Stir Yourself Up Part 1

Wednesday March 23, 2011

Luke 15:11-32 is the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Both sons got their inheritance, but the one was faithful and the other one was wasteful. The father ran to the prodigal son. In a revival two main things happen. One thing is that the prodigals come home. People on the “outside” get saved. Critical spirits want to put requirements on the newly born-again converts. Let the Spirit of God clothe them and let the Holy Spirit be the Holy Spirit. The second thing that happens is that, just like the elder brother, some people get upset that the younger brother is in the kingdom. People who went through a previous move of God become jealous or offended at the new move of God. Watch it! We want the move of the Holy Spirit, so don’t let biases and boundaries restrict the flow. Oral Roberts joined the Methodist Church so that people who were healed through him wouldn’t worship and give attention to him rather than to the Lord. Pastor Dale told of a minister who heard about healing before he went blind, but only his wife knew about it. He preached healing, and although he had sugar diabetes and was blind, he received his sight back. Praise God! Another concern with the elder brother is the spirit of: “Why did You do it for him and not for me?” Understand that your body is the temple of God, and God lives in you if you’re born-again. God never leaves us. He is a very close friend. Everything that God the Father has, is ours. When others are being blessed, and you aren’t seeing it for yourself, the devil will tell you that there must be something wrong with you. Eph. 1:3 tells us that we are blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. All blessings begin in the spirit, and we receive them by faith. You already possess what you want. Rejoice with others. Complete the course. It’s your party too when the “prodigals” come home. Pastor Dale shared that some of the harvest in Japan is his because of what he sowed in Titusville for Japan. II Tim. 1:6 tells you that you are to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of hands. The younger brother prays to be used, and the elder brother complains that he feels used. What God gave us, He doesn’t take back. You can’t go further until the gift that is in you is stirred up. Go back to what God told you and stir it up.