VCS Insights Volume 2, Issue 17 April 2010
The Holy Spirit is out of the Lunch Box
Dr. Dennis Demuth
This past week the school experienced a fresh release of the Holy Spirit upon our students and staff. He has truly found His way out of the lunch box.
This is not the first time VCS has experienced an unusual move of the Holy Spirit among its student body. Our students’ lives have been changed. When students feel the awesome present and power of the Holy Sprit, they will never be the same.
Not an End in Its Self
The outpouring of the presence of God is more than an end in itself. What a move of God can do in a few minutes, hours or in a day, to change the hearts and lives of students, would take teachers, parents, administrators, and pastors, weeks, months or even years to accomplish.
The release of the power or God goes way beyond the experience as an end it itself. When God moves lives will be changed. It is changed lives that the Holy Spirit is after and not just an experience.
The Holy Spirit is released for a Purpose
The Holy Spirit is released to accomplish what Jesus would accomplish if He were manifest in person. We find His intent in Luke 4:18
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Preach the Good News
An encounter with the Holy Spirit will leave many of our students with a new level of boldness to share the Gospel to their family and friends. Many will be called into the ministry. Seniors will get direction for their lives.
Heal the Broken Hearted
Many of our students bring with them to school broken hearts. Brokenness from being stressed out over family situations, betrayed by those they love, or lose of loved ones. They may have become crippled emotionally, lost their joy, discouraged and even lost their faith and reject God. It is like having a leg broken into pieces. The doctor comes (the Holy Spirit) and does surgery and puts the broken pieces back again. They recover and walk again.
Bring Deliverance to the Captive
Students may be caught in the power and control of sin, bound by chains of pornography, lust, or passion. They may be living a life of deception and rebellion. The release of the Holy Spirit upon their life brings victory and freedom from demonic oppression; strongholds (spiritual, behavioral, and academic) are torn down.
Recovering of Sight to the Blind
This refers not only to students who are having physical vision challenges, but having their eyes of understanding enlightened so they have the ability to see what God sees. Not only what God sees in their life, but to see where God wants them to go in the future.
This same word for blind also refers to mental issues (see Matthew 15:14; Matthew 23:19, 24; 2nd Corinthians 3:14; 2nd Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 4:18; 2nd Peter 1:9; 1st John 2:11; Revelation 3:17). Students who couldn’t see relationships in Algebra and Geometry will see these. Students will come to see God in Science, History, English, Art, and Music, They
In other words, an encounter with the Holy Spirit as experienced in the hallways and classrooms at VCS should jerk the slack out of a young person’s life. This encounter should motivate young people to bring their character and behavior in line with a new level of holiness and God’s Word.
A true encounter with the Holy Spirit will result in lasting changes in one’s life, character, attitudes, behavior, purpose, passion, and pleasures.
Go with the Flow
When God moves through the Holy Spirit what should teachers do? Simple: Go with the flow. Students should be encouraged to seek God and not the experience.
Since we have students from 168 difference congregations in the greater Tulsa Metropolitan area, there will be some that really don’t understanding what is happening in the school or to them. This is what happed in Act 2 when the Holy Spirit fell. Some were amazed, others wept. Many were perplexed and didn’t know what to make of it.
The students, parents and staff have been praying for revival to take place. So when it happens, we need not be surprised. After all, we are a charismatic Christian school that believes in the Acts 2 experience.
Students who want to get to where the presence of the Lord is being manifested should be permitted to do so. Those who desire to receive from God need to be guided to the spout where the water comes out. Those that are thirsty for a touch from God need to be directed to the fountain.
There can be no greater moment to teach on the anointing and the power of the Holy Spirit than in the middle of an outpouring. This is a tremendous “teachable moment” that doesn’t happen every day. But, we should expect more of these days, since we are living in the “last days” when the Holy Spirit is going to be poured out on all flesh.
God will do in a few minutes, hours or days, what we as teachers, administrators, parents or pastors attempt to do in months or even years.
Lets let the Holy Spirit out of the lunch box.
will come to see the Christian world view and that natural knowledge and revelation knowledge are important. Expect understanding to be expanded, performance to improve and grades to increase.
Set at Liberty them that are Bruised
The release of the Holy Spirit in the life of a student will soften the hardened heart; it will cause students to no longer doubt God’s Word. Those that have become bruised by the consciousness of sin or personal grief will be set free.
Restoration of purpose, hope, and vision take place in the presence of the Holy Spirit. The spiritual image of the student is enhanced. They will feel valued and wanted.
To Preach the Acceptable Year of the Lord
I believe one of the results of an encounter with the Holy Spirit as is taking place at VCS is a new level of boldness in the lives of our students to confront sin in the lives of their friends, to preach to the world they encounter what God has done for them, how Jesus is Lord and what they can do to receive salvation.
It will bring a new boldness to confront ungodliness and to lift up the standards of holiness and to bring restoration to their fiends and relatives.
As the Holy Spirit moved at VCS one of the high school students saw themselves standing in front of the Book of Life and as she looked in the book she could not find the names of some of her friends. She purposed in her heart to share Jesus with those whose names were missing.
Years ago, when I was in high school, Arthur Berg, a 20 year veteran missionary to Africa, spoke at our youth group and revival broke out among the youth, very similar to what has happened at VCS. In referring to the revival and demonstration of the presence of the Holy Spirit in the lives of youth, Rev. Berg made this statement, “It doesn’t matter how high you jump (referring to those young people who have a manifestation of the presence of the Holy Spirit), what really matters is can you walk straight when you come