We talked the other day about walking in the Spirit or being filled with the Spirit by doing what Paul says to do in Ephesians 5: 19 & 20.
To get a perspective, let’s look at the opposite.
Psalm 1:1, Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly…
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the attitudes and mind-set of this world. Blessed is the man who walketh not according to the advice of their ungodly coworkers. Blessed is the man who walketh not according to what popular culture, movies, or television has to say about what is right and what is wrong. Blessed is the man who walketh not according to what his own eyes or his own mind, reasoning, or intellect tells him, but who walks by faith and trust in God.
Many times the counsel of the ungodly may seem the right thing to do. It makes sense to your mind. It makes sense to the rest of the world. It makes sense according to the current markets and economy.
On the same token, many times what God wants us to do does NOT make sense to the natural man, but of course, the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. The Bible says in Proverbs 14:12, There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Walking in the Spirit and walking in the counsel of the ungodly is opposite one another.
Psalm 1:1,…nor standeth in the way of sinners…
Nor standeth, stand still, get stagnant. If we are standing still, we are not growing in the Lord. If we are standing still, we are not getting better in our walk, we are not getting closer in our walk, we are standing, standing just like any other sinner instead of moving forward in our walk like a Saint of God.
Are you growing? Are you active in your walk with the Lord? Are you leading people to Jesus with joy in your heart and life?
Psalm 1:1,…nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Wow, we have gone from walking, to standing, to the worst of all, sitting. As I was praying over this, God gave me the vision of an ‘armchair’ football coach. If you actually put them on the field and in the shoes of the real coach, they couldn’t begin to do the job, but they sure can tell them how to do it from their armchair.
Unfortunately, churches are full of those who have no joy of their own, they have no power of the Spirit, they are not active in their walk with the Lord, they are not studying the Word or enjoying an active prayer life, they are not sharing their faith nor have they led anyone to the Lord in who knows how long,…but they sure can talk about those who are active, they sure can talk about those who are striving to walk with the Lord, they sure can talk about those, murmer about those, back-bite those, gossip about those who are seeking God and growing in their relationship with Him.
We are far too judgmental in our attitudes.
We don’t think THAT kind of music should be in church, while there are those who are worshiping God from their hearts and experiencing breakthroughs while worshiping through THAT music. We think that guy with the earrings and tattoos must not really be saved, while he has led more people to Christ than we ever have (We look on the outward appearance, God looks on the heart).
I am a firm believer in that the KJV is the preserved Word of God, but I will not condemn a person for using something else if God has not revealed it to them yet. I cannot make a person understand the KJV is the preserved Word of God, I cannot make a person understand the beauty in celebrating Passover for what it really is, a celebration of CHRIST our Passover, I cannot make a person get saved and born-again. Any and all these things must come from the Spirit of God Himself.
Here is what the Lord Jesus had to say about the matter…
Luke 9:49-50, And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us.
…Because he followeth not with us. He is doing great things in the Lord, but because he doesn’t listen to the same kind of music we do. Because they have a different hymnal than we do. Because they get too loud when they worship. Because they get too loud when they pray. Because their service lasts too long (Heaven forbid we stay in church past 12:00). Because they are too quiet when they worship. Because they get a little too excited about Jesus…Because he followeth not with us.
Here is what the Lord said in answer…
And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.
(READ THIS CAREFULLY) God is getting ready to do something in these last days IN THE CHURCH that is going to shake the foundations of the man-made rituals and man-made traditions many of us have grown up with and are used to.
I have a hard word right now but hang in there, God has a happy ending…
Many of our churches today are weak, insipid, dull, bland, wishy-washy, legalistic, compromised, divisive, and ineffective. Most church-growth comes from disgruntled members moving from church to church. Marital problems are as bad in the church as they are outside the church. Teen pregnancies are as bad in the church as they are outside the church.
Oh but wait. Think about this. The Bible doesn’t say that Christ is coming for a hag, but He is coming for a beautiful Bride, a glorious church without spot or wrinkle(Eph. 5:27)!
That means that between now and Christ’s return, something big has to happen to change the church into what it is supposed to be. I believe there is coming a revival, an outpouring of God’s Spirit and power, an awakening like we have never seen before. Let me be frank with you dear reader, more than half of what we call “casual church goers” today will not want any part of it (it’ll probably scare them half to death). But for those who love the Lord and are truly hungry for Him, it will be a time of bringing them in line with Him and with His Word and with His will in such a way that, by His power and might, they will become witnesses unto Him, they will become worshipers in Spirit and in truth, and they will become the “overcomers” He speaks of in John’s Revelation.
I feel this in my spirit.
I want to be a part of that move of God, I want to be in the midst of His presence, I want to be used of Him for whatever purpose He has for me, I want to see people saved and changed by God, I want to see the eyes of people’s understanding light up when God reveals truth to them, I want to see people come to an exciting understanding of God’s grace (when you really understand what God’s grace is, what it has done and is doing in the life of a believer, you can’t help but to get excited), I want to see us stop being so religious and start increasing and abounding in love toward one another (1 Thes. 3:13), I want to see us stop walking in the wisdom of the flesh and start walking in the power of His Spirit (I could go on and on here but you get the picture…I hope).
Do you want more of Him? Do you want to be used of Him?
Psalms 1:1, Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
In other words, (Galatians 5:16) This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
Is this what God has for you…just around the corner?