I grew up in the old Pentecostal church where prayer and power were part of every church service experience. The songs sung ignited and released a surge of anointing into the assembly of worship and it was not long before we were drenched in the Presence of the Holy Spirit.
Over the years, I have learned a broader walk with God, not the walk of sight, but the walk of faith. And throughout my college years, I wanted to learn God through the processes of the mind. I saw enough foolishness in the theatrics of the church to dislodge myself from the old time religion that could not inform us that God did not put a chimney on our heads so that is why it was a sin to smoke. As a student who hungered for knowledge, those simple statements were insulting to me so I made up my mind as a child that I would seek knowledge and truth and know ther reasons of my own faith. Not only did it move into the study of theology, but it also moved me into the study of motivations as to why people choose to believe certain paradigms and why they held to their core beliefs which would either benefit them in healthy ways or confirm and lock in unhealthy patterns of behaviors.
In the last few months, since the commencement of 2017, God spoke to me clearly as I was preparing for the new year. Through the powerful prayers of our prayer warriors, I would get insights as to what directions God wanted His Highest Praise International to experience for 2017.
I began to realize the importance of prayer as a noticeable focus of the worship service. I shared with the prayer teams of the power of prayer and how praying is essential to the move of the Holy Spirit.
I refuse to be in a dead church or a church of Laodicea. I wanted to meet Jesus in every worship service and to experience His profound work in me, the work of God's grace. I remember hearing the old preachers talk about the three "works of grace": salvation, sanctification, and the baptism with the Holy Spirit. As soon as we accepted Jesus as Savior, they were teaching me to make Jesus the Lord of my Life, to be sanctified in Christ, to live a holy life. And that that life could not be lived without the baptism with the Holy Spirit as evidenced with the speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gave the utterance.
I saw that old church . . . members were on fire, durable, tenacious, strong, courageous, empowered, and radical in faith and conviction. They were overcomers because they believed in the power of prayer and they would pray until the power showed up in the church and everyone was able to leave the church being blessed by God's power.
That old church has power and RESULTS. Why? Because they prayed through until they saw the miracle and experienced the UNDENIABLE SIDE OF GOD.
And that is where I am today.
Throughout my college years, I have learned to lean on the left brain of my life. And I will always appreciate the love for the truth through the reasons of faith. I am indebted to my academic training in building my passion for the truth.
But, there is also a new balance coming about.
I expect to meet Jesus in every worship experince. I do not want to be part of a dead church with no power or presence of God noticeably moving among us. I grew up in the old Pentecostal church where IT COULD NOT BE DENIED. God showed up in every service, we left the church service being fully drenched by the anointing of the Holy Spirit in an unforgettable way.
For the sake of our children, grandchildren, and new believers, they need to see the UNDENIABLE SIDE OF GOD. They need to see the God who answers prayers.
Inspite of my own sicknesses, I am asking God to give me the healing power of the Cross so that not only are lives saved and delivered from sinfulness, but they are revivied, healed, delivered, and brought to the forefront of victory and joy! THE ABUNDANT LIFE!
I hear so many sermons on the weary child of God, but I want to hear sermons on the God-built and God-prevailing church that we heard about recently with the powerful sermons by Dr. Ron Folkner.
God is ready to breakthrough His Highest Praise and we need to cry out to God for a TRANSFORMATIVE REVIVAL that will change lives!
Your for the blessings,
Adrian Yuen, Ph.D.