Can I ask you a question? Are you satisfied with your spiritual life? Are you content settling for the mundane and mediocre? Do you go to church every week feeling as if there could be more?
Has going to church become a routine of worship songs with many people standing around afraid to raise their voices or their hands in worship? You wonder if you and a handful of others are the only ones who want to truly worship the Father. You wonder why others do not feel the least bit compelled to join in.
Perhaps they are shy, perhaps they had a bad morning, or maybe they have never truly experienced the intimacy between a good worship song, and the connection it makes with their spirit. In the last case, I believe its because they have never experienced the Holy Spirit in all His fullness.
I believe once the Holy Spirit touches you, once you feel His presence and all His glory you donít want to settle for anything less. Nothing but the real thing will do. Regular services will not suffice.
I believe many of our churches today are filled with people with Good intentions. We go to these nice buildings, we sit in comfy seats, surrounded by familiar faces and music that feels good. We listen to a message that may or may not touch us that morning, we then leave feeling satisfied with our weekly duty.
Is this your week? For many of us it is. And sadly for many of us we are satisfied with this routine because it is just that, a routine. It is familiar and comfortable. But for the rest of us. I believe we are hungry for more.
Our Spirits are in a state of restlessness, one that makes us antsy and looking for more. We are looking for more than ĎChurchí, after all what is a Church but a brick and mortar building? The true church is in those of us who believe.
May I ask what good does it do to go to a beautiful building when Jesus isnít there? Granted, I know Jesus is within those who believe in Him, but His manifestation is a completely different feeling all together. I donít know about you but I want to experience Him on a regular basis.
I believe we will begin to see and experience more of what God has for us when we open up our hearts and our minds and our churches to Him. I have found that many of us choose to put God in a small box. We need to remember this isnít about us. Its about Him and what he wants do through us and for us.
But the only way that can happen is when we stop living in fear and get out of our comfort zones. Maybe one day we can stop worrying about what others might think, and allow the Holy Spirit to move even if some people donít understand. I believe if the Holy Spirit ever really got a hold of them they would never be the same.
So are we willing to sacrifice all that God would have for us out of fear because we are afraid to offend anyone?
Even Jesus himself could not please everyone, surely we will never even come close. But we need to be bold, we need to be strong and we need to stand up for what we know is right. I believe then we will see biblical miracles and our families and lives will be forever changed for the good.
I personally have many more God encounters (manifestations/visions/etc) at home alone than I do in church. It makes sense though... regardless that I personally give Him my all no matter where I am. I pray for our churches, that God would be given free rein to do whatever He will without the hindrance of those who look for "the high seats in the synagogues" or the hindrance of those who are afraid people will see them giving their all to Him or a lack of obedience to move whenever the Holy Spirit says "move!" Seems to be an ongoing problem. God help us. Thought provoking article.