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February 14, 2016, 10:11 PM

Revival Chronicles 2/14/16


Revival Chronicles - Feb 14, 2016

On Sunday morning, February 1, 2016, the Holy Spirit again moved mightily among us.    Following a time of lingering in His presence during worship, Sis Sheri released a Word of knowledge indicating that the Lord was calling some to Himself, and issued an altar invitation.  

( "To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.  For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit..." I Corinthians 12:7-8 ESV) 

One of those sensing the Lord speaking to him was Josh Akers, pictured here.  Josh has been a Christian believer for several years, coming to Christ as a teenager.  Recently, Josh has started attending church with us here, when not working in St. Louis as a Union Laborer/Journeyman.

Josh said he almost felt like running to the front, when this invitation was given, and could sense the presence/power of the Holy Spirit leading him.  One of the youth Ministers, Ricky Letchworth, felt impressed to place his hand on Josh's head, and minister to him - praying for him, and sharing what he believed the Lord was speaking over Josh's life.  

("...the one who prophesies [who interprets the divine will and purpose in inspired preaching and teaching] speaks to men for their upbuilding and constructive spiritual progress and encouragement and consolation." I Corinthians 14:3 Amplified)

Others were standing behind Josh, and also praying for him to receive what Jesus told His disciples to expect, from the Holy Spirit.

("...you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses..." - Jesus, as quoted in Acts 1:8 ESV).

Josh said he felt an overwhelming power come over him; like when he came to salvation, x10.  He began to speak in another language, that he had never learned, as when others received this experience in the early church.

("And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance." Acts 2:4 ESV).

Josh had been attending a different type of Christian church for most of his life, but said that he was unfamiliar with this type of presence and power of the Holy Spirit, and with the manifestation of spiritual gifts operating in the lives of people/ministers during a worship service or otherwise.  The same thing was true in the days of the early church, when some disciples had not heard about nor experienced what Jesus told  His disciples to expect.

("And it happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the inland country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples.  And he said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" And they said, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit." Acts 19:1-2 ESV)

("And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying. Acts 19:6 ESV)

So Josh received this same Holy Ghost experience.  Since then he has experienced some amazing things.  He has shared his testimony with others, and says the Lord is all he wants to talk about.  He has had opportunity to pray for people outside of church, and they have been physically healed.  And  he has shared with me that his previous desire for nicotine and cigarettes has been replaced with a desire for more of the Holy Spirit in his life.  We are excited about what the Holy Spirit is doing in Josh's life, and also what He is doing in our midst...


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