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TWO OBSERVATIONS
by paul hoffmaster
08/14/13
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We are hearing today that a great move of God is coming. Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, and even some Pastors and Teachers are proclaiming its pending reality. Pockets of expectancy and excitement are scattering throughout the country. I believe there will be a move of God, but not in the way some are thinking. I believe it will be a time of judgment in which God will address the open rebellion of His created. God will open up “His Rules of Order” (the Bible) and reveal His will with authority and power. This judgment will begin with the Church and stretch into the rebellious world. (I Peter 4:17) Could it be that judgment is already beginning?

Today, we talk about a return to the days of the Bible, and, in a sense, that would be wonderful, for we truly need a return to the basics of Scriptural truths. We need to relearn the foundational building blocks of the faith. If there is ever an evidence of Christian immaturity, it is this generation. Not only does the Church seem incapable of receiving “meat,” but has returned to “milk” for its nourishment. (Hebrews 5:12-14) The immaturity of the Church is evidenced by its inconsistency as well as its intolerance of others. Jesus spoke of this in Luke 7:31-34 by emphasizing the child like behavior of the religious community. The Apostle Paul realized the importance of spiritual growth, shown by his saying that “When I was a child, I spake as a child, … I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” (I Cor. 13:11) There are many Sunday “nurseries” that cater to the immature Christian. They are fed with milk and burped with child like encouragement. Much of the internal ministry of the Church is to keep the flock happy. Give them what they want, not what they need! Present them with candy, cakes, and ice cream while keeping the vegetables and meats for the dispensationalist who are old fashioned and “out of touch” with the modern Christian community.

Returning to the Biblical standards is important, but we also need to be cognizant of the evolving truths that the Holy Spirit wants to teach us. Paul recommended that we “leave the principles of the doctrine of Christ and go on into perfection…” (Hebrews 6:1,2) In this spiritual journey we need to recognize the work of the Holy Spirit in which He searches the deep things of God and then reveals them unto us. (I Cor. 2:10-12) The Church needs not only to know the historical God, but also to know the living God. Don’t misunderstand what I am saying. I am not advocating supplementary truth, rather an expansion of truth based upon Biblical Truth. There will never be a spiritual revelation without a confirming parallel to Scripture. No “revealed” Truth will ever conflict or add to the foundational teachings of the Bible, but it will and can expand its revelation to greater heights and depths. Hearing and seeing the illustration of His work through the Word adds to our faith and expands our spiritual growth. But what is also needed is the building of our faith based upon the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Biblical Truth brings us into the saving power of God through His Son, while Spiritual Revelation brings us into the Throne Room of God. The Bible shows us the Grace of God, while the Holy Spirit shows us how to experience His Grace. One shows us how to know God, while the other brings us into the presence of God.


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