It's strange that "The Fruit of the Spirit" is seldom mentioned when "Great moves of the Holy Spirit" are being discussed.
Imagine a MOVE of Love, Joy, Peace, Perseverance, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, & Self Control!
I'm no Cessationist, but if our "Charismatic Moves" haven't greatly impacted the world with these beautiful expressions of the Nature of Christ, then perhaps we've missed something really BIG.
It might also be a great idea to focus more on the Beatitudes than "Who's Who in the Five-Fold Zoo", and our "Special Meeting" goose bumps which had no lasting impact beyond the "church" parking lot.
Peace & Love!
Grace, while remaining ever-present, functions through sweet, experiential, loving communion in and with the Godhead, not presumptive acts of human will and whim.
Being IN Christ doesn't automatically mean that our words and works are OF Christ.
His Finished Work brought us into a very special relationship with Himself...one which requires reciprocal Love (which is freely given by God and never humanly manufactured), appreciation and cultivation in order for His Glory to truly emanate from us.
Grace is all about ROMANCE, not presumption or legal transaction!
For those Christians who are all for "Freedom of Religion" AND mandatory, audible prayer in public schools... What happens if the prayer is being led by a Satanist?, a Buddhist?, a Hindu?, a Muslim?, someone who claims to believe in the Flying Spaghetti Monster? or another Christian whose beliefs don't line up exactly with yours? Do you expect people who don't believe in Jesus to pray in His Name? Should that be forced? Does God punish schools that don't adhere to your philosophy by ordaining mass shootings?
Fearful people quite often treat prayer as a superstitious, good luck charm that must be imposed on others in order to fend off a Zeus-like god who is longing to wreak havoc, pain, and death on those who don't yet know him. Others believe that it is in His nature to be passive-aggressively "absent" in the midst of human pain and suffering. Nothing could be further from the Truth! God isn't a school shooter, nor does He ordain such actions. God is LOVE!
The Truth is: We can't literally TAKE GOD OUT OF anything, and unceasing prayer can't be stopped by anyone or anything!
I agree that our influence must be stronger, but that should be facilitated through Jesus' Love flowing through us...not by us imposing religion on others. Our delegated authority must function through Love and Servanthood, not legislation and imposition.
Spiritual Gifts are some of Love's greatest "weapons" for advancing God's Kingdom (on earth as it is in heaven),"conquering" the world with kindness and bringing Peace. They were Weapons of Mass Salvation in the ministries of Jesus and the Apostles, and they are still available to us today! If Jesus and the original Apostles relied so heavily on Father confirming His Word with signs following, shouldn't we?
It is, however, of utmost importance that such "weapons" are not used to build personality cults and towers of Babel. Instead, they must be used to point all people to Father's Love..and to encourage ALL to exercise their right to "bear arms" (Lovingly function in Spiritual Gifts as the Spirit of Love instructs and enables).
The Word, Good Doctrine, and Impeccable Theology will never demonstrate His Love and Beauty on a grand scale if they are not accompanied by the Gifts of Power which dispel the myth that the love of power is greater than the Power of Love.
Men have, unfortunately, tried to replace the Supernatural Gold of His Manifest Presence and Power with the brass of self-help monologues, programs, and entertainment which scream, "The Emperor has no clothes!"
My prayer for the Body of Christ is that we all awaken to deeper realities of Who Jesus is, who we are in Him, all that is available to us because of Him, and what He would have us to do with all that He has freely given and instructed us to freely receive.
While I have seen many wonderful signs accompany God's Word in His ministry through me (to include medically verified miracles and healings), there is a strong, yet gentle cry within me saying..."There is much, much more!"
Let us earnestly covet Spiritual Gifts for the benefit of others and the betterment of the world!
1 Corinthians 12
1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: 2 You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led. 3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. 4 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.
Jesus' crucifixion was the result of us taking our wrath out on our Loving, heavenly Father...in the person of Christ (and Him allowing us to do it)...from a twisted, political and religious mindset. It had nothing to do with God desperately wanting to kill us, while Jesus talked Him out of it...after deciding to be the substitutionary victim of His Father's cruel and deadly torture. Every Old Covenant sacrifice was a shadow of God's LOVE for us...which would be perfectly revealed in and through Christ! The only blood that our Loving, heavenly Father was ever thirsty for was His own! He has always LOVED us!
1. Both of my parents died before I was 13 years of age.
2. My Dad died attempting to set a Guinness Book record.
3. Along with my Dad's attempted record came stories and photos of us
in People Magazine and video footage on all of the major news networks.
4. My Mom died around 4 months after I told her that I wished
she was dead. (Note: I Love & appreciate my Mom & Dad.)
5. I was bullied something fierce during my childhood and
adolescent years, until I went psycho & started fighting back.
6. I struggled with suicidal thoughts and tendencies...and
would have ended it...had it not been for a supernatural encounter with Jesus.
7. I suffered with what many would call "addictions".
8. I grew up with the horrible misconception that Jesus was
angry, temperamental, and out to get me.
9. A most precious family took me & my brother in after
my parents died. They treat us as their very own to this day.
10. I have some terrible memories, to include some horrible
experiences with church people and leaders.
11. My past could have been much, much, much worse.
12. The Goodness of God in my life exponentially outweighs
all of the bad things on this list...and more than can be
written in this lifetime.
13. My great experiences with my brothers, sisters, fathers, & mothers
in Christ have exponentially outweighed the bad.
14. I'm not a religious nut job. My experience is very real.
15. I really love people. ALL people.
16. I'm 51 years old and full of JOY!
17. I think YOU'RE precious!
The latest Tiger Woods' story, along with many of its corresponding social media responses, regurgitates a disturbing, recurring narrative...with Love lessons from which we can all learn.
Far too often, we celebrate people for what they can DO rather than for who they ARE. It never ceases to amaze me how people become overjoyed by the fall of the same people they once idolized. Perhaps it becomes difficult when we are no longer able to live vicariously through them. Maybe the vengeance underlying our jealousy is what's being manifested on such occasions. Regardless, what stands true is that we were all created to be Loved, not worshiped.
Because folks are more celebrated for their "doing" than their "being", once the talent declines, the voice weakens, the athleticism atrophies, the beauty fades, and the celebrity status dwindles...many are left in extreme pain...and with little sense of purpose.
This also bears witness to the truth that it is more important to focus on those things in our lives that time cannot so easily steal...like Love, Relationships, Character, and Wisdom.
While our Loving, Heavenly Father has gifted us to DO, He unconditionally LOVES us for who we ARE! By His Grace, we must Love ourselves and others with this same Love with which He Loves us!
1) To rightly divide the Word...with the Cross as my primary
line of demarcation.
2) "This generation" in Matthew 24:34 was THAT generation!
3) The History, Biblical significance, and prophetic fulfillments
of 70 AD.
4) The "In Christ" Realm/Ascended Life is real, literal, and for
right NOW. He who is joined to the Lord REALLY IS "One
5) The Gospel Message (His Love for us and acceptance of
us) predates earth, satan, Adam, sin...and all created
6) The only Blood that God was ever thirsty for was His Own!
He Loves us that much...and knew mankind's entire story
long before it ever began! God was in Christ reconciling the
world to Himself! "He who has seen Me has seen the
Father"! From before the foundation of the world, God
provided HIMSELF as the ultimate sacrifice. Love humbled
Himself, became one of us...and chose to submit Himself into
the hands of angry sinners...in order to reconcile our thinking
with His! His Love and desire for us have always been
beyond measure! Jesus didn't come to change Father's mind
about us. He came to change our mind about the Father!
7) Jesus didn't go on vacation and leave us as orphans with a
8) The Holy Spirit didn't go on vacation or lose any power
once the entire Bible had been written.
9) The Incarnation of GOOD will always be infinitessimally
greater than any human expression of evil. Don't believe the
lie that Adam's sin had a greater impact on mankind than
10) The Church is the Earth's barometer...not the nightly news!
11) No attribute of the Fruit of the Spirit can ever be humanly
manufactured or earned. Everything in Christ is freely given
and readily available...after having been freely received.
12) His Word is a Mirror where we behold our truest identity in
Him. We're mirror gazing, not window shopping for stuff we
don't possess and can't afford. (Thanks to Francois Du Toit
for that one!)
Why are so many professing Christians absolutely miserable? Lots of us got burned when the "Love, Grace, Joy, & Personal Relationship with Jesus" message (that initially drew us to Him) got "balanced" with Law, Tradition, Religious Striving, and lots of other things that were nailed to the Cross and done away with...long ago! Thankfully, He is opening eyes and restoring the years that a religious "bait and switch" message and mindset devoured! (To be continued...)