January 23, 2019

“For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.”
1 Thessalonians 1:5

One of the greatest dilemmas in the church today is the lack of power behind the pulpit. Preaching delivered from God must be in demonstration and in power of the Holy Spirit. Anything less than that is not only futile but dangerous. The church can not do anything in their own strength or power but by His Spirit says the Lord! Preaching that is safe and easy is not real preaching. Real preaching must strip you of yourself leaving you bare, so in your nakedness God’s name can be magnified. Real preaching takes off the masks, tears down walls, strips down defenses,and ransacks your life until you are baptized in the fire of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Fire will consume up the lies of the devil and the corruption of your flesh, as it burns you up with its own energy and enthusiasm. Consider Moses and the burning bush,  if you are ever going to do something for God, he’s gonna have to burn you up first. A preacher who preaches a sermon is a great tool for the enemy, but a preacher who preaches the word in power of the Holy Ghost is a great tool against the enemy. A mere sermon does not cost a preacher anything but applause, but a word directly from God costs the man of God his life. The hour we live is very concerning, seeing that seemingly more and more Christians would rather a sermon than receive the Word delivered with power. One may suggest , “well it’s still God’s word and is truth.” Well a preacher who picks up the sharp scalpel of Gods word and tries to operate with out God is more liable to hurt you than help you. We need to make sure the Great Physician is the one operating on our lives and not anyone else, for only he knows where and how to operate. So ask yourself dear Christian today- do you want to hear from a man, or perhaps tradition, may be your family or an association, or do you want to hear from God? Be sure of it!

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