It’s time for me to stand, place my right hand upon the Bible, raise my left hand into the air, and tell the honest to goodness truth. Ready? Here goes. By and large, Christians are one weird group of people. I feel better now that I’ve made that confession. At times, I just don’t understand their logic (if they have any). It causes me to wonder if at their birth, their mother hit them with the stupid stick.
I’ll speak about children’s ministry leaders to provide an example. They know that their children need to be baptized in the Holy Spirit as recorded in the Book of Acts and yet they teach on any and every subject except the infilling of the Holy Spirit. These leaders see the need for the Holy Spirit to demonstrate His presence and yet they never yield and make room for Him. They have a prepared lesson and come hell or high water, their agenda is going to happen. They know that they need to gain intimacy with the Holy Spirit and yet they never spend time with Him. They know that they could gain insight by studying the ministry of those who are or were mightily used of God and yet they read anything and everything except the books by and about these great heroes of the faith. Again, Christians (and children’s ministry leaders in particular) are weird, weird, weird!
Let me get you going on the right direction when it comes to reading about people who work together with the Holy Spirit. I know the importance of reading the works of and about people who have been where I want to go and have seen what I want to see. Here’s an example from one of my heroes, Smith Wigglesworth…
“If it is in the Bible, it is so. It’s not even to be prayed about. It’s to be received and acted upon. Inactivity is a robber which steals blessings. Increase comes by action, by using what we have and know. Your life must be one of going on from faith to faith.”
wigglesworthJust reading that one quote is enough to make me want stand up and preach the Word with boldness and confidence, slap the devil, and expect signs and wonders to happen! Reading the Word and then seeing in these books the Holy Spirit come alive through the lives of great men and women of God assures me that I too can see great things from God.
Let me close with a quote from the Apostle Paul … “I would not have you ignorant brethren …” Let’s not be one of the weird Christians that I’ve written about. Let’s be purposeful and deliberate. Let’s prepare for where we want to go. Read, pray, study, dream, and act. Move in the direction that God has already prepared for us! And, we will see it with our eyes!