This past Monday, Nov. 2, we attended a day of worship prayer and seeking God for revival in El Salvador at a conference attended by over 1,000 people lead by UNESA “Unidad Evangélica Salvadoreña” (Salvadoran Evangelical Unity). This event has gained momentum…you can see more on the Facebook page. It was a powerful meeting, and one of the keys to this movement is the unity, which I addressed in the last post “How Deep do the Roots Go?” which we are experiencing in the Foursquare church as well.
Keeping with our plant analogy, for at least one more post, sometimes we need to change the pot which we have planted in. We were encouraged by Marco Barrientos to embrace a restructuring of our personal lives and churches, in order to contain the outpouring of the Holy Sprit, and to see our investment as multi-generational and Claudio & Betty Freidzon to pay the price of SEEKING hard after God and the power that He has available.
Our past Convention approved the changing of our bylaws for the National Church, which to many may seem as a very mundane administrative detail, but our President Anamim de Garcia, and the board have embraced this is a spiritual and possibly even prophetic act for the future. In taking each article and subpoint piece by piece, scrutinizing each word and the ramifications of it, we are preparing a new “wine skin.”
Luke 5:35 The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.” 36 He also told them a parable: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it on an old garment. If he does, he will tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. 37 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed.
Jesus had been discussing why His disciples didn’t fast, why they didn’t subject themselves to this…and He answers in a significant way. He says that when He is gone, the paradigm will change, and His followers will also have to change. He also told His disciples that it was better for Him to leave, because He was with them, but when He leaves, “…I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth,…You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” You see, while Jesus was with His followers, they learned from Him, but it was external. Not until He left, could the Holy Spirit come and actually transform them from the inside out.
We were so encouraged and believe that we are in the process of changing the container, the structure, reviewing the way things “have always been” allowing our church culture to be modified so that we can contain the “New Wine” that the Holy Spirit desires to fill us with.
But, as I have read, heard and even at times experienced, revival starts at the individual level and spreads to the organizational level. My question today, what is there in you, and in me that needs to be changed, reorganized, reviewed…what areas of our daily routine can be tweaked? What relationships need to be repaired, phone calls that need to be made? What prejudices do we hold, how do we need to modify our view of what is right and wrong?
God has some INCREDIBLE things to be released on His people, how badly do we want to be a part of it?