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Signs For The Times

Signs For The Times

By on Jan 25, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

Why is it that whenever there is a move of the Holy Spirit in a Church or a town a number of Christians feel the need to go and have a look or try and experience it?  You’ve probably heard about a number of people who have done just that when the ‘Toronto Blessing’ happened, which started in 1994 at the Toronto Airport Vineyard Church nd more recently at the Victory Church, Cwmran in April 2013. At both locations there have been signs of miracles and other manifestations of the Holy Spirit. Some of these signs being demonstrated by laughter, shaking and crying. Are they hoping it is infectious and beneficial to them without having to put in any effort, riding on the back of someone else’s years of prayer and fasting?  We live in a society where everything is readily available where we don’t need to make an effort, e.g. microwave and fast food. Does this attitude exist in the pew where we are subconsciously shouting “Feed Me!” and wanting a home delivery? Is this a sign that ‘spiritual’ consumerism is alive and well within the church? I have never had that urge to visit places where there has been increased spiritual activity. Is that wrong? Have I missed out? Should I be seeking God wherever he shows up? It all seems a bit desperate. But maybe that’s where I need to get to – a place of desperation in which I will do anything to experience Him more. However, I’m not convinced.  I readily acknowledge people have been healed, restored and blessed in their journeys to these places and I praise God for that. But why doesn’t it happen to the same level back in our own churches?  John 3:38 says of the Spirit that it “blows where it wishes,” so I know we can’t dictate to God to whom or where he blesses. The thing is that I long for these wonders and signs to happen in my Church but what does it take for me to see that happen? Jesus said in John 14:12 – “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater...

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