Third, a revival of liberty. Is the Holy Spirit welcome in your church? Are you responsive to His leadings? It’s okay to have a program as long as you’re willing to let God change it. Now that doesn’t mean somebody can just jump up and interrupt the pastor’s sermon. God is a God of order. You say, “But I felt led by the Spirit to do it.” Really? The Holy Spirit is a gentleman; He won’t speak through you when He is already speaking through God-ordained leadership. God works through structure. If you doubt that, look at how He planned the tabernacle in the wilderness and Solomon’s temple. There were times when God’s presence was so strong that the priests were unable to conduct the service as usual; all they could do was fall on their faces before Him. And we must pray for and welcome such times too. But liberty isn’t license to do as you please. Paul addresses the liberty/license argument in these words: “For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use your liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” The liberty Christ brings sets us free from the need to “show off,” and instead teaches us to “serve one another.” Paul bottom-lines it: “Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” You say, “What does that mean?” It means that when you make Jesus “Lord,” He sets you free to enjoy His presence in church, at home, in business, and in every area of life.
Published on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 @ 10:46 AM CDT