In the Days of Awakening
“As it was in the beginning” was the phrase on my lips first thing this morning. I was pretty sure it was a song but didn’t know which one, as it turns out, its What a Beautiful Name by Hillsong.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…The Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit…And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (Gen. 1:1–2)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:1-5)
Revival Quote: “Revival is not the discovery of some new truth. It's the rediscovery of the grand old truth of God's power in and through the Cross.” - Sammy Tippit
Hebrides Revival Account
Startling things Taking Place Outside the Church
"As the preacher came out of the church the Holy Spirit swept in among the people in the road like a wind. They gripped each other in fear. In agony of soul they trembled; many wept and some fell to the ground under great conviction of sin. Several men were found laying by the side of the road in such distress that they could not even speak - yet they had not been anywhere near the church!
"So great was the supernatural moving of God that most of the homes did not escape the conviction of the Spirit, and the routine of business was stopped, that the islanders might seek the face of God like Nineveh of Bible Days. The town was changed, lives and homes transformed and even the fishing fleet, as it sailed out into the bay took with it a Precentor (musical director), to lead them in prayer and worship singing."
- Quote from The Famous Hebrides Revival By Kathie Walters
The Works of the Holy Spirit
The names and terms for the Holy Spirit relate to his power, activity and presence in the world.
To the World
Holy Spirit Testifies about Christ (John 15:26)
When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me.
Testify: G3140 to be a witness, to bear witness, i.e. to affirm that one has seen or heard or experienced something, or that he knows it because taught by divine revelation or inspiration.
Holy Spirit Brings Glory to Christ (John 16:13-14)
13But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. 14 "He will glorify Me.
Glorify G1392 to render (or esteem) glorious; full of (have) glory, honour, magnify.
Holy Spirit convicts the World of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:8-11)
8 "And He, when He (Holy Spirit) comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me;11 and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.
David Guzik’s Commentary says; He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment
a. Sin is the truth about man, righteousness is the truth about God, judgment is the inevitable combination of these two truths.
b. He will convict: Men cannot come to an understanding of sin, righteousness and judgment apart from the Holy Spirit. In its insanity, the world regarded Jesus as a sinner, itself as righteous, and it ended up pronouncing false judgment on Jesus Himself.
c. Because they do not believe in Me: It is unbelief, the rejection of Jesus, which proves one to be a sinner. “Christ is good and holy and pure; to reject him is to convict oneself of being opposed to goodness and holiness and purity and love.” (Erdman)
Holy Spirit Relates to and Reveals Christ (John 16:1-14)
To the World and to Us
13b He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come…14 He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.15 All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.
The Holy Spirit’s ministry is revealing Jesus to us and the world. He has many different ways, and many different gifts He uses to accomplish this, but the purpose is always the same: to reveal Jesus.
Holy Spirit Workings in Mark
This chapter begins with Jesus being rejected in His home town among His neighbors. Due to the peoples unbelief (or familiarity) to Jesus. Verse 5 says, He could do no miracle there except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And He wondered at their unbelief. Jesus sent out the disciples, anointed them to cast out demons, heal the sick and preach the good news. Jesus feeds 5000, although He told his disciples to perform the miracle…"You give them something to eat.” We see the miracle of multiplication. Jesus walking on water…50 they all saw Him and were terrified. But immediately He spoke with them and said to them, "Take courage; it is I, do not be afraid.” 51 Then He got into the boat with them, and the wind stopped; and they were utterly astonished,52 for they had not gained any insight from the incident of the loaves, but their heart was hardened.[in fact their hearts had grown callous had become dull and had lost the power of understanding]. Jesus also went from village to village healing the sick.
Read: Mark 6 - Write down what the Spirit shows you.
Ask Holy Spirit to teach you of His acts and His ways.
Cry Out for God’s Presence to invade your life, church, city and this nation!
Ask Holy Spirit to cause your eyes to be open to discern the times.
Ask Holy Spirit for a fresh infusion of the reverent fear of the Lord.
Ask Holy Spirit to impart in you a greater hunger for righteousness.
Agree with Jesus’ prayer in John 17 for oneness / unity among the Body of Christ.
Wait in His Presence, get under the spout of heaven…Go out, perform the works of the Holy Spirit.
54 Immediately the people recognized Him, 55 and ran about that whole country and began to carry here and there on their pallets those who were sick, to the place they heard He was. 56 Wherever He entered villages, or cities, or countryside, they were laying the sick in the market places, and imploring Him that they might just touch the fringe His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well. - Mark 6: 54-56
OH, THAT You would rend the heavens and that You would come down, that the mountains might quake and flow down at Your presence--As when fire kindles the brushwood and the fire causes the waters to boil--to make Your name known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Your presence! - Isaiah 64:1-2