God “in” Himself is enough. God “by” Himself is not. We need one another.
We will never receive directly from God the grace and power for life He intends for us to receive indirectly through His Body. Pray, fast, shout, jump, run, declare, sing, worship, intercede, prophesy . . . whatever . . . they are all ineffective in trying to receive God’s goodness out of heaven, when He has prescribed otherwise. But they make us feel spiritual, so we keep doing them. A form of Christianity that is mystic and pseudo-spiritual, that is always looking for, and hoping for something out of heaven is deceiving millions.
The Holy Spirit was released on the Day of Pentecost. He never went back. He is not hiding. Christ is here, in one another. Rather than being taught occult techniques of mysticism (“how to access the heavenlies” seminars), we need to teach people how to access the power that is before their eyes, every week . . . in their brothers and sisters. Oh, that is just too mundane for us. It doesn’t sparkle. No pizzazz. No sizzle. No catharsis. Nothing stimulating.
Don’t look for your provision solely from Jesus in the heavens. Your provision is likely in Him, in a person you know . . . or perhaps that is the problem. Because of our common meeting formats, we really don’t know anyone intimately. As long as we are content to have a class of religious professionals and entertainers feed our religious addiction to worship music and sermons, our professed desires for “revival” are misguided and irrational.
We have already been given EVERYTHING necessary that pertains to life and godliness. We don’t need to open heaven’s portals. We need to open earth’s hearts. The treasure is present . . . not coming . . . it is present in EARTHEN vessels. Shriveled hearts and fat Bible School notebooks are a bad combination, a sure formula for accomplishing nothing, touching no one, while being impressed with our self-perceived spirituality, which, is not spiritual at all. It is idolatrous deceit. We need to stop all the inflated talk about “prophetic” this and “apostolic” that. We need to just get on with it. Close the notebooks. Stop the singing. Quit the non-incarnational praying.1 Enough with prophesies about what God is going to do in some mysterious future day and how great we are going to be in that day. Skip some meetings. Try actually touching a human being. You might be surprised at how easily the resurrection life of our Lord is accessed and released, and how great God IS today, not WILL BE tomorrow.
Loving God, loving others, and walking as living dead men and women is not complicated. It is costly. Let’s get on with it.
1 Non-incarnational prayers are prayers that cost the petitioner nothing. For example, it is wonderful to pray about, let’s say abortion. But if you are unwilling to help a single mom with food, or adopt a baby, or take in a single mom into your home, or contribute significant financial support to a struggling single mother, your prayers are tinkling brass. God in the flesh is the epitome of . . . “getting involved!” Incarnation, not endless prayer, is the essence of biblical Christianity. If a canoe is to avoid going around in circles it is necessary to paddle on both sides: pray and do something.
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