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Tarry Until God Comes
The fresh day I was having a vocabulary with a fellow regarding the absence of spirituality in the church. I was telling my friend that I had spent over 20 years being a faithful member in one sanctuary or another. I participated in many groups and committees, was on the witnessing team, participated in children’s church, and was a Sunday School and Youth Group teacher. For years, I’d never miss a Sunday service and often attended mid-week service as well. Some churches became my family, others I made lots of friends.
In my early days as a Christian I absorbed the word of God.
It was the elite 5 years of being a Christian that I memorized most of the scriptures I know.
Over the years, my relationship with altar took on many facets.
Over different periods I attended altar to swelling spirituality, fresh times looking for a husband, torpid additional times desiring a social life.
Then came a term that I had no dream to attend sanctuary at all. I would often find myself in the pews thinking, what in the heck am I doing here? I couldn’t wait until service was over. Church had become a ritualistic peculiarity for me.
After one disappointment over another, I noted to transact a sabbatical. I had done this before, many years early but was overridden with guilt.
The thought of not going to church had to mean I was backslidden and on my routine to hell. But this occasion it was different, perhaps I was more mature.
I knew my relationship with God was strong and going to Church out of habit had nothingness to do with it.
Many years early I went through a expression of utter despair. I had lost something very meaningful to me and it tore me redress at the kernel of my heart.
There was so much pain in my life and my fashion habits of being a good Christian didn’t cease me from hurting. I did all the things I was supposed to do, but my condition didn’t improve.
This was the juncture in my life that I entered what I we often hear as “desert.
” There I was alone and forsaken.
Everything stripped away.
Everything but God, miss my former ways of connecting with him didn’t seem to undertaking for me anymore.
This was a device that God was requiring entity deeper of me.
This is when I became a seeker and at the equivalent situation I became a receiver. This is when my eyes of affinity began to perceptive and God’s word, the scriptures, and his Voice began to animate in my life.
The terminated practice of near God wasn’t advantage enough for me anymore.
I was onset to build a relationship with Him. I would actually sit on my couch and chatter to Him aloud.
His voice became so much more clearer to me.
I epigram new revelations in everything, especially in the scriptures.
I began to fantasy the deep holy truths of God, truths that would govern to a more joyful, fruitful, and hushed life.
I wanted to be taught by the Holy Spirit.
I often meditated on the scripture that said, once the Holy Spirit comes, we wouldn’t even privation a teacher, because the Holy Spirit would teach us all things.
I’m living unsusceptible of this, as are many others.
I began to realize the Spirit of God that lives inside all of us and is waiting for us to trust Him.
Which leads me back to that question, why does the sanctum deficiency spirituality? The amiable of spirituality that Jesus described when he vocal another haunt of worship is coming, in which God’s worshippers leave worship him in gist and in truth, for those are the types of worshippers God desires.
I believe the haven lacks this type of spirituality because it puts formulas over relationship. It gives us a 10-point plan.
If you do this, you leave receive that.
It enslaves us with rules, bylaws, and codes of conduct.
It imposes the one missive fits all species of instruction.
It encourages us to “do” for God, but not “abide” in God.
It pushes us to be a busy Martha, instead of a doting Mary; which Jesus uttered is far better. It often puts fresh stress on the utterance of those in authority, than on the inactive paltry voice of God words in our hearts.
We’re not encouraged to strengthen that voice and thus it often goes unheard.
To many of us understand of God, but languish to truly recognize Him, impartial as Job said, I’ve heard of you, but now my eyes see you for myself. Or in the juncture of Moses who spent 40 days with God on Mount Sanai and the young of Israel looked at awe upon his countenance as he entered the village.
We see God’s presence from afar.
But where there is a dispute there is besides a solution.
In the story of Acts Chapter 1 after the ascension of Jesus, the disciples were told, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the knack my Father promised, which you own heard Him talk about.
For John baptized with water, but in a few days you cede be baptized with the Holy Spirit.
” The scriptures go onto talk that the men came and waited together in exaltation and on that day a clamour like a redoubtable rushing wind came from elysium and filled the absolute accommodation where they were sitting. They proverb what seemed to be tongues of kindle that separated and came to halt on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to chat in supplementary tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
In Acts 2 Chapter 17 it declares, in the last days, God says, I will lavish out my soul on all people, your sons and daughters entrust prophesy, your young men commit see visions; your expired men entrust dream dreams.
Even on your servants, both men and women, I entrust shower out my Spirit in those days, and they commit prophesy.
I cede display wonders in the heavens above…and everyone who calls on the interval of the Lord entrust be saved.
What the Bible is language of in the preceding verses is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in the life of believers.
The Holy Spirit can present himself in the Christian in countless ways.
We can chatter in tongues, reverie dreams, keep visions, restore the sick, prophesy, pitch out demons, receive wisdom and discernment, and so much more.
The Holy Spirit is the power abode late God’s word.
Yet, what is key to this all is that Jesus told the disciplines to “tarry” to “wait” for this manifestation.
They didn’t obtain to strive for it.
They didn’t retain to look for it.
They didn’t even hold to pray for it.
They were fair instructed to wait for it; to wait on God.
Isaiah 43: 31 declares … those who wait for the LORD cede behalf new strength; they cede mount up with wings like eagles, they cede run and not obtain tired, they commit trudge and not become weary.
Why? Because when we are filled with God’s centre we are endowed with His power, his wisdom, and his strength. And all we need to do to receive it, is vision it and wait, waiting, linger, and abide with God.
So how can we as Christians artifice from “doing” to “abiding? How do we machination from formulas for the Christian life to hearing directly from God for our life “alone”? How do we obtain the manifestation of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of his presence in our midst? I surmise it is by being still and waiting, by tarrying until he comes to meet us.
It requires the heart of a seeker. It often requires sequestering ourselves from those things that pull us away from God; even the advantage things like a sanctuary meeting. It requires meditating on God and entering into his presence.
If the shrine cede dot us in that direction, in collective waiting, collective silence, collective presence, and collective listening, then we can learn to comprehend God in the intricacies of our own hearts and spirits.
A marrow that knows the way, but needs to be awakened.
A centre that has everything it needs, now! A heart that realizes that, the Kingdom of God resides within us and not without.