Friday, July 31, 2015
IS SOMETHING MISSING?
IS SOMETHING MISSING?
Have you ever had an internal gnawing that your spiritual life is missing something?
When one questions the fact the early church must have had something I don’t have. How could they have made it without the huge cathedrals, T.V. preachers, millions of how to live a Christian life books and recorded media.
Were they able to plumb the depths of the Christian experience to a greater degree than you have? Are we facing a greater challenge than they did?
I’m certainly not qualified to answer that question fully but if there is a longing for more of GOD than what you now have; then something is missing.
We are promised fullness of joy, peace and comfort in the HOLY GHOST. Is that your experience? It is needful to ask yourself these questions and more first before you can work through the lack to the supply of your need.
In so many cases we have accepted; “this is it, all of it” and have remained stuck at this level of satisfaction which doesn’t really satisfy. If you don’t have what the scripture says is available, then you have work to do.
Being English speaking I find myself not able to understand but maybe half of what is said at times. In today’s world people use expressions and words I haven’t got a clue as to what they are talking about.
When it comes to scripture the same thing applies. “Joy in the HOLY GHOST,” I might have it and don’t know it! If so I need to be walking in the power that accompanies it.
Oft times the scriptures are interpreted in the light of the meanings of today’s world. We need to know what Paul the Apostle meant when he spoke. The more modern translations can be of some help unless the translation has been tainted by denominational bias.
If you waver in your belief that the early church had spiritual power that is not available to the church today then you have been half defeated already.
The truth is that everything they had is available today. Whether it is the ability to show forth the fruit of the Spirit, manifest the gifts of the Spirit or to walk in paths of righteousness. Not withstanding Paul had to admonish them to stir up their gifts.
2 Timothy 1:6 This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.
This is a principle. That we must be spiritually alive and empowered by the HOLY GHOST constantly.
I don’t think I’m being presumptuous in saying that what Paul said in Philippians 4:8-9 applies to us today; Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
In other words do what I do.