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