To venable (verb): To randomly muse upon this and that.

The Spirit working

On Tuesday August 6th all classes competing for the Britannia Cup yachting race were abandoned. The Cup is part of Cowes Week. The reason for the abandonment was that there was a lack of wind. No wind means no capacity for the boats to sail. Thereby, all competition is rendered impossible.

This led me to wonder how many of our worship services should be abandoned? It is the wind of the Spirit which make our services valuable to our God. In Philippians 3:3 we read that a part of true christian experience is to know “worship by the Spirit of God.” Let us challenge ourselves here and ask ourselves about the services in our churches. Are we truly knowing the blowing of the Spirit of God to bring forth worship to our God?

Or is it the case that the Lord wants our services to be abandoned because there is a lack of the  Spirit? This was His conclusion in Malachi’s day. He says ‘Oh, that one of you would shut the temple doors, so that you would not light useless fires on my altar! I am not pleased with you,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will accept no offering from your hands (Mal.: 1:10).

And finally let us remember the words of our Lord Jesus: If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!’ (Luke 11:13).

Comments on: "The Spirit working" (2)

  1. amy mollallegn said:

    Hi Philip, your musing about the holy spirit in our worship services really struck me and raised more questions for me…how do we know the spirit is with us in our worship? Is it because we see the effect e.g conversions and changes? Is it that sense of really communing with God? What can we do personally to ensure we don’t come to worship God in a way that displeases him? Perhaps making sure my focus is on the Lord and not distracted by other things on the Lord’s day. And finally what does a spirit filled worship really look like? Is it like Pentecost? Or the early church in acts? Would be interesting to hear your thoughts. Thanks Amy

    • Thanks Amy. You ask some significant and probing questions. I think these are best responded to in actually doing another post! So give me some time to ponder upon it and hopefully i can get something together. I do feel the answers to your questions have big implications as to how we conduct ourselves individually and as a church, particularly in respect of our services.
      In the meantime. i will bounce something for you to ponder upon. If we use the statement in Phil. 3:3 as a base to think about what the Spirit actually does, then.that will start us in te right direction in considering the content and manner of our worship

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