"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)
"He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 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 1:7-8 (NIV)
"And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory." Ephesians 1:13-14 (NIV)
Ps Geoff Cooper
Who are you Lord? (Acts 9:5)
This question was the start of a life-long journey of discovery, searching out the richness of Christ and walking with the Holy Spirit. The man that asked this question had status in religious circles and carried a zeal for the things of God greater than his contemporaries. Paul was the man with all the answers and yet everything he achieved fell to the wayside when he encountered the living God.
After this moment Paul's life was forever changed. He went from abusing the church to eventually establishing them. He wrote most of the new testament in which the heart of God is revealed to humanity and although he spent many lonely nights in prison, he never lost his hunger to know Him.
Philippians 3:8 in the amplified says;
"...I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him [of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly]..."
During this unusual time I encourage you to ask the question and expect God to reveal more of Himself to you.
Psalm 23 is one of my favourite Psalms, it’s words spoke to me so much when I was going through a hard time a couple of years ago.
I share it now because I know so many are going through hard times but we don’t do it alone. We have our ‘best friend’ there beside us leading us to a place of peace and rest in His luxurious love.
Fear can NEVER conquer us because He already has.
There is a spiritual atmosphere created by the unity of hearts and prayers that changes things.
During a recent C3 Global prayer meeting, I noticed shifts occurring in my spirit as we prayed together. I believe there is an anointing released from heaven when God’s people humble themselves and pray together. It can be tangible and very real. This anointing can break fear, anxiety, hopelessness and replace them with faith and hope!
As certain people prayed, I found my heart and spirit responding as I was engaging and agreeing with the prayers. Noticeable shifts were taking place for me and I would suggest for others taking part.
If my people will humble themselves and pray, seek His face & repent, he will hear us and forgive us and heal our land. (My paraphrase of 2 Chronicles 7:14)
This is congregational and group prayer; praying with others.
Can I encourage all of us to be involved with our online C3 Global prayer meetings and C3 Wynyard Engine Room Prayer because unity brings blessing to our lives!
Ps Geoff Cooper
Our God is the God of hope! That is his nature. (Romans 15:13)
When we put our trust in him, we have access to joy and peace.
Our God fills us with joy and peace. Joy is our strength and peace our quiet confidence.
As we trust the goodness of our loving Father, we will overflow with hope. This hope is not found in our natural strength but in the supernatural empowering of the Holy Spirit.
Ps Geoff Cooper