When I first became a Christian November 19, 2001 at Homer’s Coffee House, I went to my first denominational church. After doing many small groups and listening to the conversation of the Christians in the services, it seemed to me as if this was not the church that I had read about in the Bible, in Paul’s letters. And over time I concluded and agreed with Paul in Galatians 1 that the gospel that we have today is not the one that Jesus shared with Paul, and that Paul is encouraging the Galatians about in his letter.
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse! (Gal 1:6-9)
As I have been a quality manager for over 10 years, gap analysis is what I always do when comparing best practice systems with current state of companies.
By 2005 after years of frustration, I asked the Lord to direct me to people who knew the UNION experience Paul knew and lived out in his life. Paul did not care one iota about his own life and his own comfort. He only cared for the furtherance of the gospel. He was totally sold out for Christ.
By 2006, the same year I stepped out of paid work to answer a call to faith ministry at Heartland International Ministries, the Holy Spirit led me to two other Englishman like myself, first Leonard Ravenhill who met David Matthews as a young child who spoke about the 1905 welsh revival, and the other by the name of Norman Percy Grubb.
Norman knew union with the Father, and was close friends with Reese Howells, and C.T. Studd, the renown British Cricketer and member of the Cambridge seven. And at an annual gathering at Louisville, Kentucky he encouraged others to recognize and live out of their true identity, Christ as us.
Dead Not Divorced by Dan Stone (Dan was one of many who worked with Norman to get the truth out)
Like Paul and Timothy, Norman’s intercession was to raise up thousands of people in the knowledge of their true identity of Christ living in them as them, with no separation between man and God, seeing all life with a single eye, eating from the tree of life (not the tree of the knowledge of good and evil), recognizing ourselves as containers either filled with Satan (sin) or Christ, as as the old dead man is dead, the self-for-self is out and self-for-others life, live in lover is in. We live and move and have our being in Christ (Acts 17:28). The anointing within you will teach you all things (1 John 2:27). The fulfillment of Jer 31:33.
Two verses became my go-to verses for the next ten years as the truth of the ages was grounded and settled in me:
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 NIV
“The mystery of the ages, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Col 1:27)
I began to ask myself, if presented with the opportunity to share the Gospel with someone, could I? I asked the Lord, would you teach me how to articulate the Gospel message out, coherently, briefly, given the opportunity to do so? Immediately He showed me several people: David Hogan, Tom Fischer, Mark Marx, and Todd White. I consumed their videos testimonies like a starving man while remembering that Christ lives in me as me and this thirst is His thirst and love in me for the lost.
I asked the Lord to show me people who are living the life we read about in Acts. And then, on Saturday March 12th at 10pm I heard about Torben Søndergaard through Andy Firecharger and I was immediately excited because not only was Torben from Denmark (where I had worked at one time in my career before I move to America in 1998), but he used a very simple visual style of communication with paper on the board behind him. As I watched just a few seconds of the first video I immediately downloaded the videos and to load into iPhone and watch them at my leisure. I had discovered not long after that the same series was available in audio podcast which I also subscribed to. As a teacher of software, I try to keep things simple myself when I am teaching others using as many visual aids and videos as possible.
By Sunday March 13th at 3am I asked the Lord to find me a place in next Friday’s San Antonio Pioneer school kickstarter with Torben, and now I’m going to join hundred of others of like mind, who hungry for the reality of Acts as the normal Christian life in our generation. However as I’m watching the Pioneer School lesson 2 video Torben reinforces that I am already equipped to do the works, I just need to ACT from His compulsive love action in me as me, trusting my first love within me.
The Holy Spirit is calling all who are called by His name
As Don Blizard says:
The Last Reformation is now sweeping the earth in many countries and is now in every continent. The foundations of this movement have been laid throughout Church History, and has just now landed in our laps…
So this is it boys and girls! The preview of forthcoming attractions was in the book of Acts in your bible. The dogs bollocks, the big kahuna, the show you have been waiting for. This is the real truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth, this is the Acts of the saint of Jesus Chirst coming to your country, state, city, village, neighborhood, are you ready?
when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day (2 Thes 1:10a)
What has God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit been saying to you lately? I’d love to hear…
Update: Today 5/1/2016 Cindy Jacobs who excellent prayer resource I purchased many moons ago reconnected with me on twitter, and as I search for her I get linked to this article posted last month in Charisma News: The Fourth Great Wave of the Holy Spirit Has Begun
Father, Jesus and THE HOLY SPIRIT, you are amazing!