Hi, everyone. My name is Jeff Struss. I am the senior pastor of Life Center in Lynchburg, VA and Director of Clear River Network. This is God Today.
In the end of 2015, my wife and I had spent years pastoring, church planting, and we had one of the most difficult years of our entire lives. We experienced intense betrayal and rejection by people that we loved. Seeing a devastation within our ministry that felt like it was close to taking us out. It was shortly after that that I had an encounter with the Lord in South Africa that would lead to a visitation of the Holy Spirit. I want you to know that changed everything. In Acts 3:19 the apostle Peter said this, “Therefore repent and return so that your sins may be wiped away n order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.”
Shortly after that time of intense pain and betrayal, the Holy Spirit showed up to our church. It turned into 8 weeks of nightly meetings, a visitation of His Spirit and His power. There were times of incredible healings: cancers being healed, blind eyes opening, deaf ears hearing. People were coming into the meetings and their loved ones in other states and other cities were getting born again because of a vitiation of the Holy Spirit right there in Lynchburg, VA.
One night I went to the back of my church still feeling the pain of rejection and betrayal. I fell right off of my feet, landed on my back in the back of the church with no one praying for me. I began to laugh uncontrollably for over an hour as God began healing my heart from the pain and the rejection that I had experienced.
Beloved, I want to tell you right now. No matter where you are at, you are one moment away from encounter with the presence of the Holy Spirit that could change everything. Could I pray for you right now? Just stretch your hands out for you. Lord, I know that you see every person that is watching this right now. You know where they are at. Holy Spirit, I thank you that you visited me and my church, now visit them. Visit my friends right now. Fall on them afresh with your glory, with your Spirit. Lord, send times of refreshing for the single moms, the parents that are just trying to meet the needs around them. Lord, you see the situations that you are in and you know how to minister to them. Get them, God. Fill them. That ties them afresh in your love and your Spirit. I thank you that you are doing it right now. You will continue to do it. It is in Jesus’ name that I pray. Amen. May God richly bless you.