The Beginning of the Last Reformation

This is real.  I’ve experienced it for myself.. am continuing to experience it, but haven’t taken the next step of faith into the next part.  I hope you’ll watch this movie.  It’s powerful and it’s how we need to be living in these last days.

 

 

Signs That Follow Those Who Believe

Mark 16:15-18 “And he (Jesus) said unto them, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned. AND ALL THESE SIGNS SHALL FOLLOW THEM THAT BELIEVE: In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

Those words weren’t just for the apostles. They were for all believers from Pentecost through the end of days. Jesus said it was for them that believe and he didn’t put a time limit on it as some would like to believe.

I was blessed to witness the Holy Spirit in action last weekend at the small church that my parents attend. People were saved, healed, and filled with the Holy Spirit. My own dad was filled with the Holy Ghost; and his left hand, which was riddled with arthritis causing him great pain, was healed.

I have only recently begun to grasp what being filled with the Holy Spirit means and how we are given the power and authority as believers in Jesus Christ to not only be a testimony, a witness to the lost, but to use the signs that follow us as evidence of that power and authority.  We must humble ourselves and be willing to let the Holy Spirit work through us.  That’s the key I’ve discovered.  Like dying to self, we must also humble ourselves, and let God use us as he sees fit.

We NEED the power and authority of the Holy Spirit in these last dark days.  We need it in order to be the light of the world, to defend ourselves against the attacks of the enemy, and to be strong, powerful witnesses of the gospel of Jesus Christ in order to win over the souls of those who are lost and hurting. We need to be like the disciples – those believers – who were  filled with the Holy Ghost in the first minutes of the creation of the church – the body of Christ.  They were bold, fearless, and they believed.  They believed in the power of God and they weren’t afraid to embrace the signs that followed them.  They allowed the Holy Spirit to work in them and through them to be a witness to the world around them.  Yes, the signs that followed them were indeed convicting to a lost world. They didn’t rely on doctrine to reach lost souls, they relied on the Holy Spirit to work through them – both in their words and in action.  We need to be like them.  We need to fully embrace the Holy Spirit believing in his power and authority to convict the hearts of men through our speech and actions.

Another great article written by Belle Ringer of Salvation and Survival addresses this much better than I can.  Click through on the link below.

The Person of Jesus over Doctrine

 

A Journey That Started With A Dream

Over a year ago, I had a dream about my dad.  In the dream I met him in an airport in a room that resembled some kind of waiting area with tables and chairs. A flight was announced and he got up and pulled on a blue jacket over his work clothes.  Three or four other men in the room started getting up too.  I hugged my dad and he told me, “Take care of your mother.” I told him I would and then I watched as he followed the other men out of the room to go board the airplane.  I knew they were on their way to work.  Then I left the airport. End of dream.

At the time, I wasn’t sure what it meant.  Then my dad ended up having open heart surgery last summer, and as I sat waiting with my mother and sister while he was being operated on, I couldn’t shake that dream.  I was afraid he was going to die.  But he didn’t. A couple days later, however, he had a stroke.  It left his right side useless. Then I found myself reassessing this dream.  I finally told my mom about the dream and she said that maybe that this was a journey for him.  We just didn’t know what kind.

So, my father continued to get better and better.  The stroke had changed him not only physically, but mentally.  He started going to church with my mom, and every night she had to read the Bible to him and pray with him.  They would pray for everyone in the family, and he would remind her if she forgot to mention someone.

Last week their church had a revival service.  I was able to make it down for the Friday night service.  This was in a Pentecostal church and the presence of God was powerful. My dad, mom, niece, and myself were praying up front with everyone else.  A couple men were praying with my dad.  Not only was my dad filled with the Holy Ghost, but his left hand, which has been in constant crippling pain from arthritis, was healed.

Then on Sunday, he was baptized in the name of Jesus.

baptism

So, in my mind, this dream I had over a year ago was certainly about God taking my dad on a long journey from being a prideful, sinful man to humbling him in order to bring him to salvation.  It has been a tough road, not only for my dad, but for my mom and our entire family.  It is a blessing, though, to be at this point in time, looking back and seeing how God orchestrated this whole thing.  It’s a marvelous, wondrous thing, and I thank God for allowing me to be there to witness my dad’s salvation.  I can’t even begin to explain what joy it brought to me, and most of all, to my mother.