous, but carries potential eternal destruction for those who fall prey to it.  My friend, be warned.  Don’t become the victim of such teaching.

In our Text for Today, we see that Judas Iscariot, one whose name was written in heaven, lost that place of life, fell into destruction, lost his ministry, and died without hope.  Of course, Judas Iscariot was not born again.  No one could be born again until Jesus was raised from the dead.  Still, numerous are the Biblical references to one who has known the Lord, walked with Him, and even been recognized as a holy member of His kingdom, who have ultimately, or ultimately will be lost.  Please take the time to read our Manna for Today

There are also those who want to make it so easy for one who has fallen short of God’s mark to be lost, or cut off from the Lord.  This teaching, too, is erroneous.  None of us live perfect lives in our daily speech and actions.  We all fail at times.  But some would have you to believe that each time you fail, you have to be “born again” all over again.  Keep in mind that God is not imputing the sins of the sinner against them.  The only thing keeping a sinner from heaven is never having made Jesus Lord in their life.  However, when a believer sins, there are consequences.  Relationship with the Lord is NOT ended, but sin DOES interrupt FELLOWSHIP.   And there is where the real danger to a believer being cut of begins.  The Scriptures are plain.  When a believer sins, he/she MUST confess that sin to the Lord Jesus to be cleansed from that sin and restored to right fellowship with Father (read 1 John 1:9). 

I cannot tell you at what point one could be cut off from the Lord, but such IS a possibility.  The Scriptures declare and define it.  We are commanded to believe it, to proclaim it, and to live our lives in such a manner as to NOT fall into snares which would pull us away from an intimate walk with Jesus.  Keep yourself in God’s love (obeying His commandments) by building yourself up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost (Jude 20).

Manna for Today – Acts 1:12-26; Psalm 69:16-28; 1 Samuel 2 & 4:11; Acts 5:1-11; Matthew 25:1-13; Revelation 3:5; Revelation 3:15-16; Hebrews 6:1-6; Hebrews 10:26-31; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

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Power in Agreement

There is supernatural power in the agreement of faith.

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Acts 1:14 – These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.

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_Jesus had made a promise.  He had told His followers that if they would tarry in Jerusalem, they would receive the promise of the Father; that being Holy Spirit that would come on the day of Pentecost.  While there were at least 500 who had seen Him alive after His resurrection, we know the number of disciples who obeyed His command to “tarry in Jerusalem” were greatly diminished by the time the day of Pentecost was fully come.  But my focus today is not the day of Pentecost, or the more than 500 who saw Jesus alive after His resurrection.  It is the power of agreement.  Let’s look more closely at this powerful principle.

The power of agreement is clearly established in the Words of Jesus.  He said that when TWO or THREE agree (make a symphony) together concerning anything THEY ASK, it SHALL BE DONE by His Father Who is in heaven.  That is a statement of absolute truth by our Lord Himself. 

  • TWO or THREE” – that establishes the minimum by which such a symphonic agreement can be made.  The power of “two” in agreement is supernaturally awesome.  And the more that are added to that agreement increases exponentially the potential reach of that agreement.
  • THEY ASK” – here is a key to that agreement.  True agreement is not achieved when ONE asks and the others add mental ascent.  A symphony is not played when one musician plays, regardless of his/her skill, and all the other musicians sit silent.  That is called a recital.  An agreement (a symphony) occurs when ALL the musicians play their respective notes on their respective instruments. 
  • SHALL BE DONE” – this is an emphatic statement of truth.  The word “SHALL” is the strongest word that can be uttered indicating definitive promise.  If God said “SHALL,” then there is nothing short of completion of what was promised that God will support.

When people stand in Biblical agreement, the power that arises is of the highest divine order.  In such agreement, nothing is impossible.  God had made a promise; Jesus had reiterated it.  Holy Ghost, the Comforter, WOULD come.  He came on Pentecost.  He has not departed.  He came to indwell ANY Christian who would ask, believe, and receive Him.  He comes to demonstrate His power, power, and plan in, on, for, and through any anointed vessel.  He came to that gathering of 120 believers who remained together in unity.  As obedient covenant people of God, they were anointed, and that is what Holy Spirit sought out on the day of Pentecost.  He has not changed.  He still seeks the anointing, in you, in me, and especially, IN US.

Manna for Today – Acts 1:12-26; Matthew 18:19-20; 1 Corinthians 1:10; Amos 3:3; Galatians 3:28

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Tarrying Meetings

Not all church services are the same; not all serve the same purpose.

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Acts 1:14 – These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.

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Could it be that today’s church as lost some of its great efficacy by being far less than specific about the purpose of its meetings?  Are we too general in how we apply our faith and purpose as it relates to what the Lord desires from us, and what we need and desire Him to do in, for, with, and through us?  For instance . . .

  • Are what we call “prayer meetings” truly “prayer meetings?” 
  • When we gather for church services, what are their purpose? 
  • Are they intended to be teaching meetings that inform and instruct the body of Christ in its proper role and function in the earth?
  • Are they times when we come together for specific needs, such as healing meetings, or deliverance meetings?
  • Are they evangelistic in purpose when we strive to reach as many unbelievers as possible with a salvation message?
  • Are they tarrying meetings in which we truly set ourselves before the Lord in unity for a specific purpose; for specific revelation of divine direction and preparation?

There was a time when this was the norm for the church.  But have we come to such a “one-size-fits-all” mind-set that we think our coming together once a week can get it all done in one or two hours?  I see far too much of the latter, and much too little of the former.  Are we coming together to exercise our faith in unity, or are we coming together out of habit holding general expectations, usually at a very low level, that God will do whatever needs to be done?  Are we living in a “que serra, serra” ministry mentality, simply holding a feeble thought pattern that whatever will be, will be?  Perhaps it is time for a wake-up call, for a change, for a re-examination of some of OUR ways.  Remember, HIS ways and OUR ways are NOT the same.  I believe it is time we became more focused, and by that, more divinely directed in our manners of doing.  His ways are higher than our ways.  Let us be lifted up in our doing, do things His way, and thereby, receive things at His level.  Let us find time for tarrying meetings as the disciples did as they awaited Pentecost.  What is it that Father desires to impart TO us, IN us, FOR us, and THROUGH us that will come in no other way than by our tarrying for them?  Tarrying in unity; in faith; in full expectance of the Word fulfilled; in a holy readiness to respond immediately to His moving.  Consider what you (individually), or we (collectively) need in our lives today, and prepare yourself to wait, abide, and tarry in His presence until you are filled with it.  THEN go forth in the power of the Spirit.

Manna for Today – Acts 1:12-26; Isaiah 55:8-11; Ezekiel 18:29; Zechariah 3:7

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