A man once said this as he was preaching: if the Holy Spirit was suddenly called back to heaven most churches would just continue as they always have. Jesus sent the Holy Ghost to be the teacher of the church, but He has very little freedom in most churches. Many churches and ministries have their own “religion” and “programs”, they have no need of the Holy Spirit of God. The churches that identify with Christ are in desperate need of revival.
Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear My voice and open the door, I will come in to him and will eat with him, and he with Me.
Jesus is trying to gain entrance into His churches, He is on the outside pounding on the door but few are opening up to him. Religious tradition is very hard to change because the participants must admit they are wrong! That’s why sinners struggle with repentance, they must admit their error and be willing to ask Jesus for help. The last vision Smith Wigglesworth had, he saw hospitals being emptied of the sick. They were being taken into the churches where the gifts of the Spirit flowed and they were all healed.
Mark 16:17 And these signs will follow them that believe, in My Name they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.
Any sick person should be able to go into any church and be prayed for and healed. But some churches teach you to offer it up to Him and just suffer like Christ. While others pray God’s will be done because they don’t know God’s will. I think some folks only get sicker because they are told it’s God’s will for their life. A church can bear a spiritual title and they can sing spiritual songs and the whole time not acknowledge God even once! One day I tried to lead a man to the Lord but he rebuked me and told me not to shove God down his throat. I quickly responded to him, I told him he had nothing to worry about, God will not go where He is not welcome.
Acts 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it (He) filled the whole house where they were sitting.
I just love the suddenlys in in the Bible, the night I was filled with the Spirit it was sudden, I didn’t have time to question or doubt. The church needs a suddenly, it needs a visitation of the Lord that they don’t have time to doubt. The church at large is content with itself, it has no idea what it’s missing out on. I grew up in a church that spoke highly of God but not according to His Word. I am grateful they convinced me of God but it was years later before I got to meet Him for myself. My old church gave me everything they knew, if they had known Jesus I’m sure they would have shared Him with me. I am believing that one day they will open the door and invite Him in, I know He is anxious for that day to come as well.