Do these seem familiar?
Truth without power is legalism.
Power without truth is superstition.
Love without truth is licentiousness.
Truth without love is brutality.
Power without love can be reckless.
#truthpowerandlove #chooseallthree #grace
Saw this posted on FB and couldn’t help but react, but will just do so here.
I grew up in a traditional conservative evangelical Protestant church. I was once a skeptic too…in my teens, I used to brand my mom, who fellowshipped with charismatic Christians and who was exposed to the prophetic, as fanatic. Even then though, I loved God, but was a baby Christian. But God has His way of gently opening my eyes to the reality of His naturally supernatural ways. It wasn’t because someone told me and rebuked me of having a religious spirit. It was when I heard God’s still small voice gently tell me, “I’m a supernatural God”.
I now love God’s supernatural ways, but I have a heart for those people who are not open to them….It’s not that they’re less of a Christian than I am. They do love the abiding presence of God. Sadly, though they are missing out on the kabod, God’s glorious presence. What I find sad, as well is that sometimes the evangelicals think that charismatics are not Christians, sometimes vice-versa…It grieves my heart because they are missing out on the power of unity of the body of Christ, and how one can learn from the other.
From what I’ve observed, charismatics generally are mighty in power. They move powerfully in spiritual gifts, effortlessly at that. However, a number, at times, seem to be more awed with the signs and wonders than the Source of the signs and wonders, who Himself is the ultimate sign and wonder. Some, sadly seem to pursue the gifts more than they pursue the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Yes, they easily enter into the Presence of the Lord, but without diligent study of Scripture can be quick to waver in times of testing. In general (not saying all, just in general), charismatics need more Truth to balance the power.
On the other hand, evangelicals tend to aspire for godliness, but deny the power thereof. Yes, most are students of the Word, but only their minds are edified, the Word has to sink into their hearts. Sadly a number move in the flesh, instead of in the Spirit and strive instead of resting in the Lord. Yes, they pursue the fruit of the Holy Spirit, but sadly fail to desire the gifts of the Spirit. They miss out on experiencing God in His glory. Their lives tend to lack power, hence they are unable to maximize their impact. They need more of the Holy Spirit in their lives to experience more of His power.
These are observations are merely based on the so-called “general rule”. There are, of course, exceptions to such general rule. And one day, by God’s grace, the exceptions will become the general rule. This lady, Beth Moore, is among such exceptions. So are folks in LGI. I guess I have become an exception to the general rule, as well.
I have been guilty of displaying weaknesses of both. But God’s grace continues to correct, balance and empower. Always, we just need to be teachable with a thirst for more of Him and to draw nearer to Him. We are, after all, His work in progress.
Labels, such as regarding the other as having a religious spirit or the other as fanatic will not help. For all we know, some of the so-called religious spirits are just Bereans who want to know if something supernatural indeed has basis in the Word…they approach with caution, test the spirits, knowing that the enemy can also counterfeit. In such case, they just need to be pointed to Scripture…the Truth shall set them free. 😊
Labels, tend to fan the divide between Charismatics / Pentecostals and Evangelicals. Labels are not loving. Both Charismatics / Pentecostals and Evangelicals need more love for each other. Love, I believe is the glue that will bind. No wonder, Paul says that without love, we are nothing. But with love, we can do this:
But love cannot be manufactured by ourselves. Love, itself, is a powerful supernatural force. Love cannot be counterfeited. We can only receive it from Love, Himself, and overflow that we may have some to give away as we rest in the Father’s presence. May we bask more in His love.
Most of my professional life, I’ve aspired to work for big names, big companies. I wanted to be trained and paid well. Deep in my heart, I yearned for mentoring, exciting and fulfilling work, a caring company / firm culture and ample pay. After years of searching, I guess the search is over.
There are times when I feeling that foreboding, but just brushed it off. In my quiet moments with the Lord, He would remind me that He knows the plans He has for me – to give me a hope and a future, that surely His goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, that He works all things for my good and that I shall be the head and not the tail (reminding myself, even as I type). Then this word. ❤
thank You, Lord! I know You are doing a new thing in my midst. And just like all of Your creation, it is good.
I just read this article which stirred me profoundly. These words simply jumped right at me: “ministry to God”.
It appears to be one of the three categories of ministry. In my heart of hearts, it is the one which my heart truly longs for.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV
- Come as you are, leave as He is.
- 7-in-1 – simplifies things.
- Religion has a way of complicating things. It is not through religion that you get relationship with God. It is by looking and believing in Jesus. He displayed all that the Father is, and how to have a relationship with the Father.
As each of you has received a gift (a particular spiritual talent, a gracious divine endowment), employ it for one another as [befits] good trustees of God’s many-sided grace [faithful stewards of the extremely diverse powers and gifts granted to Christians by unmerited favor]. – 1 Peter 4:10 AMPC
- If you are in Christ, you HAVE received. It is already inside of you.
- Many-sided grace. It is not just in 1 area. It’s all good. God is good all the while.
[The purpose is] that through the church the complicated, many-sided wisdom of God in all its infinite variety and innumerable aspects might now be made known to the angelic rulers and authorities (principalities and powers) in the heavenly sphere. – Ephesians 3:10 AMPC
- Complicated- we cannot quite grasp it with our own understanding. We need His grace. Like Math, at first it was complicated. But the more you grew, the more you understood it. When He reveals it to us and we step into it, it becomes simple. Christ simplifies the complicated.
- Jesus is just saying: look to Me, focus on Me. He is the ultimate all in one. The Holy Spirit is like that.
- God wants things simplified in Christ Jesus.
- Do not go back to works (like the foolish Galatians). The law is but a tutor. It is all about unmerited favor.
- We bear the fruit of the Spirit, as we walk in the Spirit.
For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace. – Galatians 5:4 NLT
- It goes back to man’s effort: making yourself right with God by keeping the law
- Fallen from grace is simply relying on your own works or own effort so you can say, “I’ve done this or that”
Lord, what must I do to enter the Kingdom of God? Jesus enumerated things re: the law. The rich young ruler followed the law to the letter.
- But when you follow the law, there is always something that you’ll lack. Everyone has fallen short.
- The law is designed to frustrate you. It is only by His grace.
But when you are brought into the full freedom of the Spirit of Grace, you will no longer be living under the dominion of the law, but soaring above it! And what are the cravigs of the self-life: I’m referring to…hatred of those who get in your way, senseless arguments, chasing after things instead of God, temper tantrums, being in love with your own opinions, being envious… – Galatians 5:18-19 The Passion Translation
- On the cross, Jesus cried out: it is finished, it is done.
- If you rely on this, eventually it will lead you to those, but you’ve already been set free.
- We no longer have to fight for it, it is done. There’s a new nature that came alive.
- No longer under the dominion or control of the law
- A tree will never eat its fruit. The idea of the fruit is for others to enjoy. The tree has fruit that has seed in it. Whatever is needed for the tree to perpetuate is already there in the fruit.
- The seed is kinda bitter. The fruit is always far more beautiful than the seed. The beauty of the fruit is hidden in the seed.
- The fruit looked attractive. That’s why Adam and Eve hung around it.
- A lot of people are caught up with power. God does not withhold the power. He wants us to want it. The gift of the Spirit displays the doings of God.
- But we are not just to have the power. The fruit of the Spirit displays your being.
- For the dove to soar, you need both the gift and the fruit.
- The Israelites witnessed the mighty power of God, but it did not change them.
- God is not going to ask you, “what did you do on earth?” We are made in the image and likeness of God? Are you being in the likeness of God, both in character and demonstration?
- You can demonstrate power once in a while, but you will always have essence 24/7.
- If you’re going to chase after things of God, ask for the fruit. When you ask for the power, why would He deny you that?
- Moses was disqualified from entering the physical promised land. He wasn’t as patient or long-suffering. He hit the rock, water came out…because God wants to minister to people.
Pursue the fruit, desire the gifts.
The fruit is not something that God will put in you later on. You already have these. Pastor is just speaking it out so we can operate out of it. The fruit is just physical evidence of am inward reality.
Maybe we have experienced the power of God, but it is really the fruit of the Spirit that attracts us to Jesus. It is not just the power.
As we display that fruit, we are also inviting people.
When we squeeze the fruit, when pressure and stress squeezes you, what comes out? What comes out when someone takes a bite at you?
You are the salt of the earth, you release God things.
The seed is the person of Jesus Christ. Inside the fruit of the Spirit is the seed, Jesus Christ.
Since we have chosen to walk in the spirit, let’s keep in step with God’s harmony. – Galatians 5:25 (The Voice)
- The gift is just received; fruit needs to be grown. It takes time and process.
- If we are the tree, it takes progress.
- It requires planting in good ground. The seed needs to rest in the ground. Because it’s at rest, the fruit will be evident.
- We’re not here to compare. We’re here to complement and celebrate the fruitfulness of people.
If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. [If by the Holy Spirit we have our life in God, let us go forward walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit.] – Galatians 5:25 AMPC
- Rhythm, cadence. One step at a time. Bearing fruit, more fruit, much fruit.
- And people will see that you’re bearing much fruit.
- According to your grace. Help is to rest in You.
We couldn’t be more sure of what we saw and heard— God’s glory, God’s voice. The prophetic Word was confirmed to us. You’ll do well to keep focusing on it. It’s the one light you have in a dark time as you wait for daybreak and the rising of the Morning Star in your hearts. The main thing to keep in mind here is that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of private opinion. And why? Because it’s not something concocted in the human heart. Prophecy resulted when the Holy Spirit prompted men and women to speak God’s Word. – 2 Peter 1:19-21 MSG
14 = double perfection
Season of the Spectacular – The Lord will confirm His glory and His voice. It is a season of confirmation.
What to expect:
1. We should expect intimate revelations from the Lord
- Intimate revelations are life-changing and turning point conversations with God.
- Nothing can be more spectacular than God talking to us.
- Harden not your heart.
- It is precisely in times of spiritual dryness that we must hold on to our spiritual discipline so that we can grow inyo new intimacy with God.
2. Incredible expansions
- Expansion is a powerful sign of life. It is a concrete indicator that change is truly taking place in our midst.
- Expansion is our commitment and obligation because we have been given a wonderful gift of the prophetic culture.
- Expansion is all about receiving light and bringing this light to many more.
- A little bit of light pushes away a lot of darkness – Jewish proverb
Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord ! Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.
Ezekiel 37:4-5 NKJV
3. Infinite provisions
God is going to provide for people who will pursue and advance the prophetic (see v.21)
I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the Lord .” ’ ” So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. – Ezekiel 37:6-7 NKJV
A. Flesh = money, material and concrete things that we need
B. Muscles = warm bodies
- Muscles need to be stretched, otherwise they will stiffen and atrophy
C. Breath = the Holy Spirit, the ruach of God
- Dust + Breath of God = Living Being
The provisions of God are testaments of the identity, character and track record of God.