Very recently we were discussing songs prior to choir rehearsal. The youth were totally engrossed when WHAM without a whimper, a moments notice, no storm in sight, bill paid, THE POWER WENT OUT. Darkness blanketed the room.
'THAT I MAY KNOW HIM AND THE POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION' Phillipians 3:10
It is no different in the church as a whole. We want to operate the church with all of the voltage in the pulpit and NONE in the pews. The sad thing is that the pews like it that way!!! Jesus was upset with the disciples when they could not cast out Legion. They were just disciples---parishioners,LIKE US --- but they had power AND SO DO WE! Using it was AND STILL IS another story altogether.
People want to believe that the Father and Son are present nowadays without the Holy Ghost and His gifts. HOW CONVENIENT---then we are ONLY HUMAN AND POWERLESS to do anything about our own personal, the nation's, the world's, circumstances. We want to remain in the natural, the flesh when we were designed for the supernatural-the Spirit. The voltage surge will remain in the pulpit and the pews will snore through the show!!
Jesus said He was going away and would PRAY TO THE FATHER TO GIVE YOU ANOTHER COMFORTER, EVEN THE HOLY GHOST, WHO WILL LEAD And GUIDE YOU into all truth. John 14:16; 15:26. His purpose is to lead you to Jesus, through the power we now possess with HIM (ALL POWER HAS BEEN GIVEN UNTO ME). He is the way, the TRUTH and the life--the Amen, the Faithful and the TRUE.
God would not tell you He was gonna send somebody and have you sit there and look at Him. He's not here to hibernate. Worst yet. He's sent to help you and you refuse to invite Him in (shall be IN you---and now is in you I Cor. 3:16) or utilize His gifts. He is here and shall remain with us until "that which is perfect is come" which means the Second Coming of CHRIST. I Cor. 13:10.
IT IS NOTHING SHORT OF RUDE TO INVITE A FAMILY TO YOUR HOUSE AND TELL THE CHILDREN TO STAY OUTSIDE! SO HOW DO WE GET SO BOLD AS TO ACCEPT THE FATHER AND SON AND REJECT THE HOLY GHOST (the three are equal) CLAIMING THAT DISPENSATION IS OVER? THE THREE HAVE ONLY BEEN SEPERATED ONCE IN ETERNITY---AT THE CRUCIFIXION--ELI, ELI, LAMASABACHTHANI.
The church, the world, some of our lives are in a royal mess because the royal priesthood, the holy nation, the peculiar people want to hide like Saul "amongst the stuff" and not do what God said. He is empowering us by the Holy Ghost(ICor.12-14; Galatians 5) in Jesus' name Mark 16: to (SHALL)
- speak with new tongues,
- cast out devils,
- take up serpents,
- drink any poisonous thing and remain unharmed,
- lay hands on the sick and they shall recover...
What's A Father to do?