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God's DNA (Hardcover)
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God's DNA: "Spirit Life Paradigm" There have been all kinds of
explanations suggested for what happened at Pentecost. When God
first poured out his Spirit's Life upon the church it became
obvious that God was at work. Many explanations of what happened at
Pentecost have reduced this spiritual phenomenon to a list of
things we ought to be doing. What this approach to ministry forgets
is that Pentecost was not about what we need to be doing. It is
about what God was doing and what God continues to do by bringing
Christ to dwell within God's people. Pentecost show us that you
can't reduce the mystery of life in the Spirit to a ministry model
that can be duplicated whenever we want. If it could wouldn't that
have happened by now in America? May I ask you to consider whether
any ministry program has brought lasting revival to this nation?
What I believe we have seen is the hope for revival being shared;
and we are very passionate about that. But our passion or our
programs will not produce life in us or in others. Only God can do
that What we need is a fundamental transformation of our lives and
ministries. Only the Spirit of God can cause a person to be born
again (John 3:5-7). Only the Spirit of God can enable a walk with
Jesus (Galatians 3:1-3). And only the Spirit of God can bring about
the awakening and revival that this nation needs (Acts 4:31).
Pentecost teaches us that it is not about having the right model
for ministry. If anyone had a model for ministry that could not be
improved upon it was Israel. God told Moses to make their ministry
after the "pattern" he had seen on the Mountain as he met with God
(Exodus 25:9, 40). And while this ministry was to be preformed it
had no power to transform the lives of those believers who
faithfully sought to maintain its ritual because their hearts could
not be changed by the outward observance of any law (Hebrews 7:19).
The author of the Epistle to the Hebrews puts it this way, "This is
why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle:
'See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown
you on the mountain'" (Hebrews 8:5). "But God found fault with the
people and said, 'The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I
will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the
house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their
fathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt,
because they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned
away from them. This is the covenant I will make with the house of
Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in
their minds and write them upon their hearts. I will be their God,
and they will be my people. No longer will a man teach his
neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord, ' because
they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. For
I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no
more.' By calling this covenant 'new, ' he has made the first one
obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear"
(Hebrews 8:8-13). So it is not about getting our model for ministry
right or about having the right program or is it about knowing
Christ and walking as he did; but only the Spirit's presence in our
lives can do that The book of Acts shows this over and over again.
Luke had already written the gospel named after him and he refers
to this as "my former book" when he starts his preface in Acts
(Acts 1:1). He says that the gospel of Luke recorded, "all that
Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to
heaven." He then wrote Acts which recorded what Jesus continued to
do and teach, except now it is through the agency of the church as
empowered by his Holy Spirit. Luke's record is a diary of what
happened as God's presence returned to earth with the outpouring of
the Holy Spirit upon the church. Jesus was on the throne in glory
but he did not remain separate from
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