Day 10 - The Life in the Spirit Should Not Be Common (Ordinary) - NT Example of Revival

Beloved,

Receive the lyrics of these new songs as prophetic words for your life. Get under the spout of Heaven in these days!

Sharon

Behold, I AM Doing A New Thing!

Receiving What I did Not Ask For

I have received three new songs since Sunday morning - to be clear, I’m not a song writer. I haven’t been involved in the worship aspect of the Church since the late 90’s and even my involvement was being a support singer.

BUT, many years ago, in the late 80’s my hearts desire was to write songs, produce an album and be used of God in worship.  

On Sunday driving to church the Spirit came upon me and a new song was released Behold I’m Doing A New Thing…unfortunately driving prevented it be recorded. 

Here are the few lines I can remember: Behold, I’m Doing A New Thing (3x), Position yourself under the spout of heaven (3x), For I AM pouring out new wine (3x), It’s new, not yesterday’s manna 

This morning waiting upon the Holy Spirit, the instruction came to read Acts 10 throughout the reading a new song came forth:

Life in the Spirit should not be Common

Life in the Spirit should never be common (6x)... Angelic assistance (3x) is our portion…visions, visions, dreams and visions are our portion…Go, go, go says God (2x) doubting nothing (3x) for I am sending…radical conversions (3x) are waiting to happen... people are waiting (3x) to hear the Kingdom message ... don’t call common (3x) what I have called precious... in truth (3x) God shows no partiality... all those who call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved (2x) preach the message (3x)...peace comes through (3x) Jesus our Savior(3x) … signs and wonders (3x) they are our portion... outpouring of the Spirit (3x) will come to those who hear the message (2x) … preach My word (3x).... signs and wonders will follow (3x)… baptize (6)… signs and wonders (3x) are your portion.

  • Common: ordinary; of ordinary qualities; without special rank or position; of the most familiar type.

All throughout the New Testament from Jesus to John the Revelator nothing they did was common / ordinary. We, as followers of Christ, the Anointed One, are invited to walk an uncommon life. We are commissioned to go beyond the works of Jesus into the greater works - the land of Promise is a supernatural one! We can and should be going forth, and preaching every where, the Lord working with us and confirming the word with signs following. (Mark 16:14-20) 

Not only are we called to bring forth individuals into the Kingdom but we are called to transform Nations — this is what we see Peter doing in Acts 10.

Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

The beautiful thing about Peter in Acts 10 — God took him to one man and his extended family who happened to be Gentiles (another people group / nation).  A few years ago Heidi Baker spoke to a pastors meeting Steven and I attended, the pastors were so eager to hear her ‘revival’ strategies; she oversees thousands of churches around the world. The pastors kept pressing her, she become disturbed by their pressing, then she told us her testimony of going to Mozambique. Upon sharing her story she said: “If you are not willing to stop for the one, you will not minister to the massess.

So many of us have tremendous vision but if we aren’t willing to start with the one, we will not see the great revival / vision come to fullness!

LET’S PRESS INTO LIVING AN UNCOMMON LIFE - A SUPERNATURAL LIFE!

Here’s the third song the Lord gave me: Pouring Out My Spirit, on You!

I am pouring out My Spirit on you. I will pour (3x), I will pour out My Spirit on you! I will pour out My Spirit on your sons and your daughters, I will pour out My Spirit on you. Dreams and visions you’ll see (2x) dreams and visions you will see in this hour. 

Yes, Behold I will do something new in you, behold, I will do something new. I will pour out on you (3x), on your sons and your daughters they have visions and dreams. On your sons and your daughters I will pour. For behold, I do something new (2x) behold, I am doing new things. Don’t look to the past, don’t look to the past, look forward for I am moving now. I am pouring out My Spirit (3x), on you! So, look up My beloved, look up My beloved, look up for I am pouring out on you.

There is a spout (3) there is a spout being open from above. So get under My spout, get under My spout (2) So get under My spout my loved ones, because I am pouring (3) My Spirit on you. Yes, your sons and your daughters will see visions, visions, visions, they will see with eyes they have not seen, they will hear with their ears, they will know in their heart, they will be drawn back to Me says your Lord.

I say to you, don’t worry, don’t fret, for I see your loved ones, your husbands, your wives, your sons, your daughters, your granddaughters too! For know, for you are to know that My heart is for you. And as you cry, as you lift your voice in praise. I will COME, I will COME for My Spirit is moving in this hour. Can you not perceive says the Lord? 

For I am doing something new, I am doing something new, so get under the spout of heaven. Get under My spout, I will open it over you, pour out My Spirit on you. On your sons and your daughters, yes, on your sons and your daughters, I am pouring out My Spirit on them too!

Revivals in the New Testament

The historical records of the New Testament cover approximately 60 years. Half of these cover the ministry of Jesus and half present the growth of the early church. It is not too difficult to find authentic revival within these records because it is everywhere.

For 400 years the Old Testament saints had been waiting for the coming of their Messiah King and His kingdom. First, when John the Baptist, then Jesus. burst on the scene they declared that the Kingdom of God was at hand. At last God’s manifest, dynamic, observable and powerful kingdom had come. This kingdom rule was now available and accessible and was suddenly invading the world of men. What we call ‘revival’ was simply the multi-facetted in-breaking of the Kingdom of God. It brought a sense of God’s presence, the conviction of sins, acts of awesome power that swept multitudes into the new, vibrant faith called Christianity. After Jesus' ministry the early church carried this breathtaking ministry into the known world. The Gospel was preached, signs and wonders were exhibited, conversions were realized and Christian churches began to fill the landscape.  This is the stuff of revival is made of!

The entire historical record is really an account of authentic revival and because it is unquestionably Biblical, today’s church would do well to re-examine its pages, discern the process and return to the pattern of revival it portrays. It depicts a new era of the Spirit, prophesied in the Old Testament, and personified in the Person of Jesus. It was the Spirit that fell upon those early disciples that thrust them into the world to blaze a trail of revival wherever they went.

Revival at Caesarea – Acts 10-11

Peter’s short visit to a single household in Caesarea brought a revival to a single extended family (this was so much more than reaching a single family - the gospel was being opened up to a whole new people group - - - as Heidi Baker says, when you stop for the one…God opens the masses), which is probably the type of revival we should all be seeking God for! This time the event was clearly initiated by God. It had to be. Whoever would have volunteered to go into the ‘forbidden territory’ of an ‘unclean’ Gentile household and deliver what had been up to this point, a Jewish message? 

So God took the initiative and sent an angel to a Roman centurion called Cornelius and gave an apparently grotesque vision to Peter, the prince of preachers. The unusual tactics worked and Peter arrived to speak to a prepared group of God-fearing but unconverted people.

Peter almost reluctantly recounted his vision and then briefly spoke out a bare outline of the Gospel. Before he could conclude or make an appeal, the Holy Spirit fell on the hearers. They were instantaneously converted, spoke in tongues and worshipped God! This was revival!

Peter’s subsequent defense of these events reveal that it was the arrival of the outpoured Spirit which bore such close resemblance to his own experience at Pentecost, that convinced him that this was an act of God. He also concluded, therefore, that ‘God had granted repentance unto life’ to the Gentiles there (Acts 11:15-18)

The distinct elements of this revival were:

  1. God initiated the event by an angelic visitation and a vision.

  2. Cornelius gathered a crowd and prepared them to receive something from God.

  3. Peter arrived and preached the gospel

  4. The crowd repented and were converted

  5. The Holy Spirit was poured out on them

- Tony Cauchi  2009 (Sharon thoughts in parentheses) http://www.revival-library.org/index.php/pensketches-menu/historical-revivals/new-testament-revivals

ACTION 

  • Read: Acts 10-11

  • Cry Out for Revival for God’s Presence to invade your life, church, city and this nation!

  • Pray to become an uncommon believer…actually to be a New Testament believer!

  • God is doing new things with us in this hour, what is the Spirit doing in you?

  • Wait in His Presence, get under the spout of heaven! Listen, write down whatever Holy Spirit speaks to you.

For I will pour water upon him who is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground. I will pour My Spirit upon your offspring, and My blessing upon your descendants. - Isaiah 44:3