What a Weekend!
Now What? 

We just finished an amazing weekend at New Life. Pastors Rick and Jennifer Curry from  Pensacola, Florida were with us for what can only be described as a weekend-long God Encounter. When  Jesus appears to a man, bathes him in fire, and then sends him to your church, you know you are never going to be the same! I believe life was altered for everyone who attended. As Pastor Rick said under a powerful anointing, "Don't go to Jesus if you don't want to change. Don't even talk to Him, because that's what is going to happen". 

 

The Holy Spirit ignited us with a message of Intimacy and Holiness, and a theme of Unity and Preferring others more highly than ourselves. Basically, Jesus Himself was there wrecking the status quo and calling us to seriously examine ourselves with His holy light.

The powerful anointing that is currently occurring in churches throughout the Florida Panhandle came to us. Now what?

THE THING HAS NEVER BEEN "A THING"

Some will say, "Oh, it's another revival". Others will wonder if it's a "new move of God". Many will seek a new "spiritual experience" to replace the dry wineskin they have been carrying around for years...since the last "revival". But this is not simply a revival, or move of God, or an opportunity for another Christian adrenaline-rush. These things were never the purpose when the Holy Spirit was poured out. It has been from the beginning, and will be throughout the endless ages of eternity, about only one thing...Him. Jesus. Knowing Him and making Him known. It's about coming into an intimate relationship with the Father through the name of Jesus and the blood of His sacrifice.

You could call that "an experience" I suppose. If one was spiritually dead beforehand, it could even be called a "revival". But what man takes a wife only for the "experience of marriage" or to give himself a rush of good feelings that are certain to pass away? Sadly, many marriages have probably been entered into with nothing more than those motives, but they surely didn't last. "Love for the other" is the reason we marry, and an all-in, life-sacrificing love for God, is why we seek Him.

The early disciples didn't think of the great outpouring at Pentecost as "a new move of God" or "a thing". No, it was a sign that Jesus had returned to the Father, His blood sacrifice was accepted, and now everyone who trusted and believed in Him could have a living relationship with the Father as His child! Everything they did, thought, and said was because of knowing Him! It was about Him, not them. They lived for His purposes not their Christian agenda. Many of them literally gave their lives just to know Him. You don't do that for your church, or denomination, a spiritual experience, or a "movement". But you're willing to give all when you meet Him, for then, nothing else matters.

I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ  (Philippians 3:8)

So the answer to the question, "Now what?", hopefully will be this...

...A people are rising from the dead ashes of culturally acceptable religion, in order to embrace the One who died and rose again that He might embrace them.

...This relationship is no longer defined by simply "going to church on Sunday", but is our life, our breath, the reason for our existence.

...and we want everyone we meet to Know Him, as He has made Himself known to us.

One church can't contain a people on fire and in-love with Jesus. It will affect the world.

"These men who have upset the world have come here also." (Acts 17:6)



Our Mission is to declare the
Truth so captives can be free!
Thank you for helping us! 
(John 8:32) 
New Life Church
10800 Hammerly Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77043
713-932-1479