A REVIVAL WITH POWER NEEDED
Peter and John were prayer partners. At three o’clock in the afternoon they were praying in the church. They were not mowing the lawn or getting their hair styled, nor were they playing golf or taking their afternoon nap. All these things, like mowing the lawn, getting hour hair styled, playing golf and taking an afternoon nap represent the American lifestyle of the church. We live in a time that these things many times take priority over prayer and serving in the church; therefore, our nation is paying a dear price because of “No True Revival.” But not Peter and John, they set an example for us, they were full of the power of Jesus, they were praying at three o’clock in the afternoon. They were about their father’s business. As a modern day church we want the same power to heal the sick, raise the dead and cast out devils, yet our lifestyle has no room for Jesus! Peter and John were charged up with the presence of God because they spent time with Jesus. They reflected the one they were spending time with. What or who do we spend most of our time with? In America we have become, in many cases, a powerless church loaded down with programs, agendas, entertainment, and extra curricular activities. This is causing many to grow lukewarm in their relationship with Jesus. Demon rulers have taken over our Nation’s Gates, while church watchmen sleep. We have been pulled away from the presence of our God by the cares of this world.
CHURCH WATCHMEN ASLEEP
As we read further in this chapter of the book of Acts, it reads, “And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.” Acts. 3:2-5. This lame man was carried daily to the gate Beautiful so he could beg for his daily bread. Now, I know this man was tired of being a cripple who was always dependent on others. He was a man in much despair and hopelessness. As the lame man looked upon these two apostles, he sensed that they had something to give him. He immediately held out his cup expecting a few pennies, that he so desperately needed, when to his surprise, Peter said, “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” Acts 3:6. Peter was not a man who had silver and gold because he had let go of all his worldly possessions to come and follow Jesus. He was not consumed with chasing after success and the almighty dollar, but rather followed hard after his New Profession—A Fisher Of Men. This new profession caused him to be full of Jesus Christ of Nazareth and he became a carrier of His Holy Spirit. “And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.” Acts 3:7. Peter did not hesitate, not even for a moment; but, convinced in his heart, reached down to this lame beggar and up he came—his feet and ankle bones healed in the name of Jesus! “And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.” Acts 3:8. This man needed no coaxing to come to church. There was no presentation on how good the church was, or enticing with the color of carpet, or how big the youth group was and how many programs they had, or how many activities he could attend, but it was the Genuine Power Of God that “Healed Him” and “Drew Him” into the church doors of the temple. This man was no longer a crippled and lamed beggar, but rather he became whole by the Power of God and he walked, leaped and Praised God. What a testimony he was to the people who had seen him earlier at the GATE BEAUTIFUL!
AMERICA IN DISTRESS
Many came to the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and the early Church Grew because of the many Signs, Wonders and Miracles that ushered in "Great Revival!" PRAYER WARRIORS WE NEED THAT POWER AGAIN! Why is true revival not happening for us in America? Oh yes, I know that there are God’s Mercy Drops in a few places in our country, but why only a few? What do we need to do to bring a “Glorious Wave Of Revival” to America just like the one Peter and John experienced? Before we answer the above question, let us talk about another Great Man of God who holds some keys and answers for us. “Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach.” Nehemiah 2:17. As we look at this scripture, we see that in Jerusalem were also a people void of real revival because there were No Watchmen On The Walls! We can say the same: today the distress in America is alarming. We are overrun with moral decay, drugs, alcohol, sexual perversion and crime. The Church Is Lukewarm—a lot of Big Empty Words with No Power. Where are the Watchmen On The Walls and those who Guard The Gates in America? Nehemiah has the answer and his message still speaks the way for us to go. The Gates Of Our Nation are burned with fire and the enemy is camped out there. He comes in and out with his Pornography, Humanistic Values, Rape and Stealing of all our best industry. He is slowly but cleverly turning us into a One World Country, Dependent on a One World System instead of a Nation Dependent on the One God, with the "Great Blessings" he has originally intended us to have. Next Thursday 2/25/10 will continue with LET US REPOSSES THE EAST GATE OF GLORY - THE GATE OF REVIVAL! DON'T MISS THIS EXCITING MESSAGE. Thank you so much for reading this message. If you would like to make a copy or copies of this newsletter, you are welcome to do so. Make sure your copy is in it's entirety and the message should not be changed. Judgment messages are very serious and those declaring them carry a big responsibility. Hilda Arredondo's name and her website http://www.uipwc.com/ and e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org should accompany this message as you print it. If you have any questions or comments please e-mail us. At this point we have no representatives outside this ministry and all business for the ministry is handled by hilda arredondo, 253 Blossom Rd, Opelousas, La. 70570 (337-948-1501)