Say On, Say On, Say On
Do you love and support evangelism? Do you realize how few revivals are being scheduled, and how short they are today? The anointed evangelist needs to be financially supported beyond the revivals to keep them able to continue to work and revive and bring people to salvation through the knowledge of Jesus. But we also need to support the evangelists with our preparation and our testimony. Is your testimony exhorting to the body, and to the evangelist himself? Paul came to the synagogue on the sabbath day at Antioch in Pisidia, unknown to them, and sat down. There must have been some special grace on them for the rulers to see;
Acts 13:15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.
Men and brethren are terms of acknowledgment; there must have been a kindred spirit to receive that open invitation! Their place, purpose, and words were ordained of God, and He had a ministry prepared for them when they came! Here we see a different order than our usual services, the testimony is following the Word, but Paul was very quick to say on, say on! His subsequent words were edifying to all! Paul’s testimony and preaching was so effective that we see the results in verse 44;
Acts 13:44 And the next Sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.
Paul was not the one scheduled to preach, but he came in prepared to testify and Say on, Say on, Say on, and it edified the body and spread through the entire community. People had to have left there also prepared to Say on, Say on, Say on for the whole city to hear in one week! Even testimony can be evangelism if we will lift up our voice in edification;
Isaiah 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.
When I read the first part of this verse I think of Sister Deborah Bettis who has tremendous volume and is very quick to use it (Her and her parents will be used as examples in this exhortation: think of someone similar that you know). I compare her to a Bose speaker, how do you get so much volume out of such a small package? We need to be just like that with the anointing and our testimony Say on, Say on, Say on.
So many testified of Brother Allmon’s meek and quiet spirit at his funeral services (I thought of I Peter 3:4 … even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.), but they also noted that when he preached under the anointing he had a booming voice. The meekness did not prevent him from being used; let God have you and your testimony and Say on, Say on, Say on! Consider what it will produce in you and in the church;
Hebrews 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Please see the cause and effect, by reason of use they had their senses exercised to discern. The church has abandoned reason of use so much that our revivals are more about keeping the saints than about winning the lost. Our testimony services have so often digressed to become an acknowledgment of the ministers, so that no one gets offended. Many of those ministers do not want to be called on, and some do not even come because they know they will be. But this so often omits some who have much to give. Brother and Sister Allmon would speak very highly of Brother and Sister Bettis, and Sister Allmon would just glow when speaking of them. I see the meek and quiet spirit there, and the apple (Sister Deborah) doesn’t fall far from the tree, so I expect there is a voice there! Allow them to have some reason of use in testimony and see what edification there is for the body when they Say on, Say on, Say on.
When Sister Allmon was sick I heard so much more of her anointing on her daughter, Sister Carter, and it equipped her to take up a mantle. When Sister Carter was sick I heard the anointing of both Sister Allmon and Sister Carter on Sister Shawn (granddaughter and daughter), so I know it is there! By reason of use it will exercise and be edifying if you Say on, Say on, Say on.
So what do our testimonies need to be? We don’t need pity parties or self-purposed lectures. Paul was asked for if ye have any word of exhortation, and he did. Paul later recorded that the following was in the early church;
I Corinthians 14:26 How is it then brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
This scripture says every one of you: now they had church didn’t they! It would sure make it easy to spot the tares! But it says to let everything be done unto edifying. Where must we get our psalm, doctrine, tongue, revelation, or interpretation for it to be edifying? Do you come to revival, fellowship meeting, or church to receive, or to give? Jesus said it is more blessed to give than to receive. If we are lead of the Spirit it will be edifying, Say on, Say on, Say on. I have been studying on the elect, and had reviewed the following;
Isaiah 42:1 BEHOLD my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
Through verse nine in Isaiah 42 it prophesies of Jesus, and If we are to be just like Jesus we will walk as He did and delight God: then verses ten through twelve call for us to be heard;
Isaiah 42:10 – 12 Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles and the inhabitants thereof. Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains. Let them give glory unto the Lord, and declare his praise in the islands.
Reading further into chapter 43, verses 9, 10, and 12 tell us that we are witnesses that He is God! What does a witness do? A witness testifies! Say on, Say on, Say on! Repent of your complacency, timidness, and disobedience: be ready to jump up and Say on, Say on, Say on? Have your spiritual senses exercised … by reason of use! Say on, Say on, Say on! Extoll the goodness, mercy, and grace of Almighty God!