Have you ever received an idea in prayer that seemed so different and strange that you had a hard time trusting it was really from God? Has God ever spoken to you to do something and when He did, it caused you to question whether it would really work? If so, you are in a wonderful place.
A PLACE OF AN INCREDIBLE BREAKTHROUGH.
I had just such an experience this week during our illustrated sermon titled, “Haunted.” In prayer, God spoke to me to build a massive rainfall on stage. Imagine a mammoth white empty room with water falling from the sky. Folks, this was not an idea that would come to my mind.
Why? It made no sense. I didn’t even know the purpose. Nothing! No reason why, I just knew I was supposed to build it.
All week I panicked. Why did we build this rainfall on the stage for an illustrated sermon titled, “Haunted?” Friday night, I panicked again and thought that this sermon was going to be corny and hokey. Sunday morning I woke up and God gave me the answer, “This idea was given to encourage you.”
I spoke on what the Bible calls times of refreshing from the Spirit of the Lord. Then I quoted verses about showers of blessing and God sending His rain to drive out the “haunted” places of our lives.
At the end of my sermon, I walked into the room with my church clothes on. The massive shower of rainfall came pouring down upon me as I cried out, “Send your rain upon the dark places of my soul.” What happened next was more incredible!
People in the church ran on stage, jumped into the shower, and prayed while rain was falling on them. They were experiencing a cleansing, a powerful breakthrough, while praying in the downpour. Many stayed for five minutes or more being pelted by the symbolic showers of blessing.
I learned something. Something very valuable. Here it is.
WHEN GOD GIVES YOU AN IDEA THAT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE, THE RESISTANCE TO THAT IDEA IS THE CONFIRMATION THAT SOMETHING BIG IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN.
The greater the battle to the idea, the greater the impact. I almost scraped the idea of the “Shower of Blessing” on stage because it didn’t fit into my idea of everything making sense. Watching those people get drenched on stage and having one of the most powerful services in history showed me that the more something doesn’t make sense the more powerful it is; the more God is in it.