Acts 2:17 ¶ “And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Last weekend there was an outpouring on some of the youth at our church. There was extended times of prayer and worship Friday and Saturday nights that was marked by stories of visions, trances, new converts speaking in other tongues, and quite a large measure of unspeakable joy. As a matter of fact it continued throughout Sunday into Sunday evening. One of the young women from the meetings was obviously deeply touched (laughter and spiritual intoxication) and prayed for everyone at Sunday night church with the laying on of hands. It was awesome. Many stray away from these spiritual manifestations because of being afraid of the flesh. It seems like not much has changed over the years. R.T. Kendal describes the same dilemma in the time of George Whitefield and John Wesley.
“Reformed people today tend to applaud the ministry and success of someone like George Whitefield whom God used mightily in England and New England. But I wonder what they would have thought had they been alive then and seen some of the fallout of his preaching—when people laughed, cried, shouted, and barked like dogs! Many cessationists today would have called George Whitefield’s ministry strange fire. John Wesley fiercely criticized Whitefield for allowing fanaticism to exist under his preaching. Whitefield acknowledged that not all that took place under his ministry was of God. Some of it was of the flesh indeed. “Then stamp out the flesh and what is false,” countered Wesley.
“But,” said Whitefield, “if you stamp out what is of the flesh you will stamp out what is real as well.” You have to let what happens flow. It is part of the stigma of true revival. Nothing is perfect in this life. In other words, when God comes in power, you should expect to see things that make you cringe. But we should not let this stop us from welcoming the Holy Spirit with open arms—even if the devil gets involved too. Expect this. Revival simply does not come in a neat and tidy package.”
I love the outpouring of the Spirit. It makes some people uncomfortable, but it always has. I say do it again Lord. Our world needs to be awakened from its sleep. Maybe you have drifted far from your spiritual moorings; what is the answer? We need another visitation of the Lord.