There’s a word for itching ears. There’s a diluted gospel for the sweet tooth. There’s a diet that breeds death. There’s a sugar that kills.
It results in false converts and shallow believers who are not willing to give up anything for the gospel. It results in a timidity in preachers who will continue to disperse a candy coated diet for the sake of members and mullah.
Conversely, when we follow God’s plan and the leading of the Spirit everything moves with eternal significance. When we honor the Lord and His true Word and the moving of His Spirit, all works right. Even in the challenges and the trials, from which we will never be excluded from, there is a power to overcome when what we are doing is born of God (1 Jn. 5:4).
The apostle Paul was shipwrecked, 276 passengers with him, as the ship was shattered to pieces, but their lives were spared. An angel came and spoke to Paul. Life on the island where they were shipwrecked brought forth eternal fruit as healing and miracles were manifest and great favor was given to Paul to minister to all those on the island. This is the way it is when we follow God’s Spirit and plan. There is power to overcome even in the trials (Acts 27 & 28).
Paul and Silas also went to Philippi by the leading of the Spirit of God, but again there was trouble and they were thrown in prison for preaching the gospel of power and casting a spirit of divination out of a woman (Acts 16). Moving in demonstration and power of the Spirit got them in trouble. Have you ever thought about that in the light of today’s politically-correct age of seducing spirits and doctrines of demons?
When we cooperate with the Spirit of God there is an overflow of blessings and protection upon our lives, our marriages, our children, our relationships, and our future.
Here’s the lesson: Follow the Savior and you’ll have the sugar, but not the kind that kills and makes you pay. Many today are paying tithes and offerings for a sugar that kills, for messages void of the life changing power of God, for a word that keeps you the same – in the world and of it.
When God poured out HIs Spirit in historic revivals such as Azusa St. and more recently Brownsville, entire families move into the blessing of God. When God pours out His Spirit, the old and the young are touched and moved by God. The body of Christ becomes engaged and involved in the harvest and pastors and ministers move in great grace and power. When you’re moving in the Spirit your life is Spirit empowered. You taste of His yoke that is easy and His burden that is light. You learn of Jesus. You fall in love with His beauty and heart.
I can tell you from personal experience even now as we move in the plan of God for our lives and travel and minister in the Spirit that the journey just becomes sweeter and sweeter as the days go by. Our love for the church grows, our love for the saints and ministers of God becomes more precious, our love for family, our love and bond in marriage keeps increasing, and the blessings of God flow.
When the Spirit is breathing life into you, when you stay full and fresh of the Spirit of God, it touches everything in our lives.
When you follow the sugar instead of the Spirit it kills. But when you follow the Spirit there is a sweetness like a honeycomb of a sugar that is constantly life-giving. There is a diet and a sugar that kills, but there is heavenly sugar that comes from obedience to God.
Taste and see that the Lord is good.