L. A. Marzulli
…..having a form of religion but denying its power.
The spirit of the Lord – His Holy Spirit that dwells within each of us who are born from above – is with us wherever we go. Once we are born again the spirit of the Living God is with us. He will guide and direct us. He may warn or correct us. He is always present within us. He may give us a word of knowledge, or the gift of healing, or an utterance in an unknown language. He is our comforter and His revealing in the Apostles lives turned the ancient world upside down! Sadly the spirit of the Living God has been driven out of many of the churches, and instead of waiting on Him, we now have our predictable, “safe,” church service, where every minute has been carefully planned out and orchestrated. If the church would only allow Him to run things. What a concept!
I was recently in a church service where the worship leader, brought us into the throne room. We stood silently at the end of a song and you could hear a pin drop. I knew that the Holy Spirit wanted to do a work, that someone had received something from Him, and then a college girl stepped up to the microphone and began to read the morning announcements. The moment was lost in our own agenda.
Recently in Lubbock Texas, when I spoke with Russ Dizdar, I noticed a guitar on a stand on the platform. It was plugged in and ready to go. I felt a nudging of the Holy Spirit to go up and play the chorus to The Revelation Song, which I did. The crowd rose to its feet and worshiped the living God. When the song was over, the room was quiet and at this point I admonished the crowd that if anyone had a word or something from the Lord to be bold and speak out. There was silence for perhaps a minute and then a man began to read from Isaiah. What the crowd did not know was that my friend Richard Shaw, had shown me the same passage on his I-phone only moments before I led in worship. Coincidence, I think not! Then another man stood up in tears and said that how he felt the love of God in this place. That was only the beginning of what the Holy Spirit wanted to do.
I am just mystified at how the church at large keeps the Holy Spirit from the meeting. The first century church allowed the Holy Spirit to work in their midst, just read the book of Acts to see what happened. We can also go to 1st Corinthians and see what Paul writes in regard to each of us bringing something to the meeting, a word, a teaching, a vision, a tongue, a prophecy. Of course to do that, we can’t have our agenda, we have to wait on Him and this is what the early church did. They moved in the power of the Holy Spirit!