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Holy Presence, Part 2
Begin with story about Ally
Point: Extreme attachment
“My Mommy be back in 5 minutes”
“I was in my Mommy’s tummy”
With respect to the supernatural church, while this is a passing phase in the life of a child, it should be the growing reality for God’s people.
Ally has SEPARATION ANXIETY
Principle: Church attached to Jesus by the ministry of the Holy Spirit
Anticipation of His return
Knowledge of origins
Orphan – Gk. Orphanos. Fatherless, desolate, without comfort, without care.
Jesus dealt with our need to be with Him. He deals with this need by means of the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit.
Francis Chan: “The church becomes irrelevant when it becomes purely a human creation. We are not all we were made to be when everything in our lives and churches can be explained apart from the work and presence of the Holy Spirit.” P. 18.
Francis Chan: “The ‘entertainment’ model of church was largely adopted in the 1980’s and 90’s, and while it alleviated some of our boredom for a couple of hours a week, it filled our churches with self-focused consumers rather than self-sacrificing servants attuned to the Holy Spirit.” P. 15-16.
Three Things are Basic:
We are to be SPIRIT-BORN.
We are to be SPIRIT-EMPOWERED. Spirit-filled.
We are to be SPIRIT-SHAPED. Spirit-formed.
The New Century Version states this in a more synchronized way – heaven and earth get lined up and are in sync through the ministry of the church:
the things you don’t allow on earth will be the things that God does not allow, and the things you allow on earth will be the things that God allows.”
Be careful when there is no spiritual warfare around what you are doing. It means there is no power encounter, which means you may not be operating as the supernatural church.
This is going to become even more pronounced in days to come. The Homosexuality issue will continue to be significant. All matters of sexuality are is contention in our days.
The devil would like to reduce the church to a sequestered little group of do-gooders who are holier-than-thou and major on the DO NOT’s far more than the DO’s.