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Breaking Through to God

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I believe that God puts into the heart of every Christian a desire to know Him better. We don’t always know how to have a closer walk with God or how to experience Him more intimately. I personally didn’t understand for many years how to have a deep, abiding fellowship with Christ that the Bible talks about. It was through prayer and reading personal testimonies of some wonderful servants of God that I became aware that God wanted me to experience the abundant life that He had for me.

In faith I just reached out to God and told Him I wanted to know Him better and really experience Him. I chose to spend more time praying and seeking after God. Spending more time with God led me to some deep and serious evaluation of my life and resulted in some serious confession and dealing with sin in my life. I began to experience a deeper connection with Christ. My prayers were being answered and my life began to change. Worship became exciting for me and I had a new passion for spiritual things.
Knowing and sensing God’s movement in directing my life and speaking into my heart gave me a new sense and awe of the presence of God in my life. The personal testimonies that I had read about of how God had worked in other’s lives became my personal experience, and the Holy Spirit just lit my life.

The most exciting thing about this deeper experience of the presence of God was to know that God wanted this to be the experience for every Christian. I wanted so much to tell others about what God was doing in my life! I set out on a new course in life to teach and preach about how the Holy Spirit can fill a believer’s life.

My prayer for the church is that God would help each of us to experience Him to the fullest. When the Spirit of God is allowed to take over a church body awesome things begin to happen for the glory of God. May the presence of the Holy Spirit move so powerfully among us that we would be in awe and say what Jacob did in Genesis-- “surely the presence of God is in this place.”

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Missing the Supernatural

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For the last several weeks we have been looking at what made the first church great in Acts chapter 2. They experienced great times of being together for worship, Bible study, prayer and fellowship. They had a spirit of giving themselves, to God first and then to each other. They experienced a great sense of community and sharing with each other, and they were motivated to go out into the world and make disciples. The first church experienced tremendous growth as God moved through them and among them. It was exciting to be a part of the body of believers that God was using to accomplish His will.

What sets that first church apart from most churches today is their reliance on the Holy Spirit. The key to being the awesome church they were is found in Acts 2:4: "They were all filled with The Holy Spirit." This made all the difference in their lives and their approach to ministry. It was the Spirit who gave them the power to touch their world, and it was the Spirit who gave them a passion for the things of God.

The Holy Spirit working in each of our lives is what we all need. We need to be filled with the sense of God's presence with us, the power of Him working in us and the passion to serve Him. We can't replace Him with programs or methods or anything that we can do. We need Him to supply what we need. I'm excited about the challenge to be filled with the Holy Spirit and look forward to the tremendous release of power in the church as we come together and share in the awesome work of building God's Kingdom until He returns.

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