Every time the Lord was about to do great things He told the people to sanctify themselves.
By Elaine Tavolacci
History tells us about revivalists such as A.A. Alan, Smith Wigglesworth, John G. Lake, John Alexander Dowie, William Branham, William Seymour, Aimee Semple McPherson, Kathryn Kuhlman, Maria Woodworth-Etter, Charles Finney, Evan Roberts, Jack Coe, and many other men and women who God used in ministries of miracles, signs and wonders. In their revival meetings people were healed of terminal diseases, the blind received their sight, the crippled walked, and even paralyzed people were healed.
In Maria Woodworth-Etter’s day, most churches didn’t allow women to be ministers. In her meetings people used to go into trances and visions for hours. The anointing of God was even felt miles away, and people were healed in their homes. Another revivalist, John G. Lake, had healing rooms in Spokane, Washington where thousands of miracles were documented each year.
In and of themselves, these men and women could do nothing. All of these miracles were made possible because they were done through the Holy Spirit, in Jesus’ name—these revivalists knew their authority and carried His anointing.
1 John 2:6, “Whoever claims to live in Him must live as Jesus did.”
Sanctify Yourselves, God is About to Do Great Things!
The other night, I was reading my Bible when the Holy Spirit quickened the Scripture to me from Joshua 3:5: “And Joshua said to the people, ‘Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.'”
The next morning after I read that Scripture again, I turned on a live broadcast from a church that I used to attend. As soon as I turned it on, the new pastor was quoting that same exact Scripture. Then Lord said to me, “Sanctify yourselves, I am about to do wonders among you again.”
In the book of Exodus, every time the Lord was going to move mightily among the people, He would command Moses to tell the people to sanctify themselves. God visited Moses at the burning bush. He also visited Moses during his encounter with Pharaoh and when he parted the Red Sea. Millions of Israelites went through the sea on dry land, but Moses’ enemy, Pharaoh—along with his army—drowned as they tried to pursue them.
After Moses died, the Lord said to Joshua, “No man will be able to stand against you, as I was with Moses, I will be with you.” The Lord promised to give Joshua the land that He had promised to Moses. He told Joshua (three times) in chapter one, “Be strong and very courageous.” The book of Joshua then goes on to say how the Israelites crossed through the Jordan on dry ground, as the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant lead the way.
Every time the Lord was about to do great things He told the people to sanctify themselves. The Lord is about to move among us again in a mighty way. We have also been called to ministries of miracles, signs and wonders.
The Lord says, “This is a new day. You are the generation who will walk in My authority and power, demonstrating My Kingdom on this earth. I am releasing My glory on this earth as it is in Heaven. You are not mere men and women, but you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation who will release others out of the kingdom of darkness into My marvelous light.
“Sanctify yourselves and allow Me to work in you. This is the day that My power will be known in the earth. This is the divine plan and purpose that I have for you in this season,” says the Lord.
Joshua 1:8, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
Elaine Tavolacci resides in Staten Island, New York. She has been a student of the Word for twenty-nine years. She has a prophetic gift as well as a ministry of encouragement, which teaches the Body of Christ to walk in the fullness of what the Lord has called them to. She teaches others how to be overcomers in every area of their lives and understands the power and authority that Jesus has assigned to them. Her ministry, “A Word in Season,” has been an encouragement to others for nine years. She has learned the transforming power of the Word of God and encourages others that nothing is impossible with God.
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