cooperating with the holy spirit
There are times I wish it were possible to be transported back to the actual days recorded in the Book of Acts. One of those times and places was in the church at Antioch. The atmosphere was filled with worship because those in the church were filled with the Holy Spirit and they truly depended on Him for all they did. Their time of prayer was combined with fasting; denying themselves so their spiritual senses would be sharper and more keenly aware of His leadership.
As those dreams fade into reality and I think about what God wants to do in and through His Church today, I begin praying for a different kind of revival than we have ever had in the history of the Church. Most revivals in history have a dynamic start, but are soon reduced to historical fact rather than a continuing, present reality. What we see in Acts 13:3 is cooperation of the church with the Holy Spirit; “Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them [Barnabas and Saul] and sent them off.” In the previous verse, the Spirit had told the church to “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul”. They had no idea what the ten or eleven years was going to accomplish – spreading the gospel and planting churches from Antioch to Rome, all because one church chose to listen and obey the Holy Spirit. They identified with His work at that moment.
Where is this heart and commitment today? Whether we call it revival, awakening or renewal is beside the main point. What matters is that hearts stop thinking about ourselves and our comforts and start longing for God to give us repentant hearts for ignoring the Holy Spirit. I cannot describe what the Spirit will do, but I know it will multiply God’s work and bring Him glory. Are you willing to surrender yourself to the Spirit’s control and leading?
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