We asked three popular worship leaders, “How do you see the Holy Spirit moving in your world today?” Their fascinating observations paint a beautiful picture of the Holy Spirit at work in the world.
“One of the exciting ways I’m seeing the Spirit of God move is in the area of healing in the midst of worship. Just the other day someone shared the story of how her husband had a seizure and consequently lost all of his long term memory. He couldn’t remember his wedding day, his conversion and other key moments in his life. After many visits to the hospital, the medics said there was little they could do. However whilst listening to a song of worship he was filled with the Holy Spirit and over 75 % of his memory instantly returned. The Spirit gives life.”
“Here in the UK and in other parts of the world where we are working, I see the Holy Spirit searching for servants more than stars these days. He is developing cultures of humility rather than celebrity. It’s in those places I see God most pouring out his Spirit in profound and powerful ways.”
Stuart Townend – Worship leader and songwriter of such songs as In Christ Alone, How Deep the Father’s Love, The Power of the Cross, and Beautiful Savior.
“I think the Holy Spirit is at work in all kinds of ways in the world today, most of them we are probably not conscious of, or at least we don’t give Him the credit for them! The Bible says that all good things come from God, so an act of kindness that happens anywhere in the world can be attributed to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
I see Him at work particularly in the UK in the growing spiritual hunger expressed by ordinary men and women. They may be wary of (or even antagonistic towards) organized religion, but they long for a deeper reality that materialism, consumerism and secular rationalism doesn’t provide. The problem is that the church struggles to step outside its religious practices and ingrained stereotypical opinions to meet them where they are at – and yet if we managed to do that, I believe we would see a great Holy Spirit-inspired harvest.
The church has enjoyed the blessing of the Holy Spirit in many extraordinary ways over the last fifty years, but I believe the time has come for that blessing to fall in contexts where the church is active in the world, not merely inside the four walls of its buildings.”