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How Soon We Forget

Throughout Psalm 66 are reminders of how awesome God is and how much He loves us even in the difficult times. He tests us; He tries us to make us stronger. What we call the “bad stuff” of life are all part of His plan to make our lives better.

Our response must be to remember what God has done in our past difficult or even horrible situations, grow a little more, and praise Him for what He is going to do with our current circumstances. As Joyce Meyer often says, “you can’t have a testimony without a test.” Each test creates a testimony that we must share with others.

Revolutionary Quote

“Hope is really a positive attitude. It’s an expectant outlook that something good is going to happen in our life.” – Joyce Meyer

Revolutionary Quote

“You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.” – Joyce Meyer

Revolutionary Quote

“Jesus did not die for you to have a religion.” – Joyce Meyer

Supernatural Evangelisim

Jesus instructed His followers in Acts 1 and Luke 24 to wait for power to be witnesses before they carried out the Great Commission. With all the packaged evangelism programs and methods being marketed to the church today, it’s easy to forget that we still need that power from the Holy Spirit before “going and telling,” even if we’re just involved in lifestyle evangelism, which is the most effective in my opinion. The best methods of canvasing a city or sharing a personal testimony can be destroyed by an ungodly lifestyle.

1 Peter 3:15 says, “be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” The key to any kind of evangelism is for others to “see” enough of a unique hope in us to ask about it, and it takes a life empowered by the Holy Spirit to live that way.

While Christians bounce from one outreach method to another to bring people to Christ and into the church, the Holy Spirit is saying, “Let me help you.” Much more is needed than saying a prayer beforehand. Joyce Meyer comments that when we fail to wait for the Holy Spirit’s power we end up operating in the flesh.

Consider these quotes from Jim Cymbala in Fresh Power
“Without seasons of prayerful waiting for fresh power, we will see little or no divine assistance in doing God’s work.”
“The other important key to their [Jesus’ followers] prayerful waiting on God was their regular practice of ‘praising and blessing God.’
“God can do more in one day than we can accomplish in ten years of human effort…far more is accomplished by persevering in prayer than in taking charge of things myself.”

Now more than ever we need supernatural help to evangelize the world around us. That supernatural help only comes through prayerful, worshipful waiting.

The Holy Ghost Jr. Game

jI’ve been experiencing one of those times of growth when the Holy Spirit is teaching me a valuable lesson. Recently, He’s been teaching me not to try to be Him. Every time we try to make things happen like we want it when we want it, we are taking the situation out of God’s hands. Joyce Meyer calls it playing Holy Ghost Jr., and I’m realizing more and more that we play that game on a regular basis in the church.

I’m a firm believer in planning, but sometimes we plan and program to the point we leave the Holy Spirit no room to work, and I don’t just mean in the order of our services. Church leaders often strategize how to get people involved in areas of service. While there is nothing wrong with promoting and informing people about areas for service and giving, many times the result of our “promoting” is guilting people into participating in something.

Many programs, campaigns, and pleas from the pulpit are simply us trying to grow the church through our own human effort. “Unless the Lord builds the house, he who labors, labors in vain.” That truth from Psalm 127:1 can be carried over to everything we do as Christians. While the world teaches us to get out there and make things happen, God’s word teaches us to let Him make things happen through the working of the Holy Spirit. When He convicts people to join a small group, teach, work in the nursery, or give a special offering, they will be doing it for the right reason and be far more effective.

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