I hope that you are sitting down. Last night somehow did the impossible. What it did is go beyond all other nights. No doubt we are taxing our credibility by saying that each night just keeps getting better but the fact is that each has gotten better. We had the largest Tuesday night ever, we had one of the largest, if not the largest response at the altar.
The whole room crackled with faith. The people did not just expect miracles they expected to see Jesus Himself.
If you compare this group with any other that I have ministered to, the difference would be their gratitude for what God is doing among them. They treasure each night as if it were the last. They are in the lobby of the church waiting for loved ones to arrive, pacing anxiously and hoping that seats will remain.
It is their attitude toward the chairs that is truly awe inspiring. They realize that something can happen in these seats that is indescribable! A chair in a church is more valuable than any lifeboat or hospital bed! A body can be healed, an addiction can be broken, a lost soul can be saved. An empty chair in a church is more tragic than an empty hospital bed during an epidemic!
Again, the altars are overflowing with souls wanting to be saved. Again we are carried in worship to the heavens. Again, we feel that something so amazing is about to happen that we sit awestruck by the presence of Almighty God!
A striking feature of the people in Santa Rosa is their immediate response to the work of the Holy Spirit. Their faith reminds me of Mark 2:4 which says, “And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.” These people would have torn the roof off to get to Jesus. Entire rows would begin to weep with expectation and reach out to God without pride or hesitation.
In all, the flow of power lasted nearly two hours and seemed to leave no one untouched. Just when it felt safe to leave another earth shaking word came forth. A woman had come to this meeting from central Oregon because she was dying of cancer. She and her husband came by faith and sat in the back expecting a miracle.
God revealed that he was a pastor who was so sick that he had to close his church. He struggled to come and sit in the service. He sat in the back just hanging on to his last morsel of hope. I knew nothing about him and suddenly the words began tumbling out of my mouth. I ran through the litany of diseases that were destroying him. In the name of Jesus he stood and walked for the first time in forever. He started slow and then simply electrified the audience by running and leaping.
Now this fire rages on and will not stop until it consumes the whole region!