Vintage message from October 5, 1997.
We have questions in our lives today… There are things going on in our lives every day, decisions we need to make that we do not feel that we have the wisdom to make, and so what do we do? We stop and pray. We say, “God, do You want me to do this or do You not want me to do this?” …God speaks today through His Holy Spirit. He has poured His Spirit out on all men, but most of us are afraid. We’re afraid to trust in, we’re afraid to know what, we’re afraid to allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through us, because, you know, there’s people out there who abuse it… But, see, what happens is we have these phenomena happen in our lives and because they are out of our ordinary, because they are things that do not regularly happen to us, we become afraid of them. We have experiences that come from the Holy Spirit and all of a sudden we start trying to rationalize it away, “Well, the Holy Spirit doesn’t work that way. He doesn’t speak to us that way…” I think many times we are content to just sit down and read the Bible and say, “This is all God has to say to me.” And you know what that causes? It causes people then to fail to pray, to seek God for guidance in their life. I’ll tell you what, if you believe that the only revelation there is, is the revelation that God has already given us in the Bible, then you’re never going to pray. Because there is personal revelation to our life that all of us need… All of us, at times in our life will experience God in a personal way with personal revelation. All of us will. Understand that it is natural, it is normal, and it was what was foretold. It is a fulfillment of God’s Word to us that He will fill us with His Spirit, and it is only by His Spirit that these things can happen.
Pastor Dave Elkins