- Religion and Philosophy
God is doing an old thing...
Whenever Gods Holy Spirit moves it is contentious, because a move of the Holy Spirit causes conviction of sin, realization of the fact that we may have been lacking in our desire and ability to carry out Gods Will, and a general unease amongst people who are happier polishing a pew in a Church than serving a Living God 24/7/365.
Mans reaction to this is either one of acceptance of guilt, followed by repentance and therefore renewal of relationship with God.
Or denial and or self-justification followed by a rejection of the move of the Holy Spirit, and those who are in acceptance of that move.
This is not referring to some of the so called "moves of the spirit" which manifest themselves in unscriptural behavior and actions, these things are false, a deception engineered by a subtle enemy upon men and women eager to "advance" into whatever "new thing" somebody declares God to be doing.
God is not doing new things, He and His word are the same today as they have always been, and always will be. God is currently doing the same things He has always been doing. Calling His people to obedience, holiness and preparation for His Will to be done "on earth, as it is in heaven".
Simply put, Gods Spirit has always been moving somewhere on earth, ever since He sent him to be our Comforter. Sometimes he moves quietly, at other times with great demonstration, but he has always been here working out Gods plan for the earth.
Currently God is sending out a generation of prophets in the mould of John the Baptist. Not prophets shouting predictions and encouraging people to chase their prophetic visions, but prophets declaring the name of the Lord, and preparing the way for His return to earth to gather up the nations.
Like John the Baptist, these people are set apart from the religion they came from, are generally unpopular with mainstream believers and are saying things that most people do not want to hear.
They are calling Gods people back to righteousness and obedience to God, and they will not back down when people who object to their forthrightness accuse them of whatever they feel will discredit these old fashioned prophets.
Why won't God bring His Glory into the church?
For the simple reason that should He do so, those believers in sin may die on the spot, for when God's Glory falls, sin burns away, and that could kill those with unrepented and unforgiven sin in their lives.
When you next pray for God's Glory to fall in your meeting, be sure that it will only start falling once your members of the body have been prepared to deal with their sin issues.
Psalm 24:3-4 (King James Version)
Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?
He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
God is doing an old thing!