I want to share with you something that Holy Spirit has been teaching me of late. This is something that He started last year. I believe now He is bringing that work to completion.
Just ignore the weak post intro. (If you notice it haha.)
I have so many friends. 98% of them Christians. Well, they’re not all friends but we talk, they’re in my life and I in theirs. Let’s just say we’re travelling on this journey of life together. Of the 98%, only a handful talk with me about things that edify, admonish or instruct me in the way of Christ.
With the second group we only talk about life, it’s struggles and things like that. The largest (and kinda odd) group is those who are just there.
They seldom call or text but when they do, it is to talk about some scandal in the church or something of that sort. From prophet T.B. Joshua’s US Election prophecy to the South African pastor of DOOM. I also made my comments and silly jokes about Prophet Joshua’s prophecy. That’s when Holy Spirit started to deal with me about this.
He asked me a simple question. “Why must it be you carrying the news and making jokes about this? Who’s motivating you to talk about this? It’s not Me.”
Soon after He spoke these words I felt a deep sadness and sorrow in my spirit. I was heartbroken in spirit. My fleshly appetite for a quick laugh and few likes became the source of my pain. In that moment I repented and made the decision, I shall never be the bearer of bad or controversial news. I will never speak of, make jokes or tell stories about such things.
Holy Spirit began to show me how major news outlets like to publish such stories. When something happens that can throw shade on the church, major news outlets are ready and waiting to publish it. With the size of their audience around the world, the news will surely spread. Will adding my voice to the mix make a meaningful difference? Not really. Why must I add it then?
Holy Spirit manifests Himself through healings and undeniable proof in the church all the time. But very few people are willing to take the news around the world. Few people will scream hallelujah in church, but even fewer of them will publish the glorious works. Where are the rest? Waiting on the side-lines, asking why the cameraman didn’t fall when the rest of the auditorium fell under the power.
No one wants to talk about the man who stood up to walk from the wheelchair because he received healing. There is no one to tell it on mountain Facebook that a woman testified that after her cancerous womb was removed she miraculously found herself pregnant after Pastor prayed for her. Oh no, we can’t talk about that little boy/girl who never spoke from birth. But after the healing evangelist proclaimed healing for everyone she started counting 1;2;3. What about that person who came to show their HIV negative results? “That stuff isn’t really real.” We reason.
However, as soon as someone texts us proof that all the healings and miracles were staged, our fingers start itching. This we can publish. It’s worth broadcasting to all WhatsApp, iMessage, Messenger you-name-it contacts. We have no trouble accepting the negative. What of the miracles? Fake and staged is what it is.
Are you saying, Lawrence, that there are no bogus prophets? No! A thousand times no! Must you or I be the ones to spread the news of who they are? By whose authority and power? To what end? Have we now been reduced to wannabe CNN/BBC correspondents?
We have a job. To publish the best news ever! Which is the gospel of Jesus Christ. In case you’ve forgotten, Jesus sent us in the same way that God the Father sent Him. How did God the Father send Him?
And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
Acts 10:38 (NLT)
The Spirit’s message to you is, “How are you going to preach good news to the poor, proclaim deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind when all you have is criticism for My work around the world? Do you not know that it is My power that works every good thing through My ministers in the church?”
I believe this is the part where I say, “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what He is saying to the church!”
Do not grieve Him!