I have no words to describe how stunning our Lord is - God is surely pouring out His Spirit at ROLA, testifying to His own salvation, just as His word promises:
God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles,
and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.
I have never been more in awe of Him and of His healing power, available to every man, woman and child! Last night, we had the indescribable honor of witnessing His power as the Lord delivered a guest from depression and then filled her with joy unspeakable! What a wonderful, mighty God we serve!
Last week in class, we talked about how the religious spirit works to block Holy Spirit activity in the church. Here is the handout I promised to those who asked:
How Religion* Blocks Healing
1.) Hardness of heart will keep us from attaining the promises of God. (Hebrews 6:4-7, 11-12)
2.) If we persist in hardness of heart, we may eventually and inadvertently align ourselves with the enemy. ("Do not give the devil an opportunity." Eph. 4:27, see also James 4:7.)
We talked about common "rocks" that can cause hardness of heart:
(fill in your own!)
3.) Persistent hardness of heart = Alignment with enemy = Holy Spirit quenched.
4.) The Holy Spirit departs when we pay allegiance to worthless idols. (Jer.2:7-8)
Question for us: Are we in alignment with anything that is quenching His Spirit? "For my sake alone I will act, for how can I allow my name to be defiled? I will not share my glory with anyone else!" Isaiah 48.11
*I define religion as misplaced emphasis, or "form without power" (2 Tim. 3:5). It is a mindset that places more priority on outward behavior/rituals/traditions than on the actual manifest presence of God.
Friends, the bottom line is this: if we want God to pour out His always available rain upon us, we need to "clear the land" of religion - individually and corporately! (Hebrews 6:7-8) If it appears that God isn't moving, something is out of alignment - and it isn't God!
I can't wait to see what He is gonna do next! See you next Sunday!