TITLE: Is Power Missing? 1/21/15
By Richard McCaw
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Is Power missing?
by Richard McCaw
Have you ever driven an automobile, and heard it spluttering, much like an old person trying to get out of bed in the morning, trying to swing the rest of the body to follow the feet over the side of the bed? Perhaps you said, â€śItâ€™s time for the mechanic! This car is missing power!â€ť Then, you heard other cars zooming past, and the roar of power-charged engines! Sometimes, men of God sense that power is missing in their ministry!
Every Friday morning, I used to preach at Wolmersâ€™ Boysâ€™ School during the recess period to a crowded and overflowing classroom of about forty teenagers, most of them about 13 years of age. After five years I had not discerned any real change in their lives and had become concerned and frustrated. I knew that I needed something more to become really effective.
One day I thought to myself â€śI have been sowing into the lives of these boys for some time now. Where is my harvest? No farmer plants for so long without expecting a harvest.â€ť
I was very aware that there was a great difference between some Christians and others; some emanated a certain dynamism, others were dull and unexcited about spiritual things. Some churches throbbed with the palpable presence of the Spirit, others did not. Some declared with great assurance that the born-again experience of every believer provided him with everything. Chapter and verse confirmed that they had it all in Christ.
If you met a man living on the street, who tells you, â€śMy father has left me a million dollars in a locked brief case!â€ť you may then ask, â€śWhat use is that if you are living in the poorest part of town?â€ť Surely, he must find the key and unlock the riches that is available to empower him.
I also discovered that among people who believed in the conversion-only experience, often prayer had become a dull routine. The slightest threat of rain also meant that services were scantily attended. On the other hand, I found that believers in a second experience of the Holy Spirit, possessed a pulsating rhythm of excitement for fellowship.
The more I read the Bible, the more I recognized the difference between the Early Church and most of todayâ€™s professing Christians. As I visited some churches I asked myself, â€śDo these brethren follow a God who promises healing, who still works in the supernatural?" I observed the sick among them, but sensed no expectation of healing among their members. I asked myself, â€śIs this the church of the Living God? Where is the Lord God of Elijah? Has He retreated from His people?â€ť
With my harvest-less preaching for five years, I wanted the real thing. Whatever it took to change the lives of young schoolboys, that is what I wanted more than anything else.
One day, I began to search my heart. Then I cried out, â€śLord, whatever it takes, I need a touch, something more, whatever You call itâ€¦filling, anointing, second blessing, Baptism of the Spiritâ€¦just do it!â€ť
For a brief moment, I said to the Lord, â€śUnless You do something soon, I think I ought to quit!â€ť
The frustration I felt was similar to what a father feels, who night and day watches over a sick child, only to see him grow weaker and weaker. Once, I remember tending a sick dog almost an entire night, only to watch him gasp his last breath, and slump back dead, right in front of me.
To toil hard, and weep over souls, to help teens seeking a way out, only to see them leave just as confused as when they had come, is very hard for the Christian worker, who feels deep compassion for the lives God has placed in his care.
As I contemplated everything, I was more than ready for a deeper work of the Spirit. As Jesus said, â€śBlessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.â€ť
Perhaps, what I needed could be summed up in the words of Jesus Christ, â€śYou shall receive POWER when the Holy Spirit has come upon you!â€ť or what He told His disciples â€śI send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.â€ť
The message was virtually the same. You cannot do anything for God; or rather, He cannot do anything through you unless you are equipped with the dynamic power that comes from the Holy Spirit.
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