I like fitness training, and in my previous gym, they had limited equipment for legs exercise.
Part of my cardiovascular training involves skipping and as a result I would have pains in my knees the following day after skipping.
To my surprise at my current gym, I don’t have such pain after skipping. The reason is simple; they have more equipment which enables me to have a better workout on my legs so that my knees are stronger.
Thinking about this gym experience, I noticed a correlation with being equipped spiritually.
Some Churches are powerless, and their service feels mechanical, and it is like just going through the motions.
They lack the power of the Holy Spirit; as a result, the congregation suffers due to lack of this knowledge.
Looking back at the disciples of Jesus before and after the had received the Holy Spirit, without the power of the Holy Ghost, they ran when Jesus was arrested, and denied the Lord.
When they received that power, they were as bold as a lion and these 12 Disciples, and Apostle Paul made it possible for you and me to be called followers of Jesus Christ.
Now the question is how do we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit?
If Churches are not teaching how to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues, then the power is missing. In Psalm 40.10b it says, I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.
If certain truth that played a significant role in the early church is missing in today’s church, now can we expect the same results? If such truth is ommitted from the churches teaching for whatever reason, then such Church is guilty of hiding the truth from God’s children.
The Apostle Paul credited for writing 3/4 of the New Testament, encouraged the Church to pray in the Spirit. ( Praying in Tongues). 1 Corinthians 14:5, I wish you all pray in tongues.
To the extent that he was proud of the gift and said I thank my God that I pray in tongues more than you all. (1 Corinthians 14:18)
He also urged (strong desire) us to imitate him. Finally, in 2Timothy 3.5, Apostle Paul said… Having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof.
We are aware of what happened in Egypt yesterday, terrorist attack on two churches on Palm Sunday. The evil people that did this will try again.
It’s time that the body of Christ gets equipped with the tools; our Lord has given us.
Our 21st century Church seems to be more concerned about being accepted and having large crowds which help get their fancy building than having the Power of God in their church.
A form of godliness but no power and virtue.
The bible said you would receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. So once the gift is received, we have to magnify the gift, for the power of signs and wonders.
So what part of Apostles Paul’s teaching does the 21st century Church not understands in regards to having the manifested power of God?
If the Church is diligent in obtaining money from the congregation, shouldn’t they be as diligent and more in teaching how to gain power?
It’s time for the Church to wake up.
I use this moment to pray God’s peace, love, and blessings for the families of the victims of the terrorist attack in Egypt. As Christians, we must say enough is enough.
Let the real Christian stand up, Neymar the football player for Brazil and Barcelona wore a hand band when his team won a major competition, that reads 100% Jesus.
We all have to be 100% Jesus, I have said it before, light and darkness don’t mix.
Until Next- time, Keep Believing, Keep Hoping & Keep Loving.