ALLOW HOLY SPIRIT TO LEAD IN OUR SERVICES

ALLOW HOLY SPIRIT TO LEAD IN OUR SERVICES
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by Ray E Horton

God desires to move in our midst

Often church attendance is way under capacity of our buildings because services are run man’s way, according to tradition or church-growth tactics with man-made programs, rather than God’s way, allowing Holy Spirit to lead, as we see in Scripture. People know it and stay home.

When we disobey instruction in the Word concerning desiring and flowing in the spiritual gifts, either as an individual or as a church (1 Cor. 12 and 14), Holy Spirit is grieved. And, when Holy Spirit is grieved, you will find less anointing. When Holy Spirit is allowed to manifest, He softens hearts to receive the preaching of God’s Word, and to be transformed. This must be a topic of interest since it received 162 comments when first posted on Facebook.

Many churches play church with predicable programs that limit the Holy Spirit. I love it when occasionally the service is unpredictable, and God does something different. Due to the fear of misuse, many churches do not allow the gifts of the spirit to operate at all. But, because we are afraid something bad might happen, do we ignore God’s Word concerning the operation of spiritual gifts?

God’s Word tells us: “Follow after love and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy” (1 Cor. 14:1). We are told here that right after love the spiritual gifts, especially prophesy, are to be sought after.

The way to avoid misuse of the gifts is to teach on it. It is clear in 1 Cor. 14 how to operate in proper order and to judge prophecy. Also, if taught on, Holy Spirit won’t be limited to choose from just the several people bold enough to step out. It can be hard to be one of the few who are used because one doesn’t want to be seen as someone special when it’s about God, who will use whoever is available and Baptized in the Holy Spirit, if they have the confidence.

The Real Problem in the Church

The real problem in the church isn’t abuse or misuse of the gifts (which can be addressed and remedied), but the quenching of their use, and the lack of encouragement of their use by leadership. People will hesitate, even when the Lord wants to do something through them, unless encouraged.

The church needs the spiritual gifts to build up the Body of Christ. Additionally, people have been created with a place in their hearts for the supernatural. When the real isn’t quenched, people won’t seek out the fake. But, when they are not experiencing the supernatural through the Holy Spirit, immature believers can be vulnerable to alternate sources, which are all on the dark side, like the occult or new age.

It may be comfortable for church leadership to be complacent and settle for “safe,” routine services. But God desires to move in our midst. So, let the churches encourage believers in the use of the gifts, including in the church services, ordered according to 1 Cor. 14, teaching on their proper use, so that believers are edified, strengthened and better prepared to serve.

Ray E Horton

Serving the Lord as encourager, reconciler, intercessor and prophetic teacher of God's Word, primarily in person and on Facebook, as well as writer and editor. Beyond, or as part of, the Ministry of Reconciliation that we are all called to, I am serving the Lord and His people as a minister of prayer at a local church, and encouraging the brethren locally among people I know, and worldwide on Facebook

15 Comments

  • Troy Day
    Reply April 7, 2020

    Troy Day

    yes pls do Joe Absher what else you got there

  • Neil Steven Lawrence
    Reply April 7, 2020

    Neil Steven Lawrence

    Strange trend I’ve noticed. People are leaving out the article: “the” before the word: “Holy Spirit” – both in spoken and written communication. This is either a poor English issue OR people thinking they are being spiritual. (I realize this case may just be trying to shorten the title). I’ve seen this mostly among Charismaniacs.

    • Ray E Horton
      Reply April 7, 2020

      Ray E Horton

      Neil Steven Lawrence Holy Spirit is a person of the Trinity. Leaving out the article is a purposeful acknowledgement of that truth, and is not an attempt to be spiritual and is not Charismaniac (how insulting). Using “the” depersonalizes this Person of God, and leaving it off is a sign of love and respect.

    • Joe Absher
      Reply April 7, 2020

      Joe Absher

      The Holy Spirit points people to Jesus Christ .

    • Ray E Horton
      Reply April 7, 2020

      Ray E Horton

      Joe Absher Absolutely!

    • Neil Steven Lawrence
      Reply April 7, 2020

      Neil Steven Lawrence

      Ray E Horton I’m not trying to be “cheeky” as the British say, but just trying to understand something I’ve notice lately coming from the US (and maybe UK & Australia). Ministering for 30 years never seeing this, and then in the last year Christians are starting to use this phrase is strange to me. So, does this mean I should now begin preaching, testifying, and writing about any person in the Godhead without using the defining article “the”? In my mind there are many earthly fathers but there is only one heavenly Father. Therefore I and the scripture call Him: “The Father” (the same can be repeated for each person of the Trinity.

    • Ray E Horton
      Reply April 7, 2020

      Ray E Horton

      Neil Steven Lawrence Well, I see your point. While we wouldn’t say “the Jesus” we do say “the Christ.” I don’t usually say “the Father” either, leaving off the article. Again for the purpose of personalization. Context and capitalization clearly distinguish from earthly fathers. So I understand you point, but will stick what the Lord has put on my heart.

    • Tim Anderson
      Reply April 7, 2020

      Tim Anderson

      Ray E Horton Amen. Such fault-finders.

    • Troy Day
      Reply April 7, 2020

      Troy Day

      its all good

    • Daniel J Hesse
      Reply April 7, 2020

      Daniel J Hesse

      Is it correct the Holy Spirit is neutered in construction therefore applicable to m/f?

    • Troy Day
      Reply April 8, 2020

      Troy Day

      Daniel J Hesse you should allow the SPIRIT to lead you on this one brother

  • RichardAnna Boyce
    Reply April 7, 2020

    RichardAnna Boyce

    i always use Holy Spirit without the. Also i prefer Dear Daddy instead of Father God, as earthly fathers can often be distant and authoritarian and not good at personal relationships. My favourite of course is JESUS, as it is all about JESUS in these end times.

    • Troy Day
      Reply April 8, 2020

      Troy Day

      you should allow the SPIRIT to lead you on this one brother or sister RichardAnna Boyce Joe Absher

  • Bruce LeVan
    Reply April 8, 2020

    Bruce LeVan

    Agree🙏

  • Troy Day
    Reply April 8, 2020

    Troy Day

    we need to allow HIM

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