One thing is for certain, the more you live the more you will have encounters that challenge the very depth of your Holy Ghost.
Of course, if you haven’t received it yet then just keep praying and tarrying, it will come in time.
2014 has proven to be the year in which many things got challenged, blind-sided, and completely blown out of proportion to say the least.
While I won’t go into details nor do I feel I need to, I can assure of this one thing, it was only the beginning.
It’s apropos in a way because the moment things start heading in a more positive, spiritual direction, Satan rushes in to create a detour and cause doubt, confusion, and deceit to enter into the hearts and minds of the saints of God and turns a stepping stone into a stumbling block. It’s the exact same cinder block but its purpose has been changed to go from being a help to a hindrance.
This is the time in which the strong must intercede and stand in the gap for the weak and this is just the basic role of the true believer.
It’s up to the wise to not only watch and pray, but be wise and mindful that Satan is like a roaring, cunning, stealthy hunter and he can tell who is real and who is fake. You can fool some people some of the time but Satan has recording demons that record your very actions. I know it may seem I’m speaking in riddles or abstract in nature but, this fight we are in is so global and broad in scope that all areas, all flanks must be covered to avoid being ambushed.
We ended the year with the Isis issues, the wrongful murders of innocent black men, Duke “crooked” energy, and now we start with this guy throwing his beautiful little girl off the bridge and so much more.
We still have the unresolved issues still pending with the museum, AVA, and more that will be played out over the next few weeks to come.
I have even encountered issues that had me almost revert back into Marine Sgt. “Hard-nosed, This Ain’t What You Want” Harrison all over again.
Ain’t no man of God completely changed, trust me. We have just mastered the art of suppression and control but each of us are only one step away from showing who the Lord converted us from and been keeping under subjection for quite some time. We all have our breaking points but thanks be to God for more than one day a week.
This is why we preach that a Sunday only saint has it the hardest because some messages only have enough to last till Bible Study on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
We get our souls fed as we preach and teach as well. The messages we teach aren’t just for you. I always pray and get myself consecrated to deliver God’s massage to the saints so that I don’t get in the way.
I even go back and review my messages to see what the Lord had for me in it.
I preached this Sunday on the importance of the Holy Ghost and I added more in Tuesday Night Bible Study and man did I see why.
Some would have you to believe that it’s not for everyone and that not everyone can get it. I have a scripture that says that that is not the case and that it’s for anyone that wants it and desires to be used of God in a mighty way.
Acts 2:38 Amplified Bible
38 And Peter answered them, Repent (change your views and purpose to accept the will of God in your inner selves instead of rejecting it) and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of and release from your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Anytime you see the word shall coming from God it is a promise that whatever follows that will happen without fall. The only thing is it is conditional that you first repent then be baptized in Jesus name. I will discuss later about baptism and why it’s essential to your walk with Christ and without it you are fighting an uphill battle.
I will end with this reality TV stuff the Preachers of LA I think it’s called. It’s real in the sense that it’s really sad this is what networks decided to use to depict what pulpit administration is all about. I hear they ride around in Bentleys and Range Rovers, no more Cadillacs and Lincolns.
These kinds of programs make it even harder for us to draw lost souls to Christ and keep those that were once in the body from ever coming back. All of us are not this way. Quite the contrary in more cases than not but one thing is certain, it’s just the beginning. This stuff sells and the networks are gonna continue to look for this kind of stuff so just be mindful that not all are like this and again all the more reason to ensure your pastor or leader is filled with the holy ghost and that you can see evidence he is using it in his life.