MONDAY June 25, 2018
But now, brethren, if I come to you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you unless I speak to you either by revelation, by knowledge, by prophesying, or by teaching?
1 Corinthians 14:6
Paul told the Corinthians that the main purpose of spiritual gifts was to build up the Church. It was about communication. Even though God had given them 21 different gifts, the believers in the Corinthian church were having problems with carnality. It is the same problem in the Church today. Many people are drinking and on drugs, or they are in sexual sin.
There are believers in the Church who talk like spiritual people, but they are not spiritual people. Many believers are not using the gifts of the Holy Spirit, so there is no power or conviction in our churches. Where there is carnality, there will be no leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit. He is grieved and He cannot work.
I remember at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, on Thursday nights in the Fellowship Hall, the elders made themselves available to pray for the people, so they could receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit and be given God’s gifts. It was completely packed out. But where is that same zealousness and excitement today? It is not found in the Church.
How many churches do you know of that hold afterglow services, including us? Zero. Afterglow services have ceased. People would rather be entertained instead of sitting at the feet of Jesus and waiting for the Holy Spirit to do something supernaturally. It is going to take a revival in order for God to return us to our first love and revive the Church.
May God pour out His Spirit to touch our hearts and help us to use the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Church.
Revival begins with God’s own people; the Holy Spirit touches their heart anew, and gives the new fervor and compassion, and zeal,
new light and life…
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