Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Constant Multitudes

My early morning reading was in Acts, and my prayer is for revival of the Spirit within me and all of us. I always want more of Jesus, and more of His Spirit and the Gifts He offers, more of His Spiritual blessings, for they are all offered to me. More transformation of the soul to look like Jesus! While I was reading in Acts this morning, I paused in chapter 5, verses 14-16:

And all the more believers in the Lord,
multitudes of men and women,
were constantly added to their number, 
to such an extent that they even carried the sick onto the streets and laid them on cots and pallets, so that when Peter came by his shadow might fall on any one of them.
Also the people from the cities in the vicinity of Jerusalem were coming together, bringing people who were sick or afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all being healed.

Okay, does anyone else find this verse amazing? I do! MULTITUDES of men and women were CONSTANTLY added to their number. Not just a one day event, but CONSTANTLY. So, that would be like our churches today, constantly adding a multitude of men and women to their congregations. Can you even imagine?  It was such a big deal, people were laying around on the streets, they had to use pallets!
Peter, the guy that once denied Jesus three times, was now so full of the Spirit of God, that when he walked by all these people, they were ALL healed. God healed them through Peter, just like that! And, then more came, and they were healed, etc...
I pause, and I wonder, what happened? The Spirit of God is in His people now, but when I walk by a sick person they aren't healed. So, why not? How come multitudes of people are not constantly coming to my church, or any of the churches in my community?  What is going on here?
If we, as God's Bride, have God's Spirit, when will we heal the sick, raise the dead, give sight to the blind, and raise our hands in praise and jump for joy?
Jesus? I'm going to keep on asking this, and I know you will answer. I'm going to Say That Again, MULTITUDES were CONSTANTLY added!

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