Deeply sincere repentance always precedes personal and ecclesiastical spiritual restoration and visitations of power. God’s Spirit can only dwell in the Holy of Holies, which we read from the Tanakh, was at one time the inner sanctuary of the temple. This sacred place is now located within us, by means of the dispensation of grace through the blood of Christ. Only those broken vessels who are fully poured out, trusting in none other than Christ’s righteousness, may realize His fullness.
At least here in the United States, mainstream Christianity is in league with the world, in pursuit of the American dream… comfort, ease and pleasure, the best life now. The house, the career, kids through college, retirement… a course is set for personal achievement. Sacrifice is often summed up in two hours on Sunday morning. Unless those who are called by His name, humble themselves and seek the Lord with all their hearts, and fully forsake the self-life for the Christ life, the Spirit of God has no reason to visit power upon any land or people. The Spirit only comes to empower for ministry. But where the idolized self-life is the ‘Christian’ mandate, there is no God-ordained ministry, there is no power. Only pretense, words, and religious activity spiced with sanctimonious prayers.
There are very few who do right, for most have turned aside to his own way. (Rom. 3) Sadly, we live in a carnal, spiritually blind, and overtly mystical epic of church history. “False prophets proclaim good tidings when ruin is at hand” (1 Thes. 5:3–4; Jer. 23:16-17) “Be wise as serpents, but gentle as doves”. The deceiver comes in by the side gate, with words of flattery and cunning, looking like an angel of light from heaven, assuring us our way is the right way, even though it is the wide path that leads to everlasting perdition. Having faith in Jesus and going to church is not enough, demons do that. Except we forsake all and follow Him, we cannot have any part of Him (Luke 14:26-27, 33). It is a difficult word, but it is also essential. This sober teaching of Christ is simple. You must count the cost of following Jesus which may include losing dear friends, family, possession, dreams and ambitions. If you are not willing to do this, then don’t try to deceive yourself and pretend to follow Jesus, you will fail. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”. (Luke 12:31-34) “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money, the world, or your ambitions”. (Matt. 6:24) “Choose this day whom you will serve”. (Joshua 24:15)
Written by my loving husband, Steven Ray, as inspired by the Holy Spirit — Find more of his writings at Discerning Truth