My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power….(1 Cor 2:4).
Our culture is filled with excellent orators and presenters, but who I wonder is filled with the Spirit’s power? As someone who speaks and prepares messages there are moments when I sense the Spirit’s power and other times when I do not sense Him close at all. Those are the times when I’ve rushed through my preparation and are seeking to just “get through the message,” so I can get onto the next thing. But that’s the problem, isn’t it? We’re always moving onto the next thing, never quite present in each moment.
God shows up when we are present with Him. When we are actively seeking His Spirit to join with us in the moment we are now living in. This takes concerted effort to stop, wait, hear, respond, listen and obey. Some of us never get to step one, because we never stop doing, never stop going, moving and running.
We hardly ever still ourselves in the presence of the Lord. Therefore, we rarely, if ever, experience a demonstration of the Spirit’s power. This is true not just for those who teach, but for all who call Him Lord and Savior.
What I want more than anything in my life is to hear from God and to be still in His presence so I can hear His voice and respond in faithfulness. Dying to Jesus is hard and sometimes, it’s painful, but trust me when I say this, the greatest demonstration of the Spirit’s power in the life of Jesus came after He died. The same will be true for you and me. As we die to ourselves, we experience, in ways like never before, a demonstration of the Spirit’s power. It’s there in His presence that we are changed, transformed and made new.
Lord, I want to experience your power. I want to live in your grace. I want to stand on your truth. May my heart be still before you. Jesus, help me to remove distractions and busyness from my life that keeps me from hearing from you, in Jesus name, Amen.