The Power of God, The Missing Ingredient of Faith
Mark 12:24- “Are
you not therefore mistaken, (you don't understand) because you do not
know the Scriptures nor the power of God?”
addressing the experts in the law.)
HB 9B The anointing Versus Performance: (God's hand or Natural Gifting?)
What is the anointing? I would venture to say that the majority of church goers have never experienced the anointing and could not discern what it really is. If they had they may have characterized it as inspiration or just a talented presentation. There is a difference between learned performance skills and the anointing. Without the Spirit of Truth one would have trouble distinguishing the two. In 1 Peter 4:11, Peter advises us about the anointing: “If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies..” This scripture points to the work of the Holy Spirit which inspires the thoughts and the words that are spoken by the man or woman of God. This portion of Peter's epistle is a very important one. First it speaks of ALL who have received the gift (being born of the Spirit) and second, the expectation of sharing between one believer to another for the purpose of edification. When the Holy Spirit is in control laborious preparation and skilled presentation by the presenter is de emphasized.
Worship in evangelical churches today, sadly is modeled after popular professional media artists. Have we reached the place where worship becomes a show? In larger congregations there is usually ample vocal and instrumental talent and technology to reproduce a professional worship service (concert). The fashion of contemporary worship produces a mixture of the profance into the Spiritual world. Spirit led worship lifts the name of the Savior, Jesus and produces a fellowship with the Holy One. Worship should never draw attention to the performer or to ourselves as participants. Performance can appear spiritual but too often draws attention to the individual on the stage. Professional performance even when practiced to perfection may have the vanity of ego as a byproduct. This is the measure of success in the world but we are not of the world.
When do we see the Power of God in manifestation?
In fervent prayer
September 26, 2020