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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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October 15, 2013 - God's Shadow

By Ron Johnson

I grew up in a church where each Sunday evening service was concluded with a season of prayer. We would gather and kneel around the altar at the front of the church praying and seeking God. It was a precious time of basking in the Lord's presence.

Often I would kneel alongside Dad, and we would pray together. As we knelt, our pastor would walk along the altar praying with the congregation. Many times, as the pastor came close, I would feel a strong surge of electricity run through my body. It was real and it was powerful. It was the Holy Spirit.

Luke writes concerning this type of manifestation: "Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles ... so that they even carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed" (Acts 5:12,15,16, English Standard Version).

God is eternally consistent. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). I believe the Lord uses people today in the same manner He utilized them in the past. I believe God desires to clothe us with His power. Jesus said, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you" (Acts 1:8).

Our Heavenly Father wants to infill us with His power so we may touch others and offer His grace to them.

I believe in miracles. I believe in miracles that are bold and open for all to see. I also believe in silent, private, personal miracles.

Are there people struggling with a problem or disease who are touched by God and healed because a Christian walks past them? I believe such miracles happen and are a glorious testimony of God's love, grace and provision.

Are there times when those around us can feel the presence of the Holy Spirit? Absolutely! There have been times while riding in the car and listening to a CD, my wife began to sing along and I instantly felt the presence of the Lord cover me.

Are there times when an unsaved person may feel the convicting power of the Holy Spirit in the presence of a Christian? We read of this occurring in many historic revivals when conviction by the Holy Spirit was so strong people cried out, pleading for God's mercy to be saved.

David wrote, "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty" (Psalm 91:1).

This is the key. We must abide in God's presence. When we do so, we are dwelling under His shadow. It is here we are "clothed" by the Holy Spirit and empowered by Him to be effective Christian witnesses.

Oh, that we would live in God's presence continuously so that, like Peter, even our shadows may provide God's healing touch to those around us.

— Ron Johnson is a freelance writer. He is retired from the Assemblies of God National Leadership and Resource Center.

 

 

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