July 15th

"And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard these things.  Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles.  And they were all together in Solomon's Portico.  None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high esteem.  And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, so that they even carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them.  The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed."  Acts 5: 11-16

Why do we not see this in the church today for the most part?  What do we need to do, to see the presence and power of God in the church today?

* Do we have any fear, awe, respect for the Presence of the Lord?  If you read the first part of Acts 5; we see the tragic story of a couple named Ananias and Sapphira, who sold a piece of property but the lied to the Holy Spirit and said that what they gave was the full price, but they kept some of the money for themselves.  The problem was not the money, but the lying to the Holy Spirit.  And they both were died because of their sin.  But what was the result?  "Great fear came upon the church and city."  Where has the fear of God gone today, even in the church?

* Where are the miracles, signs and wonders?  What is the purpose of miracles, signs and wonders?  It is to lead people to Jesus Christ.  Miracles, signs and wonders are something that cannot be explained in natural terms, but it is supernatural.  When you read of most of the miracles in the Bible where did they take place?  Not in a church building, but out in the public.  Why?  Because it was the signs and wonders that would show people the power of Jesus Christ!  Signs and wonders would lead to salvation of other people, not just to make our lives easier personally.

* Where are the salvations today?  When there was the fear of God and the signs and wonders the result will be the reaching of the lost!  The greatest sign, wonder and miracle is the salvation of the soul!  "God is not willing that any perish but that all would come to everlasting life."  Our purpose should not be chasing after signs and wonders, but chasing after people who need Jesus Christ!

* What is the purpose of the Holy Spirit?  We must be filled daily to be used by the Holy Spirit in our daily lives.  We need to be used in all the gifts of the Spirit, because we never know what opportunities are going to be afforded to us today.  What gifts do we need today?  All of them: we read about them in I Corinthians 12:  Wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophesy, discerning of spirits, tongues, interpretation of tongues.  Why the gifts, because God wants His church to be used in the gifts to reach more people.  What is the most important gift?  The one that is needed at the time.  Our prayer should be Lord, fill me with Your Spirit so that I can be used in all of these gifts to reach more people for Jesus!

Lord, help me to be a vessel of your Spirit to those that You bring into my life today!

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