Friday, 28 April 2017

A Home for You

Giving God time to move, in our meetings.
If we give the Holy Spirit the chance, He will move.
Sometimes we give Him the chance - then later we go back to filling our run-sheet with other things, and He patiently waits again.
"John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it ABODE upon him.
And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and REMAINING on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost" (John 1:32,33).
A dove seeks rest for the sole of her foot. If she finds it and then the place is disturbed again, she flies away. But with Jesus, the Spirit came upon Him and remained on Him, abode on Him.
In some places, the 'dove' comes, but flutters around unable to find a steady perch for the sole of her foot, never really landing.
They feel flutters of the Holy Spirit sometimes. Little brushes with His wings. Little winds, some people coming under the touch of God, or they might just sense it in the air. That's the dove wanting to land.
Other places see the dove land properly, see a move of the Spirit - but only for a meeting, and then the place gets disturbed again, and the dove flies away.
But what we want is for the Spirit to find in our church a place to remain, to abide - in our meetings, every time.
For it to become the Spirit's home.
Then people will hear about it, and will come from far and wide, because people are thirsty for the Spirit.
The way to give the Spirit a landing-place in our services, is to allow time in the service for His touch to spread into a move and for His manifestation to end-up being the thing, the focus.
But we make Him a home in our church, by letting Him do so every time - by letting Him do what He wants everytime He wants.
Giving Him time doesn't mean just replacing the sermon with an extended time of music instead. It means let the touch of the Spirit spread throughout the room to become a move of the Spirit, and then let the move of the Spirit bring manifestations of the Spirit for all to hear and see and respond to.
To see this take-off congregation-wide, and run its full course, and reach its peak potential - we needn't let music and singing from the stage continue to be the dominant sight and sound in the room during that part of the service - because whatever comes from the stage tends to dominate the room, and therefore the touch of the Spirit only really takes second place while there's still a lot of input coming from the stage.
Believe me, this works - tone the music down a lot once the touch of the Spirit comes, stop singing - and you'll see the move of the Spirit spread like dominoes across the congregation.
And when it's spread congregation-wide, even that's not the end - we can go from a few people being touched, to a move upon the whole congregation - and then to manifestations of the Spirit coming through, for everyone to hear and see and be edified and exhorted by.
And then we can do so every time we meet - every time He wills - not just rarely.
Then we've made a home for the Holy Spirit, not just a place for Him to frequently visit.
And there'll be much fruit.
And the Lord Jesus will be glorified!

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