Thursday, July 23, 2009

Seasons of Divine Encounter

2nd/Oct/2006, 4:31 p.m. Shillong, India

The outpouring of the Holy Spirit in this current phase of revival is birthing a great hunger for God and His presence. The gathering of believers in most of the meetings of various church groups is experiencing transformation as men and women continue to "make straight their path" before the Refiner's Fire. One common word believers tend to receive while under the anointing is the return of Jesus for His people and hence the need to be prepared for that glorious day.

These days the presence of God is so strong whenever believers gather together, whether it be in large or small numbers. In the church where I pastor, for e.g., for a couple of Sundays we haven't been able to do the usual thing we'd normally do. Rather, it's several people sharing one after another of either the vision they saw, or the word they received or the burden and the leading of God they felt. Some people under the power of God tends to feel the pain and suffering of Christ on the cross. In one of our weekly gathering where we gather without any agenda but simply to seek the face of the Lord, a brother was on the ground for two hours or so, struck with the vision of Christ with the crown of thorn on His head and dark thick blood dripping on His face. Throughout that time all he sensed was the excruciating pain that Christ went through on the cross. Another lady on a Sunday went through similar experience although she wasn't on the ground for that long. They both realized and shared with us of the Savior's love for us and the sacrifice He made in order to make us His own. So heavy is the presence of God at times in our gatherings that people literally stagger to get up and get back to their seats. We're reminded of Solomon's temple on the day of it's dedication when the Shekinah glory descended and filled the house so that even the priest could no longer minister (2nd Chron 7:1-3). It's the Holy Spirit now ministering to us and through us to the Father.

In the meantime, churches and believers in different parts of the Khasi and Jaintia Hills continue to experience wave after wave of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Churches and church leaders which once spoke and acted against the baptism and the manifestation of the Spirit are laying down carpets on the floor of their chapels with the sure expectations of people falling down under the power of God. And when they get up from the ground then it's not uncommon to hear of them sharing about the vision they saw or the word they heard and the message they needed to convey to the congregation.

Copyright 2006 Reuben Pradhan

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