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A Time of Refreshing: The Holy Spirit is moving on Native American Tribes


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CBN reports that there has been an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Native tribes in America, hard hit by substance abuse and, more recently, COVID.

Pastors Russel and Donna Stands-Over-Bull, who are members of the Crow Tribe, stated that God has been pouring out His Holy Spirit on Native Americans since they started Arrow Creek TV e-church in 2018.

“We’ve been having healing revivals over the online church,” Russell told CBN. “God’s been healing people through social media. People are giving their hearts to the Lord.”

CBN shared the testimony of how a young woman from the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana, who the Holy Spirit delivered from her addiction to Meth.

Windy Cross Guns shared what happened on the day police busted her house. As she stood outside her home, all she was concerned about was the drugs in her hand and not of her baby granddaughter, who was still in the house.

At that moment, Windy realized then that she had to start thinking about her family and her community. She turned to God and asked the Lord to save her.

“Them and friends and fellow addicts in this community have seen my recovery, and they believe what I believe in now. I mean, they saw it,” Windy told CBN. “My whole family converted; they’re now Pentecostal Christians, too.”

Russell added that a recent sign put up by the leaders of the Crow Nation testifies what God is doing in their community:

Jesus Christ is Lord on the Crow Nation“.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” — Psalm 33:12 KJV

It seems that the Crow Nation is experiencing a Time of Refreshing mentioned by the Apostle Peter.

Times of Refreshing

As Peter and John were leaving the temple in Acts 3, they encountered a lame man asking for alms. Uttering silver and gold have I none, Peter grabbed the man’s hand and in the Name of Jesus commanded him to walk.

The Holy Spirit instantly healed the lame man, who had been a regular fixture at the temple. He immediately attracted a crowd as he started leaping and jumping around.

In the sermon to the gathered crowd, Peter spoke of Times of Refreshing coming from the Lord:

19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; (Acts 3:19 NASV)

After the Holy Spirit fell on the Day of Pentecost, the Apostle understood that they were in a Time of Refreshing, where God was moving with power. It was easy for people to be saved or delivered. Miracles were frequent.

Peter used the plural of the Greek word kairoi, translated as time, season, or opportunity, which meant there would be more Times of Refreshing in the future.

And Peter used kairoi, because it was the same word Jesus used while speaking to the disciples just prior to His ascension.

He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times (kairoi) or dates the Father has set by his own authority. (Acts 1:7 NASV)

Since Jesus directly tied ‘times’ to God’s authority, Peter understood that karioi referred to a season when God chooses to exert His authority on earth.

And the root of the Greek word, anapsyxeos, translated refreshing, means cool winds, that bring relief to people living in a hot climate. A refreshing that comes from the Presence of God, as the Lord pours His Holy Spirit upon us.

But Peter said that these Times of Refreshing can only come when we first repent and confess our sins. We need to acknowledge that man’s way leads to dysfunction and death, and God’s way leads to life:

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. (Proverbs 14:12 NASV)

READ: Whole Communities Touched by Fire of the Holy Spirit: Native American Tribes Experience Christian Revival AND Times of Refreshing

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