Posts Tagged ‘Holy Spirit-filled churches’

Lately there are 2 anointed praise and worship songs about rivers that I cannot get off my heart or mind. I wake up and they are literally singing over me before I am even awake. They are “The River” by Jordan Feliz. Not sure if this is his real name, but would be amazing since the translation would be Happy Jordan (River) from the Holy Land. The other is “In the River” by Jesus Culture on their just released 2016 album Let It Echo recorded live during worship services at their home church in Folsom, CA. This is a suburb of the city named after the Sacraments of the Lord: Sacramento, where in the natural gold was discovered in the very rivers that flow through this region: the Sacramento River and the American River. I have been blessed that God has deposited this amazing group of believers from Redding, CA into my own backyard a year ago. What amazing timing our God has. He is replicating from the natural gold history to the coming revelation of His glory through the signs and wonders which will soon burst forth from his remnant church. Let it indeed echo — our songs of praise. Evil has no defense against our raising one voice to declare our God is good, holy, pure and trustworthy. His sheep indeed know his voice.

In 2 Chronicles, Solomon builds a temple in Jerusalem for the Lord to be worshipped. In chapter 6 he prays to dedicate that building to the Lord God of Israel. As Chapter 7 opens, we read this: “As soon as Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and burned up the offerings. The Lord’s dazzling glory then filled the temple and the priests could not go in.” (2 Chron. 7:1-2). God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, so why do we as a modern church people settle for less than a manifest presence of God’s glory in our buildings? When Christ died for us at the cross, and rose again on the third day, we all became eligible to become God’s temple — by accepting the free gift of His Holy Spirit — so the glory of God lives in all believers — but why not in church buildings? When did we settle for less than God’s glory in our corporate houses of praise?

Continuing on, in verse 3, the people at this dedication ceremony respond to the glory cloud with this rousing affirmation: “When the crowd of people saw the fire and the Lord’s glory, they knelt down and worshiped the Lord. They prayed:

“The Lord is good, and his love never ends.”

Let’s all start praying earnestly, in faith, for the glory of the Lord to return to our churches and synagogues..that God’s Holy Spirit would be encouraged and welcomed — sought after with clean hands and pure hearts. What could we accomplish then as God’s people? Let’s not settle apathetically for less than what is available through God’s grace.

“May you, my God, be honored above the heavens; may your glory be seen everywhere on earth.” (Psalms 57:11)

If you attend a church with a neatly printed out order of service including songs and pastor’s message decided weeks before, this would be my question, “Where is the room for Holy Spirit to attend and bring the Glory cloud of God’s presence and determine what will occur that day?”  This question actually never occurred to me as a worshipper for the first 49 years of my life. I was raised in congregational Bible-believing churches…there were still hymnals and pews then…choirs and organs. We sat passively waiting for the pastor and worship team to perform. I had no idea a person could be an active worshipper.

Then I followed my newly-adult daughter at 18 to a church that is part of the River movement…where they ran a School of Supernatural Ministry. “What in the world is that?” I wondered. Well, I was soon to find out as JM began her two year schooling and we both now attended a church that focused on Holy Spirit — no order of service, worship/songs that go on until it is time in the Spirit to move on — services that last two hours.  You could feel the presence of God almighty when you entered. Banners are waving…worshippers are raising hands at the front by the alter. Prophetic words are given. Worshippers who need healing, or jobs, or… are asked to raise their hands. Other believers lay hands on them to pray in accordance with a three strand cord that is hard to break. When did we as worshippers ever buy in to the polite sit-quietly-in-our-chairs order of service?  This beloved church transitioned through bankruptcy, moved to a Roseville, CA storefront location and continued on.  Leadership passed to Matthew Oliver, Richard Oliver’s son. Holy Spirit is still very much present when I visit. But…we live far from there in another county. I still love my “Family” there.

The search for a new church home leads back to a traditional building in El Dorado Hills. Programs are printed. Stadium seats duly fill up twice a day on Sundays. I rarely feel the weeping that comes to me with discernment of Holy Spirit’s strong presence. I am often reminded of the dreams I have had where I sit in a large stadium church with padded seats and listen to the message then say, “The Holy Spirit is not here, I need to leave.” I get up and walk over and around all the people who proceed to get angry at me saying, “Can’t you see this is a fine building with fine chairs and fine people?” I am firm about needing a Spirit-filled church and leave over their objections.

This January1st — new year — new destiny —  feel led to start this blog to accommodate…what? Holy Spirit whispers that something will begin..change… progress…beginning 2/4 (February of 2015) and a place is needed for the testimonies of healing, deliverance, salvations, prophetic words. I have not idea how to start a blog or what it would look like. I am reading a book about a praying paramedic who has a blog. You can’t just heal someone in conjunction with Holy Spirit then just walk away. God’s healings demonstrate His Glory and goodness and should lead to further contact opportunities/mentoring/discipling. I decide to follow his lead to same site. Then there are many blog-site appearances…which one would you like Holy Spirit? I scroll through many options. This present Gray-grunge-urban red scrawl with a chain-link fence like my Pomegranates and Chains blog catches my eye and won’t let go. “Not really my style, but okay” I think and begin with first testimony.

“I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. HE has not created me for naught.”

– John Henry Newman