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 That the Spirit of God is no longer active and moving in the way that he did in the early Church.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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  • I was just thinking through the HS the past couple of days… the various parts of it. Something that has really struck me is that the power of the Holy Spirit is made to convict the world of sin, judgement, and righteousness (John 16:8-11). So for me, I understood sin. I understood judgement. However, I began asking myself, what is biblical in terms of “righteousness?” What biblically defines “righteousness?”

    This is what I read this morning:

    “But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”- Romans 3:21-24

    What I have walked away with this morning is that if we bring the message of the Good News in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit will move. Sometimes, I have mistakenly associated “power” with the Holy Spirit and the outpouring of spiritual gifts. However, as I read these verses I can’t help but notice that works and law always fall short. However, Christ in His Grace, are “more than sufficient.”

    So I wonder, as Christ was talking to His disciples… I wonder if He was talking about lacking faith in who He was as Christ Jesus. In the past I have always thought that He was referring to their faith in the outworking of healing. Now as I read it, and I think about how much they struggled with believing that He was the Christ… it makes me say “hmmm.”

    Especially as I read the verses after. It was like He was reminding them in a loving rebuke. GUYS I AM JESUS! Then the light comes back on, and they say “Oh. Duh. He’s… Jesus. OH! DUH!” Then He tells them guys I am going to die. And then it says they are filled with grief… incorrect. First it says He will be betrayed. Then it says He will be killed. Then it says on the third day He will be raised to life.

    Then it says they were filled with grief.

    I guess it depends on how you read those verses. But to me, that grief is still a reflection that they do not get the power and impact and significance of what Christ is saying. He is telling them, that their promised victory since the fall of Adam is coming. But they were caught up in the person of Christ, instead of the purpose.

    I think sometimes, that is what I do with the Holy Spirit as well. I am caught up with the physical outpourings of the HS, instead of the purpose of the Holy Spirit. To convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgement. To regenerate, baptize us in the body of Christ, and indwell and seal us into the day of redemption.

    I think if we start preaching that… we will see His power. Much love brother. Thanks for be used to challenge me in my walk with Jesus!

  • Cookie Joshkeck

    This is great

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