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Aligning With the Holy Spirit for Revival

The Hiss of Hell

by JRP Ministry Staff on 06/08/19

The hiss of the serpent spreads his lie to the lukewarm, the apostate and the backslider alike: "Tomorrow is guaranteed to you."

But tomorrow never comes...and then it is too late. Today is the day of salvation! We dare not wait!

Mark Biteler

Differences Between the Prodigal Son and the Church

by JRP Ministry Staff on 04/30/19

There are some instructive differences that can be observed between the prodigal son (Luke 15) and the American Church.

1. The son knew he was in a famine and in poverty. The Church doesn't.
2. The son was so hungry, that he was tempted to eat swine's food. The Church isn't hungry and thirsty at all. In fact it enjoys eating slop and tries to get others to eat it as well.
3. The son was so desperate that he came to his senses and returned home to his father and repented. The Church, on the other hand, is having a grand time without any sense of desperation to change anything or return to the Father in order to receive His Fresh Bread and Living Water, who is Jesus.

Why such a difference? By in large the Church is full of pride saying, "We are rich and have need of nothing", not knowing that we are blind, naked, wretched, miserable and poor (Rev. 3:17).

One of the most dangerous places we could ever find ourselves before the Lord is to have no conception of our true state of being blind, naked, wretched, miserable and poor. Why would I say that? Because we are in danger of the Lord spitting us out of His mouth (Rev 3:16).

The Lord will work in and through those who are hungry and thirsty for Him...and nobody else.

Mark Biteler

Which is Greater?

by JRP Ministry Staff on 04/28/19

Many who have been praying for a move of the Holy Spirit will never experience one. They are willing to pray but they are unwilling to follow the Holy Spirit. Neither Jesus or the scriptures teach that the only thing disciples are to do is pray. Praying is but one element of following Jesus.

What Jesus did say was, "Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’ (Matthew 7:21-23 NASB95)

Obedience is hearing the voice of the Spirit of Jesus and doing what He says as well as following the scriptures He inspired. It was never to be one without the other.

So which is greater, the one who prays or the one that is obedient to the Holy Spirit? The one who does both.

Mark Biteler

Jesus is Moving

by JRP Ministry Staff on 04/18/19

We are witnessing a powerful move of the Holy Spirit at a local church in McDonough, GA on Monday afternoon and evening. I've joined together with Pastor Mike Smith of In Christ Church and Bobby Teague, a friend of mine who moves in a powerful healing anointing, etc. along with other leaders.

The best way to describe it is that the three of us are tag teaming as the Holy Spirit moves; it has been powerful. People are being baptized in the Holy Spirit, released in the gifts, receiving stronger anointings and people are being healed inside and out. Jesus is touching His people in a marvelous and powerful way. This week a man wandered in off the street and was saved.

We are meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon with a group of people representing other churches who are hungry and thirsty for the Lord. We break for dinner then reconvene at 7 p.m. to participate in the church's training of their leaders (approx. 30 min) and then flow into body ministry as the Holy Spirit directs. In short, the body of Christ is moving in body ministry. We are working to see others released in the power of the Holy Spirit through demonstration.

To say it has been an incredible time in the Lord is an understatement. If you are hungry and thirsty for more of the Holy Spirit, come to In Christ Church, 349 Macon St., McDonough on Monday's or join them on Sunday morning.

Jesus is moving by His Holy Spirit. JRP will continue to meet on Sunday mornings at 10:45 a.m. in Locust Grove.

Mark Biteler

We Have Fashioned the Lord into a Pagan Idol

by JRP Ministry Staff on 04/01/19

May I submit an observation?  What we in the Church have done is to fashion the Lord after an idol.  We stand appalled at how the Lord called Israel to account for their idolatry in the Old Testament.  We shake our heads in astonishment, yet we have done the same thing.

We have shaped the Lord into something that we are comfortable with.  By embracing a theological lie, in our minds we have stripped the Lord of His ability to speak because we refuse to listen.  We would rather not hear Him speak through the gifts of the Holy Spirit that include the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, prophecy nor through tongues coupled with the gift of interpretation.  We don’t want Him speaking because of our pagan mindset.

No, we would rather go to a service, gathering together with those of like minds, and never hear from the Holy Spirit.  In our carnal minds, we have reduced the Lord to a mute idol who never speaks, doesn’t move in power, can’t heal the sick, can’t cast out demons and can’t set the captive free.  In the case of the idol, it can never speak, and we would rather the Lord do the same thing.  But we go even further.

We scorn those who move in His gifts, demanding that they keep silent in the Church, because we cannot stand the thought of the Lord speaking today.  Standing completely against the teaching of Paul, to say nothing of the rest of the Bible, we stand in rebellion and/or ignorant of what Paul did not want us to be ignorant about.

1 Corinthians 12:1–7 (NASB95)

1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware. 2 You know that when you were pagans, you were led astray to the mute idols, however you were led. 3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is accursed”; and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. 4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. 6 There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. 7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

Paul makes the point that when we were pagans, we were led astray to mute idols.  He goes on deliberately to outline how the Lord speaks today through His Body, and yet we refuse to allow Him to speak through our watered down understanding of the Lord who has spoken, is speaking and will continue to speak.  He is not a mute, nor is He powerless.  He is not held captive by our rebellion nor our ignorance of Him.

The enemy knows that if he can convince us that the Lord does not speak through the operation of His gifts, therefore stripping, “…the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (I Cor 12:7), he can lead us to disbelieve that the Lord is all powerful.  Without demonstrations of power that come through the gifts of the Holy Spirit, our faith is dramatically weakened because it is now reduced to the wisdom of man rather than the power of God (I Cor 2:4-5).

Our stubborn pride manifesting in our refusal to allow the Holy Spirit to flow through members of His Body, has resulted in our being stripped of any spiritual power whatsoever.  Heaven forbid that we should allow the Holy Spirit to move thereby bringing conviction to the sinner, the backslider and the lukewarm.

We don’t understand that the work of the Holy Spirit is to convict sinners of their sin and that they desperately need Jesus.  We think we can convict sinners on our own by preaching the word without His anointing, forgetting the warning that Jesus gave us that, “…apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

So where do we go from here?  It’s simple…we must repent and return to the Living God and ask Him to give us ears to hear, eyes to see and a heart to perceive what He is saying and doing and align with Him and His will.  As Jesus proclaimed, "The time is fulfilled and he kingdom is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel" (Mark 1:15).

Let us believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ!  Let us believe that He is still speaking to His Church, both corporately and individually.  Only believe that He is the God who speaks to His servants and leads them in His will to advance His kingdom.  There is no other way.

Mark Biteler

The Future of Our Children is at Stake

by JRP Ministry Staff on 03/11/19

It is appropriate for parents be careful who is ministering to their children. I would submit that many parents choose churches primarily based upon a children's or youth program.

However, many of these programs are led by people that know nothing of the power of God nor move in the gifts of the Spirit. But the Lord desires to minister to our children and teenagers so as to allow them to experience His power and His presence. They must know deep in their hearts that the Bible is not a book filled with stories that have no relevance to their lives today.

The Bible demonstrates that the power of God is real and that if Christianity is anything it is SUPERNATURAL! Why do we see so many of our teenagers and young adults wandering away from the faith? I would submit that it is because they have never witnessed the powerful work of the Holy Spirit.

Parents must take personal responsibility for what their children are experiencing in the Christian faith. They must experience what Paul taught, "The kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power (I Corinthians 4:20)." They must also endeavor to demonstrate the power of God in their home in front of their children. What better way for our children and teenagers to learn about the power of the Holy Spirit than to see it demonstrated in their parent's lives. Parents must have a hunger for the reality of Biblical power in their lives in order to pass it on to their children and their grandchildren.

The drift and decline in the Church in our day can be correlated to the compromise many parents are making in what and who they are choosing for their children's spiritual development.

If we want to see a mighty revival and harvest of souls, let it begin with new criteria regarding where we place our children. To say that it is vitally important is an understatement. It is a life and death decision that is of the utmost importance.

Mark Biteler

I Hear This From Christians A Lot

by JRP Ministry Staff on 03/08/19

Conversations with conservative Christians tend to circle around important issues like abortion, infanticide, so-called “liberals”, lack of prayer in our schools, illegal aliens, Congress, fake news, etc. These topics really are critical, but I would contend that they are simply symptoms of a deeper and greater problem in the Church.

Why would I say that? The Church is called to be salt in the earth (Matthew 5:13), but the typical local assembly of believers is apathetic, cold or luke-warm, and/or complacent to the things of the Spirit, completely devoid of salt. Church leaders typically want believers to do more, i.e. more witnessing, more bringing people to church, more church involvement, more this and more that…which becomes an endless do list that they think will solve our nation’s problems.

However, the deeper problem in the Church is that we have decided we can “do Church” without the leadership of the Holy Spirit. We don’t hear His voice and if we do, we simply do not obey. We do not yield to His promptings; we do not seek to honor Him in our services; we don’t give Him room to move in our services; we refuse to have Him move in power either through leadership (which have little or no idea of how to move with the Holy Spirit) or members of the congregation. We have become powerless, enjoying preaching without demonstrations of Biblical power. For many, Christianity has become nothing more than an intellectual exercise or a philosophical concept.

When we consistently sin against, dishonor and disobey the Holy Spirit over years (which is nothing short of outright rebellion), that turn into decades, we must reap what we have sown. We are seeing the Holy Spirit no longer present in our churches and the hand of the Lord lift off our nation, opening us up to powerful forces of evil and darkness. The Holy Spirit would have protected us from the enemy if we had simply submitted to His authority. But we haven’t and we want to blame anyone else other than ourselves and anything else other than what goes on in the Church virtually every Sunday.

There is no protection outside of the Lord, yet the Church believes that they are “doing church” and following Jesus. We cannot say we are followers of Jesus and not do what the His Spirit tells us to do! If we do, we are liars. The reality is that we have become experts in religious services and tradition that have very little to do with being on fire for Jesus or following.

Judgment is coming to Church leaders and churches that refuse to repent and refuse to honor and submit to the leadings of the Holy Spirit. Many leaders talk about judgment coming to America, but they never think judgment is coming to them or to their assembly of believers. How foolish and disconnected from Biblical Christianity we have become in the American Church.

Many leaders will be astounded and shocked to find that the One they have been praying to for revival stands against them as their enemy. This is very grave and very serious and still leaders continue to spurn the Most High who called them to the ministry, choosing to do their own thing while claiming they are following Jesus.

A harsh dose of truth is about to be revealed in that judgment begins in the house of the Lord. If judgment is coming to America, rest assured it will begin in the Church of Jesus Christ, starting with leaders who no longer stand in His counsel. In fact, it has already begun.

The way of repentance is to re-consecrate ourselves to following the Holy Spirit who Jesus sent to lead, guide and comfort the Church. We must humble ourselves by admitting to the Lord that we are naked, miserable, wretched, blind and poor (Revelation 3:17). We must admit to Him that we do not have eyes to see or ears to hear and cry out that He would come and be merciful to us. We must understand that the Lord is the only one who can give us eyes to see and ears to hear what He is doing and saying. Unless we hear His voice we will come to ruin.

To those who have an ear to hear, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

Mark Biteler

The Price of Not Yielding to the Holy Spirit

by JRP Ministry Staff on 02/27/19

When a pastor or other leader is more concerned about making room for the announcements (or any other part of what normally constitutes our religious formats) rather than allowing the Holy Spirit to have His way for as long as He wants, then they don't have to wonder why their church is not moving in revival.

Leaders can pray until the cows come home, they can fast for a month or longer, but if they aren't prepared to follow the Holy Spirit by yielding to His prompting and His leading, all of their religious activity is a complete waste of time AND is nothing short of stench in the nostrils of God.

We must follow the Holy Spirit to come into revival. When we choose not to follow the Holy Spirit, we choose to remain in a barren and dry spiritual land that is nothing short of death and darkness.

Mark Biteler

Ferocious Love

by JRP Ministry Staff on 02/23/19

I kept hearing tonight, “Run!” 

 

I was rummaging through journals earlier trying to find some information.  I never found what I was looking for but I did find a journal entry back from May that totally fits with what I hear the Lord saying tonight, “Run!”  I was in the process of moving when the Lord gave me this word this past Spring.  It got buried until tonight and he brought me back to it I believe for this hour. 

 

Before I write that entry in its entirety, I have this caveat: I know the love of God is tender (Eph 3:14-19).  Don’t think by this title or the word ‘Ferocious’ I mean anything other than the love of God coming to burn away all the hurt, all the pain, all that is not pleasing to him. God’s love is unfathomable and he is so tender.  He is good!  His love is fire.  His love burns away the chaff. 

 

I have long admired and been ministered to by the songs of Rich Mullins.  He had a song back in the day called with a line, “The reckless, raging fury that they call the love of God.”  It was while meditating on that song the Lord started speaking to me this word.

 

May we be a people who run with Jesus in this hour.  May we allow the fire of his presence to burn away all chaff, all hurt, all pain.  He is raising up an army that is on fire for him.  All we have to do is yield.

 

May 10, 2018 - The reckless, raging fury of the love of God. Ferocious love - that is what I see.  The ferocious love that pursues, the ferocious love that purges.  Fire that burns. I hear the Lord say, “Let me loose! Let me do what I want. The Lion of Tribe of Judah - He is not tame!  Let me run - let me purge - let me in to the doubt - let me in to the fear - don’t shut me out.  Humble yourself - let me in - I am the Lion of the Tribe of Judah - let me be ferocious with the doubts - with the fear - with the memories - let me IN!  Invite me in and let me heal - let me fight for you!  I am LIGHT!  I am Glory!  I am FIRE!  I am ferocious with my love - you don’t have to fight and do things on your own. Humble yourself and let me in.  I will fight for you!” 

 

“Let me RUN! I am going to run through you.  Let me loose!  Don’t be afraid.  You are not alone.  I want to run through you.  I want to flow through you.  Let me in and then let me OUT!  You are my vessels of glory and honor in this hour.  Do not be afraid to let me pour through you.  Do not focus on yourself - it is OK to appear to be fools for me - do not be ashamed of me or my gifts or my Spirit.  This isn’t about you and how you appear to others.  Do not be ashamed of me and I will not ashamed of you.  Run with my glory.  Run with my horses.  Run!  Many have tried to tame me, tame my love, tame my Spirit.  Let God arise and let his enemies be scattered.  Let me arise within you!  Let me arise!  I will fight through you.  No more tame.  Ferocious love!  Holy fire!”


April D. Turner

Now Is Not the Time to Shrink Back!

by JRP Ministry Staff on 02/23/19

I hear the Lord say regarding the General Conference going on in the United Methodist Church (UMC) right now in St. Louis: Hold back no longer! You have been bullied for too many years into silence. Now is not the time to cower in silence. Now is not the time to shrink back! Now is the time to run! Run with the fire! Run with his gifts! Run with his love! Run with his power and his words in your mouth and his gifts flowing through your hands! Run! 


"I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; behold, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O LORD. I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation" Psalm 40:9-10.


Come out of the old system and come into the new! I am doing a new thing! Come out and come into my glory! Run with me! The time is short! Be bold! The time for cowering is over.  Run!  I hear the Lord say, "Run!"  Acts 4:19-20 - "And now, Lord, look upon their their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus."  


Now is not the time to shrink back but now is the time to run!


April D. Turner





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