The Holy Spirit: As I hear this my mind automatically jumps to what I perceive it to be. For me every time I hear it I imagine this deep, awesome voice saying The Holy Spirit. (strange I know) over the passed few weeks though this topic has come up many times. It is much greater power than I believe the church as a whole teaches on, almost as if they are content to run things on their own, you could say to toot their own horn. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to bash the church, but I believe we have some things in our modern day churches that is not biblical, in fact it’s warned against in scripture. This issue of taking the power from the Holy Spirit is not just seen at the corporate level but it starts in the personal hearts and lives of the body of Christ, it starts in people like me. I would like to explain how I have taken the Prayer away from God; that I have left out the Holy Spirit in my preparation.
Personally I have fallen into this snare many times before, and it is proving to be a very big problem for me. As I have began to minister to youth I have relied on my ability to speak, tell stories, and jokes to entertain those listening.Things go good for everyone sitting in the audience, I deliver a message and they audience leaves saying hey that was good (or oh, that was horrible). Whatever the case may be I have began to see that I can put on a good show. I can lead a good Bible study, preach a message with conviction and keep those listening captivated till the end (I think so at least). And here is my problem; I’m capable of doing a good Bible study with little to no preparation, preach a good sermon with minimal prep. Do you see what’s missing? I don’t know, maybe, God, the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ!!!
When I’m able to do a good job why should I push for great? Well because the results that I desire can only be supplied by the moving of the Holy Spirit and God working on the hearts of students, but many times I don’t even take the time to ask God for His words, I just ask Him to bless what I say. How arrogant. God is waiting to receive my prayer. He longs to be, not just a part, but The part of preparation. To prepare for a stirring of the Holy Spirit one must first pray for this to occur. Diligently and constantly going before God, asking for His words, being fearful of what might happen if I begin to say my words and not His.
4) Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 5) “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” 6) Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” 7) But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. 8) Do not be afraid of them,for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.” 9) Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me, “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.10) See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms,to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow,to build and to plant.”
– Jeremiah 1:4-10
This is the passage that God first spoke to me that I was to be in full time ministry for His kingdom. I haven’t always pursued it but I pray that I would continue to have a legitimate fear of speaking the gospel of Jesus Christ. It isn’t as meaningless as sports where there are winners and losers and they go back and play again the next night, no, this is the weight of the destinies of all who hear me. That’s weighty. I’m not just speaking to entertain. I’m being a vessel of communication appointed by the God of the universe. That’s incredible to think about!
I must give God my prayer. Without it I say that I can do it on my own; and I will openly admit that I can’t and that I need His words and His Spirit to fill up my life as I go before those whom He has appointed me. I am unable to supply the results of changed hearts. That is all God’s power.
Don’t forget to pray.