And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy.Acts 2:17-18 NKJV
I have been feeling this for quite some time now, and I have a few questions and thoughts to consider – What if God has another outpouring of His Spirit that He is ready to manifest in these last days that is far greater than anything we have ever seen or heard? Have we even considered such a thing? Do we actually believe that all of God’s power has already been poured out and there is nothing left? All the miracles that we have read about in the New Testament can’t be it. The same for the many historic revivals that were unprecedented for their times, but what if God wants to do more? Possibly, a lot more. Something even more extraordinary.
If so, we need it! We should anticipate it! We should be earnestly seeking it! But what if we are quenching it unknowingly? What if we are not even considering a move of God like history has ever seen or known before, and it is about to erupt, and we are totally oblivious to it? As much as the Kingdom of God is being suppressed and frowned upon with such a violent fierceness nowadays, we need a bolder, more powerful anointing of His glory over His people.
Does it maybe scare you or intimidate you a little bit? It does me. God isn’t just going to leave us outnumbered and underequipped though. But He won’t hit us with an outpouring if we aren’t expecting it, or aware that He even wants to give it to us. If we are content with the way things are in the Spirit, how can He move any greater? Evil is increasing far greater than we have ever seen or heard. Timothy and Jesus warned us in the Bible:
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!2 Timothy 3:1-5 NKJV
Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.Luke 21:10-11 NKJV
Does that sound like the world we live in now? Do we really think we can reach the lost doing the same things we have been doing, and going in the same power we are accustomed too? The Bishop that influenced my life the most use to say that he didn’t believe God was coming back for a weak beat up church, but that He is coming back for a church full of His grace and power. The book of Acts was just the start, not the finale.
Maybe it’s just me, I don’t think so, but I feel God is not done pouring out of His Spirit. Notice the wording in Acts 2:17 – “pour out of My Spirit“. It doesn’t say pour out His Spirit omitting the word “of”. When you pour something out the pouring vessel will empty. God is saying here by pouring out “of” His Spirit, that there is an endless supply and the only limit is the vessel He is pouring into. Once the vessel is full or content, the pouring stops as there is no need to continue. It’s time we empty ourselves and let Him pour into us a fresh supply. The old stagnant oil is not enough.
I believe we are getting ready to see a manifestation of His Spirit unlike anything we have ever seen or imagined. I have seen churches and His people getting hungrier for revival, and all the COVID shutdowns didn’t weaken them, but made them stronger. Perseverance took over when despair tried to prevail. I am ready for the greatest He’s got, and thankful that you are a part of it too. Pour out of Your Spirit Lord, pour it out on us as we are hungry to receive!
Elder Steve Smith