Preaching with your spirit

striped-core-354528_6402Corinthians 3:6: who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

Ministerial leaders are just like everyone else.  Elijah was called a man of like passion like us (James 5:15-18), but he was marked by the high level of passion which stood him out and made him usable by God. He was zealous for God and that showed in everything he did. He had an extra something.

He singlehandedly took on the task of calling the children of Israel back to God. In the book of James he was put up as an example of a man who wielded power in the place of prayer.

And John the Baptist came in the spirit and power of Elijah (Luke 1:13-17) preaching repentance to Israel (Luke 3:3). He was specially empowered, and like Elijah he lived a Spartan life. His lifestyle expressed mourning about the state of Isreal. Through Elijah and John came forth a call to repentance, a call to make a decision for the good, a call for change; a wakeup call.

Preaching with your spirit is about bringing the people face to face with God, with the change they need to make, with the need for repentance (which is actually not a curse word), with the need for submission to the lordship of Jesus in every way.

When Elijah was through with the children of Isreal, they were on their faces, saying: the Lord, he is God. He brought them face to face with the fire of heaven, to shake them off their lethargy, to shake off the hold of the false prophets from them.

At the end of the day, they responded to the words of Elijah. Where before they used to respond to the words of false prophets, doing their bidding, they responded to the words of Elijah, and they had their hands on the false prophets later killed by Elijah.

They established dominion over what used to have dominion over them. That is what preaching from your spirit will do. It will take the people from the place of being dominated to the place of dominion.

When Elijah was through rain came falling down, the drought was broken, the heaven was opened on the people, there was reversal of fortune, there was an open door, there was help from heaven.

Preaching from your spirit causes it to rain. The bible says: ask for rain in the time of the later rain and God will make bright clouds and give rain to every grass in the field (Zechariah 10:1). When you preach from your spirit no one in the audience can escape the power of God, none can escape the touch of God.

Preaching from your spirit leads to repentance. That was the example the life of John the Baptist showed us. From your words, what God wants must be made clear and what do to bridge what God wants and what we do also. The words minister grace (Ephesians 4:29).

Preaching from your spirit communicates the will of God to the people. No one knows the mind of God except His Spirit and we are able to know it because we have the Holy Spirit (1Corinthians 2:11), and when we preach from our spirit we release the Holy Spirit, who breaks the chain of bondage off people.

Preaching from the spirit is beyond words, it is an encounter with divinity.  It is the experience of God breaking down the barrier between heaven and earth. It is the experience of transportation by the word to higher spiritual location.

It is the change that comes from a divine operation in the spirit, it is an encounter with the sword of the spirit which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17), which is Spirit and life (John 6:63).

The word is sharper than any two edged sword. The sword penetrates, reaches to the heart (Hebrews 4:12). It reaches the inner crevices of the individual, and brings emotional, intellectual and correction, it is the manifestation of Jesus.

Jesus the word, when he showed up, came with an anointing, he came preaching the gospel to the poor (Luke 4:18), he came preaching the gospel of liberation.

Preaching from your spirit is putting premium not just on saying the right words but saying it by the Spirit of God. It is opening your mouth and allowing God to fill it (Psalm 81:10). Isaiah wrote that God wakes him daily to hear like the learned, and not only that, but he helps him to speak a word in season to the one who is weary (Isaiah 50:4).

Preaching from your spirit gives help to the hearer, and it does not add to his burden. It changes everything as you stand in the stead of God to impart on the people his love, riches and power.

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of love (2Timothy 1:7) and that is what gets communicated when we preach from our spirit. (Note that your spirit is birthed by the Holy Spirit when you become born again [John 3:1-8]).

Preaching from your spirit emphasises what God has done and what God can do. It is about lifting God up and trampling on snakes and scorpions (Luke 10:19) and all the powers of the enemy. We communicate the riches of the glory of God in us, in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:15-21).

We do not proclaim a weak Jesus but a mighty one. The bible says, out of Zion the perfection of beauty, God shines forth (Psalm 50:1-2). When preaching from your spirit, it is God shining forth. We proclaim almighty Jesus, and call for change into his very image and to receive all that he has to offer. We communicate how he sees us and that imparts a new identity to us.

Preaching from your spirit is preaching Christ, not just preaching about him, but communicating him in the full essence of his person (love), mission (riches) and passion (power). It is to open the eyes to all facets of spiritual truth, not just a pet topic (Acts 20:27). It is beyond hearing truth but it leads to speaking it, it is becoming one with the truth, being the ultimate aim of the preacher.

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3 thoughts on “Preaching with your spirit

  1. Great thoughts and principles for communicating God’s Word. Reading on Elijah at the Transfiguration at present. Thanks. (Thanks for using a link to one of my blogs also. Very encouraging).

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