On Sunday, Pastor Jeremy Johnson continued our series "Church of Power" by reminding us that just as a guitar needs to be tuned after it’s been played, we need to be retuned as well. We are called to be a wave of His glory; dreaming His dreams, carrying out His vision, and speaking His word. We were never meant to live off of second hand revelation.
When we start to read His book for ourselves, we start retuning our hearts to what God actually said, and not to what people think He said. We have lost our way and have made theologies on how we feel God would want things to be, instead of going into the Word and seeing what God has destined us for. Life with Jesus is not just about getting to Heaven, but it’s about bringing Heaven to earth. Acts 2:17 states,
“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”
He wants to interact with us just as He interacted with the early church. He wants to reveal to us the things of Heaven through our eyes. That’s why there’s such an attack on the eyes of this generation. What we see becomes our reality. We must guard our eyes as we would guard a city in battle. This was true for the disciples as well. They had opposition. People tried to shut them up in ways that we can’t even fathom, but even so they did not change their focus. They saw the impossible displayed through the life of Jesus, therefore they lived in the impossible. They saw people healed through their shadows! They saw a murderous man become a Holy Spirit filled preacher, teacher and martyr.
Why then do we not see the miracles of the early church in our everyday lives? Because we’ve reduced our relationship with God to sinners saved by grace, but it’s so much more than that. It’s true we were sinners saved by grace, and we could do nothing to earn our salvation, but now we are saints born to see and experience Heaven coming to earth; demolishing strongholds of sickness, anxiety, and fear. Read the stories of the early church to see what you were created for, and ask God to baptize you in the Holy Spirit just as He did with those in the Upper Room so that you can begin to experience and walk in the power of the Gospel.