May 6, 2008

The Anointing Begins....

For three days now I've walked around lost in thought about the power of God. On Sunday, at our church we experienced one of the most real encounters with the Holy Spirit that I have ever been a witness to. During communion we worship and sing as people take their turn going up to the table. After we go to the table if we have a need we are free to go up and have Pastor Dewey pray for us. This past Sunday so many people went up to pray with Dewey that the needs of our body became overwhelmingly apparent. The Spirit of God showed up bit by bit by bit and took over the sanctuary and our service. We felt the need and the call to pray one for another bear one anothers burdens....and the walls of self fell down .....humility and healing took over and finally I believe we became what we have been trying to reach for so long..... WE BECAME.....ONE.

It was no coincidence that Jennifer played "They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love" as the offertory ... or that the lady from Italy talked about singing "They Will Know Us By Our Love" at the healing service that she and Sheryl were at. It was our was finally time...for God to make us the one unified body we have been seeking to be. It was a powerful Holy Spirit experience that has been coming for a long time...and arrived....right on time.

Most of you know that I have the great privilege to be able to coordinate our Sunday Prayer Team at church. On occasion I am able to write to them the things that God lays on my heart. Below is the message I received this week.

Good Afternoon Warriors,

I don't know about you but I am still on cloud nine from that service yesterday. I just keep thinking about how the power of the anointing fell on our service. I was praying early Sunday morning as I was getting ready for church. I kept praying over and over...God please show up and let us feel you everywhere. How was that for an answer? I just love praying for our church. Any time that I think of EMC during the week I pray for God to bless this church and it's people. Still...truthfully I am usually amazed and shocked when he does. Isn't that just the way we are as people sometimes? We pray and even expect great and mighty things....and when they happen we are like....I can't believe that just happened....

My friends....I don't know about you ... but I believe the anointing is starting to fall on our beloved EMC. We have all felt it is coming for a long time. We have fought a hard battle and we have been faithful with all we had. God has kept his hand on us and he is beginning to show us who we can be in him. There was an amazing power that fell on our service yesterday. I felt it almost from the beginning. As the service continued....the Spirit continued to fall more and more. It hung heavy and thick in the room...a Spirit of expectation and relief to finally release new life into us. As the worship time started....someone came to me and said ... Someone is getting healed right now in this service...I don't know who it is but someone is. I was joyful...looking around ...wondering who it was. As communion went on....more and more people went to Pastor Dewey to have him pray for them. I kept thinking to it them you are healing? On and on it went...heavier and heavier the Spirit took over the sanctuary. It was thick with the power of expectation and humility. Our needs are so many. They have been building for a long time. As the service went on....the heaviness of those needs were finally released to the ultimate healer... and they walls of self fell down. We came together... in need and in expectation....and we prayed to our ultimate healer....and we were healed.

I don't know how many may have actually been physically healed...but I do know this....we as a congregation...drew close and put our walls down and confessed our hurts, our needs, and our fears....and the Holy Spirit....the holy agent of change....showed up and we will never be the same. Didn't you feel his power falling? Don't you want more? He has more for us friends. More than we could ever hope, dream, or even begin to imagine.

These are important days in the life of our church. We have a lot going on and there are important decisions to be made. God has a plan for us. Things are starting to happen and the power is falling. We need to get ready my friends. God isn't looking to do small things.... He is looking to do great and mighty things with willing servants who seek to show the world who he is.

We have been praying now for over a year for the anointing to fall on our Pastor, our families, our church. It is happening... Right Now! We need to continue to pray now...more than ever before. God is at work. Give your all, serve with all your heart, and above all ...PRAY!!!