Sensing Jesus’ presence is much more powerful than just listening to someone talk about Jesus being present. Virtual reality can be fun; but Jesus reality is healing & life transforming.
“Self-focus” never satisfies, but “Christ-focus” is continual joy! Set pride aside & let the risen Jesus be your guide.
Live in victory.
Let God whip up a fruit of the Spirit smoothie in your heart!
Church trains you to shut your mouth. God says “Open your mouth & I will fill it. There should be no “gag order” on the people of God.
To silence Christ-followers in church tends to also silence them in daily life. “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.” Before we can “shout it from the housetops” we need to learn to speak up in church. Letting people speak up in church trains them to speak up for Jesus in daily life.
The Spirit is our power source. If we shut Him down by silencing people, we’re left with human programs. When the Spirit says “Speak up,” fear or protocol shouldn’t keep us silent.
Ekklesia is people meeting under the direct leadership & control of the risen Jesus. “The ekklesias of God are instructed by Christ.” –Origen 230 AD (What about today?) However, requiring silence in church puts a lid on people’s giftings and shuts them down. Let’s go back to before church & experience ekklesia! http://amzn.to/2mhIpmO. That church attenders swap churches so much in USA says some are looking for ekklesia.
Lets you be a
Not just a recipient.
When we confine worship to a humanly designed program we miss out on Divine choreography. If we let a worship meeting get out of human hands & into God’s hand, glory falls.
Who is the best leader to follow? The living, resurrected Jesus! When human leaders step aside & give up control to Jesus, His leadership manifests.
Most church bulletins leave out the most important name of all: Jesus Christ. Perhaps a “church” with only one speaker is like a “choir” with only one singer. Nations last for years, decades, or centuries. Jesus reigns forever! If Jesus rose, like Easter celebrates, why don’t we let Him be the leader in church?
If a behavior’s causing you pain, don’t try to medicate it away. Stop doing it! If happiness isn’t happening in your heart, don’t give up — give your all to Jesus! Much of the good that is done in the world is motivated by love for the risen Jesus!
The Bible is an amazing read. It’s so much more than “human writes.” The best opinion poll ever? The Bible. It’s God’s opinion! Open it & see. Christianity is supposed to be more than casual religion & occasional church.