Spiritual Awakening (Bethesda)
By Jerry Westerfield | February 2, 2016
Matthew 22:34-40 (NKJV)
But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Since January 2015, the Lord has had us on a journey to fulfill our vision of “Loving God and Loving People”. It is our mission to become healthy families that will produce a healthy church; not just calling ourselves healthy, but actually walking in the ways God says is Kingdom living. We quickly realized we were not as healthy as we needed to be and we desperately needed to press in and refocus our attention on our King. As we have progressed through the year, we have seen great things take place; the Lord is touching and transforming people’s lives. We have had 17 give their hearts to the Lord, 25 get baptized in water, 5 receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and 9 join as new members. We thank God for what He is doing!
We then kicked off 2016 with a 21 day fast and prayer time followed by a spiritual awakening. January 20 - 24, Jason King and HG Strickland from Ohio joined us for a time of worship and the Word; the move of God was powerful every night. We had three commit their lives to the Lord, eight receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit and one join the church, with many miraculous healings taking place throughout the meetings. On the last day of the spiritual awakening we baptized five. We thank God for what He is doing at Bethesda and we believe for more to come. To God be the Glory for all that He has, and is, and will continue to do!
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 (NKJV)
But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.