Notes on revival by Dr. Leon van Rooyen
Dr. Leon van Rooyen president of Global Ministries and Relief, Inc. P.O. Box 47599, Tampa, FL 33646, spoke at the Kingston Vineyard in April. I thought you would enjoy these notes, even though at some times during these talks I stopped writing, for God was speaking to my heart in a big way. Sometimes, believe it or not, God wants me to listen and not take notes she says smiling. Dr. van Rooyen gave me permission to post these notes on Xanga. Check categories for other teachings by Dr. Van Rooyen.
Sat. Evening 4/25/09
He was Born Again during the Jesus People movement.
Pastor Van Rooyen said that when he became a believer he believed everything that the Bible said, and if someone told him something was no longer practiced, that it was for the early church but not today, he just assumed that they were not a believer – because BELIEVERS BELIEVE.
The more you learn, the circle of your ignorance gets bigger.
We are to worship, pray, and stay open.
When God’s not in a thing, get out.
Do what God is doing and that will make you successful.
If God is against something, don’t do it even if family and friends approve of it.
What I think is of no importance, but what is important is what God thinks.
As Pastor VanRooyen gained knowledge, he got more God desperate.
1 Corinthians 14:32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
1 Corinthians 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.
Self control is not to shut good things out of your life but to shut sin out of your life.
God’s plan for His church is Glory and Power.
Habakkuk 3:1-4 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, on Shigionoth. O LORD, I have heard Your speech and was afraid; O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years!
Revival – God came. There is a difference between the omnipresence and the presence of God.
Revival means: again to live. To bring those who are in strength to greater strength.
Revival will change you and change the Church from the pulpit to the members.
We need revival hearts, open to what God wants. We are creatures of habit. So often we pray for change and when change comes, we are resistant. We need new priorities and order. Revival brings restoration of what is lost, stolen, or destroyed.
Christians magnify the process, but we need to look forward to the glorious church and a changed life. God does not promise his working will be comfortable for us. We can’t stay in the same place, we need a paradigm shift.
We need to be emptied so we can be filled. This is not a time to grieve or complain or blaspheme God. The more thorough you are emptied, the more you will be filled and moving toward your destiny, something that is good for us and for others. Something God prepared before hand from the foundation of the earth.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
We need to be desensitized to self and sensitized to God.
“Be filled with the Spirit,” is not an option, it is a command.
Spirit filled = God’s presence.
There are those who are E2R – easy to receive and H2R – hard to receive.
Revival should be spelled – RE-BIBLE.
Sun. Evening 4/26/09
Acts 2:16-21 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy. I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: blood and fire and vapor of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.’
There will be an OUTPOURING, INFILLING, and OUTFLOWING. The best is yet to come, signs, wonders, miracles, and an increase in the supernatural. We need to extend our faith for these things. God will work unusual miracles and when people see these signs and miracles they will be astounded.
Outpouring – Acts 2:1-2 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
Signs – visible signs Acts 2:3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.
Monday Night. 4/27/09
Weightiness of God’s Glory – What God wants to do.
We want to live the Acts kind of life. We are writing a new chapter in Acts – Acts 29. (Heather’s note, in a Beth Moore Bible study – Believing God, Beth has us add Hebrews 11:41 in our Bibles with the words “By faith (fill in you name and what you believed in faith)
Acts 4:25-26 who by the mouth of Your servant David have said: ‘Why did the nations rage, and the people plot vain things? The kings of the earth took their stand, and the rulers were gathered together against the LORD and against His Christ.’
There is a wave of resistance to what God wants to do. The enemy wants to stop God’s plans. We want to exalt God, not the enemy, yet we do not want to be ignorant of his devices. What God is up to, the enemy is trying to stop. We need to tell the devil that he has had enough time in our lives, now it is time to stop it. Satan may have hindered me, slowed me down from advancing, but we are an advancing army for the Lord and satan has no power to stop us. We need to be actively in pursuit of the will of God, even if the devil tries to hinder us. The devil tries to burn bridges, blow up roads, and slow down our advance. If our resources are cut off we can’t fight – for we won’t have ammo.
God is doing something here, and the enemy wants to slow down what God is doing. We need to remember that the battle has already been won, and we need to keep our focus on what God wants us to do so that the enemy does not stand a chance to slow us down. We cannot be ignorant of his devices, but we also do not want to give the enemy power.
We know who and whose we are and what we have at our disposal.
1 John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
Greater is He who is in you than He who is in the world.
Romans 8:37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
We are more than conquerors. But there is an antichrist spirit that does not want to stop ordinary Christian Church as usual, but this spirit of antichrist wants to stop Anointed Christian Spirit.
Without the anointing, authority, and the Word we are easy targets. We operate in the power of God.
Remember the seven sons of Sceva Acts 19:14-15 Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?”
We need to discern if it is of God, and we need to know God and we want to be known and feared in hell. When God is up to something the devil is also up to something.
When the Holy Spirit came on Jesus IMMEDIATELY the devil sought to take Jesus down and stop Him from fulfilling His destiny. Jesus led ALONE into the wilderness and when Jesus was filled by the Spirit He was not a mere man, but an anointed man. Jesus overcame the devil by the Word, and the devil had to withdraw.
Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
The GOD WE SERVE IS MIGHTY!!! The devil is a liar, a deceiver, who works behind the scenes using people to slow down the advance of the revival and the revival must advance. Souls hang in the balance, and lives depend upon God. We are the instruments and carriers of Him, and we need to stay in the Lord, put on the whole armor of Lord, and do God’s will. WE ARE CALLED TO VICTORY.
The cross was the embarrassment of the devil, and Jesus made a public spectacle of the principalities and powers that tried to defeat Him.
Luke 10:19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
We share in His authority, and are Jesus’ first fruits. We are Jesus’ body and He is our head, and the enemy is under His feet (and since we are the Body of Christ that means the enemy is under our feet). When the oil is poured on Jesus’ head, it flows down His body, which is us.
Matthew 16:18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
The gates of hell will not prevail against the Church.
Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the LORD.
The Lord we serve is mightier than the enemy.
Numbers 10:35 So it was, whenever the ark set out, that Moses said: “Rise up, O LORD! Let Your enemies be scattered, and let those who hate You flee before You.”
God arises and His enemies are scattered.
Deuteronomy 28:7 The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.
The enemy will come up with strategies to slow down the advance. God is doing an accelerated work and that is causing the enemy to rise up and try to slow it down.
We do not need to be as afraid of the devil as we do of ourselves. Sometimes we are our own worst enemy. Pogo (the comic) says, “I have seen the enemy and he is us.” We can yield to our minds. But the weapons of our warfare are full the pulling down of strongholds, and we need to take our thoughts captive. Sometimes when we worship we are just going through the motions.
God is putting us in revival so that we get to be in recovery mode, and then after a time God wants to turn the revival spirit into outflow. When something flows out there is an igniting. In the book of Acts after one outflow 3000 became saved. One miracle caused 5000 to be saved.
Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.
Our passivity gets on the inside of us and we tend to watch, not do. If we want to possess the land it cannot be out of our mind, but rather out of our spirit. For our country to be America the Great, God needs to be the source of the outflow.
We cannot be indifferent and be empowered. We wage warfare with zeal against the enemy. It is a holy war, a war of virtue for the minds of the people to be freed from the spirit of the age. The god of this world is blocking this change, and only God will be able to change. God can cause political change when there is a spiritual invasion of fire. We need to realize that there is a purpose beyond the natural. Casual Christians do not care about the state of the world. Spiritually minded people carry power and authority.
When Pastor Van Rooyen was new in Christ, he saw a vision of villages in Africa and preaching the Gospel. It was so real to him that he could see the people, the thatching on the roofs, the holes in the walls, everything in great detail. This led him to his ministry and missions.
When the righteousness of God is revealed it is from faith to faith, hearts are ignited in hope and faith. People are saved into the glory and purpose of God.
We need to preach the whole Gospel. Salvation that is based on hype isn’t. There is a Heaven to gain and hell to shun. We exist for the glory of God.
Revival separates you to be sensitized to the purposes and plans of God.
Pastor Van Rooyen spoke of some of the opposition he received from African witch doctors when he would preach. They would gather and try to make the lights go out, to work their magic on people. When they saw that God was stronger than their magic, the witch doctors converted. Even to the point of consenting to be baptized in water, something that most Africans would not want to do for they felt that the spirits traveled in water, but came to realize that the God of the Gospel is stronger than their gods of witchcraft and magic.
When he preached in Africa signs followed and that is what drew people to begin to realize just how powerful God is in comparison to their idols.
Acts 4:25-26 who by the mouth of Your servant David have said: ‘ Why did the nations rage, and the people plot vain things? The kings of the earth took their stand, and the rulers were gathered together against the LORD and against His Christ.’
In the anointed Church miracles, signs and wonders take place and people begin to race to the Church. God wants us to work signs, wonders, and miracles through our lives. He wants us to have a greater anointing, authority and hope.
There will be those with critical attitudes, but don’t be offended. God is up to something much greater than the devil. The Glory of God will come on the earth.
Pastor Van Rooyen spoke of an African village where a 14-year-old girl who was active in the chorus at her church and led worship, could not wake up for she was in a trance of the devil. Lynne Bell, a missionary, prayed, bound and loosed, shouted and the Spirit of God fell in the room. In one split second a snake-like a python came out and left the room and the girl recovered.
In Togo there is voodoo and witchcraft practiced in a particularly black and strong way. When Pastor Van Rooyen was speaking his first interpreter was struck down, he thought by the Holy Spirit, and could not speak. This happened to two other interpreters. Then Pastor Van Rooyen had a check in his spirit that this was not of God. He gave a shout of authority and the witch doctors ran down the street screaming as the angels chased him.
James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Flee means run in terror.
We need to be submitted to God and to one another, and we need to watch out for each other. There is no authority in rebellion. Rebellion is the spirit of witchcraft.
1 Samuel 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has rejected you from being king.
The measure of humility will determine the greater authority.
Remember the centurion, Matthew 8:8-9 The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
Jesus marveled at his faith, the servant was healed.
Wives are to submit to their husbands, not to abuse are manipulation, but in a place of love. When a person is loved, submission comes easy.
Pastor Van Rooyen does not like pastors who get carried away in their pastoral authority, having to be served by people, sitting on thrones on the altar, and then these pastors wonder why the devil reveals them. Power does not work out of a place of rebellion, but in a place of authority. Miracles take place when apostolic authority is in place. A higher level of supernatural force is found when there is government and order. If you are in submission you can raise your voice in authority and the demons flee.
Warfare takes place to slow down the advance of the Church. People and principalities and powers will come against the Church, but if we have the zeal of the Lord and are under authority and the umbrella of God, we can effect the reign of evil and there will appear unusual signs and miracles.
When we are under authority we are sanctified (set aside) and the anointing separates us.
David was a young boy working in the fields as a shepherd, but he became a King and a conqueror.
Why did the devil cut Samson’s hair? It was because that Nazarite vow to not cut his hair – which was an outward sign of his separation unto God. When Samson’s hair began to grow the anointing returned and he did greater damage to the enemy by pushing down the pillars than he did in all of the rest of his life.
With the anointing a boy can kill a giant with a stone as David did.
When the glory of the Lord rises in you, we can wage warfare that strikes a killing blow to the enemy.
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