The first preaching by the ‘newly born’ church in Jerusalem was done through the ‘new’ Peter who was filled with the Spirit. This was a powerful preaching! How do we know that? At the end of his short sermon, something happened that rarely happens in our churches today. “Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”” (Acts 2:37).
What God is looking for today is preachers who want nothing less than being filled with His Spirit. When we are, we will see God also bring deep conviction “to the heart” and there will be a commensurate desire for change – “what shall we do?” When the Holy Spirit is at work, we cannot remain the same. His work is regenerating and renewing (Titus 3:5). His work transforms us into the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Brethren, if God is not working in us through the filling of His Spirit, there will be little or no fruit in our ministry and our efforts will be spent in vain. There is too much at stake for us to be Okay with a powerless ministry. Fulfilling God’s command to make disciples is at stake! Preparing Christ’s Bride for His return is at stake! The glory of God is at stake! Will you cry out with me today for a fresh filling of God’s Spirit in us so we can see that the church, “His Bride has made herself ready”? Then we will really “rejoice and exult, and give Him the glory” (Revelation 19:7).
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