The Importance of God's PresenceBro. David Chancellor
6/27/1999 11:00 AM
All things are put under Christ, the church is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. The filling of God, his presence in each individual, is important for the service. We don't want to show up to service empty (body but no spirit). We don't want to come all dried out to soak something up. We want to come encouraged and full of God's spirit and go home with more of it. We want to come with the presence of God. We want to enjoy the fulness of God's presence in the service - come filled with his Spirit.
These had been told to keep quiet. While the story may have been discouraging, they wouldn't let themselves be discouraged. It is very important for us to agree in prayer. Be "prayed up" before you come to the service. Bring God along with you. If we want people stirred and the presence of God felt, we need to come praying. Pray that God will fill you that you can bless others. Don't just pray that the pastor bring the spirit of God... you bring him too. Come with God in your heart and on your mind. Pray that the word would go forth. There is an infilling of the Holy Ghost that goes with sanctification. There is also an infilling of the Holy Ghost that is an inspiration of God, giving courage that they could speak with boldness. We pray that our pastor and all of us will be inspired and worked through for the glory of God. We want to enter in as God would have us to. Come inspired to the service, not always looking for inspiration. We want all to be touched by the inspiration of God's people. We want them to feel the presence of God. Come praying that God will inspire us to enter in to the service.
Let the peace of God rule in your hearts. Be thankful. Let the Word of Christ dwell IN YOU with all wisdom. Do you view songs as teaching? How do you view songs? It is to teach and admonish, to warn, to stir, to move. If God gives you a song, he has a purpose for it. The teaching and admonishing is the important part. There's a purpose in singing - a spiritual purpose - to stir your heart. There's benefit to practicing the songs, but there needs to be inspiration of God. The purpose is to instruct. We want to come ready to give, full of the spirit. Whatever you do, do it in Jesus' name. If you are doing it to obey God, then don't worry about how you feel you did it isn't for your gratification, but for God's glory. Do everything in the name of the Lord and by his power. Come to church with God on your mind and in your heart.
1 Corinthians 14:21-25
God sent the Gentiles to speak with the Jews, but they didn't believe. Prophesying served for them that believed. We need prophesying - speaking with inspiration. We're not just interested in a visit, but we want to inspire and edify others. An inspired testimony can help inspire the faith of another. An unbeliever won't be convinced by a confusing babble of noise. Inspired speaking not only blesses the believer, but it convinces the unbeliever. If everyone comes full of the Holy Ghost, the sinner will be convicted, because of the presence of God that will be felt. We want sinners to feel the presence of God, not be pegging them with our words by what we think. It is important how WE enter into the service. We want to have the fulness of Christ. Don't let down on the job. Come inspired so that sinners will come and get saved.