Return to the Spirit
It’s unbelievable how many churches have deviated from the Gospel to entertainment.
We were called to be witnesses. A witness is “One who sees or has personal knowledge of something, or someone called to give evidence in a court.
You cannot be a witness for Jesus without having a personal knowledge of Jesus. Secondly you cannot produce evidence by mere oratory and brilliant sermons. Evidence can only be produced by the ministering of the Spirit and power of God. No wonder Jesus asked His disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they receive the Holy Spirit and be filled with power before the could be His witnesses. “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
Witnessing for Jesus is not the same as witnessing in the court. In the court you produce evidence about what happened in the past. Jesus is not just a history but also a living and a-history making-Jesus. Hence, we bear witness to both Jesus of the past and of the present, and even of the future. Trying to prove that Jesus is great in history and not able to prove that what He did in the past He could do even now becomes therefore logically incorrect. If He is alive and immutable as we claim, let Him do what He used to do as written in the Bible. If we claim He is in us and He cannot do what He used to do then, He may have changed or He is not there; It is logically incorrect to claim that He is in us or in our churches while His power and holiness are absent.
Who is the Jesus in the Bible? Who is the Jesus in the church? Who is the Jesus in us? Are they the same? I think they ought to be the same! And if they are not the same in character and power then there is a logical problem. In the church of the old, the same Jesus inhabited the church and the people re-presenting Himself in character and power.
The million dollar questions are: Where is Jesus of the Bible who can change the life of sinners and heal the sick and still remain humble? In whose life can we find Him? He said He will live in the lives of His followers. Where are those His followers? In which church is He?
Brethren, let us not pretend, if He is not there in the church, He is not there, but if He is there, let us see Him the way He is presented in the Bible.
The truth is that the church has built the faith of their members around brilliant sermons of intelligent men who present enthusiastic messages truthful in nature, but lacking the Spirit, and condequently lacking evidence. It is the Spirit that produces evidence. No wonder those messages can make men to cry and have remorse for their sins but cannot make them change. We preach regeneration and not repentance. Regeneration is a work of the spirit while repentance (change of mind and not character) is of the mind. Man has power to repent but not to change their characters. Character is of the nature and it can only be changed through circumcision, and this kind of circumcision can only be done by the Spirit
“In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ” (Colossians 2:11).
Another proof for the absence of the Spirit is the lack of testimonies in our churches. We pray profusely and earnestly but without testimonies! Testimonies, just as power, are products of the Spirit.
Unfortunately, we missed the mark as we missed the Spirit, and instead of going back to the Spirit, we criticize those that produce evidence by the demonstration of the Spirit and power. Nevertheless, until we return to the Spirit we will continue to argue and rankle without producing any evidence of the living Jesus. Listen to Paul’s motive in his preaching, which I believe ought to be a model for the modern day preachers,
“And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.
For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God” (1Corinth. 1-5).
Paul purposely avoided the oratory speeches popular among Corinthians, for they were intelligent people. He desired to prove the validity and vitality of the testimony of God (His Gospel) by the proof they produce. Hence, he relied on the demonstration of the power and the Spirit for the propagation of the Gospel.
How come today, talent has replaced the power, and intelligence the Spirit? How come we rely on enthusiasm and entertainment in attracting and retaining membership. Well, the danger is that we will have enthusiastic members but not living members, for it is the Spirit, and nothing else, that can quicken. We can indoctrinate, make enthusiastic, and retain our members but they will never cease to be carnal for they can never be spiritual without the Spirit!
Let us return to the Spirit and we shall be filled with power. Let us fellowship with Him and we will see His manifestation. Let us not quench the Spirit and He will make us His witnesses.
Finally child of God, if Jesus is in you, seek to manifest Him in character and power. Do not mind some ministers who are servants of wisdom and knowledge. No knowledge can save, bless or heal without the Spirit. Do not be deceived, without the Spirit you are not even of Jesus let alone manifesting His life and power.
Jesus I want to know you the more, give me Your Spirit to lead and guide me. Teach me to hear, learn, and receive from your Spirit. Teach me to fellowship with your Spirit and never to quench Him and finally make me to be your witness and ambassador. Amen.