Saturday, July 7, 2018

BELIEVE IN MIRACLES, BUT FOLLOW JESUS


Many in the charismatic movement today are being led away from Jesus, not by sex, booze and drugs, but by an unhealthy fascination with signs, wonders and miracles. For example, a young man shared with me about being in a meeting where miracles were being greatly publicized. He said that at one point the crowd began to chant over and over “Signs! Miracles! Signs! Miracles!” 
Choking back the tears, he said, “I felt grieved in my spirit.” He was also confused. Why did he feel grieved inside? Aren’t we supposed to desire miracles? I assured him that what he experienced was the Holy Spirit in him being grieved by this crowd’s unhealthy preoccupation and fascination with miracles. Jesus had been preempted by their self-centered desire to see a miracle.
This reminds me of Herod who was “exceedingly glad” to finally see Jesus when Pilate sent Jesus to him during His trial. Why was Herod “exceedingly glad” to see Jesus? It wasn’t because Herod wanted to know Him and His message. Luke 23:8 says, “He hoped to see some miracle done by Him.” Herod wanted to be entertained by a miracle. His interest in Jesus and miracles was centered in himself and his own egotistical desire.
Believers are not to follow signs; signs are to follow believers. Mk. 16:15 says, These signs shall follow (accompany) them that believe. Believers are to follow Jesus and let the signs follow where they will. The devil can perform signs (remember Pharaoh’s magicians) and if we are following signs we are headed for trouble. Here are some suggestions to help keep us on track:
1.       Remember that Jesus is the source of true and genuine miracles, so seek Him.
2.       Remember that a miracle is not an end in itself--to be sought for its own value. Its only value is in bringing glory to Jesus and helping someone in need.
3.       Remember that the primary purpose of miracles is to honor and exalt the name of Jesus, not build up a preacher, church or ministry.
4.       Don’t follow signs. Follow Jesus and let the signs follow you.
5.       Beware of those who would nurture an unhealthy fascination with miracles instead of a closer, more intimate walk with Jesus.
6.       Avoid the Herod mentality that wants to be entertained by a miracle in much the same way that people pay to be entertained by a magician.
7.       Believe in miracles, but follow Jesus
The above article was first published in 2005. The late T.L. Osborn, a true apostle of God and the father of modern, miracle evangelism, read the article and sent the following email.
Hello Brother Eddie:
Congratulations on your newsletter: "Believe in Miracles, but Follow Jesus." We are facing a real serious plague of superstition in the body of the charismatic pentecostal world. I am often embarrassed, shocked, ashamed, by the silly things people are doing and saying. Keep up the good work. We must let the world know that somebody, somewhere is being faithful to Gospel Redemption teaching.
Greetings to you both. You are special. The writings that both of you are offering to our world are of tremendous spiritual value.
Your special friend and co-worker with Christ,
T.L. Osborn

Dr. Eddie Hyatt is an author, historian, Bible teacher and follower of Jesus Christ. He holds an earned doctorate from the School of Divinity at Regent University. His books on reformation, women in the church and Spiritual awakening are available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT GOD HEARS THIS KIND OF PRAYER

This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
Psalm 34:6

In 1984 Sue and I were moving from Canada to Texas. Just before we left Canada, our vehicle began leaking steering fluid. We kept close watch on it and during the first day on the road I had to fill the steering cannister once.
The second day the leak increased and at about 10 pm near Memphis, TN, I had to fill it a second time. We crossed the Mississippi River into Arkansas and decided to turn into a service station that, although closed, had vending machines from which we could get a drink and snack. It was now about 11 pm.
As I turned into the station, the steering wheel would only move with the greatest effort, and all the while making a loud grinding noise. With much effort and noise, I got if off the road. I popped the hood, removed the steering fluid cap and the smoke and steam literally boiled out. It was bone dry even though I had filled it only an hour before.
I thought, "O No! It is ruined!" I had enough fluid to fill it one more time. We then got in the car with our drink and snack and prayed a desperate prayer of faith before pulling back onto the interstate. It went something like this, “O GOD, HELP!!!
Both Sue and God are my witness, we continued our journey and the steering fluid never leaked again and there was never another problem with the steering.
There is an expression used often by David in the Psalms and repeated in the New Testament of “crying” to the Lord. For example, Psalm 34:6 says, This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, and saved him from all his troubles. Psalm 34:15, which is alluded to in I Peter 3:12, says, The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and His ear is open to their cry.
The Hebrew word for cry means to shriek or cry out in desperation, or even fear. It is like a person who is drowning, and they see someone standing on the shore. They do not speak in a calm voice, “Excuse me sir, I am in the process of drowning. Could I intrude upon you to help me?”
No! They shriek and cry out, HELP!!! HELP!!! They are desperate. Their life is at stake and they cry out for assistance and help.
There are numerous examples of such desperate prayers in the New Testament. I immediately think of Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52) who cried out in such desperation that those around him told him to be quiet. He ignored their demands and continued to cry out until Jesus stopped, called him forth and healed his blindness. Jesus then said to him, Your faith has made you well.
The Great Awakening that transformed Colonial America and gave birth to the nation, was birthed out of desperate cries of faith. Before presenting his sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," Jonathan Edwards had spent 18 hours in desperate prayer. His cry was, "Give me New England or let me die." 

He then stood behind the pulpit and without moving or making any gestures, read his sermon in a monotone voice. Although his style was not attractive, the Holy Spirit fell like rain and His voice was drowned out by the cries of the people. New England was transformed by a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Yes, there is a quiet, confident faith that obtains its object from God. There is also the desperate cry of faith that is the appropriate prayer at certain times in our lives and in history.
So, don't hold back. Go ahead and cry out to Him today. The eyes of the LORD are over the righteous and His ear is open to their cry.
Dr. Eddie Hyatt is an author, historian and Bible teacher with a passion to see another Great Awakening that will renew the churches of America and alter the course of the nation. His books on prayer and revival are available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com



Thursday, April 26, 2018

5 AMAZING FACTS ABOUT THE BIBLE THAT STUNS ITS CRITICS

By now you have probably heard that the editors of GQ magazine included the Bible in their list of "21 Books You Don't Have to Read." In this article they foolishly and naively describe the Bible as “repetitive, self-contradictory, sententious, foolish, and even at times ill-intentioned." 
Such a clueless, dismissive attitude is embarrassing in light of the fact that the Bible has been the basis of the rise and fall of civilizations, and the source of inspiration for emperors, kings, presidents, and untold millions of people of all cultures and races. They obviously know very little about the Bible and I suspect they have never read it.
Here are five amazing facts about the Bible the GQ editors need to know. Every Christian should also be aware of these facts.
Fact #1
There is No Other Book Like the Bible
The Bible is unique in its circulation. It is the perennial all-time best seller. No other book comes close. It has been translated into over 2,800 languages with new translations being continually produced by committed linguists who believe every people group on earth should have God’s word in their own language. No other book has anything approaching its constant circulation.
The Bible is also unique in its composition. It is comprised of 66 books that were written over a 1600-year period by over 40 authors from every walk of life, including kings, peasants, philosophers, sheepherders and fishermen. Despite the diversity of authorship and time of composition, there is a thread of unity running throughout that binds the whole together, making it one book. There is nothing like it in all of human literature.
The Bible is unique in the opposition it has provoked throughout history. Regimes that oppress their people fear the Bible because of its Message of individual freedom, hope, and salvation. Communist and Islamic nations fear the Bible and tend to outright ban it or restrict its free access to their people. It was for this same reason that the medieval church approved laws banning individuals from possessing the Bible in their own language. In spite of the opposition, the Bible has survived because it is God's word. It is like an anvil that has worn out many a hammer.
Fact #2
The Bible Profoundly Influenced the Founding of America
A ten-year project to discover where the founding fathers got their ideas for America’s founding documents found that, by far, the single most cited authority in their writings was the Bible. The following select quotations affirm this primary role of the Bible in America’s founding.
·       “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”
George Washington
·       “I have examined all . . . and the result is, that the Bible is the best book in the world!”
John Adams in a letter to Thomas Jefferson
·       “Of all the systems of morality that have come under my observations, none appear to me so pure as that of Jesus.”
Thomas Jefferson
·       “I have for many years made it a practice to read through the Bible once every year.”
John Quincy Adams
·       “That book, sir, is the Rock on which our Republic rests.”
Andrew Jackson
·       “It is the best gift God has given to mankind. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this book."
Abraham Lincoln
·       “No other book of any kind ever written in English has ever so affected the whole life of a people.
Theodore Roosevelt
Fact #3
Confirmed by Modern Archaeology
Archaeology, a recent science, has confirmed the accuracy and reliability of the Bible. Sir William Ramsay, an agnostic professor of theology at Oxford University and one of the greatest archaeologists of all time, originally thought he would scientifically discredit the New Testament by retracing the steps of Paul as delineated by Luke in the Book of Acts. 

Ramsay was a student of the skeptical, German higher criticism of the nineteenth century and he taught that the New Testament is an unreliable religious treatise written in the mid-second century by individuals far removed from the events described. But after years of retracing Luke's account of Paul's travels and doing archaeological excavations along the way, Ramsay completely reversed his view of the Bible and first-century history.


Ramsay became convinced that Acts was written in the first century by the traditional author and he acquired a very high regard for Luke as a historian. He wrote,
Luke is a historian of the first rank; not merely are his statements of fact trustworthy, he is possessed of the true historic sense; in short, this author should be placed along with the greatest of historians.
In 1896, Ramsay began publishing his discoveries in a book entitled St. Paul the Traveler and the Roman Citizen. The book caused a furor of dismay among the skeptics of the world, for its affirmation of the biblical record was totally unexpected. 
Over the next 20 years, he published other volumes showing how he discovered Luke to be accurate in the tiniest details of his account. He wrote, for example, "You may press the words of Luke in a degree beyond any other historian's and they stand the keenest scrutiny and the hardest treatment." The evidence was so overwhelming that many atheists gave up their atheism and embraced Christianity.

Archaeology has, indeed, affirmed the Biblical record again and again. William F, Albright was a world-renowned archaeologist and professor of Semitic languages at John Hopkins University. Like Ramsay, he began his work as a skeptic, but he too was changed by the evidence. After many years of leading archaeological excavations in the land of the Bible, he wrote, "Discovery after discovery has established the accuracy of innumerable details, and brought increased recognition to the Bible as a source of history."
Reason #4
The Bible is God-Breathed
II Timothy 3:16 says, All Scripture is given by inspiration of God. The phrase “inspiration of God" is translated from a Greek word that means “God-breathed.” In other words, this book has the very life of God in it.
This explains why people of all races and all ranks of life are drawn to the Bible. Countless millions find daily comfort, peace, and hope in the Bible. When Martin Luther began reading the Bible as a religious monk, he said, “I felt that the gates of heaven were opened and that I had been born again.”
John Wesley’s life was forever changed as he sat listening to a reading of Martin Luther’s comments on the Book of Romans. He wrote, “I felt my heart strangely warmed.” Multitudes, including this writer, often find their heart “strangely warmed” by reading or listening to the words of the Bible.
It is this God-breathed nature of the Bible that draws men and women to read its pages. Not only are the common people drawn to this book, but kings, presidents and prime ministers have found in its pages the strength and fortitude to carry out their difficult assignments.
For example, William Gladstone (1809-1898), who served as Prime Minister of Great Britain four separate times, was an avid reader of the Bible and committed to its revelation of Jesus Christ. Commenting on the influence of the Bible, he said, “I have known ninety-five of the world's great men in my time and of these, eighty-seven were followers of the Bible.”
Fact #5
God Will Have the Final Say
Men may rage and bluster about the Bible, but God will have the final word. The famous agnostic, Voltaire, boasted that one-hundred year after his death the Bible would be a forgotten book. Fifty years after his death, however, the Geneva Bible Society purchased his home and printing press and began printing and distributing Bibles throughout Europe.
One-hundred years after Voltaire's death this Bible Society had printed and distributed thousands of Bibles on his printing press and from his home. I think heaven must have been smiling! It reminds me of Isaiah 44:24-25, which reads,
I Am the LORD, the Maker of all things . . . who foils the signs of false prophets and makes fools of diviners and overthrows the learning of the wise and turns it into nonsense.
A People of One Book
Yes, the Bible is the most unique and powerful book ever written. Its ultimate purpose is to reveal to humanity God’s Messiah and Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. Jesus spoke of all the things that had been written in the Old Testament concerning Himself (Luke 24:44). We, therefore, read the Bible, not to just accumulate knowledge, but to come to know God and His Son, Jesus Christ. It is a relational book.
The GQ article merely reflects a trend in modern culture the church must guard against. We must be people of the Book. The noted historian, Philip Schaff said, “Every true progress in church history is conditioned by a new and deeper study of Scripture.” Concerning being a people of the Book, John Wesley, the Oxford scholar, revivalist, and founder of Methodism, wrote,  
I am a spirit come from God and returning to God: just hovering over the great gulf; till, a few moments hence, I am no more seen; I drop into an unchangeable eternity! I want to know one thing—the way to heaven; how to land safe on that happy shore. God himself has condescended to teach me the way. For this very end He came from heaven. He hath written it down in a book. O give me that book! At any price, give me the book of God! Let me be a man of one Book.

This is article is derived in part from Dr. Eddie Hyatt's book, Pilgrims and Patriots, available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com. To schedule him to speak at your church or event, send an email to dreddiehyatt@gmail.com.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

WHEN WIVES SHOULD CONFRONT THEIR HUSBANDS

At a recent banquet I was seated next to a Jewish couple that I knew to be quite orthodox in their faith and fluent in Hebrew. In fact, before becoming a successful businessman, George had trained to be a rabbi. As we got to know each other, I decided to ask them about something I had read in the Chumash, a commentary on the Torah, which is widely used in Jewish homes and synagogues.
New Light on Genesis 2:18
My question concerned the phrase ezer neged in Genesis 2:18 that is translated “helpmeet” in the KJV and “helper comparable” in the NKJV. The Chumash, which carries commentary by rabbis both ancient and modern, says that neged literally means “against,” and that God literally said he would make for the man a helper "against” him. The Chumash commentators go on to say,
"Many have noted that the ideal marriage is not necessarily one of total agreement in all matters. Often it is the wife’s responsibility to oppose her husband and prevent him from acting rashly, or to help him achieve a common course by questioning, criticizing, and discussing. Thus the verse means literally that there are times a wife can best be a helper by being against him" (The Chumash, Stone Edition, 13).
This couple was very familiar with the Chumash and they confirmed this meaning of negedI also knew that the first word in the phrase, ezer, translated “helper,” has no connotations of subordination. It carries the meaning of "to surround and protect" and is commonly used in the Old Testament of God being the “helper” of humanity. 

I then recalled how I had learned in my own studies in Genesis with Gentile sources that neged means “corresponding to” and that it expresses a picture of two people standing face to face. This was in line with another Jewish friend, with whom I had discussed this passage, saying that neged carries the picture of two people standing “nose to nose.” 

It was becoming obvious that ezer neged did not carry the meaning that is commonly taught in evangelical circles today. It was becoming very clear that the “helper” God creates in Genesis 2:18 is not a mild, meek “yes dear” sort of person who never challenges or expresses an opinion. I was beginning to see the truth of the Chumash that the helper God made was a strong and equal individual with the right and responsibility to confront her husband when he is wrong. 
It is interesting to note that when Jesus was questioned about marriage and divorce, He pointed his audience to how it was in Creation as the original model and plan for male/female relationships. At least twice in this discussion, recorded in Matthew 19:3-10, Jesus pointed them to how it was in the beginning as the model they are to follow.

I also recalled a positive Biblical example of a wife confronting her husband and an example where a wife should have confronted her husband and the dire consequences of her failing to do so. 
Biblical Examples of Confrontation
In the Old Testament case, Sarah confronted Abraham and demanded that he send Ishmael away because of his destructive behavior toward Isaac. Abraham was reluctant to do so, and the Scripture says that Sarah’s demand was very displeasing to him.
Nonetheless, God took Sarah’s side and said to Abraham, Whatever Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice; for in Isaac your seed shall be called (Genesis 21:12). It was not a matter of who had authority over whom; it was a matter of what was right in the situation. In this situation Sarah happened to be right and her confrontation of Abraham helped him stay in the center of God’s will.
In the New Testament case, we see the very opposite. Sapphira did not confront her husband about his devious plan to lie to the church about the sale of their property, and how much they were giving. Instead, she submitted to his conniving scheme and both lost their lives (Acts 5:1-11).
The story of Ananias and Sapphira shows the fallacy of the popular teaching that God works exclusively through delegated authority, and that it is our duty to submit to the authority even when they are wrong. Not so! God held Ananias and Sapphira equally and individually accountable for their actions.
He is also holding each of us accountable for our actions, for as Paul says in II Corinthians 5:10, For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
Charles Finney Recommends Confrontation
During the midst of a powerful revival in upper state New York, a woman came to Charles Finney (1792-1873) asking his advice on how to respond to her unsaved husband who had ordered her not to attend the revival meetings. Finney’s answer shows that the sort of extreme teaching on male headship that has been so prevalent among modern evangelicals is actually something new and novel. Finney said,
"I told her that her first obligation was to God; that she was undoubtedly under obligation to obey His commands, even if they conflicted with the commands of her husband . . . in no case to omit what she regarded as her duty to God for the sake of complying with his wishes. I told her that as he was an infidel his opinions on religious subjects were not to be respected."
Finney tells how this woman took his advice, ignored her husband's command and came to the revival meeting. She returned home to find him in a rage and having destroyed much of the furniture in their home.
When he saw her, he pulled out a large knife and swore that he would kill her. He then began chasing her through the house screaming his threats. Eventually, he cornered her on the 3rd floor with no way of escape and approached her in a rage with the knife upraised.
At this point she fell on her knees, lifted her hands to heaven and cried out to God for mercy for herself and her husband. Suddenly, the Spirit of God "arrested" and overwhelmed him, and he sunk to the floor where he sobbed and poured out his heart to God and his wife, begging for mercy and forgiveness.
From that moment, said Finney, "he was a wonderfully changed man and became one of the most earnest Christians I ever knew." Finney, by the way, was a revivalist, an abolitionist and an advocate for women's rights. The above story is taken from his unabridged Autobiography, which, outside the Bible, is one of my all-time best reads.
Paul Would Agree
Yes, our marriages must consist primarily of mutual love, support, and encouragement. But because we are all fallible and prone to shortcomings, there are times we need to be confronted by the person closest to us, which should be our spouse. Tradition has given this right to the husband, but not to the wife. The Bible, however, is clear on this matter. The wife has the right—and responsibility--to confront her husband and the husband has the responsibility to listen to his wife.
If someone wants to appeal to Paul, I will say that Paul must be interpreted in the light of the context in which he wrote and in the light of Creation and the of the whole of Scripture. I will also point them to my book, Paul, Women and Church where Paul, interpreted in the context of everything he wrote about women, is clearly seen a friend of women and a champion of their equality in Christ. Yes, Paul too would agree with wives confronting their husbands when they are wrong.

Dr. Eddie Hyatt is a board member of God's Word to Women and an advocate for the equality of men and women in Creation and in Christ. He is the author of numerous books including Paul, Women and Church, available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A PRAYER MEETING THAT CHANGED THE WORLD, AND THE WOMEN WHO HELPED IGNITE IT

One hundred and twelve years ago on April 14, 2006, a home prayer group moved its prayer meeting from 214 Bonnie Bae Street to an old dilapidated building at 312 Azusa Street in downtown Los Angles. From there, the prayer meeting became the famous Azusa Street Revival and from this humble location the message of Pentecost was spread around the world.
The move was made necessary when the crowds began to overflow onto the porch and into the yard of the Asberry home after a powerful outpouring of the Holy Spirit with many speaking in tongues and gifts of the Holy Spirit being manifest. This prompted the group to search for, and obtain, a larger facility for their prayer meeting.
The old 40’ x 60’ two-story structure they found at 312 Azusa Street had formerly been a Methodist Episcopal Church, but more recently had been used as a stable and warehouse. They removed the debris and installed rough plank benches and a makeshift pulpit made from wooden shoeboxes. On April 14, 1906, they held their first meeting in the new facilities and revival fires blazed even more brightly.
Prayer Released Power
Although the prayer meeting was soon organized into a church that they called "The Apostolic Faith Mission," prayer continued to be the foremost activity. One participant wrote, "The whole place was steeped in prayer."
William Seymour, the recognized leader, spent much of his time behind the pulpit with his head inside the top shoebox praying. An unpretentious man, Seymour’s intense prayer life was rooted in a deep hunger for God and a recognition of his own human frailty. In later life, he wrote,
Before I met Parham, such a hunger to have more of God was in my heart that I prayed for five hours a day for two and a half years. I got to Los Angeles, and there the hunger was not less but more. I prayed, “God, what can I do?” The Spirit said, “Pray more.” “But Lord, I am praying five hours a day now.” I increased my hours of prayer to seven and prayed on for a year and a half more. I prayed to God to give what Parham preached, the real Holy Ghost and fire with tongues with love and power of God like the apostles had (Hyatt, 2000 Years of Charismatic Christianity, 141-42)
A spirit of prayer thus continued to characterize all aspects of the revival. Ernest S. Williams, who later became general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, visited the revival as a young man in 1907 and was astounded at what he encountered. Many year later, he wrote,
I wish I could describe what I saw. Prayer and worship were everywhere. The altar area was filled with seekers; some were kneeling; others were prone on the floor; some were speaking in tongues. Everyone was doing something; all were seemingly lost in God. I simply stood and looked, for I had never seen anything like it (Hyatt, 2000 Years of Charismatic Christianity, 144).
Women Played Prominent Roles
Although Seymour was acknowledged as the leader of the Azusa Street Revival, it was a black woman, Lucy Farrow, who provided the initial spark that ignited that revival. According to Mother Cotton, an early participant in the revival, no one spoke in tongues until Farrow arrived and began laying hands on the people and praying for them to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Farrow, who was the niece of the famous abolitionist, Frederick Douglas, had been Seymour’s pastor in Houston and he first heard of the baptism in the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues from her. That she was held in high esteem by Seymour, is indicated by the fact that he specifically asked her to come from Texas to Los Angeles to teach them about the baptism in the Holy Spirit. This occurred while they were still meeting in the Asberry home on Bonnie Brae Street.
It was only after she arrived and began laying hands on people that the prayer group experienced an outpouring of the Holy Spirit with many speaking in tongues and other Spiritual gifts being manifest. A contemporary said, “She had an amazing gift for laying hands on people and them receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit.”
It was Farrow’s example, no doubt, that resulted in women having out-front roles in the revival. Many women evangelists, missionaries, church planters and pastors went out from the revival. The January 1908 issue of The Apostolic Faith, the official publication of the revival, carried a statement about the role of women. It reads,
Before Pentecost, the woman could only go into the “court of the women” and not into the inner court. But when our Lord poured out Pentecost He brought all those faithful women with the other disciples into the upper room and God baptized them all in the same room and made no difference. All the women received the anointed oil of the Holy Ghost and were able to preach the same as men. They both were co-workers in Eden and both fell into sin; so they both have to come together and work in the Gospel.
The Revival Impacts Modern Muslim Nations
The impact of the revival was phenomenal, with its influence spreading around the globe. This was made personally real to me when, in 2006, Susan and I were invited to be part of the ministry team for “Azusa Asia-Indonesia,” which was organized by Spirit-filled Asian believers to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the Azusa Street Revival.
Held in Jakarta, Indonesia, the largest Muslim nation in the world, I had the privilege of speaking to 70,000 people in the soccer stadium. This was not an evangelistic crusade, but a gathering of Spirit-filled, Asian believers who had come together to honor the Azusa Street Revival as a vital part of their spiritual heritage. Seymour, Farrow and others must have been smiling.
Susan preached twice in a large Spirit-filled church in Jakarta pastored by a woman, who was one of the supporters of Azusa Asia-Indonesia. In her home city of Jakarta, she was following in the footsteps of Farrow, Crawford and many other women who went forth from Azusa Street to preach the Gospel.
Sue also spoke at Bethel Seminary, which was located in a reputed jihadist area. In both places she saw many of the same manifestations that would have occurred at Azusa Street such as weeping, falling to the floor and speaking in tongues.
This experience highlighted for me the pervasive influence of the Asuza Street Revival for here we were in the largest Muslim nation in the world celebrating the 100-year anniversary of that revival. It was also a reminder that we are living in the time period spoken of in Acts 2:17, where Peter said,
“In the last days,” says God, “I will pour out of My Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on My servants, both men and women, I will pour out My spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.”
What the Church Needs Now
The outpouring of the Holy Spirit that began on the Day of Pentecost was preceded by at least seven days of intense prayer in the upper room, and prayer continued to be a vital and fundamental part of the life of the early church.
 In a similar way, the power of Azusa Street was preceded by times of intense prayer and seeking after God. Arthur T. Pierce was correct when he said, “There has never been a spiritual awakening in any country or locality that did not begin in united prayer.”
What, therefore, is needed in the church today is not better preachers or more talented singers or a different church order. To borrow from the words of E.M. Bounds,
What the Church needs to-day is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but people whom the Holy Ghost can use – people of prayer, people mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through people. He does not come on machinery, but on people. He does not anoint plans, but people—people of prayer, people mighty in prayer. 

Dr. Eddie Hyatt is the founder of "America Reawakening" whose purpose is to educate Americans concerning their true Christian heritage, and to inspire the Christians of America to unite in praying for another great, spiritual awakening. His books on revival are available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com.


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

5 RESURRECTION REALITIES THAT WILL ROCK OUR WORLD

While teaching a week-long course on Revival at a Bible school in Canada, I found myself wide-awake at 3 a.m. one morning. My mind was gripped with the truth of Satan’s absolute defeat through the resurrection of Christ, and I knew I was to share it with the class that morning.
It was appropriate for I discovered that many had been indoctrinated with an approach to spiritual warfare that attributes too much to the devil and tends to put the child of God in fear. Such an approach relies too heavily on the Old Testament and ignores the cosmic shift that occurred when Jesus was raised from the dead.
Here are 5 resurrection realities that will remove all fear of Satan and rock our world with the fresh fire of revival.
Resurrection Reality #1
Jesus Inflicted on Satan a Mortal Wound
That Fulfilled the Prophecy of Genesis 3:15
Genesis 3:15 reads, I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he will bruise your head, and you will bruise is heel.
These words were spoken by God to the serpent after the fall of our first parents. The "seed of the woman" in this passage is an allusion to a future descendant of Eve who will defeat the serpent and reverse the curse brought on by his deception.
According to this prophecy, the "seed of the woman" will receive a temporary wound from Satan—"you will bruise His heel"—but the "seed of woman" shall inflict on Satan a final and mortal wound—"He will bruise your head."
The first part of this Messianic promise, that refers to the “seed of the woman,” was fulfilled through the virgin birth of Jesus, which occurred without the involvement of a man. The second part of the prophecy was fulfilled at the time of the resurrection when the Seed of the woman bruised the serpent’s head, inflicting on him a fatal and final wound.
That Satan had been decisively defeated was obvious when Jesus emerged from the tomb and declared, All authority is given to Me in heaven and in earth, go ye therefore . . .. (Matthew 18:19). As a Bible school student, I heard a question posed by a guest speaker that I never forgot. He read this passage and then asked, “If Jesus has all authority, how much does this leave the devil?”
The majestic authority of the risen Lord was clearly seen by John on the Isle of Patmos. When John saw Him in His resplendent power and glory, he said, I fell at His feet as dead (Revelation 1:17). Jesus then laid His hand on John and said,
Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold I am alive forever more, Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and death (Revelation 1:18).
Resurrection Reality #2
Jesus is Now Seated Far Above All Principality and Power
If for Paul, the cross of Christ is the ultimate demonstration of God’s love, the resurrection of Christ is the ultimate demonstration of God’s power. It can be said that the resurrection of Christ is the greatest demonstration of power the universe has ever known, even greater than the power exerted in creation, for the resurrection brought life out of death and defeated the spiritual enemies of God, such as sin and Satan.
The overwhelming victory of Christ over Satan is delineated by Paul in Ephesians 1:15-23 where he speaks of Christ being raised from the dead by the mighty power of God and then being seated at His right hand in the heavenly places.
The “right hand” in Scripture is symbolic of authority and power. Psalm 98:1, for example, says of God, His right hand and His holy arm have gotten Him the victory. When Paul says that Jesus is now seated at the right hand of God, he is saying that Jesus is seated at the pinnacle of the universe, in the place of ultimate authority and power.
This place where Christ is seated, Paul says, is far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come (Eph. 1:21). It doesn’t matter what kind of principality or power it may be—even Satan himself--the place where Christ is now seated is far above them all.
And here is what is incredible! In Ephesians 2:5-6, Paul says that those who have put their faith in Christ are seated with Him in that place of authority. In other words, as His people, we share in that authority. No wonder Satan trembles at the child of God who knows his/her position and authority in Christ.
Resurrection Reality #3
Christ’s Resurrection Power is at Work For You
In his discussion of the resurrection of Christ in Ephesians 1:19, Paul says that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is toward us who believe. (NKJV). The word “toward” is a translation of the Greek preposition eis, which literally means “into.” The NIV has translated eis as “for” and the Amplified translates it as “in.”
We can say, therefore, that the resurrection power of Christ is directed “toward” us, that it is “in” us, and that it is “for” us. Paul alludes to this in II Corinthians where he said, For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. In other words, we are not yet in heaven. We live in this fallen world where death is at work, but in the midst of it all, resurrection life is at work in us.
In the early days of our marriage and ministry, Sue and I experienced a series of attacks that seemed to devastate our lives and our ministry. When it seemed all was lost, and the vision had died, I heard the Lord speaking clearly to me, “Don’t be afraid of death because I am the Resurrection.”
We then put our trust in the Lord as never before and saw Him bring the vision back to life in ways we could never have imagined, schemed, or planned. We saw His resurrection life and power at work!
From that day, I knew Jesus, not only as the one who heals our hurts, but as the One who raises to life dreams, visions and hopes that have died. I now knew the resurrection to be more than a past event. I knew the resurrection to be personified in the person of Jesus Christ who by His Spirit lives in me.
We, therefore, do not have to fear death of any sort for the One who is the Resurrection and the Life now lives in us. John had this revelation, which is why he declared, You dear children are from God and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world (I John 4:4).
Resurrection Reality #4
Satan’s Only Power Resides in His Ability to Deceive
Stripped of all authority, Satan can only wield influence in the earth through lies and deceptions. He is like a bold and blustery general who is use to barking orders until one day he is found guilty of treason and court-martialed. He is stripped of all authority, humiliated and drummed out of the service.
Now, if this former general can find some troops that don’t know he has been stripped of his authority, he will be able to exercise authority over them. But when the truth is forthcoming, the meekest private can tell him to get lost for his authority has all been taken away. This is the situation with Satan and demons.
This is why Revelation 12:9 refers to him as that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world. Jesus said of him, When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it (John 8:44). Satan holds much of this present world in his grasp through lies and deceptions.
This is why Jesus said in John. 8:32, And you shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free. The truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and what He has done through His death and resurrection dispels the lies of Satan, even as light dispels darkness. When the lie is gone, Satan has no ground or place to operate. Nothing, therefore, can take the place of truth of God’s word in the church and in our personal lives.
Resurrection Reality #5
There is No Room for Fear When We Know the Truth of the Resurrection
I recall listening to the elder statesman of miracle evangelism, the late Dr. T. L. Osborn, tell about preaching in an outdoor crusade in Africa. Many thousands were in attendance including hundreds of witch doctors who had come with their fetishes to work their magic against the foreign preacher.
Before going on the platform, the supporting pastors wanted to lay hands on him and pray for his protection from the devil. T. L. refused their prayer. He said, “I would not insult my Lord in that way.” T. L. focused his attention on preaching the good news of Jesus’ resurrection power that day and many came to Christ and many were miraculously set free from all kinds of illnesses and bondages. And some Christian pastors realized that they did not have to fear the devil.
It is said that Smith Wigglesworth heard a loud noise in his basement in the middle of the night and went down to investigate. As he looked around with only a small lamp, he saw what appeared to be a manifestation of the devil in the corner of the room. Smith said, “Oh, it’s just you,” and walked back up the stairs and went to bed.
We were once visiting relatives and their small son was very sick. We prayed but nothing seemed to change. Later, while coming down the stairs, I had a knowing inside that the sickness was caused by a demonic attack against the child. Interestingly, we did not have to do anything else for from that moment the sickness was gone. The light had dispelled the darkness.
We are to be sober and alert in our dealings with the devil, but never afraid.
Conclusion
The success of the early church can be attributed to the fact that they preached continually about the resurrection of Jesus. It was not a once a year thing with them; it was an every-day reality in which they lived, walked and breathed. Jesus was alive!
In the preaching of the Gospel, it is the resurrection power of Jesus that changes lives. We are not offering another self-help program for those bound by sin and addictions. We have a message that is infused with resurrection life and power and able to transform the vilest sinner. It can take an arch-persecutor of the church, such Saul of Tarsus, and transform him into the passionate Apostle to the Gentiles.
Knowing that we have a message of Life—resurrection Life—let us never back away from boldly sharing the Gospel with even the most difficult cases. Because He ever lives in resurrection life and power, He is able to, in the words of the writer to the Hebrews, to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him (Hebrews 7:25).
This year, let’s recover the centrality of the message of Jesus and His resurrection. This is a key to seeing true Spiritual awakening in the churches of America and a great harvest of souls.

Dr. Eddie Hyatt is an author, Bible teacher and ordained minister with a passion for Spiritual awakening in America and throughout the earth. His books on revival and reformation are available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com. To contact him for a speaking engagement, email him at dreddiehyatt@gmail.com.