A SPIRIT-LED HOME GROUP – Ray E Horton
I’ve lead home fellowships for many years and had been praying for several years about a new home group. Finally, a little over a year ago, the Lord led me to ask for people with a like vision who would come along side. Two did! From that small beginning God has put together a group far beyond my expectations.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20).
Birthed in prayer
The Holy Spirit spoke to my heart, “I do not need someone to facilitate man’s agenda. I will be your leader.”
Today, there are a dozen regulars that are a part of the Erie Awakening Fellowship Group family. I am used to groups meeting twice a month. I would not have dreamed of a group meeting twice a week as we do.
I am used to recruiting and encouraging people to come out. No need here! We just invite people as led by the Spirit, and if the Lord puts it on their heart, they join us. Once they do, they are pulled in by the bond of love that unites us.
We all cannot wait till the next meeting and some of us will gather again at a restaurant after Sunday morning church, or after the Monday and Wednesday evening Lake Erie Church intercessory meetings.
Birthed in prayer, our group was the Holy Spirit’s doing. I am used to having someone lead, coordinate or facilitate (myself or another). I always believed it was necessary for someone to facilitate to keep the meeting on track according to the night’s agenda.
But the Lord showed me that was the remnant of a religious mindset. The Holy Spirit spoke to my heart, “I do not need someone to facilitate man’s agenda. I will be your leader.” Well sure, I always deferred to the Holy Spirit, in a sense. But He wanted me to take Him literally and give Him complete freedom to lead our meetings.
We are family
So, I felt, okay Lord, go ahead. I did not mention it to anyone. It just happened. The Holy Spirit uses each of us as we bring spiritual things to share from our lives (1 Corinthians 14:26). Encouraging testimonies come forth, prophetic words, mini-teachings, healings, etc., and it all flows together beautifully to build us up and strengthen us to be used in each of our spheres of influence to bring in the local harvest.
To give you a sampling, here is what I wrote after the last two meetings:
Thursday, May 13:
COME UP HIGHER –
STILL BASKING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
I love the way God is calling us to arise and come up higher in the Holy Spirit, the gateway to the unseen realm. What an awesome evening we had at our Erie Awakening Fellowship Group.
After a time of anointed sharing among us, sister Amber, accompanied by Paul on the keyboard, sang prophetically of truths from God’s Word that the Holy Spirit wanted us to hear. Always amazes me how truths we have heard a thousand times the Holy Spirit can speak freshly to our hearts. For instance:
- There is no separation between us and God – Him in me and I in Him.
- We are on a journey. Do not limit God to what we see.
- I give God permission to by-pass my mind.
- The Holy Spirit is the gateway to the unseen realm.
- You are a beam of light in the Kingdom of light.
The Holy Spirit spoke tonight: “I live within you. Do not restrain Me. Be my instrument. Be Me to the world. Don’t try – just ask and trust.”
Saturday, May 15:
THE JOY OF THE LORD TOGETHER
Another wonderful Spirit-led meeting tonight at our Erie Awakening Fellowship Group. The Holy Spirit was completely free to bring a prophetic flow among the nine of us as we shared testimonies, words from the Lord, laying on of hands for healing, and lots of love and laughter in the beautiful joy of the Lord.
As we love one another as family, we have started to experience significant healings. We are pressing in and expecting no less than regular miracles as we meet, and then will individually bring that anointing to our churches, natural families, our workplaces, and wherever we are.