Paul said it best in 2 Corinthians 11; I hope you’ll be patient while I go on like a fool!
I’ve served the Lord for over 25 years. I’ve seen my share of moves of the Holy Spirit. Some times people do get a little carried away. They might bark like dogs, or go pee in the corner for all I know. But that NEVER EVER means that God Hasn’t been moving. That doesn’t mean He’s not moving now. There’s an old expression, and I’m afraid it’s true; Some people throw the baby out with the bath water. They are afraid of things getting out of control. They are afraid of losing members. They are afraid.
Like the prodigal sons’ brother, they don’t want to go into the party. Unfortunately, they don’t want you to go in either.
But some things speak for themselves. I’ve seen miraculous healings. Recently, not years ago. I’ve seen people set free, and not just emotionally. Not superficially either, they’re still changed the next time you see them, and the next time after that. I’ve seen Gods people worshiping and celebrating His presence for hours.
Now I’m all for ‘solemn assemblies’, and if you feel that’s where you need to go in the season you’re in, then that’s what you should do. But you should feel Gods joy and strength even then. This is, after all, about Him.
It’s not my Intention to come off at all cocky, or to talk down to anybody, that’s something we all need to avoid. But there’s a truth that needs to be addressed, and it will not be served by silence.
God IS moving. A radical reformation of the church in our nation is at hand. No man can stop it. You can drop out and sit on the sidelines if you want, and ‘play it safe’. You can close your eyes, but it’s not going away. We need to be ready as Individuals and as congregations, for what God wants to do in our midst.
Don’t miss the ‘party’ out of fear or resentment. Scripture is full of accounts of how Gods glory and power fall in the midst of what some would consider a ‘party atmosphere’.
God had made the people very happy, and so on that day they celebrated and offered many sacrifices. The women and children joined in the festivities, and joyful shouts could be heard far from the city of Jerusalem.
The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
I will celebrate and be joyful because you, LORD, have saved me.
MAKE A joyful noise unto God, all the earth;
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise!
A river and its streams bring joy to the city, which is the sacred home of God Most High.
You have turned my sorrow into joyful dancing. No longer am I sad and wearing sackcloth.
This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!”
There was great joy in the city, for Jerusalem had not seen a celebration like this one since the days of Solomon, King David’s son.
2 Chronicles 30:25-27
The seventh time around, as the priests sounded the long blast on their horns, Joshua commanded the people, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the town!
Joshua 6:15-17 (There is power in this kind worship/obedience.)
And all the people followed Solomon into Jerusalem, playing flutes and shouting for joy. The celebration was so joyous and noisy that the earth shook with the sound.
1 Kings 1:39-41
The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration.
Have you Invited Jesus to your celebration? Some churches won’t let Him in because He messes with their schedule!
Then I looked again, and I heard the voices of thousands and millions of angels around the throne and of the living beings and the elders. And they sang in a mighty chorus: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered—to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.”And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. They sang: “Blessing and honor and glory and power
belong to the one sitting on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever.” Rev 5:11-13
This is the heavenly model. Millions of angels, and every created thing joining in worship. What more needs to be said? Don’t miss the party. I know I won’t.