Yet again another good meeting in Airdrie. We cant help but marvel at the faithfulness of God to us. His presence was with us as John led some singing, which dovetailed nicely with the word which Rae brought from Ps 78:17, Jer 2:13, John 19:34 & Rev 22:17. We looked at how the Israelites saw that water poured out of the rock when it was struck and yet couldn't believe God would provide bread for them. She then spoke on 'If any man thirst, let him come to me and drink.' (Jn 7:37). Jesus opened the way for us to come and the invitation is repeated for anyone who thirsts to come and drink freely from God's provision. A good worship time followed as His presence continued to deepen. We ended our evening with a nice chat over a cup of tea and cake.
We were delighted to see a growing number of locals attending our meeting. Diana began our evening with a time of song and worship. Following this, we had up to date reports from some. These were very encouraging. One spoke of losing her engagement ring, she prayed and asked for peace and God gave it to her, later finding her ring at home! A second spoke of being obedient to the prompting of the Spirit to witness. It was a very difficult awkward opportunity but resulted in the person coming to Christ.
Pauline then led us in our bible study. We finished our topic from last week on the gift of knowledge. She spoke of Hugh Black's stories on Lewis at the tail end of the revival; of the ministry of Kathryn Kuhlman and of more recent use of the gift within our own group of churches.
As we turned to prayer different individuals led us in prayer before we had a collective time of intercession for our outreach on the 24th Feb.
Our meeting began with folks sharing reports of the past week which led on to the word that Carol brought. She shared the story of Elijah being taken away by the chariot of fire, but her main focus was on the reaction of Elisha.
"And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.” 2 Kings 2:9 KJV
Carol encouraged everyone to seek for that anointing. Recently we have felt the beginning of a new breath of God in our meetings, but we need to live carefully and keep Christ central in our lives. When we become distracted by other things we miss out on all that the Holy Spirit wants to pour upon us. We need to seek for the Holy Spirit to fill us again and again.
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.” Acts 1:8 KJV
We then had a time of prayer and worship and the Holy Spirit drew very close. We pray that this will deepen in the forthcoming weeks.