Monday, January 19, 2009

Spiritually Exhilarated 1-19-09

Good morning, Lord Jesus. I am Yours and You are mine. … "For I am longing to see you so that I may share some spiritual gift to strengthen you -- or rather so that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine" (Romans 1:11-12). In the day or two following our intensive Schools of Spiritual Ministry, I always feel physically exhausted and spiritually exhilarated. Somehow I can be so tired in my body I can't wait to close my eyes, but so excited in my spirit I can hardly get to sleep. These past few days, we've been passionately pursuing You in worship and prayer, teaching and ministry, fellowship and encouragement. You've poured into me as much as You've poured out of me. Together with those You sent from diverse places, backgrounds, and gifts, You have strengthened us and encouraged us through one another in the faith and gifts of God You have shared and imparted, one to another. And none of us will ever be the same. "Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding" (Romans 14:19). These are some of my favorite times of all You allow me to experience in the journey of faith and ministry with You. My soul is now more deeply at peace and my spirit is now more completely on fire than ever before, having given and received, one from another, as Your Spirit has willed. "Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good…. All of these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses" (1 Corinthians 12:3-11). In the thick glory of Your Presence, we saw physical and emotional healing, we experienced tears and laughter, peace and joy, in a deep bond of the Spirit with You and with one another. And as I wake this morning to begin a new day, looking forward to seeing how my life and my journey has been changed by such an outpouring of Your Spirit, I find myself celebrating with contentment in what You've done and, at the same time, hungering and thirsting for more. "But I will hope continually, and will praise You yet more and more. My mouth will tell of Your righteous acts, of Your deeds of salvation all day long, though their number is past my knowledge. I will come praising the mighty deeds of the Lord God, I will praise Your righteousness, Yours alone" (Psalm 71:14-16). In Jesus' name I pray, Amen. Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays Come to The Fountain! the 3rd Friday of each month, our ministry's monthly citywide gathering for Prayer, Praise, and Healing Worship. Come drink deeply of the Living Waters and be refreshed and renewed in the Presence and freedom of the Holy Spirit. 7 PM in the Chapel at Centenary, 2800 Tates Creek Rd, Lexington, KY. All are welcome! Come to the Mountain! every Monday night at 7 pm to pray for Israel and the peace of Jerusalem led by Doris and Bob McCray of our ministry. New Location for "Come To The Mountain" Israel prayer! now meeting at Southland Evangelical Methodist Church 2601 Clays Mill Rd (corner of Clays Mill and Hill n' Dale). All are welcome! Subscribe free by email to Messiah Ministries -- -- "Preparing the Way of the Lord ... Ministering the Healing Love of God" 2800 Tates Creek Rd; Lexington, KY Click Here to Order our Ministry Resources or Contribute On-line or go to our shopping cart at