“And afterward I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. Even upon the menservants and upon the maidservants in those days will I pour out My Spirit.”
Joel 2:28-29 (AMP)
When I was an associate pastor at a megachurch there was a change in the senior leadership. It was not going well. Staffers were exiting. The congregation was shrinking. There were internal conflicts, resentments between pastoral staff, and plenty of gossip. It was a mess. The best word I can use to describe our gatherings is “dry”. We tried this program and that program but all seemed lifeless. Everyone seemed only to be going through the motions.
God began to stir my heart to pray and gather together several other like minded. We began to meet at the church early in the morning to seek God.
After some time, the Lord instructing me to wash my pastor's feet during our first service on the upcoming Sunday. I tried to convince myself this thought was from the devil, but to no avail. We were all having a hard time submitting to one another. As the thought would come to me throughout the week, I would try to push it out of my mind.
On Sunday morning as I was brushing my teeth, God’s spoke to my heart. More accurately, yelled at me. His voice raised to a lever in my heart I’d never experienced as He said sternly, “Wash your pastor’s feet!”. I was shaken to the core. I knew I must obey. I called a friend to prepare the bowl of water.
As I stood before hundreds of people at our first service, during my regular slot to give announcements, I informed them I needed to obey God and to please have patience as I do. Without an explanation I approached my pastor on the platform with a bowl of water and a towel. I slowly removed his shoes and socks and proceed to wash his feet over the bowl. I finished and took a sead next to him, each of us staring silently at a bewildered congregation whose eyes were like saucers. Nobody moved. All were like statues. The awkwardness so thick it seemed you could cut it with a knife.
As the entire place lie paralyzed, I feel I needed to do something. I proceeded to the pulpit having no idea of what to say. I opened my mouth. What came out was, “I have washed my pastor’s feed physically, but all of us need to wash his feet spiritually.” As those words proceeded from my mouth, what happened next was shocking.
As I stood staring in awe from the podium, every person in the entire back row (there were about 30 rows of seats) at the very same time, fell to their knees crying out and weeping. The next row followed in the same way. And the next and the next. From the back to the front, row by row, they fell to their knees, cried out and began to weep.
It was an outpouring of the Spirit of God! Then His wave hit the platform. It was tangible. I felt it in my body and at once the entire worship team sprang to life. The entire congregation sprang to life. The Spirit of the Lord filled His body and we came to life. Healings and miraculous sign began to explode. I could tell of many more wonderful things that took place in the days that followed, but space does not permit here.
At that moment I understood. His presence is His program. Without the Anointing we can to nothing. The outpouring of the Spirit of God and the Body of Christ are inseparable like two sides of a coin. It is in the Holy Spirit the Church fulfills the purposes of God.
Oh, children of God, let our cry to Him continue to be “LORD, POUR OUT YOUR SPIRIT!” until we receive His power and glory from heaven upon the church.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NIV)
“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them." Acts 2:1-4 (NIV)
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