Last week, I had a conversation with a friend who told me stories of what her dad had encountered in Columbia. He visited a Church, like many others around the world, who had had experience in seeing God’s power move dramatically and miraculously here on earth. She described it as a place where the Spirit of God was obvious and very real!
After her dad came back from this place having had an encounter with God, miracles began to happen when he started to pray for people. Scars would physically drop off faces, marriages were being restored, and non-Christians would turn up at his house, out of the blue, wanting to know how they can be saved.
For some reason, unknown to me, my friend’s dad went to this church in Columbia, encountered God, and was able to bring back something of what God was doing there to wherever he ministers here. I don’t know how that works. I don’t understand why that happens. But, what I do know and trust is that God wants us to know Him more here and now, and become more aware of His presence here and now, in the UK, wherever we are and whatever we find ourselves doing.
God’s presence and power are things that blow my mind. They are things that I certainly haven’t figured out yet, and unsure whether I ever will here on earth, but what I do know is that I want more. Whoever God is in His fullest, whatever the Holy Spirit can do, whatever God’s presence looks like and feels like, I want more. I’m hungry for it, I’m thirsty for it, and I’m not sure I can continue without it.
When God told his people to build the tabernacle, in it was a place called the holy of holies which is where God’s presence lived. When Jesus died on the cross, the curtain separating the holy of holies from the rest of the building was torn in two.
This moment is described in Matthew 27:51-52, ‘At that moment, the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart, and tombs opened. The bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead.’
The presence of God no longer lived in one place, but in each of us who have received Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. In Romans 8:11 Paul tells us this, ‘And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.’
What God is doing in Columbia sounds really exciting! How God has chosen to show his power in Columbia sounds ridiculously appealing. However, we mustn’t look to another and simply like the idea of what is happening, but we must grow a hunger for God himself where we are.
In 1 Corinthians 4:20 Paul says, ‘For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.’
Are we thirsty to see and experience more of His power, whatever that looks like? Are we hungry for more of His Holy Spirit, whatever that looks like? I am! Pick me! I’m so ready (I think)!
All I know is that there must be more than this! Anyone else?