[We are in a Revolution: A total or radical change; return to a point before occupied; the overthrow or renunciation of one government, and the substitution of another, by the governed.]
Instead of being the source of the river we are often the dam.
We can inadvertently stop the Spirit moving by trying to get Him to do stuff. We get in the way of God usually when we are trying to use our gifting to bring a breakthrough! A number of years ago while we were youth workers in Llanelli, South Wales, we had seen healings regularly over a number of weeks. We had a break for Easter and came back and for the first few weeks saw absolutely nothing. After 2 weeks I started to get worried and ask “Why have the healings stopped? I thought I had a healing gift! I thought we had seen a breakthrough in Healing!” During one evening I stood back and watched what was going on. I asked God “Why are we not seeing anything?”. I was expecting some clever keys for breakthrough but instead God rebuked me. He spoke quite clearly and said “Get out of my way and let Me do it!” So I did and its not rocket science – surprisingly we saw healings occur again that night and from then on. I had got in God’s way because I thought I had got a breakthrough!
Kobus van Rensburg commented ”If God must do things because you performed, you put God in the box of being your servant instead of your Lord. We must come to place where we hear His voice instead of Him hearing ours.”
When we become preoccupied by our own gifting and successes our confidence comes from what we’ve seen instead of what He has done. We start to think it is down to our own efforts and become a dam to the river of life bubbling from our bellies.
I have seen several healings this week at work and in a Christian meeting and really it was easy. There was no hard intercession and speaking in tongues for a breakthrough or fasting to change the spiritual climate. I rested in Christ’s victory, His ability to heal, His gifting, His Spirit and then with little effort they happened from the overflow. I let His victory bubble up and manifest itself.
When the Gospel is our foundation and we stand in His victory we will witness victory occur around us; we are still and come to the place of knowing He is Lord.
Philip Smith 11 Dec 2011