Years ago the late Kenneth E. Hagin said that if people were not taught how to flow in the Holy Spirit that the experience could be lost in one generation. When he was in his 70s, he was led by the Lord to once again hold Holy Ghost meetings to teach God’s people how to flow in the Spirit and experience the move of the Holy Ghost.
Years ago I recall Brother Hagin saying, “Now, give me some time to get back into the flow of holding this type of meeting”, since it is different from conferences where teaching is the primary objective. And so he obeyed God to save a generation from losing that experience of flowing in the Spirit.
I believe we are in the generation that is losing that witness and reality in our lives because most ministers don’t have a clue of how to be used of God in this way. And if Brother Hagin had to get ‘back into the swing’ of flowing in the Holy Ghost in that dimension, how much more would it take most pastors who have never experienced flowing in the Spirit to teach their people this kind of spiritual sensitivity and yieldedness?
Maybe we need some Holy Ghost meetings to cause people to hunger for more than what they are settling for, and so they can ask their pastors, why don’t we have a move of the Spirit like that in our church?
You can’t expect a 3-point message and video-enhanced Sunday service with a manicured sermon series and matching hand-out cards to transform lives. None of those are wrong in and of themselves, but they can’t replace the reality of the Person of the Holy Spirit. What have we become?!
What audacity to avoid any demonstration of the Holy Spirit for fear of offending people! Doesn’t the Scripture tell us that tongues are a sign to the unbeliever? Wasn’t it the demonstration of the Spirit, and the gifts in operation that drew most of us to God and out of dead lifeless religion?! Holy Spirit encounters didn’t drive us out of church; it drew us in every time the doors were open! Remember those days of hunger and excitement?
People are hungry for the real thing and dumbing down the gospel, forbidding tongues, or refusing to let the Holy Spirit have His way is robbing this generation and all that follow of the supernatural power that we so desire and desperately need to make it in these end times. There is a demonstration that will draw all men to Christ because the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus.
A VISION GIVEN TO A PASTOR
Recently I had a vision. I was running with the Spirit and in the Spirit… praying in tongues, ministering in tongues and interpretation of tongues, and in the gifts of the Spirit. I was thinking about the moves of the Holy Ghost that we have experienced over the years, and the signs and wonders we’ve witnessed, and then I looked down at my hand and I was holding a baton and still running.
I felt the need to turn and pass this baton on to the anchor generation. I was quickened in my spirit that this baton represented all and more of the richness that we have experienced in the Spirit, and as I turned, I could not see anyone to pass the baton to. My heart was alarmed as I knew that there was someone there to grab it and run, but I couldn’t see them. Realizing this I wanted to slow the pace down but I couldn’t. I started to shout to encourage the anchor person to focus and run fast and hard to catch the baton.
After pondering on this vision I realized that we have such a responsibility to not give up at all no matter the condition of the church. God will have His way, and we just need to stay busy training and giving room for the demonstrations of the Spirit, so those that are hungry will run the race, and the baton will be passed to a generation that will go deeper and further should the Lord’s return tarry.
Our Holy Ghost forums that we’ve been privileged to be a part of carry the purposes of God to train others through teaching, sharing the wealth of experiences and making way for the demonstrations of the Spirit and power of God. Each forum has been increasingly powerful and rich.
I choose to focus on what God IS doing and believe with the eye of faith that the anchor generation is catching up and will finish the race. Glory to God!
This is the theme of my new book, Passing On The Move Of God To The Next Generation. This is a critical and timely message for the body of Christ and its ministers to grasp.
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