God Will Do It Again
From 1995 to 2000 an incredible revival occurred at Brownsville Assembly of God in Pensacola, Florida. The revival was led by Pastor John Kilpatrick, Steve Hill was the evangelist, and Lindell Cooley was the worship leader. They were a remarkable, God-appointed team. During those five years, over 2 million people from around the world visited the church, often waiting in long lines all night and all day to get into the meetings. Some estimates of the number of conversions are as high as 200,000. Larry Tomczak shares some interesting memories and insights regarding the revival:
“Driving to Pensacola, Florida to celebrate our 46th wedding anniversary, my wife and I had a mosaic of memories from where our lives intersected with millions who were radically transformed by what happened at the Brownsville church over 20 years ago.
“Walking the grounds reminiscing and at times wiping away tears, I thanked God that I was able to also teach regularly alongside Dr. Michael Brown in the Bible school that exploded almost overnight, from a handful to over 1,100 students. Two of our children attended; one of them is now leading a thriving Atlanta church with his wife, whom he met at BRSM (the Brownsville Revival School of Ministry), and the other is an executive assistant in a national Christian ministry promoting Spirit-led generosity.
“At the center of this Holy Spirit outpouring were two core values: the presence of God and humble repentance before a Holy God.
God, Fix America
“Here’s a question asked often, yet basically is off the mark: ‘How can we get God to fix America?’
“We should be asking instead, ‘What is holding back the presence of God that truly could transform America?’ We need to recalibrate our thinking so that our focus is not so much on creature comforts, or on clever ways to accumulate more bodies in our church buildings. Instead, we should focus on honoring God and hosting His manifest presence, which would bring the changes we need supernaturally.
“Senior Christian leader Tony Evans says it best, ‘Multitudes want God to bless America. Few truly want one nation under God.’
“Everything must start with God, not with blessings or our bailout in this moment of cultural crisis. With all our political division and disastrous policies, the absolute priority must not be the G.O.P. but rather GOD!
Nehemiah’s Magnificent Obsession
“In a time of moral and civil decline, Nehemiah began rebuilding the walls of the city of God. His magnificent obsession was that once again the presence of Almighty God would be experienced among Israel. Hosting God’s manifest presence is integral to all awakenings/revivals, and the key components to this are humility, holiness, and hunger for God.
“Nehemiah reminded the people of God's promise to Moses: ‘If you return to Me and keep My commandments and do them, though your outcasts are under the farthest part of the heavens, I will gather them from there and bring them back to the place where I have chosen to establish My Name’ (Nehemiah1:9).
An Astonishing Invasion
“George Otis, Jr. has traveled the globe, documenting transforming visitations of God’s presence to cities. If you watch any of his videos portraying these transformations, you will be both impressed and profoundly stirred. Google his ‘Transformation’ documentaries and you will be spiritually blown away!
“Example: Not long ago a minister from Egypt declared the breathtaking things God was doing there to transform cities. Hearing testimonies of places where Muslims are being miraculously converted, prisons are being upended by the gospel, youth are being radically saved, crime is dropping, evangelism is exploding, economic conditions are improving dramatically, and leaders are uniting together to testify to the manifest presence of God in their midst, imparts hope and encouragement.
“One Egyptian brother told of how his country experienced incredible upheaval, yet he saw in Isaiah 19 that God prophetically foretold of Egypt being shaken of its idols and manifesting God’s unshakable kingdom! Is it possible that the upheaval occurring in our nation will likewise turn us from our idols, from trusting in our own strength, and cause us to humbly turn back to the living God?
Turning Back to God
“Allow me to give you another example to stir your heart to seek after God‘s transformative presence the way we experienced it in the Brownsville Revival. This one is very personal to me.
“Almost 45 years ago a mixed up, drug-addicted, pleasure-seeking young man was radically converted and came to me asking if I would disciple him. We became best friends and to this day maintain our covenant relationship, inspiring one another to believe God for a third Great Awakening in our day.
“That young man is Dr. Chè Ahn, now the president of Harvest International Ministry, a global apostolic network in over 65 nations! He’s also the International Chancellor of Wagner University. Recently, he courageously stood up to Governor Gavin Newsom in California, inspiring many in our nation to not cower in the face of oppression.
“Chè boldly declares, ‘Our nation is facing one of its darkest hours, and now is the time for God's people to usher in the greatest revival!’ He believes that at this critical moment in history, we are being offered a divine invitation. In the face of escalating chaos, national conflict, and global shaking, God has a bulletproof plan that is currently unfolding in unprecedented ways. Historic revival is on God’s agenda and it’s our turn to respond and turn our nation back to God!
“Chè has just released a phenomenal new book entitled Turning our Nation Back to God Through Historic Revival (available on Amazon). Bill Johnson, Cindy Jacobs, Jim Garlow, Samuel Rodriguez, Lou Engle, Eric Metaxas, David Barton, Mat Staver, Lance Wallnau, Mike Bickle, Dutch Sheets, Mario Murillo, Governor Sarah Palin, Dr. Chuck Pierce, and I heartily endorse this timely book and encourage everyone to get it today!”
The historic revival Chè writes of is coming. It will NOT be stopped. Keep the faith!
"O Lord, I have heard the report of You… O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of these years make them known.” (Habakkuk 3:2)
Pray with me:
Father, we thank You for the powerful outpourings of Your Spirit throughout the years that have shaped America and other nations. Yesterday, millions of Americans appealed to You for another outpouring of Your Spirit in our land. We believe You hear and will answer. We believe the bowls in heaven that hold our prayers are full. We ask You to pour them out into the earth releasing Your power and glory.
We pray also for the Supreme Court. Cause the Justices that want Roe reversed to hold their ground. We want a righteous government in America. Continue to do whatever is necessary to motivate Americans to vote for noble and righteous leaders. Holy Spirit, remove those who oppose Your ways. Send a revival to our government and our schools.
We pray this not only for America, but also for the nations. We ask you to move and intervene in Ukraine. We ask for continued outpourings of Your Spirit in Egypt. We pray for a great revival in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Jordan, and other Muslim nations. Save a billion souls over the next 20 years! In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
We decree that the nations are ripe for harvest, and this harvest will not be lost.
Today’s post was contributed by our friend, Larry Tomczak. You can find out more about Team Tomczak here.
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