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This morning at church, it seemed like worship had a hard time getting off the ground.  I don’t know if any of you can relate to what I’m saying.  It just seemed like people weren’t engaging the Lord or His Spirit wasn’t manifesting much or something.  I started praying, asking the Lord to move or help people “enter in,” whatever was needed.  Then the Lord said this to me: “Stop trying to make something happen here and now.  Something happened already in Christ.  Stop trying to get me to do something.  I did something in Christ.”  In other words, the Lord was directing me to live and move in Jesus, not in my time/space experience.  In Him, the reality of the Spirit is unchanging.  So I changed focus.  Ministry happened to me for sure, and worship probably improved as well.

What the Lord said today isn’t new to me.  I’m sure I’ve even preached along similar lines.  But I was surprised, nonetheless.  Things of the Spirit are always surprising to the fleshly mindset.  This is why, as Paul said, we need our minds renewed (Rom. 12:2; Eph. 4:23).  From birth, our understanding and perception is formed outside of Christ.  Even when we come to know Jesus, our walk with Him is conditioned by our godless experience until the Spirit transforms our thinking.  This is not a one time event nor does it happen at salvation.  Even after experiencing the renewing of the mind, even after preaching about it or ministering it to others, we are still in great need of it ourselves.

This all has me thinking: When we cry out to God for a greater manifestation of Him, how often does that betray our unbelief and not our faith?  How often are calls for revival evidence that our minds are still blinded to the glory of Christ?  These questions are not easily addressed, and I ask them rhetorically more than anything.  Still, if you have a thought or answer, please comment.

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