Stoking The Flames

Indians Game

Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:

Acts 8:29 (NLT)
29  The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the carriage.”

In many Christian circles the Holy Spirit is neglected, forgotten, or misunderstood.  The One given to unite the body of Christ is the center of controversy.  So often Christian work is so rigidly programmed that it seems we need no longer depend on Him–yet Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing.” The late Dr. A. W. Tozer, author and pastor, said, “If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the church today, 95 percent of what we do would go on and no one would know the difference. If the Holy spirit had been withdrawn from the New Testament church, 95 percent of what they did would stop, and everybody would know the difference” (The Holy Spirit: Missing, Citation: Alan Redpath in “Christian Life” magazine. Christianity Today, Vol. 29, no. 18). One of the things that I really love about the current television series AD is that it illustrates what the Holy Spirit did in the life of the New Testament church. Furthermore it illustrates that the early church accomplished what they only through the Spirit’s power. Think about it, a bunch of rag tag, uneducated (excluding Paul), blue-collar workers changed the world. The things that they were able to accomplish, even by today’s standards, are astounding! Now look at the church today, with all of our technological and transportation advantages, we are not only not having as big of an impact, but rather we are losing our influence. It saddens me to see so many churches, especially in the U.S, neglecting to utilize the power of the Holy Spirit to reach a lost and dying world. Yes, there are some signs of change in this regard, like the Southern Baptist recent acceptance of Spirit-Filled missionaries. But what has taken so long for this to happen? Why must we quench the Holy Spirit’s fire? When will we wake up and say, “Come Holy Spirit and fill us with your fire?” If ever there was a time when we needed the Holy Spirit’s power it is today. Let’s be like our bothers and sisters in Africa, Asia, Central America, and South America who are embracing the Holy Spirit! Let us echo the words of the Prophet Zechariah, “It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies” (Zechariah 4:6, NLT).

In Christ,

Pastor Mark


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