God is doing many new things in these last days. In Isaiah 43:19 He said, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” God is asking us, “Do you not perceive it?” If our perception is restricted to what we humanly know and can understand, we will not be able to perceive what the new things He is doing. Holy Spirit is the greatest teacher, and we have to yield totally to Him to open our spiritual senses to understand things of the Spirit and what God is doing in these last days.
Prophetic pioneer, Dr Bill Hamon wrote in his book, "Personally, I never want to be found resisting or fighting any new thing that God is doing within His church."
We all need to be transformed by the renewing our mind (Romans 12:2), and to let God have His Way as He is always doing new things. We must humble ourselves and not let pride get in our way to receive the new move of God. We cannot be like the religious leaders in our Lord Jesus’ days who could not accept Jesus Christ as their Messiah. There are much more that we can learn from the Holy Spirit.
We need to let God have His way in His Church to feed us with fresh manna or new wine (anointing). Otherwise, we will be left behind and miss what God has for each one of us to play a more effective role in this massive harvest of the Great Commission.
God is fire (Deut 4:23-24, Hebrews 12:29). So, it is not surprising that whenever He touches us, there is a supernatural reaction from our spirit.
As a Church, it is our responsibility to observe, test, discern and verify whether these reactions or manifestations are truly from God. Certainly, the acid tests are the Scriptures, verifiable universal experiences, and the fruit of the ministry as the final test.
We don't measure encounter by just outward physical manifestation. We measure it by a changed lifestyle and by the fruit of the ministry.
Never mock the work of the Holy Spirit. No one should be stumbled by the methods that He employs to transform lives. While we are not to copy the method employed by another ministry, we must also recognize the unique way God has instructed us to channel the anointing from our own ministry. Every one of us should be able to humble ourselves to acknowledge that the Lord has all the freedom to choose to manifest and channel His anointing in whatever way He wills and pleases. He is Lord! Not us.
A pastor invited me to minister in his Church. Having declined his invitation twice, I finally accepted his third invitation to minister at the Revival Fire International Convergence organised by his church. I was allotted 40 minutes to speak. With such a short time given, I gave half the time for three respected pastors to share their testimonies. They boldly testified and God backed up their testimonies with signs and wonders. The audience were amazed by the powerful move of God despite the given short time.
Without talking to me, the hosting pastor, after the Conference, accused me of ministering strange fire. The hosting pastor confessed publicly that he was influenced by a group of leaders from another ministry, who were at the Conference, to accuse AOF Global and I of ministering strange fire. They came with a motive to destroy AOF Global and my ministries. This was nothing new to me.
Dato Chua Jui Meng, Chairman of Revival Fire Movement, a fast-growing power evangelism ministry in Malaysia was one of the speakers at the Penang Convergence. He shared in the following video about this small group who came with the wrong motive to cause division. He warned the seriousness and consequence of mocking the work of the Holy Spirit.
Listen to his sharing vide the video link:
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 rumours about anointed men of God perhaps out of fear of losing some of the congregation to the person.”
When the Spirit of God and His glory rest on you, so does persecution and insult. 1 Peter 4:14 says, “If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.”
People will accuse you of being a cult and speak evil about you. They will want to destroy you, like the history of past revivals faced by people like John Wesley, John Sung and many others.
To God be the honour, power, and glory!
Dr Paul K P Ang
Arsenal of Fire Global
June 27, 2022
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