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"...there is a sound of abundance of rain..." Part 2



“And Elijah said unto Ahab, get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.”

I Kings 18:41

In John 10:10, Jesus explained why He had come: “that you might have life, and that more abundantly”. Jesus did not come to this sin-cursed world, suffer, bleed and die that we might have a bland, mundane, and mediocre life. Jesus came that we might have LIFE and that MORE ABUNDANTLY! It’s not stuff that makes our life abundant---it’s HIM…. Jesus and His amazing presence in our life. Add to that His peace, power, provisions, protection and promises—that is an abundant life!


Each of us can testify to the fact that God is a generous God. God doesn’t work in a “barely get by” fashion. The God we serve is not a “chintzy” God. When He pours out His Spirit on His people He doesn’t give them “just enough” to strain and struggle through what they are going through. In the same way, when God blesses us, He does so in a “more than enough” fashion. In John Chapter 6, when Jesus fed the five- thousand, he sent the young boy home with more than he brought. That’s the kind of God we serve.


David said in Ps 68:19: “ Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.” David’s testimony is our testimony. God DAILY LOADS us with benefits.


In Luke 6:38, Jesus explains how He will bless us when we give: “Give and it shall be given, good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, shall men give unto you”. God doesn’t just replace what we give, He replaces it and adds to it, so you have more after you give than what you had before you gave. Does anyone hear the sound of an abundant and generous God?


Throughout God’s Word there is “a sound of abundance”. Acts 2:17 declares, “And it shall come to pass in the last days saith the Lord, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh”. The promised outpouring of the Spirit is not that of a scattered, random blessing of His Spirit on a few people here and there. HE said, “I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh”! We need not be satisfied with “a good service” every now and then. We need not settle in to a “survival” mode and mentality. The fact is, every Christian can have as much of God as they want. However, in some cases…. with some people…they want enough of God to make heaven but, not so much of God that it interferes with their day-to-day life.


The day of the move of God’s Spirit is not somewhere in the distant past. May the passionate praise and fervent prayers of God’s people reverberate through every church regardless of size, situation, location, or denomination. Survival or Revival? Chaos or Pentecost?


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