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!
We pray "on earth as it is in heaven". Moses was shown sepcific details in order to create the Tabernacle (Ex 25:9), and Solomon too - when he built the Temple (1 Kings 6:38). Even those these two temples were physical, they were a copy and shadow of something spiritual, what was in heaven (Heb 8:5).ReplyDelete
We have also been given the blueprint for God's kingdom today (in the New Testament). We must understand what the blueprint is, so that we can be a part of God's kingdom here "on earth as it is in heaven".
Otherwise we are just creating our own understanding, temples built by human hands - and God does not live there (Acts 17:24)
Amen! Thank you for the comment!!ReplyDelete