Flooding of the Spirit PART I (Becoming fools for Christ)
by Andrew Nusz
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What would God say if we were able to hear Him audibly right now? What would he say to the modern Christian? I don't think I want to hear what He would have to say. I mean, He is a loving God but what I feel in heart is that we are so far off from where He wants us to be right now that His words would seem harsh and mean to the sensitive ears who live in a world that wants to please and be pleased.
I Corinthians 3:9-11 “For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, you are God's building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which was laid, which is Christ Jesus.”
I Corinthians 9:20-23 speaks of Paul conforming his own customs to meet those who God leads him towards. Why is this? What is the purpose of such a thing? The purpose is to understand the people around you and for them to be open to you.
This is the problem of today. Christians are not willing to conform to today's generation of thinking. We don't understand it unless we ourselves have gone through the system of today.
How many people get saved in church buildings compared to those that are able to watch you and see the Spirit of God living through your own life? The witness of Christ are those who testify themselves, the living temple of God. To see the temple of God is to see Christ Himself and all His glory.
I read something recently in an article something that hit home. In today's churches, it is common place to try and bring the unsaved into the church building to hear the message of salvation. That doesn't often work these days though. It may have worked several years ago but I think we have missed the boat. All of society has turned from accepting the Christian style of thinking to outright banning the use of God. Why? Because to the ears of all, Christ becomes the sole discomforting, heart wrenching turned anger builder. No longer is Christ looked on as even a great historical man but a myth of religion. And religion is looked on as a crutch for the simple minded people who can't get a grip of reality as hell on earth and all life is pain, all life is meaningless, suicide is the best hope of answering the misery of the heart.
I see what I write and it sounds like I'm a huge pessimist who wants to make others miserable. But the truth is this: The world looks at Christians as weak minded fools. You want people to look at you and see Christ? Then stop behaving like Christ is part of religion and start acting out the truth. Christ is the beginning and end of our relationship with the unseen and marvelous unknown.
We cannot get to that place alone though. We have bought into the lies of generations that speak of Christ as a religious experience, something to hold onto out of shame because we see only Christ as a saviour and nothing more. But Christ is So Much More! He is the beginning and end of all things.
The start of having people see us as true Christians is to allow God to flood us with His Spirit. Yet how can we allow God to flood us when we are ashamed of His name? We may even long to be flooded but something holds us back. Pride. Pride of being seen as as acceptable to man. We don't want to take the step that makes us look like a fool to the world. We don't want to be a spectacle. We instead hide our true selves behind masks that hide the war within our very souls. We fight daily to let Christ shine out and stand out like a beacon. We always ask the question though, “What will happen to me?” We are so comfortable being passive about the spiritual things God wants to flood us with that will make us true spectacles to the world, examples in clear light that God is more than a simple religion but a God of awesome wonder that speaks to the hearts of all mankind.
Are we truly ready to be fools?
I Corinthians 4:7-13 “For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?
You are already full! You are already rich! You have reigned as kings without us—and indeed I could wish you did reign, that w also might reign with you! For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.
We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but w are dishonored!
To the the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless.
And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure;
being defamed, we entreat. We have been made the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things until now.”
To say the least, the world sees Christians as foolish already. To revel in God and walk so close to Him that He bleeds through our hearts to the outside world, it will cause enmity between the hearts of men of the world and the man of God. There can be no two masters.
James 4:4-5 “Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, ' The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously?'”
Only with our hearts open and willing will we be able to be flooded with the Spirit of God. It is putting our trust in Him to do with us what He wills. And that trust includes an understanding that when we are flooded, we are going to be branded fools and cursed by the world and will be tried and tested to the end harder and harder the closer we walk. It must be our first desire to follow Christ into the fires. We must put all on the line or nothing at all. Death has no hold to those who's hearts are given completely to the Lord. It's a struggle each day but each day is a new day to build the fires of the heart. Fools are those who have humbled themselves completely, who hear the words of God in heart and follow after the call.
The fool hears these words and understands it's meaning clearly: I Corinthians 2:9-10 “But as it is written: 'Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.'
But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.”
The fool hears ...and takes up the cross walking, defending his heart from the pride and all things that threaten to destroy that union between him and God's loving voice that floods the soul with awe, the understanding beyond mere words that makes a Christian a fool to the world but having a deep thirst for more of God's overwhelming presence.
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