The emergence of house worship

Have you noticed that quite suddenly we have gone from attending church services and worship gatherings in buildings, to now finding ourselves worshiping in our living rooms, on our own with God?

Is this frightening to you? No one to tell you when to sit, stand, yell out or high five someone? No one to see how you diligently serve in church or watch you respond by lifting your hands?

Well, God has been preparing me for some time now to “make my house, His house”, to create a place for Him to dwell. To stir up His presence and see His glory manifest in my humble dwelling.

Our family worship times have been the most gloriously uplifting and satisfying as we dance before the Lord, praying and waiting on Him.

What if we are transitioning into something greater? What if this time of so called ‘restriction’ is causing us to rely on the pure presence and glory of God?

Our homes are becoming His homes. From these places of worship we will see a mighty move of God that will spread from house to house across our nation.

Ask the Lord to make your house His dwelling place and expect a fresh visitation.

It’s all for His glory

Exodus 14:4 (NIV)
And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord .” So the Israelites did this.

How amazing that even when the enemy is chasing you down, God’s glory will be seen!

At the end of your battle, there is not only room for a miracle but it is awaiting you.

Are you being relentlessly pursued and taunted by the enemy? God I will use this as an occasion to do something miraculous and show Himself off.

What you thought was an attack is just an opportunity to bring glory to God!

Linger longer

John 4:39-42 (NIV)
Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers. They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

These Samaritians were so hungry for Jesus to remain with them He said yes! He stayed two more days!

Because of their faith and desire to spend time with Him, they inevitably drew out miracles and teaching.

They were no longer reliant upon the testimony of the woman at the well but they saw and heard firsthand for themselves. It was a transforming encounter.

If we carry this same passionate desire for Jesus, we will arrest the presence of God over our lives and cause Him to remain with us.

Let your hunger for Jesus cause Him to stop in His tracks and remain with you today!

Not by words, but by the Spirit

Acts 20:7-12 (MSG)

We met on Sunday to worship and celebrate the Master’s Supper. Paul addressed the congregation. Our plan was to leave first thing in the morning, but Paul talked on, way past midnight. We were meeting in a well-lighted upper room. A young man named Eutychus was sitting in an open window. As Paul went on and on, Eutychus fell sound asleep and toppled out the third-story window. When they picked him up, he was dead.

Paul went down, stretched himself on him, and hugged him hard. “No more crying,” he said. “There’s life in him yet.” Then Paul got up and served the Master’s Supper. And went on telling stories of the faith until dawn! On that note, they left—Paul going one way, the congregation another, leading the boy off alive, and full of life themselves.

Imagine that! While you are speaking, someone just falls asleep and drops out of the window! How humiliating.

Was Paul boring and monotonous as he spoke on into the night? I’m sure he tried to be exciting and persuasive.

It took a very sudden and dramatic disaster for God to get everyone’s attention. Through the Holy Spirit Paul raises Eutychus from the dead.

I love this! When we are weak, He is strong and His strength is shown through our weakness.

Paul’s actions while operating in the miraculous were far more powerful than hours of preaching about it. Without the manifestation his speech is dead.

God will follow through with signs and wonders as we enter into a place of faith and truth. As He reveals truth through His Word, we will never fail to be amazed at the miracles that will follow.

The power of your testimony

John 4:28-30 (NLT)

The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” So the people came streaming from the village to see him.

John 4:39-42 (NIV)
Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers.

They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Saviour of the world.”

This is a woman that has met with Jesus, had an encounter with Christ and knows her Saviour. He had spoken into her life and awakened her spirit. She is so on fire and taken back by His love, generosity and gentleness that she cannot help but testify in her village.

Scripture says that the people believed because of her testimony. It was her testimony that caused them to hunger after what she had just received. This fire then spreads across the town and before long many also hear from Jesus.

Have you met with Him, heard from Him or experienced Him? Then testify about your encounters with Jesus and together we will set towns and villages on fire for Jesus Christ.

As we give Him opportunity in our home towns by sharing our hunger for His teaching and presence, those around us will also declare “THIS MAN REALLY IS THE SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD!”

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