God is an all-consuming fire and so is His Spirit. Once you have Him in your life, you are never the same! I believe that one of the results of having this all-consuming fire is that it makes you thirsty for the things of God, to do Gods will and to please him. Think about it… if you are hot…. you get thirsty!
This fire… this motivation, these gifts that the Lord has given us for the building up of His body are under attack by our own… yes… our own “Spiritual firefighters”.
1 Thess 5:19 says do not put out the Spirits fire! ISV
Pastors and leaders all throughout the church are so caught up with accolades, co-dependency(the desire to be needed by a needy person or people) and self, that they would rather quench God’s spirit than allow His gifts to be unleashed in their congregations!
Ok, let’s take a look at it!
In 1 Corinthians we read about all the gifts and ministries of the Holy Spirit. The variety and all its diversity. Yet how many of you can actually say that you have heard or seen someone in your congregation stand up and give a Word of Knowledge or even a message in tongues then it’s interpretation? Yet, we know that this was operational in the Church in the book of acts and beyond!
How many Pastors do you actually see allowing the regular folk of the church testify, or even prophesy during service? Does the fact that they are not the Leader or Pastor mean that they are not qualified by the Holy Spirit to operate in their gifting? Come on! Aren’t we supposed to be building Disciples for the Lord? Well Discipleship CYCLES! It doesn’t end with you! We are not supposed to be saying “stay down there” to God’s people. He uses whoever He wills! And you know what most of the time, I said MOST OF THE TIME, it’s the people who we cast off as being unable, unfit or unqualified! He does this to put us in our place! We cannot continue to perpetuate this behavior if we are truly desiring to see GOD be glorified in our churches, in our services and in US as individuals! When we condone this “firefighting” we are working against our Heavenly Father! Can you say spirit of antichrist?…..
Antichrist doesn’t mean against Jesus it means “against Christos” which means “anointed one” and of course you can’t talk about the “Anointed One ” without talking about His “Anointing”… which removes burdens and destroys yokes! The Anointing comes from the Holy Spirit see Isaiah (61:1) SO when we are operating in this destructive false sense of Christianity and Leadership we are operating in the spirit of antichrist.
It is such a hurtful thing to do to the members of Christs’ body, when He called them and gifted them to go forth and do His will, then we Leaders and Pastors quench and stifle their desire to do it because we don’t see them as capable; and we are not depending on the Spirit of God at work within that individual to bring it to pass.
How beautiful and awe-inspiring is it when you get such beauty from something or someone you never expected to get it from? The surprise is glorious! I was listening to Ed Stetzer today and he said ” Life in the Kingdom of God should look like this… ordinary people doing extraordinary things for God, because they have been given permission and we equip them to accomplish the mission that God has given them and us together!”
Instead of stifling and hindering God’s mission, instead of putting the fire out. Let’s start being spiritual PYROMANIACS, when it comes to the fire of God’s Spirit!
Prayer: Father, in the name of Jesus I repent of quenching your spirit in my brother or sister. Lord you gave us ALL gifts and ministries to glorify you and build up your Kingdom. Help me to edify and build up the others you are raising up for such a time as this. Forgive me for any prejudices I have had in choosing leaders, ministers or others for your Church. Help me also Lord to set a standard in my congregation, community and household that will encourage full use of your gifts!
Amen… I love you Lord!