6:45 PM Sunday July 29th: We are trying to find every available inch to accommodate the crowd. The singing starts early and the people are calling on God with deep passion. The message is direct and the people take it to heart. The front is now filled with souls wanting to give their lives to Jesus. The harvest is in the barn and meantime the miracles breakout in the hallway.
Before we know it, 5 people who are sitting in the hall are receiving their healing, and their rejoicing echoes back into the sanctuary. Now the power of God spreads to the back of the building and seems to be healing everyone in its path. You would have thought of Ezekiel 47:9, “And it shall come to pass, that everything that lives, which moves, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come there: for they shall be healed; and everything shall live wherever the river comes.”
So much has been said of the purpose driven life. Tonight it is the purpose driven Jesus. 1John 3:8 says, For this purpose was the son of God revealed that He might destroy the works of the devil.” Up and down the rows, Jesus is moving destroying the despair, addiction and diseases of Satan. You can almost hear chains breaking!
Now we have to sing just to get relief from the glory of what our eyes see. Worship comes freely. Tears of joy are everywhere. Prayers of a lifetime are being answered right now. We are lost in gratitude to God.
We are gripped by the realization that this Santa Rosa Fire is just starting. We sense that the coming nights will be filled with more amazement and wonder. It takes hours before we are willing to leave. We are saying to one another, “the best is yet to come!”