because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. (1 Thessalonians 1:5 NIV)
I so want to see this happen, the gospel going out not just in words but also in power. We are very articulate, very clever at communicating but sometimes at the expense of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. We need to be clear, effective and efficient communicators but only if we are also able to minister with His power as well. We cannot make Him turn up when we speak, but our lifestyle and our prayer lives are conducive to His manifestation. I feel that the current climate of Christianity has settled for a brand that is far less than what it promises. I don’t want my ears to be tickled by preaching, I want to see the real deal. I want to see the stuff happening! Signs, wonders, miracles, healing the sick, raising the dead, the lame walking, the blind seeing, the deaf hearing, captives being set free and broken hearts healed. Maybe I’m greedy, but I really do want to see it
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Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, (Ephesians 3:20 NASB)
I am shocked by my own unbelief. I read promises and think, really? Will you really do more abundantly beyond what I ask or think? I disappoint myself by that state of my own heart. I realise as I read that I have been captured by the invisible threads of the enemy. Threads that wrap around my mind until it is cocooned like a spider trapping a fly, but these are no silken threads, no these are perceptions and experiences wrapped in half truths, lies and deception and wrong belief about our glorious Father and the work of His Son and Spirit.
The subtlety of the enemy is quite amazing, a little untruth here, a little there, some experiences of apparent injustice and seeds are sown. Before long they germinate and begin to take root, they grow into trees and forests in our minds, sucking life from every experience and polluting our minds and hearts with skewed perception. They transmit and reaffirm the lies, reminding of experience, reminding of your … Read More »
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. (Matthew 4:1 NASB)
At the beginning of a new year I try to gather my thoughts, I pray for wisdom for the coming season, looking to see what he will do and his desires for my life. It is simplistic, but profound, but this can all be summed up with the basis of the ministry of Jesus.
Jesus was led by the Spirit. If I have any prayer this year it would be that I would be led by the Spirit. Led into truth, led into divine appointments, led to see his kingdom come.
Lord give me ears to hear and a heart of obedience to do all that you are showing me for this coming season.