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Does it Take $1.2 Million to Follow God or Just Holy Spirit?

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In the 1960’s and 1970’s God poured out His Spirit in a mighty and powerful way during a sovereign move of God that was known as the Jesus Movement. It seemed as if overnight, suddenly God moved. God spoke to Greg Lancaster, “It’s going to be the 1970’s again”. That next week after receiving that word from the Lord, America pulled out of Afghanistan just like what took place in the 1970’s when America pulled out from Vietnam. It was a confirmation of the word of the Lord. Despite the things that took place in the negative, God was doing some amazingly awesome things! Many people were overcome by the presence of the Lord as Jesus Christ was being revealed to thousands upon thousands. Jack Hollis was one of those men and he recently sat down with Greg to talk about his exciting journey of walking with the Lord.

So many want to do something for the Lord but can feel immediately defeated thinking they need $1 Million to start a church with all the buildings and programs. But when you look at how the Lord moved through Jack’s life, you can see the truth that this is just not the case. As he plainly puts, “we didn’t have anything”. Jack lived his life with the shirt on his back, and followed the Lord wherever he felt he needed to be, as the Lord was guiding and directing him. “For years I had pullover shirts…and sandals. I’d go down and minister on the beach. Wherever I felt like, ‘I need to be there today’ that’s where I would go”. Jack left a high paying job with benefits and a retirement for the sake of the ministry. Wherever the Lord led them, God always provided. As Jack highlights the faithfulness of the Lord, “I drove back one night, just flew back home. Pulled into the driveway, stopped, and put it in park. Opened the door to get out and this loud explosion, my left front tire blew up right there. I said, ‘boy I’m glad you waited till got to my driveway’”.

Jack doesn’t sugar coat his reality as he points out the difficulty of the battles that he faced. While driving home one night, 60 miles away from home and barely enough gas to put the needle about “E”. “I cried home a lot of times. Not grieving over, just saying, ’Lord this is so hard’. And I was going along telling him, ‘I trust You’”. As he’s driving, talking the Lord, he almost drives over multiple bags of horse feed laying in the middle of the road. Being the kind-hearted and compassionate man that Jack is, he stops his car to neatly stack up the bags of horse feed. As he pulled away back onto the road, the Lord spoke clearly to him. “If I can feed whosever horse that is, I can take care of you just the same way”.

Jesus said in Matthew 7:21-23, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’  And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” So many people they are their own gifts. Or if they don’t have a gift, they don’t have something to offer the Lord. We have to be careful not to get caught doing something “in His name” without actually knowing the very One who we are claiming to know. As Jack points out, “you can get a wheelbarrow of horse manure and roll around the yard in His name, but that’s not His will. You know? That’s not what He’s got you doing.” Jack recalls the story of Philip and the Ethiopian man in Acts 8:26-40. When Philip encountered the Ethiopian man and who proclaimed, “what can hinder me now”, that was a moment that would forever be branded upon Jack’s life and his ministry. As Jack points out, “nothing can hinder you if you make a confession”. God can do all things to those who say yes to Him. As Greg highlights the importance of the Holy Spirit, “He’s so valuable that Jesus went back to sit with the Father and the Holy Spirit is covering the Earth, Omnipresence of God, He’s everywhere at the same time, and you can just trust what the Father is doing.”

As Greg highlights the importance of understanding the importance of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and trusting the Father, Jack underscores this important truth, “it’s all about the Father”. He continues, “When He got through putting the DNA of the future of His Church in it, He sat down. He rested. Jesus came, and when He got through with what God sent Him to do, He said ‘It’s finished’. My part is done. Now Holy Spirit is here doing the work. He’s doing the work. When He sits down to rest, it’s over.” When you say God, you can’t isolate just one of the Trinity, it’s all of them. It’s the Father, the Son, AND the Holy Spirit.

 

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