Perception vs Reality

When people have an NDE (near death experience), one thing that TOTALLY changes is their perception, their point of view! That changes everything!

When we intercede for others, we usually have no idea of the impact,
especially when we’re unable to “see” the results or impact! (See Hebrews 11:1)

Since in Greek, “faith” is a verb, something one must exercise, not a possession, we have to proceed on that foundation of confidence AND hope that our intercessions are making the difference (Mark 11:24)!

To do otherwise is to lower our prayer action to: begging, wishing, or just having good intentions! Therefore, following that line, we end up with James 4:3 and related shortcomings that just don’t work!

No results do NOT equal “God’s fault”!

Recently, someone very mature, very experienced in Christian ministry, asked me, “tested me” with the question: “Does God ALWAYS heal?” I was a little shocked. This person has been very faithful in his walk with Christ. You also know that the key to most questions is usually found in the question itself.

In order to prevent ongoing controversy, or disruptive disputes, I decided not to insist on my beliefs (1 Corinthians 13:4. . . ) I was aiming more for consensus as a group member than starting a doctrinal sword fight! The brother felt at ease. Probably because he understood that I was not challenging his faith. However, the Lord chastises me and challenges me daily – for my own good!

As I reflect on that question, a few assumptions jump up immediately: Did Jesus always heal? Did the Apostles refuse healing from those who requested it? Does God always love? Does God always judge? Does God always minister to us?
If we obey, trust, and exercise true faith, does God always save us? When baptized, is the “new man” always born, and the old man always put to death?

Does our Father in heaven give us our daily bread, forgive us as we forgive, and lead us away from evil? I believe so. I experience it. I read that in His holy Scriptures.

I think that question is really asking what is God’s will. There are many things on His agenda! At the same time we are living in a spiritual war zone. People are being injured, suffering, and being killed everyday. Whose fault is that? Not the Lord’s! ! !

So, what’s your perception? Do you have a “healing ministry”? Do you have an “intercessory ministry”? Do you have a “prophetic ministry”? Are you a watchman who is sounding the alarm on behalf of the people? Do you freely share the Gospel since it was freely shared with you? Do you do unto others as you would have them do unto you?

Is your body the temple of the Holy Spirit which is the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, Who put all things under His feet? If so, you have received the exact same Spirit that that bears ALL the spiritual gifts according to His will to do His will! If we see that, we’ll start to do that with truth, love, compassion, and Holy Spirit power!

Peace & Maranatha

Revival – Gifts of the Spirit?

I think I’ve written about this before. I most certainly believe what the Scripture says about the spiritual gifts! They were real then, and they are real now! There really isn’t anything written about God withdrawing His gifts, as in the doctrine of dispensationalism.

It’s a scared cow. Both sides are lined up against each other, and the devil gets more than a good laugh from this infighting. How sad.

I was at a meeting recently when someone used one of those spiritual buzzwords: revival. I’ve never liked the word. It’s also NOT in the Bible. But neither are other words we use like vacation, or birthday – but we still use them.

The issue I’ve always had with the “R” word is that it strictly implies re-animation, or even resurrection. Specifically, something was “dead” and now is brought back to life!

Can we agree that the Lord God is ever present? Jesus does say that the Spirit comes and goes, and no man can control it (John 3:8). However, we are PROMISED the Comforter (John 15:26). And are we not temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19)? Does that Spirit simply come and go? I can see that the “intensity” raises and falls, but we are NEVER “empty” especially because Jesus says that He will be with us ALWAYS (Matthew 28:20)!

Who or what is then dead? 2 Corinthians 5:14 answers this without a doubt! When our mind is renewed (Ephesians 4:23), is it saying that the new creation will periodically die and need to be revived? Or, does the Apostle guarantee that the Spirit will increase in us when we are obedient and exercise faith?

Why is the word “revival” such a powerful word among many Christians? I think the answer is twofold. First, the “R” word is VERY emotionally charged! It cuts right to where most Christians are vulnerable – their very status as Spirit filled believers! Second, it seems very clear that the word is used as a tool to guide/motivate/manipulate people into accepting the whole church process of the “gatekeepers” authority/control to experience God! Think about that for a moment.

God is ever present. Our spiritual results, our fruits are based upon: being born-again( baptism of water AND Spirit), repentance, obedience, trust, love, faith, walking within God’s holy Scripture, doing His will, and probably a few other things! These things are certainly not separate, but quite beautifully interrelated – praise God!

Did we receive the Holy Spirit, only to be in need of a “refill”? Does He leave us hanging, only to return in times of crisis? Does He “show up” because we have lots of people expecting it?

Whatever spiritual gifts are manifested in us, we have the same Spirit!
That Spirit bears fruit according to several conditions. Most times, the spiritual gifts are limited by us. We tend to use those gifts most familiar to us and those which seem most evident. That’s very practical, very understandable, but quite the opposite of actual faith! Don’t assume that you are my target. Hey, I’m speaking to me too😃!

Whenever, whatever we were gifted with, we can be confident that those gifts are ever present with the Holy Spirit! How do we know? See 2 Timothy 1:6 for the answer! ! ! Our job is to do the will of God with those gifts for His Glory!

Peace & Maranatha!