Thursday, June 18, 2015

I've Got The Power

There are many things in the Church that need the Spirit's correction but none greater than the lack of power we are experiencing. We have tons of knowledge, maybe too much. We are top heavy with teachers but it requires power to be "doers" of the Word. In fact, there is an open attack from the Body on the parts of the Body that desire to operate by the power of Jesus. I think this is the greatest challenge we face, having the appearance of godliness without the power.

We are too dependent on our knowledge; far too dependent. We need some "Peter's" who learned to operate according to the Spirit, sometimes learning those lessons the hard way. Peter is an obvious example but often we overlook Paul because we consider him to be a learned man, which he was, but we fail to recognize that he set aside all of that when he answered Jesus' call.

Consider again what he wrote to the Corinthians:

My message and my preaching weren’t presented with convincing wise words but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power. (1 Corinthians 2:4)

Why? Because the Corinthians loved the discussion of philosophies. Yahweh did not want Jesus to be another philosophy and he has no problem with making himself evident to people. The real problem lies with us, because most of us don't ask and have no expectation for Yahweh to manifest himself through us. We like to keep Christianity a safe philosophy, something that helps us cope with life in general. But if you really knew what Jesus said you would understand that Jesus will not accept this form of followers or worship. It is all or nothing.

The Church has become a safe place but there is nothing safe about true Christianity. It is a relationship that head dives into the dark, expecting to wind up in Father's arms. It is with the same trust and expectation as a three year old jumping off the top bunk into his father's arms. He has no fear because he knows that daddy is there for him.

The Spirit has been given to us so that Jesus can be glorified in us. How is he glorified? When we allow him to use the foolish things (us) to confound the wise (of this world). Paul put it in simple terms:

I did this so that your faith might not depend on the wisdom of people but on the power of God. (1 Corinthians 2:5)

If we are to have any impact in these last days filled with confusion and darkness, we must learn to operate in the Spirit of God. We need to become a people of power so that Jesus can be glorified in us. It will not be without resistance and persecution but we need to be willing to be his obedient servant's in these days and we can't do it without the power of the Spirit every moment of every day.

If you want to be a strong follower of Jesus in these last days, you need to take the time to discover more about the power of our God that is available to you.

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