Repentance, Righteousness & Power Evangelism

REPENTANCE, RIGHTEOUSNESS 

& POWER EVANGELISM

Bob Jones and Keith Davis

February 9, 1999

In August of 1994 Bob had a very unusual prophetic encounter, one that we have not wholly understood even to this day. In this encounter, Bob received a telephone call from whom he clearly recognized as me. He plainly identified my voice and did not initially recognize this experience as a supernatural encounter. In the conversation the caller began to outline various biblical principles preached and employed by the great Christian father, Charles Finney. Bob was told how the principles of purity and sanctification are essential for the Bride to become the great army prophesied in scripture.

He was also told that pastor Cho of South Korea delivered a prophecy concerning Pensacola, FL that was a true prophecy and was to shortly come to pass. {NOTE: Of course, this was approximately ten months before the outpouring began at Brownsville Assembly of God. At the time we were unaware, in the natural, of a prophecy from pastor Cho concerning Pensacola.} The caller continued to describe the Lord’s desire for Repentance leading to Righteousness leading to Power Evangelism. These three pillars formed the foundation for the ministry of Charles Finney and convey the Lord’s desire to release this anointing on His people.

Bob was also told that an impartation of intercession was to be transferred from Prayer Mountain (from pastor Cho’s anointing) to the Gulf Coast area. This area is to be one of the “Lighthouses” of God restoring the leaderSHIPS by providing adequate light for navigation through these perilous times.

When I first heard Bob share the content of this conversation, I told him I only wish I possessed that kind of wisdom and insight. Up until that point he was fully convinced the person he was speaking with was me. It is difficult to understand supernatural encounters of this nature and the full content of its purpose. One thing is certain, the revelations released in this conversation are directly from the Lord’s heart and are true.

We share this experience now because we believe the Lord is indicating that we are in a passage developing from Repentance into standards of Righteousness. For the last several years a call to repentance has been sounded AND CONTINUES. However, “victorious ones” will soon be emerging clothed in garments of righteousness through sincere repentance. The character and nature of this group will be in the likeness of Christ through the complete purging and purification of their spirit, soul, and body. (1 Thessalonians 5:23) These will challenge the church with powerful sanctifying revelation of the scriptures cultivating maturity in the body.

The author of the book of Hebrews admonished the believers of his day to move beyond the elementary principles of the faith pursuing maturity and spiritual growth. We must make the highest attainments possible in the knowledge of Christ and the Divine Life. The indispensable principles of repentance and sanctification pave the way into the high calling of God and the complete restoration of perfect union with Him as One Spirit.

Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of instruction about washings, and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment .And this we shall do, if God permits. (Hebrews 6:1-3)

When these transitionary seasons occur, it is not at the elimination of the prior season but in addition to it. Repentance will continue to be the emphasis to call us back to the faith of our fathers. (Malachi 4:6)However, through repentance we emerge with anointing and greater depth of relationship with Him.

We are told that Acts 3:19 was a key scripture in the release of Charles Finney into his calling and ministry producing Righteousness based upon Divinely Granted Repentance. Repentance will always bring forth times of refreshing from the Presence of the Lord. Those who have been in a preparatory mode for the last several years according to Acts 3:19; Isaiah 55:7 & Romans 14:17 will emerge as overcomers and receive the promise of Psalms 92:10-11. This will serve as an earnest or down payment on the greater promises to come.

But Thou hast exalted my horn like {that of} the wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil. And my eye has looked {exultantly} upon my foes, My ears hear of the evildoers who rise up against me. (Psalm 92:10-11)

Divinely Granted Repentance leads us into the knowledge of the Truth producing righteousness not merely with the recital of words, rather by the sincere expression of the heart. True Godly righteousness results in the impartation of the Divine nature within the very soul of the believer resulting in the freedom from the corruption of this world and its lusts. (2 Peter 1:4) We will then carry out deeds of righteousness that are not simply the articulation of our mouths but the incentives of our hearts. We will then be able to submit prayers of forgiveness to the Father asking Him not to judge our enemies and persecutors, instead praying “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting {and} wickedness, {as well as} deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride {and} foolishness. “All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.” (Mark 7:21-23)

For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of {the} divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. (2 Peter 1:4)

Once these standards of righteousness are established in the hearts of the church, then great power can be released from the resources of Heaven necessary for end time Harvest. History has proven that overdeveloped giftings with underdeveloped character will result in the destruction of the “wineskin” and the loss of the precious “wine”. The application of these three pillars in appropriate order can alleviate this tragedy. Through Repentance, Godly Righteousness is established in the heart of the church allowing Power Evangelism through miracles, signs, and wonders.

Yesterday, (2-8-99) Bob was given another vision related to the hindrances released against us in applying these biblical principles. The Lord showed him how we have become desensitized to pornography. The Lords definition of pornography was much broader than what we determine as pornography. The Lord told Bob that we observe pornography each day driving down our streets and each evening as we watch the news and primetime “family” entertainment. The standards of decency have become so diminished that we commonly allow our eyes to unknowingly look upon impurity in the routines of our day.

The Lord disclosed to Bob how this affects the soul of man creating disgust, discouragement, and disillusionment. It is a devourer of our faith. Windows of opportunity are released to the enemy of our souls through our eyes resulting in impure thoughts, unsanctified dreams and vain imaginations. We must call out to the Lord in our weakness asking for the grace to make a covenant with our eyes to look exclusively upon those things pleasing in His sight.

Who can discern {his} errors? Acquit me of hidden {faults.} Also keep back Thy servant from presumptuous {sins} let them not rule over me; then I shall be blameless, and I shall be acquitted of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:12-14)

I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin? (Job 31:1)

The lamp of the body is the eye; if therefore your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.”But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! (Matthew 6:22-23)