Are You Filled With The Spirit?

Are You Filled With The Spirit?

No matter how good we feel about ourselves, or what achievements we have under our belt – We all have moments in life where we become painfully aware of our lack of real power.  Whether it is a sickness, tragedy, mistake or just overwhelming odds that we are forced to face – eventually all the bravado, influence, knowledge and money in the world fail us.  That’s especially true as we try to come to God and fulfill the mission he has for us.  In those moments, it’s foolish to think we can just work it out.  Instead, call out to God.  Don’t hide behind some theological argument, or allow yourself to become lethargic.  Ask Him to fill you with His Spirit and get to work in and through you.  The days are too dark and dangerous to face without Him!

The following is an excerpt from “Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire” with a few edits from me: 

“The work of God can only be carried on by the power of God.  The church is a spiritual organism fighting spiritual battles.  Only spiritual power can make it function as God ordained.

            The key is not money, organization, cleverness, or education.  Are you and I seeing the results that Peter saw?  Are we bringing men and women to Christ the way he did?  If not, we need to get back to his power source.  No matter the society or culture, city or town, God has never lacked the power to work through available people to glorify his name. 

            When we sincerely turn to God, we will find that his church always moves forward, not backward.  We can never back up and accommodate ourselves to what the world wants or expects.  Our stance must remain militant, aggressive, bold. 

            That is what characterized General William Booth and the early Salvation Army as they invaded the slums of London.  It characterize the early mission movements, such as the Moravians.  It characterized Hudson Taylor in China as well as revivalists on the American frontier.  These Christians were not bulls in a china shop, but they did speak the truth in love – fearlessly.

            In the familiar story of David and Goliath, there is a wonderful moment when the giant gets irked at the sight of his young opponent.  “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” he roars (1 Samuel 17:43)  Goliath is genuinely insulted.  “Come here… and I’ll give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!” (v.44).

            Does David flinch?  Does he opt for a strategic retreat behind some tree or boulder, thinking to buy a little time?  Absolutely not. In verse 48 we read “As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him”.

            What a picture, but do you think God wants any less from us today?  David’s weaponry was only a sling and 5 stones – and yet he ran into the fray.  It didn’t matter.  God used his hands, just as he will use ours.  Time and time again we read and see how weak hands, backed by prayer and His power, are used by God to accomplish incredible things and build His kingdom.  And He will use them today as well – if you are willing to let Him. 

Striving alongside you for the prize,
Jay