Sunday, January 19th, 2014
Pray For A Fresh Outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit
Ask God to prepare our Northwest Arkansas area for a revival; an infilling of the Holy Ghost. Invite the Lord to sweep “our house” clean of any impurities and welcome His Holy Spirit to come in an even greater way.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity And cleanse me from my sin. (Psalm 51:2 NASB95)
Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. (Psalm 51:7 NASB95)
We must yearn for a Fresh Outpouring of God’s Spirit!
It seems for many believers a major disconnect occurs between the heart and mind. “The longest foot in the universe is from our head to our heart”. That being said, a fresh outpouring of God’s Spirit is directly connected to our conscious desire for His indwelling. John’s gospel states clearly the sending of the Holy Spirit, “the Comforter” was for an encounter not only with us but to dwell (live His life) IN US. We must be desire His presence more than the pleasures of the flesh.
Romans 8:5 – For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but
those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Jesus having become sin for us dealt the death blow to sin’s hold on us. Now the removal of the residue of sin’s power is Christ’s promise to us.
Romans 6:11 – Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
There are many word pictures or descriptions of the Holy Spirit; one is WATER. Notice the request from the Psalm 51 is for “another” to wash, cleanse, and purify us. The very work of the Spirit invokes the idea of cleansing or purifying by literally being the “Living Water” flowing in power from within. Ephesians speaks of Christ and His bride “that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word”. The living water and living word are ever present to do their work; we simply must say “YES” to His will and way in us and through us!
WE NEED A HEART CLEANSE–A NEW AND RIGHT SPIRIT IN US!
And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles. (Mark 2:22 KJV)
The new wineskins spoken of in Mark can refer to fresh governing or new governing of our lives. When the new spiritual “mind-set” creating awareness of Christ’s promise is fixed, fresh outpouring of the Holy Ghost will follow. When “times of refreshing” in the Spirit of the Lord come it will overcome and overtake us with breakthrough in all aspects of our lives and those we influence. It certainly did on the Day of Pentecost and throughout the book of Acts. Jesus started the church the way he wanted it, NOW He wants the church to stay the way He started it! He wants us saturated with FRESH ANOINTING!
– Pastor Steve
Key Verses: 3 John 1-2 & Isaiah 58:6-9
Prayer Point: cause me to prosper in health & break me of every addiction I have (physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually)
TODAY’S PERSONAL PURSUIT
Mallory is married to Mike Haney. They are anxiously awaiting the birth of their first child due in February. Mallory was born into the LFC family and has attended Living Faith her entire life. She developed and lead a spiritual and physical fitness ministry at the church in 2012 called Faith and Fitness and plans to re-open it at a later date after the birth of her child. She was STORM Student Ministries lead drummer and a back up drummer for LFC music ministry prior to their one year move to Tulsa. Her focus now is motherhood and raising their new daughter as God leads….AND she also loves her Yorkie, Mojo!
Psalm 34:4 says “I sought (pursued) the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.”
I remember one time when I was about 4 years old, and I got separated from my parents at Wal-Mart. I was lost. They had always taught me to stay exactly where I was if I ever got lost, and they would come find me. This advice seems logical to an adult, but as a 4 year old who thought they’d never see their parents again, that was about the silliest thing I had ever heard.
With fear in my heart and tear filled eyes, I began looking for, or seeking out my parents. Along the way, I passed by employees in blue vests, which looking back, I now know could have called my parents over the intercom. I had people who saw me crying and asked if I was ok, but continued walking. Some completely ignore me, and then, I had a lady pick me up. She asked my name, my parents’ name, what they looked like, and what they were wearing. She held me and walked the store until I finally found them, just a few aisles down from where I was. Never had I felt safer than when she handed me over to the embrace of my mom and dad. I knew as a child though, if I wanted to find them, I had to seek or pursue them.
In our walk on earth, at times we become lost, just as I had in Wal-Mart as a child. We become filled with fear, anxiety, and may even freeze up. In the same way I passed by employees who could have helped me, we pass by many people who could help us find God in our situation, if we would only reach out. Maybe we come across people who completely ignore us, and fear settles in even more so, because we feel alone and hopeless. Maybe we are fortunate enough to have someone come along and hold our hand, and take us to safety in Jesus, a pursuit does not always have to be alone.
It is inevitable that we will become lost at some point, or perhaps many times in our walk with Christ. However, if we remember to stay in pursuit, or seek out God, especially during those times, he promises to be right there, to deliver us from all fears.
– Mallory Haney