We live in an interesting generation where people measure your level of “spirituality” by the way you speak tongues, preach or pray
Some preacher men have changed their accent and the sound of their voice just to appear “spiritual”
The posture of others have changed and the congregation goes up in out-roar , with excitement hanging in the air and an absolute absence of the Holy Spirit but they did not know it!
The appearance of goose-pimples is mistaken for His presence and one is considered a powerful minister when he has the congregation falling under the anointing.
We tend to forget that God can use anyone and everything!
He used Balaams donkey to speak to Balaam and since prophecy has to do with speaking the mind of God, I can infer the donkey was prophesying! (Numbers 22:22-33)
Wow, a donkey prophesying? Then this means God can use your dog, cat or even a cockroach to prophecy if He chooses to!
This idea is not far-fetched because centuries ago, in the land of Egypt, God fought His battle, using nature! He used: frogs, gnats, flies, locusts, hail stones, boils and even darkness!!!!
YOU SEE GOD CAN USE ANYTHING BUT IT DOESN’T MAKE THE THING SPIRITUAL!
Samuel likened Saul’s sacrifice which he wanted to offer to the Lord to the sin of witchcraft! (1 Samuel 15:22-23). God killed Aaron’s sons in front of the altar. Eli and his two sons were also not spared!
As workers in God’s vineyard, we must be careful of what we offer to the LORD. It must be in line with His word and the fear of the people or desire to please them instead of God must be far from us!
The question is, “HAS GOD’S STANDARDS CHANGED OVER THE YEARS? DEFINITELY NOT! But we are in the dispensation of GRACE where the blood of Jesus is pleading for us. But the day is coming….where man will stand in front of his maker and would be made to account for all that he had done in his body, whether good or bad, with every motive laid bare!
So Jesus was warning us in Matthew 7:21-23 when He said, “ Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord! Will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER IN HEAVEN. On that day, MANY will say to Me, Lord, didn’t we PROPHECY in your name, DRIVE OUT DEMONS in Your name, and do MANY MIRACLES in Your name? Then I will announce to them, “I NEVER KNEW YOU! (ouch), DEPART FROM ME, YOU LAWBREAKERS!
Wow, this is the worst thing that could happen to any of us!
So dear friends and family, its good and great to serve the Lord and be used by Him but we must never use our material or spiritual blessings to measure our spiritual standing with God or that of others with God!
SPIRITUALTIY HAS GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH WORKS, RATHER, ITS ABOUT LIVING A GOD FEARING LIFE! and Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 summarizes it well.
Child of God, Are you really spiritual… This is food for thought, for all of us!