Is Jesus Alive in St. Louis
The city of St. Louis needs Jesus. Jesus, while He lived on earth, was constantly leaving people, places, and cities better than when He found them. St. Louis could stand to be left better than it is, and Jesus is still alive, so why don’t we invite Him into our city, our homes, and our hearts?
We haven’t invited Jesus because we don’t believe He is alive.
Jesus is alive, but we don’t believe it because the evidence our skeptical minds need to understand is only supported by faith. When we walk in faith we walk without the need for evidence, but thankfully God supplies our faith with evidence all the time anyway.
Believers lacking faith that Jesus is alive is not a new situation. It happened during the very first revival, which is described throughout the Bible, but begins in Acts 1.
“During the forty days after his crucifixion, he appeared to the apostles from time to time, and he proved to them in many ways that he was actually alive. And he talked to them about the Kingdom of God” Acts 1:3 (NLT)
If the faith of the apostles, who spent 40 days with Jesus after he was raised from the dead needed to be convinced in many ways that He was alive, don’t you also think 2000 years later the faith of those that haven’t seen Jesus in person will need some convincing also? Is our faith able to believe that if Jesus gave evidence to the apostles many times, that He would also give us evidence today that He is still alive?
How will we recognize that Jesus is alive today?
Jesus will send the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere-in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NLT)
Jesus knew the church was about to experience a great growth. Jesus left the apostles, but gave power to them to do the same things He did while He was on earth. For the revival of St. Louis, we can expect the same thing to happen. St. Louis can expect the power of the Holy Spirit to begin to manifest in believers so that they can be empowered.
What is the purpose of the power of the Holy Spirit?
Jesus gave us instructions in verse 8. We are to take the power of the Holy Spirit and use it to be a witness, or give their testimony, to the people everywhere.
What testimony does the power provide? The power of the Holy Spirit proves that Jesus is alive. For us to recognize that Jesus is alive today, we must recognize that the power of the Holy Spirit is just as important and powerful as it was the day 120 believers first received them.
The purpose of the power of the Holy Spirit is to equip believers with the tools, strength, and courage to go out into Judea, Samaria and throughout the world and share the gospel. Jesus is calling us to go out into Ferguson, St. Louis, and the entire nation to tell people about Him! We can’t do that on our own. We need the help and the power of the Spirit to do what we cannot, which is to speak to the hearts of men and women everywhere in order to lead them to repentance and salvation.
When will the power of the Holy Spirit begin to manifest in St. Louis?
“They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus.” Acts 1:14(NLT)
When the apostles went and waited for the power of the Holy Spirit they gathered together with every other believer that was expecting the Holy Spirit to arrive. St. Louis will receive the power of the Holy Spirit, used to testify Jesus is alive to others, when the believers of St. Louis begin to gather together and constantly unite in prayer!
No one is to be left out, because this verse also lets us know that women, family members, and people that are not called into ministry can receive the Holy Spirit baptism and be empowered to share the gospel!
How do we apply Acts 1 to the STL Revival?
1) We start believing Jesus is alive!
We do that by asking Jesus, through prayer, to appear in our lives as proof He is alive. We need to recognize the moves and miracles Jesus is doing today, in our life and the lives of others, and stop calling them coincidence, or luck.
We also need to humble ourselves to think maybe our faith isn’t as big as we think, and that maybe Jesus still needs to grow us in the area of the supernatural. Without the supernatural there wouldn’t have been a virgin birth, resurrection, miracles, or the early growth of the church. If our faith can believe those things only needed to happen then, but are unnecessary now, need to re-evaluate the situation.
If any believer thinks the world will turn to Christ without a powerful move of the Holy Spirit, miracles, and eye witness accounts of Jesus doing remarkable things in people’s lives they are simply mistaken. It is my hope that the faith of every believer recognizes that Jesus is alive and believe that He will send the power of the Holy Spirit as proof.
2) We understand our purpose!
Jesus is not sending the Holy Spirit simply for us to see others healed, or so that we can witness or perform miracles to show off to our friends. The entire purpose of the power of the Holy Spirit during revival is to be used as method of storytelling used to share the gospel with St. Louis.
If you are a believer, and have not yet received or understand the power of the Holy Spirit do not be alarmed. You are not alone. Thankfully, Jesus has a plan for you to receive it and use it to glorify the Kingdom of God. When the Holy Spirit does fall on St. Louis or on you specifically, remember its purpose. You are to use your faith, and the gifts of the Spirit, as a tool to tell others about Jesus.
God may use the power of the Holy Spirit through you to heal someone, help someone, or help the church, but in all situations you are meant to share that story with Ferguson, St. Louis, and the ends of the earth!
3) We must meet together and pray constantly!
There isn’t going to be any revival if believers don’t think it will happen. If we sit in our homes, or at our churches, without the passion or even simply the willingness to pray for Jesus to show up in our own city, then we are missing the message Jesus gave us.
Jesus said, “You will be my witnesses”! There can be no witness without opening our mouths. Prayer is the opening of our mouths, and before we witness to others that Jesus is alive, shouldn’t we testify to Jesus ourselves. Shouldn’t we let Jesus know of the desire we have for our family, our friends, our neighbors, our co-workers, our enemies and our city to be saved?
Jesus is waiting on us, we are not waiting on Him. Jesus is waiting for the believers in St. Louis to unite together, pray together constantly, and to cry out to him…
JESUS SAVE ST. LOUIS!!!
For the revival of St. Louis to manifest we must believe Jesus is alive, we must know what He wants us to do, and we must get united together as believers and wait for the Holy Spirit to fall so that we can do what Jesus has asked us to do.
I am believing for the revival of St. Louis. Will you join me?
STL Revival Prayer Meeting
Sunday Night June 7th @ 6pm
8665 St. Charles Rock Road St. Louis, MO 63114