I have been pondering these questions:
Can we overcome the evil that is rampant in our times and do something big for God?
Can visionaries still come to the forefront and seize the day?
Can true prophets arise, and speak the heart of God to a dying world?
If you’re looking for a cheap pep talk—a soothing shortcut—or the flattering words of the God-is-our- Daddy Movement—if you think serving God is just a tongues-talking Candy Land game, then save us both time, and ease on back into your cocoon.
But if you look at the present system of church and feel empty—if there is an inner fire that tells you “THIS IS NOT IT! THERE HAS TO BE MORE!” —you have come to the right place.
Our journey begins with a sad joke. A mechanically challenged young man who wants to cut some firewood goes into a hardware store. He asks the store clerk for advice. After being shown the chain saws, the clerk says, “With a chain saw you can cut entire cords of wood in no time.” Sold.
The young man returns three days later angry and frustrated. “You told me I could cut cords of wood. All I got was a few lousy sticks, and this thing is way too heavy to handle.” Baffled, the clerk grabs the saw, yanks the pullcord and the saw roars to life. The young man asks, “What’s that noise?”
In the greatest moral war America has ever faced, the church is trying to saw wood with a giant unstarted chainsaw. To fight that war, our Christian Colleges insist on graduating tepid troops of singing psychologists and grinning marketers.
Secret Number One: Separate yourself. There is a promise in the Bible that is timeless, omnipotent, and unstoppable. It is a promise that transcends the mad railings of evil men, dark times, and limited resources. It is a promise that will prevail in any culture, and at any time. Read the promise carefully:
2 Timothy 2:20 “But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. 21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses (separates) himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. 22 Now, flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
Those words were not written to some surfer in the 1960’s living in a bubble, but to a young leader embarking on ministry in the midst of the Roman Empire, facing both lash and lions.
Separate yourself from the drunken compromised preachers of today. Separate yourself from shallow faith. Separate yourself from those who need “a daily word from the Lord”—turning prophecy into an ecclesiastical horoscope. Separate yourself from those who want to “activate gifts” without pressing in to know the heart of God. If you do these things, a great work will have already begun.
Secret Number Two: Learn practical dependency on the Holy Spirit. Satan’s best work is not done by atheists, but by misguided Christians. The devil prizes above all else his ability to get ministers to take matters into their own hands—to build by their own wits—and build the perfect disguise. The current whited sepulchers are vast empires bearing Christian labels. These are machines God never built. They are trophies of hell meant to distract the Body of Christ, and waste time and money.
John 16:13: “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore, I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.”
What do you see in those verses? They should both bless and horrify you. All the authority to build, direct, provide, strengthen and guide the church was vested in the Holy Spirit. We have offended a precious friend! We have driven away the very Person we needed most!
The American church thrashes about like a child in a kiddy pool, never guessing what she is doing wrong. She hired marketers when she could have simply asked the Holy Spirit. She pointed to false success to justify her existence. We don’t need a superman. We need supernatural men and women filled with the Holy Spirit.
You must be baptized in the Spirit and then learn to be led of the Spirit.
Secret Number Three: Trust the process. God invented planning. Therefore, the Holy Spirit will give you a plan. The trick is, you can’t take shortcuts. You won’t always see the logic. And you may grow weary and even come to doubt the sanity of your course.
You won’t be allowed to do things that others get away with. You will be driven to prayer and into the Word of God over every step you take. You are taking the road least traveled.
Do what God tells you to do, and never stop doing it. Again: Trust the process. No matter how your guidance seems to go against the grain, obey His voice! When you have no money but God says invest it in a vision—do it! When close associates turn on you—still do it! Trust the process. When you face a withering storm of criticism because of your choice, keep going forward.
Follow these three secrets. Then, look around. You will see people doing mighty works of God in the Earth. You will see the glaring difference between those who are fueled by the Holy Spirit and those who are not.
But, you ask, “Will these secrets work in this day and age?” Yes! They always have and they always will!