John 1:19-23… In this passage of Scripture, the priests and the Levites came to John and asked, “Who are you? Are you Elias? Are you that prophet? What do you say about yourself?” Today, many would say, “Tell me about yourself.” Or “Give me a short bio.” John the Baptist said that he was not the Christ. “I am not Elijah,” John said instead. “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness” (Mark 1:3), and proceeded to speak of making straight the way of the Lord. John was schooled in the wilderness by the Holy Spirit. There, in the wilderness, he was “all mind,” “all ears,” and “all eyes.” He was hearing, he was learning, and he was preparing, but when he came out, he was a voice. What a word for those who would lead, teach, or speak. Leaders (preachers) must be all mind in their study, and all ears, listening to what the Spirit is saying, but in the pulpit, they must be all voice. In other words, they must have a message for the hour. It’s sad to say, but with all the books, with all the study aids that preachers have today, and with all the degrees that they received, many still have no “voice” (message). They may have a lesson or a sermon, but it was their lesson, not the Spirit’s.
Quite a few years ago, I was with a visiting preacher in a Christian bookstore. He looked at books for hours, picking up a few to purchase. It was getting late, it was raining, and past suppertime. I was a bit irritated. In the car I said to him, “What are you trying to do, put the Holy Spirit out of business?” Apparently he was so convicted that he told the congregation in my presence what I had said to him and how it convicted him, and then went home to his own church and began to give away most of his library.
Conviction is not the same as condemnation…
THE CHURCH IS DESIGNED TO FUNCTION IN THE MIRACULOUS
The church should be the most exiting place in town. How can we move into miraculous ministry? First, recognize the necessity of supernatural ministry. Psalm 77:11-14 teaches, “I will remember the works of the Lord” (v. 11, KJV). Psalm 103:2 reminds us to “forget not all His benefits.” The New Testament church was not designed to function on the natural level. 2 Timothy 3:5 tells how a form of godliness had taken over the church. Second, develop an attitude that moving in the miraculous is the will of God. It is not carnal to desire the supernatural. John 14:12… “The works that I do shall he do also.” Third, make a decision to pay the price for this powerful ministry. Earnestly seek (Hebrews 11:6, Luke 4:18-19). Desire the best gifts (1 Corinthians 12). Fourth, be sensitive to the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:8-11). The Holy Spirit is the dispenser of these gifts. Fifth, maintain a high level of faith in the Word (John 15:7, Joshua 1:8). Sixth, live a pure and holy life (2 Chronicles 16:9). God is looking for someone to use. Uphold the purity of God within yourself. Seventh, cultivate boldness (Acts 4:29-31, 2 Timothy 1:7). The apostles prayed for boldness.
Pastor George Belobaba
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