Bible Reading: John 7:3-53
The modern Christian is dwarfed and underdeveloped. The average spiritual diet served by the average preacher for the modern-day Christian does not provide the necessary nourishment for growth and maturity. They offer programs, parties, and promotions; but power is conspicuously absent from the average church. Out of desperation and frustration, as the old prophet said, “They hue out cisterns which can hold no water. It’s not by might or power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord.” We can neither outwit nor overpower the devil. We have substituted organizing for agonizing, playing for praying. We have substituted the upper room for the supper room; and instead of turning out giants, we are turning out Lilliputian (extremely small) saints.
The late Peter Marshall, Chaplain of the U.S. Senate, told of a little town in Scotland which had employed a man for many years just to keep a spring of water cleaned out that provided drinking water for the community. For lack of finances, a cut-back was ordered in the municipal operations, which resulted in eliminating this man’s job. Not long thereafter, the whole community became sick and many died. It was discovered that the epidemic was the result of polluted drinking water. A similar problem is hindering the churches today. Too many lives of members are not kept clean. The viruses of sin have made many sick, and it is now spreading into epidemic proportions.
The only way this is going to change is if we, as believers, yield to the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. Power comes through the presence of the Spirit.
✞ Speak up for God.
✞ Live for God through the power of the Spirit.
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