The Conduits and Flow of the Holy Spirit in Our Lives: Becoming Agents of Change in Our Cities
Nothing happened. I banged on the sides of the vacuum trying to get the infernal contraption to start working. But no matter how many times I clicked the start switch and checked the underside of the spinning and vacuuming turbines, nothing happened. Eventually I realized that the plug was not in the electrical socket. The appliance that I was trying to clean things up with and get work done would never do its’ job if no power was flowing through it. It is not as if the power weren’t accessible or that it did not exist. It was right there in the wall. And the tool which I held in my hands was designed specifically to be run and do it’s job by this power. Without it, the vacuum was meaningless. It would just sit there doing nothing. And no amount of frustration with the appliance or the huge mess which lay about me would fix the problem. All I had to do was to get plugged in.
Such is the case with our lives.
To often we get frustrated about our inability to fix the sin in our lives and the pain and suffering about us. But the reality is that we can. The power and authority have been given to us. We have the power to break all the chains of bondage in our lives through the power of the Holy Spirit. That sin in your life, like an ugly barnacle clinging to the underside of boat, can be broken and tossed away.
In looking back at the gospels and the Book of Acts, I and others have often asked why our lives are not reflections of the Apostles and of Jesus Christ. We are filled with the same spirit. We worship the same God. Why is it that they wielded so much power and authority here on earth but now so many today seem like emaciated men of faith, with little to no spiritual conquest in their own lives let alone in lives of others.
Why are we so disconnected? Why does it seem that we do not have the same power?
Many have claimed that we simply don’t have the same authority. That the Spirit of God is no longer active and moving in the way that he did in the early Church. In those days the Holy Spirit and the miraculous was absolutely needed to help Christianity gain legitimacy and spread the gospel, something not needed today. These cessationists believe that the spirit no longer moves in this way today and that the Pentecostal church fain the movement of the spirit, simply being weirdo gibberish-loving eccentrics. While I cannot vouch for every single person in this movement, this is an overly harsh criticism born out of uncertainty.
Many don’t know what to do with the Holy Spirit. They simply ignore him, making him the oddity of the New Testament Church and shoving him into the closet of our theology with the mothballs to be pulled out when there is room for him in our interpretation of scripture.
The solution is simple. Believe. Have true and genuine faith and his power and prescience will flow through you. Such is what Jesus taught the disciples when they failed to live by the authority and power that was given to them in Matthew 17:14-20
14 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”
17 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.
19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”
20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Nothing will be impossible for you? Really?
We put limits on what is possible. We put limits on God for what can be accomplished in us and our cities. We are handicapping ourselves, the Holy Spirit, and Christ within us.
We need to get plugged in. We need to begin to live up to what we were called to and start cleaning up the messes around us—in our lives, the lives of those in our churches, and our entire cities. Christ has something amazing planned for you and your city.
It’s time we stop messing around, grab our bibles in faith and be filled to the brim with the anointing of the Holy Spirit. We are called to power. All we need to do is claim it.
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