Pastor Lewis Cushman.
There used to be a time that some people said don't go to that church of God over there, they are Pentecostals. There is a bunch of hootin and hollering going on... But then the presence of God fell, people were delivered, saved, and healed and the church was filled. People became born again and there was a revival that changed the community. Today we need a Pentecostal revival, a personal revival between you and God. Something that will change your life and how you live for God.
“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:1-4 KJV
FOUR THINGS WE NEED FOR A POWERFUL REVIVAL.
A REVIVAL OF PASSION:
Q: Why is it that there are so many things that are not mentioned behind the pulpit in America today? Pastors are more worried about if they are offending people then preaching then word.
Q: Why is it that people want entertainment over hearing the Word of God.
DO: We need to come into the house of God and worship God.
DO: We need to hear and apply the Word of God to our life.
If we come to church and there is no worship or Word then there is a problem with the church.
If people do not hear and see Jesus in us, then the passion of God is lacking in our life.
The baptism of the Holy Ghost is there to give you power.
There is more to it then just coming to church on Sunday morning and sitting in a pew.
On the day of pentecost they could hear them in the streets.
If there is a passion for God, then the church will grow.
A passionless church is a church that has left its first love.
A REVIVAL OF COMPASSION:
True passion will create compassion and a desire to minister to the needs of others.
There is no passion without compassion. Love people and let God change their life.
Pentecost is not about receiving the baptism of the Holy Ghost and then just sitting in your pew. It is a game changer for the Christian life. The fire of the Holy Spirit will change a person from the inside, the they will change on the outside. It makes you want to do things for God.
Q: Are you reaching the lost?
Q: Do you know anyone who needs Jesus?
Q: How much time do you spend praying for your church?
Pure prayer power will prevail. God answers prayer.
Q: What is lacking in most churches today? PRAYER.
If the church will not pray, there will be no power.
If there is no power, then there will be no change.
“Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.” 2 Timothy 1:6 KJV
It is time to stir up the gift of God.
A REVIVAL OF POWER:
When they came down from the upper room they turned the word right side up.
The disciples reached outside of the 4 walls of the church and God touched people.
If there is no power, then there is no spirit.
“God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God. Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.”
Psalms 62:11-12 KJV
It is the power of God that will bring deliverance in change in a church or a persons life.
A REVIVAL OF PRESENCE :
The early believers lived in the presence of God. People knew they were Christians.
There were led by the spirit. They had the power of God moving through them. They brought the church to the world.
“One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.”
Psalms 27:4 KJV
If you are living this life with out victory over sin and you seem to fail at every turn, then you need the fullness of God's spirit in your life. Take some time to pray and ask God to fill you till it overflows from the inside to the outside. Why settle for a few sprinkles of God presence when you can be filled with the power to overcome the problems of this life.
Once our motto was "In God we trust" now what are people trusting in?
Three foundations needed for a Godly America.
1- The family.
2- The church.
3- The government.
“In the Lord put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain? For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart. If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? Psalms 11:1-3 KJV
When will the violence in America finally cause the church to wake up.
Students killing students. Thieves winning lawsuits against the people they robbed.
Students being told they can't sing the national anthem with out a permit. People rioting I the streets. People don't want God, the cross or the 10 commandments. There is a crumbling going on and the church needs to WAKE UP!
THE CRUMBLING FOUNDATION OF THE FAMILY:
The term "family" itself is being distorted and destroyed.
What was God ordained, is being replaced with a Godless union.
Family is what ever you want to call it. The Bible says Honor your MOTHER and FATHER.
Fathers are more concerned about their job then their children.
Parents are to be mentors to their children.
God has instituted the family and the home. The ungodly want to destroy it.
Today people ask why do they need God? It is all too sad that some day they will find out.
Q: What does the Bible say about raising kids?
1- “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sit in thine house, and when thou walk by the way, and when thou lie down, and when thou rise up.”
Deuteronomy 6:5-7 KJV
2- “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
Proverbs 22:6 KJV
THE CRUMBLING FOUNDATION OF THE LOCAL CHURCH:
The church is another institution ordained by God.
“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18
Preachers in the past used to preach the word of God.
They preached that if you were not right you would die and go to hell.
They preached that we all needed Jesus, or we will perish.
What has happened to the church?
There is compromising of the word of God being don in most places.
SIN IS SIN. WRONG IS WRONG. WITH OUT JESUS YOU WILL PERISH.
1- People have chosen the ways of the world over the word of God. They don't want church.
Today people don't want anything todo with Christians, they publicly call them names and try to force them to forsake the Bible or face fines.
2- Christians have also chosen the ways of the world over the word of God. They don't want to live holy.
“Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.” Jeremiah 6:16 KJV
3- Preachers have chosen the way of the world over the word of God.
They serve money over God. They cater to the wealthy in their church and pass over the needed.
Q: How could this happen in the church? People don't love God like they used to.
“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” Matthew 24:12 KJV
Something needs to happen in America. We need to wake up, we need to be prayed up.
The church needs to repent. No more compromising to please the world.
THE CRUMBLING FOUNDATION OF GOVERNMENT.
Government is an ordained institution.
Our government was founded on the concepts within the Ten Commandments, now they don't even want them on court house walls.
Q: What's wrong with the 10 commandments ?
Q: Which one do you not want followed?
Freedom is also giving a new definition. Freedom is to obey what the government tells you.
Control what people say and you will eventually control what they think.
Freedoms are being taken away. People are being sued because they don't want to violate their faith. Bakers, bed and breakfasts, photographers, florists, and yes even churches.
Rights of the ungodly are given, as godly rights are being taken away.
You kill unborn children, but not cut down a tree without a permit.
Tolerance is now about forcing people to believe like the world. It is telling people to disregard what theBible says and follow what the county says. Laws are being passed here in Osceola county that will fine a church if they don't accept the ungodly life style of the world, regardless of long standing church doctrine. So much for four walls, now they want to control the messages of pastors. Churches will have to hire and fire staff members according to government ordinances of face fines and lawsuits. When people are being forced to violate their faith of face fines and lawsuits, there is no more tolerance.
THE BIG QUESTION,
WHAT IS CAUSING THE CRUMBLING?
The curse of SIN has infected America. America has tolerated sin in the past, and now most embrace, and celebrate it. People are proud of their sin and declare it openly.
The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left. Isaiah 24:5-6 KJV
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. , do you really think you can live in sin and not pay the price? God is not mocked what ever a man sows they will reap. Time to Pray.
Message by Lewis Cushman, St. Cloud Church of God. Edited by Matthew Law Via I-Pad
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