Pastor Mark Batterson Says God is ‘Activating the Gifts of the Spirit’ in New Ways Amid Coronavirus Pandemic and Racial Tension

According to Pastor Mark Batterson, God is activating the gifts of the Holy Spirit and working in an unprecedented way amid the challenges facing society today, from the coronavirus pandemic to racial tension. 

“The Spirit of God doesn’t just want to fill you, but wants to stretch you and create new capacity within you,” Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D.C., said in a message delivered at the Promise Keepers 2020 Men’s Conference last weekend.

“Here’s the catch. The Spirit of God can’t fill you if you’re full of yourself. You’ve got to humble yourself, you got to acknowledge your need, you have to extend the invitation, and it’s as simple as three words: Come, Holy Spirit.”

Batterson said he’s never felt more dependent upon the Holy Spirit than he does amid the challenges of today. He cited the coronavirus pandemic, racial tensions, and political polarization.

“One-third of Americans say they’re either clinically depressed or have an anxiety disorder, 71% of Americans are angry, 66% of Americans are fearful,” he said. “I want you to hear me. Don’t lose faith in the end of the story. His kingdom is going to come. His will is going to be done. God’s got this. God’s got you.”

“You are here for such a time as this; you are here for such a place as this. But come on, we need the Holy Spirit’s help more than ever. I believe that God is activating the gifts of the Spirit and working in a way that we haven’t seen anything yet.”

When the Holy Spirit fills us, it “catalyzes a lot of chain reactions,” he said. “The Holy Spirit is still healing and revealing and sealing; the Holy Spirit is still convicting and comforting and quickening; the Holy Spirit is still filling and leading and gifting and fruiting and paracleting.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett