Right when you think you’ve got “church” figured out, even when you are as…cough…progressive and Spirit-filled as we are (good grief), the Holy Spirit comes in the saloon doors with a raucous and commanding entrance and shoots the bloomin’ lights out.
His formula is NOT having a formula. His predictability is mucho unpredictable. And, uh-uh, uh-uh, that’s the way He likes it. If we let Him, allow Him to be Who He is and exert His power and gift His children, there’s no telling when and where the Holy Ghost is gonna change the status quo. Now, He never interrupts Himself or negates the Word He placed in the hearts of human instruments to write. He doesn’t create distraction; He births unity and commonality. As far as I am concerned, this is what we need in our church today, in “The” Church today—more Spirit, more power.
This is where He directs. Where He changes plans. When He tells us to stop and pray or worship for an extra 30 minutes or even…no you didn’t…changes the text of the teaching. Many times as a worship leader I started a song and the Spirit told me not to do that song. I have gone long or cut things short…it’s His deal, not mine. And now, as a teaching pastor, I have stopped in the middle of an hour of teaching, sensing that something was wrong in the spiritual flow of things…or that I was being attacked…or needed a fresh Filling of the Spirit or that I even needed to seek forgiveness on something…and then proceeded. Me and my close friends call this a “disturbance in the force.”
We need to listen to these blips on our discernment radars. We have to listen, especially with the current state of the comatose church, so that we will stay open and dependent on the leading and correction of God through His Spirit. This kind of “holy sensitivity” gets us in fighting trim so we do what we need to do, fighting the fight properly. I think sometimes we close the door on the Holy Ghost’s toes and put a muzzle on Him when we won’t make time for Him to speak or allow Him freedom to interrupt us.
Ladies and gentlemen, we need to be interrupted from heaven sometimes.
We can’t hold so hard to teaching or revelation or serving or ministering (as noble as these things are) more than we hold to the guidance of the Spirit. This is very hard to do in the verse-by-verse crowd I belong to. We just gotta teach this chapter, man! We do need to teach, I mean, add another Bible study to your weekly church schedule. But don’t forsake the openness to the Holy Ghost in weekly meetings because you have to teach. On top of teaching, we are very poor in our time spent in prayer or allowing the gifts to be exercised. We can even get very pathetic when it comes to helping others and meeting simple needs.
Ok, I know I have gone too far. I am a spiritual anarchist. I am a purveyor of Sunday morning chaos. No. Not really. I just want more, and these are the kind of things the Lord has told me I need to be open to if I want to see “more” in my congregation and family. We have indeed, for a couple weeks now, let the Spirit mess us up. Praying for 40 minutes instead of singing. Hearing both tongues and an interpretation. Changing the course of the Bible study, not on purpose, but because the Spirit went in another direction. Repenting. Prophesying. Encouraging…GROWING. Like I said, messed up.
And getting messed up from heaven has never felt better.