While praying this morning, the Lord impressed upon me again the need to go into every individual spiritual meeting and session of that meeting in a state/condition of NEUTRALITY from a human perspective. IT IS IMPERATIVE to have NO preconceived ideas of how any gathering to pray, worship, and/or minister is going to proceed SO THAT we can be totally responsive to the directing of the Lord’s Spirit.
Any conscious or subconscious attempt to “direct” the meeting in any specific direction is contrary to His Will. WE MUST find the flow of the meeting and flow with His Spirit throughout the meeting. (Our flesh is always “tempted” to take over a meeting that God is moving in. NOT GOOD!)
Our “custom” in Ministry is to want to know what we are “going to do and say” in advance. But how much of that is His Will and His way, and how much of it is our fear of failure and us attempting to avoid being embarrassed if things don’t work out like we “intended”?
I fully understand that only ONE of the twelve Apostles got out of the boat, BUT he did get to walk on water. My sincere desire is that every true Man and Woman of God would be willing to risk sinking in order to have the opportunity to walk with Him where others fear to go!
If you know me at all, you know I study and pray — not just to minister, but as my lifestyle. Nevertheless, Jesus said to take no thought for what we would say in that day and hour. I know that for many that sounds “dangerous” because it seems as though it gives flesh a free pass to do nothing — just “get up and wing it.” But in point of fact, it is the opposite. In order to walk with Jesus where He is totally “in charge,” I have to allow the Grace of God to enable me to become completely neutral before Him everyday.
The Father desires to make me HIS conduit: one that does not direct Him, but yields to HIM — even when I don’t understand what He is doing or saying. How else could Old Testament prophets prophesy things that they did not understand at all. If someone in the Old Testament without even having the Baptism of the Holy Ghost can trust the Lord to that degree and be that yielded to Him, how can we, who do have His Spirit, do and be less?
This may be a “new day,” but we must walk in it the “old” way — His Way — not our modern “churchified” way. I am not “preaching” against preparation to minister. I am espousing that true preparation is every day, every moment of the day so that we can be instant in season and out — IN HIM! We must do this so that we can always be ready to walk through every door that the Lord opens and be able flow immediately! It is much easier to find the flow of the Spirit for Ministry when we live in the flow of His presence every day!
I feel compelled in the Spirit to challenge every sincere Minister of God, who is hungry for more of God, to go into the Sunday “gatherings” of His Body (a much more Biblical word than “church service”) and be totally neutral before God AND let Him Direct and lead. Then you can see what happens!
It is not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit saith the Lord! (Zach 4:6).
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit (Gal 5:16-25).
If we walk in the Spirit, let us also minister with, in, by, and through His Spirit.
Jesus emphatically declared in John 6:63, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth NOTHING: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
THE LORD’S WORDS INITIATED BY, EMPOWERED BY, AND MINISTERED BY HIS SPIRIT GIVE LIFE AND PEACE!
BUT OUR WORDS — EVEN IF THEY ARE “QUOTING” THE BIBLE — PRODUCE NOTHING OF ANY VALUE AT BEST AND SPIRITUAL DEATH IN THE HEARERS AT WORST!