Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Playing with Your emotions

There seems to be a fine line these days when it comes to worship and the Word of God. While I do believe there is an important place for the singing and music during a church service...I also believe there is a place for quiet reflection and introspection during the service as well. It appears, quite simply, that many Christians and churches today have trouble being quiet in the presence of the Lord. God created us as emotional expressive beings. However God does not play upon our emotions to bring us to the point of spiritual decision. God's Word, which is God's truth, and God's Spirit are to be what arouses our highest emotions. My fear is that some evangelistic techniques are directed almost entirely to the emotions of those who are listening to the appeal. These techniques employ more psychology than Spirit-driven conviction.
 
Most followers of Jesus are aware that just because someone sheds some tears and dances in the isles of the church does not automatically make that person a saint. For we must be able to distinguish the difference between the human manipulation of emotions and the confirmation of God's truth working in us through the Holy Spirit. Often this revelation comes during the quiet times when we allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us. I have had many occasions when the Holy Spirit has directed me to just be quiet! For the wisdom of the Lord cannot get through if I'm always running my mouth and making noise:->
 
Stay in the Word!