Saturday, April 21, 2012
WHY DOES THE CHURCH SEEM TO LACK POWER -- AND WHERE HAVE ALL THE GOOD REVIVALS GONE?
Acts 10:44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word A few weeks ago, a friend and I were discussing the account of the early church in Acts. She commented on the abundance of miracles that seemed to pervade early Christianity, and was troubled by what appeared to be a lack of spiritual power in modern-day church. I agreed with her. There is no denying that the ministry of the early church was much more dynamic. Holy Ghost power seemed to follow the apostles wherever they went, and miracles, signs, and wonders were commonplace. Many Christians wonder why there isn’t the same level of Holy Ghost activity in the modern-day church….why the church doesn’t seem to hold as much power, and why signs, wonders, and miracles have pretty much ceased. Truthfully, there are probably no easy answers to this question. However, careful reading of the book of Acts provides us with a spiritual model of the early church through which the Holy Spirit worked. Revival does not take place apart from the Holy Spirit. There have been many great revivals in history, all of which saw a tremendous move of God’s power, bringing conviction and repentance to thousands of people.