Friday, June 12, 2020

Hosting the Spirit of Glory (1 Peter 4:14)

The history of past revivals shows us that with every new move of God, God births new generals. God’s Generals such as Maria Woolworth-Etter, Evan Roberts, William Seymour and John Wesley had the Glory of God resting mightily upon them. 

Though these God’s Generals were deemed crazy, radical and controversial, they too had their own tears, their laughter, their successes, and their failures. They had all been persecuted, misunderstood, betrayed, slandered, as well as being honored and loved.

Such sufferings are but a mark carried by a true disciple of Jesus in order to share in His glory. “Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory” (Romans 8:17). 

If you are called to be a forerunner or a revivalist, don't think that when the Holy Spirit starts moving, people are going to love you. Just like the book of Acts, when the noise of stirring and moving of the Spirit begins, so does persecution. People will accuse you of being a cult and speak evil about you. They will want to destroy you, like the history of past revival faced by people like John Wesley, the famous evangelist John Sung and many others.

In every revival meetings, when God shows up in His manifest presence and glory, so will the Pharisees in their self-righteous to accuse, spread gross lies and rumours about the anointed vessel that God uses.

For instance, Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people (Acts 6:8). His face was like the face of an angel (Acts 6:15). When he preached the truth at the Sanhedrin, the people especially the religious leaders were furious and gnashed their teeth at him (Acts 7:54). They covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him (Acts 7:57-58).

This is what may happen to an earthly vessel when the Spirit of glory and of God rests on the person. 1 Peter 4:14, “If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.”

A man of God quotes: “Glory is the manifested presence of Jesus. Revival is filled with stories of His manifest presence resting upon His people. HE lives in all believers, but the glory of His presence comes to rest on only a few.”

Dr Jack Deere wrote: "Think of the controversy that swirled around Jesus, then around the apostles, and since then around every major move of God in history. No man of God has carried a great anointing without having to bear the kind of accusations. The religious leaders would spread gross lies and rumors about anointed men of God perhaps out of fear of losing some of the congregation to the person. However, Jesus told his disciples, "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me" (Matthew 5:11).

May this one minute sermon encourage you to press it on your calling!

To Him be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 

God bless you!

Paul K P Ang 洪 光 炳
Arsenal of Fire Ministries, California 
Arsenal of Fire Global

June 12, 2020


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