FILLED TO OVERFLOWING
For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.
I love the extravagant nature of God. He displays His infinite qualities in various ways. I love it when He displays His unlimited nature in, what some would say, excessive outpourings of His presence. That is what the day of Pentecost was about. The Lord began to show the overflowing characteristic of His Glory in huge outpourings of His presence. The disciples had experienced the anointing before, they had been with the “Anointed One” for three years. They had seen and felt a lot. They had also received a measure of His anointing that first Easter Sunday evening when Jesus breathed on them and said, “receive the Holy Spirit”, but the day of Pentecost was different. The power of His presence came down in a much greater measure, they were overcome by the Glory of His presence. That is exactly what John was talking about when he described, “grace upon grace”. The Lord was beginning to pour out greater and greater measures of His Spirit.
Recently, I attended an event in Colorado Springs hosted by John Bevere. While attending these meetings I was reminded of something that happened to me and our church in 1994. I was attending another event at the same hotel in Colorado Springs back in August of 1994. I called Parris in NOLA on Wednesday night and she began to tell me what had happened in our church that night. She described the incredible Glory of God coming down in our church to such a degree that many were struck speechless, others were overcome with unspeakable joy, and some, when trying to go home, were stuck on the pavement in the parking lot unable to make it to their cars. We had never experienced anything like this before, God was coming down pouring out his “grace upon grace” in our church. That outpouring began a season of incredible worship, harvesting of souls, (Beyond the Grave), and revival being birthed literally around the world. In a matter of months we were in the Philippines, Tanzania, Uganda, Singapore, Denmark, Norway, El Salvador, Mexico, and Costa Rica. God had come down and lives were being transformed. In our seeker friendly church world, many of us are afraid for “Pentecost” to take place. Without Pentecost, all we have is the form of Christianity, just words. Words without power can never change our world. Lord, visit your church again like the days of old, we want to hear the sound of the mighty rushing wind, we want to feel the heat of the tongues of fire, we want the river of Your Glory to flood our lives again. So don’t be surprised if “grace upon grace” shows up, that is exactly what we need, the power of the upper room.