Wednesday, May 09, 2007

How often are we "in the Spirit"?

On the Lord's Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, - Revelation 1:10

When is the last time you have been "in the Sprit"? Have you ever been "in the Spirit" in a manner similar to what John experienced? If not, why? Why isn't this a regular part of our Christian experience? I submit that it is not a regular part of our lives because we do not allow it. We do not intensely seek God and invite the Holy Spirit to come to us in this manner. We have enough problems disciplining ourselves enough to read God's Word and to pray; not to mention sitting still, meditating on his truth, and inviting him to speak into our lives. What has happened to the practice of listening? I fear it is nearly a lost discipline. How do we expect to hear from God and experience time in the Spirit if we never stop, quiet down, and listen?

I write this because I am personally convicted and challenged by it, not because I have it together; but how I desire that this intense communication with God be a more active part of my life. When John is said to be "in the Spirit," he hears a loud voice or is taken somewhere, whether to God's throne in heaven (v.4:2) or to a desert (v.17:3) or to a very high mountain (v.21:10), and is shown a vision. While I have had a few dreams, some small visions, and heard God’s voice (very clearly in my mind – not audibly), it is not nearly the norm for me. I desire that it become a more prevalent experience and that it grows into trips to the very high mountain, the desert, and definitely to God’s throne in heaven. Hey, you do not have because you do not ask. Well, let’s ask.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

good! We fellowship with the Spirit to receive the grace and strength to be TRANSFORMED!

"Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh [human nature]. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.
"Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy.... those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." Galatians 5:16-25