Luke 19:37-4437 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.
41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
42 Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.
43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,
44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.
1 Peter 2:11-1211 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
Titus 2:11For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Every person has had their day of visitation from the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Every person has felt that stirring of the Holy Spirit when He comes to bring some light of truth. He comes to give needful and important instructions, to guide in the path of righteousness.
How have you responded when the Holy Spirit has come to you with correction and counsel?Have you told the Lord, “Yes, Lord, I will do that.” And you did not.
Have you told the Lord, “Yes, Lord, I will go.” And you went not.
Have you told the Lord, “Yes, Lord, I will change.” And you are the same.
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to you many times to teach you how to stay saved. Did you listen? Did you forget?
The Apostle Peter told us that when sinners behold the way we live, talk, dress and act, our conduct will cause them to listen to the Holy Spirit in the day that He comes to visit them.
Can the Holy Spirit use your life, your testimony, your example to help them listen to Him when He visits them?
2 Peter 3:1-71 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
· When the minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ delivers the message of truth and salvation which the Holy Ghost has prepared for you;
· when you are stirred by the Holy Spirit as you listen to the message;
· when you recognize that a portion of the message is just for you;
· what do you do?
Most people hesitate, analyze, evaluate, reason, think about it, put it off and eventually forget it.Most people do not have the motivation or self-discipline to consecrate themselves to do all that the Holy Spirit calls them to do.
2 Corinthians 10:12For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
When the Holy Spirit gives us instructions, should we look around and see if someone is doing what the Holy Spirit has told us to do? Can we excuse ourselves from obeying the Holy Spirit because we don’t see anyone else doing what He tells us to do?
“Well now we know we have been cautioned to not get out of line and become some D.S. Warner or some spiritual hero.” Has Satan used that thought to pressure us into becoming lukewarm?
John 21:21-2221 Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?
22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.
Has the Holy Ghost ever told you to do something that you did not or do not see others doing?
Isaiah 28:12-1312 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.
13 But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
When God would have given the people rest, they would not hear Him.When God visits you, will you listen to Him.
Acts 3:17-2117 And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers.
18 But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.
19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:
21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
When the Holy Spirit speaks to me, it is so encouraging. It makes me strong and I desire to do all that he asks me to do. I want to be obedient and fully consecrated to do His perfect will. I want to be full of the Holy Ghost and prepared to do the work He calls me to do. I must walk in the Spirit when the Spirit speaks. I must walk in the light of truth if I want to have fellowship with Jesus Christ who is the light of the world.
Why has fellowship been broken so many times in the history of the church of God? It is because when people were visited by the Holy Ghost, they did not take heed to what He said? They thought about it, looked around at others, waited and eventually forgot about it.
What did the Holy Spirit say to you the last time He visited?Do you remember what He said?
Are you doing to do it or forget it?
It is apparent to me that many ministers and people who claim to be church of God are not walking in the Spirit. The evidence is seriously lacking which would proved that most people claiming to be saints are full of the Holy Ghost.
The great commission is not being carried out in this day in which we live. The reason the great commission is not being fulfilled is because the ministry are not filled with the Holy Ghost and taking heed to what He tells them to do. They will say they are, but they are not.. They will say that they have done all that the Lord has commanded, but they have not.
Matthew 10:7-87 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
Mark 16:17-1817 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 .They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Acts 8:4-84 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.
5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.
6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.
8 And there was great joy in that city.
When people return to the message of full salvation, justification, sanctification and unity of all God’s people, we will see the power of God return to bless His people.
Let the revival start with you. Don't wait on someone to lead you, let Jesus be your Guide and let the Holy Spirit lead you. In the day of your visitation, be quick to do all that the Holy Spirit calls you to do.