The issue of the Holy Spirit is something that has been heavy on me lately. I am wrestling with the issue of the Holy Spirit (not gifts, etc.) because it seems every time I see it “manifest” I get the willies. Do you know what I mean? I have been in few services where someone will give a word of knowledge, tongues, interpretations, etc. where it has shaken me to my core. More times than not however I have been in services where a “manifestation of the Holy Spirit” happens and I just am not moved…not impressed…and quite disturbed by it. No I am not dealing with rebellion nor have I blasphemed the Holy Spirit to the point I don’t hear from him anymore. I think it comes from a long time in sitting through many a services where you begin to sense something else is going on like personal agendas.
After seeing so much I think I am wanting to dive into this issue a little more with my message on Sunday. I just see people treating church like a spiritual "Old Country Buffet" and getting what they think is the Holy Spirit and when they walk out the church doors they are doing little to no good for Christ. I have seen some that walk out of a church after “meeting with the holy spirit” and are literally no different. These are the very same people who get "slain in the spirit" or speak in tongues, prophesy, etc. and yet are not changed beyond the church walls. They are completely consumed with their own life and not making much of a difference in peoples lives. I have seen some leave church after having this “encounter” and are (as the cliché goes) so heavenly minded they are no earthly good. I was at True Value a few months ago and I saw this guy (who I know as a bit WOO WOO). I really didn’t want to say hi to him but had no choice. The question came from my mouth like a train that couldn’t be stopped “How are you doing?” After I said that I think my eyes went cross eyed from disgust. He instantly replied nice and loud “SO BLESSED BROTHER! I AM ON MY WAY TO HEAVEN AND TAKING AS MANY AS I CAN WITH ME!” People must have thought this was a hostage situation at this point.
I think there is more to the Holy Spirit than just a feeling you could get at any concert given the right song, lighting and repetitiveness. There has GOT to be more to this thing and I am going to set out to talk about this Sunday in a fresh new way that really is an old lost concept in our western culture. I apologize in advance should I offend anyone.