God wants us to be captured with awe for who He is and what He is doing. This is why it is so important that we notice God is working in our midst.When Jesus came on the scene things started happening that startled the people. They were captured by surprise by the wonders the Lord was performing among them. When miracles happen now, our spiritual senses become heightened, almost like a slap in the face, when God does something extraordinary.
We should be in passionate pursuit to see the "awe of God," and even the fear of the Lord, restored among us.
Luke 5:22-25, "But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answered and said to them, 'Why are you reasoning in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, your sins are forgiven you, or to say, rise up and walk? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sin— He said to the man who was paralyzed, I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.' Immediately he rose up before them, took up what he had been lying on, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. And they were all amazed, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, 'We have seen strange things today.'"
Experience a "Wow" of His Glory
We should have days like this where God gives us an experience that wakes us up to His reality. This is not just His presence that I'm talking about. His presence is first and is the person of who He is, but it's His power that also has a way of shaking things up. When His power is manifested it causes us to "stand in awe" with an experiential understanding and a "wow!" of His glory.
Another benefit of God's power being at work among us, is that those who don't know God are struck with a healthy fear of God, conviction of sin and the need to come to a place of salvation. When people see that God is alive it changes everything. No longer can they argue with their minds, but they now have to deal with the truth of the living God!
The Necessity of Operating in Spirit and in Power
I really believe the Church, as a whole, has been led to believe that havingdemonstrations of the Spirit and power of God isn't necessary. But this was essential to the Gospel that Paul preached.
1 Thessalonians 1:5, "For our Gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake."
The message of Good News, "the Gospel," is followed by the reality of God's goodness being demonstrated in people's lives. For then, the reality of God's glory is touching people physically; bringing healing, restoration and health in dramatic ways that cause people to "stand in awe." The awe of God is essential to our lives. Ask yourself if you have ever been struck with awe because of something so amazing that God has done which caused you to step back.
If so, may it happen more often! If not, pursue God in such a way that it will happen. I'm sure blind Bartimaeus, in retrospect, was glad that he did not have sense enough to keep quiet when Jesus was walking by on that day and everyone there benefited from his miracle as well (Mark 10:46-52). (To Subscribe to the Elijah List go here.)
Overflow Global Ministries is the ministry of John and Brandi Belt. The heart of their message is that God's greatest desire is to indwell His people with His presence. They believe that man was created to be inhabited by God through His Spirit. With a sincere devotion to God through the Holy Spirit, people can live in a place of overflow in His presence. This overflow translates into touching the lives of others through living encounters with God. When John and Brandi minister, the intimate presence of God is manifest - being accompanied with demonstrations of God's power to heal, revive, and restore.
John Belt's Itinerary:
November 5-6, 2016 (Sat 6pm/Sun 10am)
Gulliver's Awakening Gathering!
Speakers: Bonnie Jones and John and Brandi Belt
Hilton Garden Inn
5300 Cornell Road, Blue Ash, OH 45242
January 19-21st, 2017
The Voice of God Prophetic Conference | Cincinnati, OH
Rick Joyner, Steve Shultz, John & Brandi Belt
Worship with the Overflow Band
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