In a world where there seems to be a peaked interest in the realm of the supernatural, imagine the ramifications of the Church of Jesus Christ when she is fully engaged and taking the lead in this arena. The Bible gives exact parameters for the release of the supernatural power of God. Over the centuries, most of the Church's involvement in the supernatural has primarily been in the area of preaching of the Gospel. Obviously, preaching is the accepted “power of God” in action and the drawing of the Holy Spirit that brings a person to the place of accepting Jesus as their Savior. However, how much have we, the Church, thought about the release of the supernatural in the context of worship?
Paul, the apostle, gave us some understanding of God's purpose for the supernatural, which is expressed in prophetic things and says it is meant to “reveal the secrets of men's hearts”.
Imagine the likelihood of this supernatural ingredient in your worship service? What if the Holy Spirit gave you information about someone present whose grandmother lived in a log cabin, and would sit in her rocking chair and read God's Word to her children and grandchildren, then pray aloud for them and their destinies?
Crazy? Not at all. Scary? I suppose that would have been the case, especially if God had never used me in this capacity before. But it did happen, when I was leading worship at a church in Central Oklahoma a few years ago. The man lifted his hand and said, “You're talking about my family. How did you know?” I told the man God allowed me to see it in a brief vision, and, when He reveals something like this, He is definitely willing and poised to do something powerful in his life. The man had been cold in his relationship with the Lord for several years, but immediately rededicated his life to the Lord!
This kind of worship opens up a limitless amount of opportunities to reinforce God's love and desire to speak to His people. Also, there is an air of expectancy cultivated in a church where the supernatural is flowing. People really need to know that the worship service is about more than just singing and other generic activity coming from the platform. Let there be the return of many “joyful shoutings of salvation” to the House of God. Surely worship can usher in an atmosphere where lives are saved, healed, restored, encouraged, liberated and made alive through the supernatural presence of God. This does not, in anyway, minimize the need for the preaching of God's word. However, it does show how the supernatural in the context of worship proceeds the planting of the seed of the Word aftyer hearts have been somewhat awakened to God's love and plan for their lives.
What do you think? Is this our future? Are we simply re-discovering a promise from God? If not, what is it? But, if so, what would keep any of us from going for it without the slightest reservation?
Posted on Wed, January 20, 2010
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