Each year we start the month of January with 21 days of prayer and fasting. If souls are to be saved, if healing is going to happen, if anything of significance is going to take place in the coming year in our church it will happen because we prayed.
Last year our theme was Faithfulness and Opportunity, we are building on that this year with the theme ‘Rooted and Fruitful’. I believe that our best years and the greatest opportunities for our church are right in front of us. I believe we can see more Fruit in the coming days because we know that Jesus is coming soon, and He has promised us a great Harvest of souls in the last days.
Our key verses for 2020 are – Colossians 2:6-7 – As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
Psalm 92:12-14 – The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing,
John 15:16 – You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
In the past we have seen many so-called moves of God. They all ended quickly because they were not centered on Salvation and then maturity. (Discipleship) They planted seed. They gave the Word but there was no emphasis on Roots or Fruit. Many of these “moves of God” centered on gifts, being blessed, self-improvement and happiness. There were all kinds of manifestations but unless it produced a desire to know God, to live holy and to win souls it is all flesh. Jesus always related the harvest to souls.
Matthew 9:38 – Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.
I believe that we are in for a season of an abundance of rain. God is going to strengthen our roots so that we will see much fruit.
It is important to understand that whenever God speaks of an outpouring it deals with the harvest. The work of the Holy Spirit always is focused on the harvest of souls.
God poured out the rain of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost to prepare the ground. The church has seen almost 2,000 years of sowing and growing. Many have been saved.
There are more people alive now on the earth than at any other point in history. There is a final harvest of souls that God is bringing into His Kingdom. James 5:7 – Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.
On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came in response to a prayer meeting. There are no short cuts and there are no secrets. We need to pray without ceasing and pray with an expectance until we see rain come. We need to pray until there is breakthrough.
James 5:16b-18 – The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.
Elijah prayed like he expected something to happen and for God to keep His Word, and so should we.
To have an abundance of rain there must be a hunger for it.
People who are not hungry can take or leave food. People who are not thirsty will go a long time without even thinking about water.
God promises to fill the hungry heart. Sometimes God allows drought and famine so we will crave again. True hunger reminds us that we cannot live long without food or water. When we say we are hungry for God we are saying that we realize that we cannot live without Him and His ways. Matthew 5:6 – Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.
I want to ask you what do you hunger and thirst for?
I am proud to say that I serve a church that believes in prayer and in the power of God. Thank you for being a part of the work that God is doing here at HCC. Thank you for being a prayer warrior with a heart for souls and a love for your church. Get ready for an abundance of rain. You may want to start carrying your spiritual umbrella by faith.
You are dearly Loved Pastor Marvin & Dawn.