I hear you, here he goes again… the Holy Spirit, the Gifts… GIVE IT A REST…
For over 30 years I had fellowship with Full Gospel people, for the last 6, with Evangelicals.
The NON-FULL GOSPEL CHURCHES, NEED THE SPIRIT. THE CHURCH NEEDS THE POWER OF GOD.
So I am sorry. I will continue to encourage we all seek the Gifts, the Power, the Presence of God.
Just do it…. trust the Lord to guide you to all truth.
The problem with our Christian Churches? “Not knowing, the power of God:”
Am I serious? Absolutely… Paul put it this way.
1 Corinthians 2:4-5
King James Version (KJV)
“And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.“
What could he mean, in demonstration of the Spirit and of Power? That our faith should not stand in man’s wisdom, but in the Power of God.
We hear wonderful wisdom from our pulpits, marvelous words, interesting stories, excellent ideas, brilliant insights and directions.
“Unfortunately, there is no power.”
Words, words and more words. The lost aren’t found, the sick not healed, the brokenhearted not comforted.
Saints, we need to seek the Power of God, in our lives, in our Churches, in our communities.
So many of us think we should not ask God for the Gifts of the Spirit. Paul wrote, “I would not have you ignorant, about Spiritual Gifts, desire the best gifts.”
The Lord sent His Spirit to guide us to all truth, yet instead of asking the Spirit about the Gifts, we deside they are not relevant today.
We reject the very tools He gave us to build His Church. We are working under our own power, instead of THE POWER OF GOD.
We have all heard 1 Corinthians 13, preached several times, chapters 12 and 14, not so much.
Why? We think, maybe, the use by date has passed … God doesn’t do that anymore…. We don’t need that today.
Well Jesus would tell you.
“Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.”
That is where we stand, in ignorance of at least the power of God, and I believe in knowing the full council of God.
We limit ourselves to our Denominational Doctrine instead of the WORD OF GOD.
I say throw out the Book of Discipline, the Catechism, the Bible Study Guides, and the Commentaries and STUDY THE BIBLE.
It is our responsibility to know the Word, it is the Holy Spirits responsibility to lead us to all truth.
King James Version (KJV)
“The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
The Gifts are not the Secret Things, they are things which are revealed. They are given that we might do all the Words of God.
Heal the sick, cast our demons, cause the lame to walk, the blind to see… lead the lost to the Lord.
Yet, many will object, will refuse to embrace the full council of God. Will gladly walk in darkness, refusing the light.
Believing they have all truth.
Don’t take my word for it… STUDY TO SHOW YOURSELF APPROVED. Ask the Holy Spirit to confirm His Word . Amen
I was shocked, confused, bewildered As I entered Heaven’s door,
Not by the beauty of it all, Nor the lights or its decor.
But it was the folks in Heaven Who made me sputter and gasp–
The thieves, the liars, the sinners, The alcoholics and the trash.
There stood the kid from seventh grade Who swiped my lunch money twice.
Next to him was my old neighbor Who never said anything nice.
Bob, who I always thought Was rotting away in hell,
Was sitting pretty on cloud nine, Looking incredibly well.
I nudged Jesus, ‘What’s the deal? I would love to hear Your take.
How’d all these sinners get up here? God must’ve made a mistake
And why is everyone so quiet, So somber – give me a clue.
‘Hush, child,’ He said, ‘They’re all in shock. No one thought they’d be seeing you.’ JUDGE NOT!!
Remember…Just going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car.
Every saint has a PAST… Every sinner has a FUTURE! Now it’s your turn… Share this poem.
And remember to forgive. HE will!