Here’s something I posted last night at our Facebook Page:
“What a terrific outpouring of the Holy Spirit we’ve been experiencing over the past week. The fire is awesome. There’s a great revival going on right now in our midst! It feels very much like we are reliving the Acts of the Apostles! We are seeing visions, hearing from God, filled with the Spirit, speaking in other tongues, prophesying, healed, praying all night, meeting daily… This is Holy Ground!”
Truly, the experience so far during the on-going 14-day praying and fasting spiritual journey has been indescribable. I have already requested for testimonies from members which I really hope to be able to publish here within the week.
When I announced this praying and fasting period, I was stunned by the level of reception I received from members. Everyone told me, “Pastor, thank you for this; I needed it.” I was blown away by the level of hunger and thirst for God that I saw. My people were literarily hungry and thirsty for God’s presence, power, and manifestation!
No wonder we are witnessing phenomenal manifestations!
And to God be all the glory.
But right now, the concern has certainly shifted to something else. I keep hearing people praying, wondering, and hoping that this revival is sustained, preserved, and even taken to new levels. Everyone is really afraid of going back to where things were before this revival. We want to maintain the momentum and the fire of the Holy Spirit.
As a result, I’ve personally been on my knees in prayer, asking the Lord for the keys to preserving His fire and anointing in our lives. This post is one of the several keys I’ve received from the Lord on preserving the revival.
The passion for souls
It is impossible to grow in the anointing and preserve this revival without a solid commitment to soul-winning. I don’t mean just preaching and sharing the gospel with people; I mean converting them to Jesus Christ.
I’m reminded of the passion that overtook me immediately after I gave my heart to Jesus Christ. I compiled a list of all my friends and set a day to fast and pray for each of them. My resolve was to fast for each person on a set day. Then visit him on the same day, preach to him, and get him saved!
Not long afterwards, a certain friend of mine visited. He had compiled his own list, and I was on it! I was the first on the line. He had fasted and prayed for me, and was in my house to preach to me and get me saved!
Meanwhile, he was number one on my list!
So, when I saw him, I was ecstatic. I thought that the Lord had brought him to me, rather than my going to him! So, I launched into my carefully prepared message.
He patiently allowed me to get through it.
Then with a smile, he told me he was in my house to preach to me as he had already gotten saved! A cousin of mine who was also visiting that day ended up listening to us talking about our salvation and got saved that very day!
Well, what a joy!
My friend and I immediately launched a campaign to preach to all of our friends and get them saved. And that was the beginning of a life of fruitfulness.
Empowerment for ministry
You need to understand that the anointing is giving for witnessing.
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
The power we receive when the Holy Spirit comes upon us is to become witnesses for Jesus Christ, from our immediate neighborhoods, to the ends of the earth.
It is empowerment for ministry.
It is the unction to function.
Just be a witness
Wonder no more.
Just start in your own ‘Jerusalem’, your own ‘backyard.’
Start with your friends, course mates, or colleagues at the office.
How about the folks that you meet in the normal course of your business – clients, customers, etc.? Begin right where you are.
Or maybe you are thinking "What in the world am I going to preach?"
Well, all you are expected is to be a witness. A witness is someone who shares his or her experiences, what he or she had seen (witnessed.)
"For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard."
It’s that simple; speak about what you have seen and heard!
When I went to preach to my friends, I simply told them the story of what happened to me on the 2nd of June, 1991 – the day I gave my life to Jesus Christ. That was all I knew to preach then. And till today, it remains the most powerful sermon I’ve ever preached to a sinner. Every place I’ve shared that story, hundreds have surrendered their lives to the LORD!
You have a story. Tell it and see it multiply in thousands of other lives around the world!
So, tell about your experience. What did you hear, and what happened as a result to influence you to surrender your heart to Jesus Christ? Tell that.
What exactly did you do to surrender? Share the steps of how you actually surrendered to the Lord.
Each of us has a unique experience. For some, it was a gradual process that took place over a period of time. For others, it was an instant and radical transformation that happened on a certain day. Whatever be the case, that’s all you are expected to share.
What happened afterwards? How did you feel? What were the positive results? How did it affect critical aspects of your life?
The person will, of course, want to know what to do in order to experience what you experienced.
When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?"
He then brought them out and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"
Well, you already know the answer, don’t you? You’ve already been through the process yourself! So, out with it!
Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."
They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household."
Use your own personal experience to explain how the individual can implement Acts 2:38 and 16:31.
Preaching the gospel and winning souls should never be a complicated thing.
Of course, I continued to pray and fast for my friends even after they had given their lives to the Lord.
I also went further than that to invite and persuade them to attend fellowship with me.
A lot of them are strong and established Christian leaders in various churches today!
So, a vital key to preserving the revival is to strongly commitment to soul-winning.