This the account of Smith Wigglesworth’s baptism in the Holy Spirit. The point that sticks out to me is that Wigglesworth had already received and endowment of power and was walking in healing and miracles, yet he knew there was more. He compared his own experience with what he saw in the lives of the apostles and it caused his heart to yearn for a greater baptism. I feel strongly that we must not build our theology around our barrenness. Too many are settling for less when so much more is available. We develop theology that supports our lack, rather than anchoring to the power we see demonstrated in Jesus and the apostle’s lives as our standard. If we would, as Wigglesworth admonished, “Only believe.” All things are possible to him who believes.” (I edited this testimony slightly to make it more readable)
I want to burn.
I want to be gripped by the fire of God.
I’m provoked by stories of men who were wholly possessed by God. Roberts, Brainerd, Whitefield, Finney, Edwards, Seymour, Lake. Just the mention of their names stirs my heart and creates a longing for more of God in my life.
I’m equally provoked by my own dullness. I find my life too tidy, too presentable, too tame. I want a heart that’s inflamed, consumed with passion, moving with fervor and zeal. How about you? Do you want to burn? Read More
The greatest need in our nation today is Revival. In fact the ONLY hope for America is Revival. We must have a massive move of the Holy Spirit to answer the extreme problems we face. Nothing else will do. There is no other prescription. God-birthed, God-breathed Revival that gives way to the Third Great Awakening is our only hope.
First off… My apologies for the lack of blogging during the month of March. With the addition of weekly awakening services my schedule and life has been turned upside down. Hopefully I’ll find the blogging rhythm once again. Here’s an update on the awakening meetings and some additional thoughts.
We just completed our 10th weekend of extended meetings and my heart is so grateful for all that the Lord has done and simultaneously so hungry for more of His presence. This past weekend we baptized 20 people and saw several more give there lives to the Lord. My favorite baptism was a guy that got saved, spirit-filled and slain in the spirit last weekend and then baptized in water, making a public profession of his faith, this weekend. The fun part is that he works at IHOP (the pancake place). Read More
As a young believer I remember hearing testimonies of men and women who had experienced power encounters with God. I had been saved from a life of dark sin and adopted the mentality that since I had gone after sin with great fervency I wanted to pursue God with even greater passion. I wanted all that God had. Read More
How do I explain what happened this weekend? It’s nearly impossible to communicate in a blog, but I will do my best.
Let me start by saying that I have a great distaste for hype or self-promotion. I have a great value for reality and truth, especially when it comes to testifying of the works of the Lord. I dont’ think exaggeration helps anyone. With that said, I hope what I share next stirs your hunger and faith.
This past weekend at IHOP-Atlanta we had a leadership summit with about 70 leaders from around the nation. We were gathering to receive strategy and impartation to build the houses of prayer. My good friend David Sliker, from IHOP-KC, has ministered with me and others in this event for the past five years. This year was different because He and I were the only speakers. Read More