I would put this question to every church in the world, is the Holy Spirit in your church? I’m sure most would say yes, but would the Holy Ghost want to be a part of what they’re doing?
2 Corinthians 6:14 What fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion has light with darkness?
The Holy Spirit loves to be near God’s people, but if God’s people are living like the world He won’t be a part of it. God sets the standards for His visitation, either we accept them or reject them and Him. You can call yourself a Christian and you may very well be, but if you practice unrighteousness God will have no part of it.
Galatians 6:7 Don’t be deceived; God will not be mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap.
We cannot emulate the world and expect God to inhabit our programs. He will not be mocked we cannot make a fool of God! Some of these folks claim to have a “move of God,” but it’s just manufactured deception. How do you identify a genuine move of the Spirit? Peoples lives are changed for the better. I’m familiar with a church that has revival meetings all the time, at some point you would think they would be revived. But they are the same people with the same issues month after month. A revival is the presence of the Lord, it is not a loud sermon and a bunch of music. God wants to visit every church but not every church is willing to oblige Him.
1 Corinthians 5:1 It is reported that there is fornication in your church, that a man is having his father’s wife.
There was open sin in the church at Corinth and everyone knew about it. The church leadership did nothing to address the sin. Perhaps this man was a deacon or maybe he was a good tither! Do you think for a minute that the Holy Spirit would manifest in such an environment? These people choose what spirit they would welcome in their services, and it certainly wasn’t the Spirit of God. When the Apostle Paul addressed this situation he wasn’t concerned for their salvation, he was grieved because sin was a priority over the Spirit of God. Jesus bore our sins so that His Spirit could dwell in us, and we allow these sins to separate us from His power.
Mark 11:15, 17 And Jesus went into the temple and cast out the money changers and those that sold doves. My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you made it a den of thieves.
We are the temple of the living God, a place of prayer that releases the power of God. But before any power can be released God has got to clean house. Far too many Christians have adapted to living in the filth of the world. There is no room, no motive to invite their Savior in. They have become content to just be doing enough to remain saved.
Pastor Jerry Lamping
Born and raised in Helena, MT, has been a Pastor for over 20 years.