Monday, November 27, 2006

Misguided and deluded

I had all sorts of Christmas and Thanksgiving posts just ready to go after a long 4 day weekend.

Unfortunately, or maybe not unfortunately, those are all going to be shoved aside while I get this out of my system.

I feel misguided, deluded, maybe even a little cheated.

You see, when I was seeking God for the Holy Ghost everyone constantly told me how the Holy Ghost would empower me. None of that was especially encouraging while I was seeking. It's almost mean to tell someone how great what they're not receiving is.

Now that I've got it though, I have to tell you, I couldn't feel less empowered.


One Sided said...

You know I have noticed that we humans tend to apply a general statement or even worse a general understanding to situations we have no ability to deal with.
We we can not see a solution, or offer an answer we default back to what no one dare argue against. THe Holy Spirit will empower, God will see you through, just have faith, Pray about it, listen more, work more, work less.
The work God is doing in you is like no other work he has done. No one except God knows what He has in mind or just how He is going to go about it. As for the Holy Spirit empowering you, it does, but just as God answers in ways we do not expect the Holy Spirit empowers in ways we may not understand at first.
SO let me offer another one of those pat answers, perhaps what you received is not what you were loooking for.

Anonymous said...

I always look forward to reading every chance I get. I am thinking of starting my own, but have not gone that far yet. I hope that I have not caused any of the feelings that you have expressed. I thought about calling you this weekend to possibly explain---but thought it best to leave things alone.
Please don't blame the Holy Spirit for any of these feelings! Just think where we would all be without our comforter.
We still have free will, and will still be bothered with anger, helplessness, and sometimes we claim these by faith because the feeling just isn't there. (yet) We (I) also have a tendency to go into hiding while I am waiting on the feeling to come, even though I know I have the power to overcome.
We are all still very human and still fight the human battles even though we are empowered by the Holy Ghost.
If any of these feelings were caused by me or my family, I am so very sorry.
But even in my own dilema, I have no right giving advise----but please tread lightly when speaking about the Holy Ghost. I still disagree with alot of people when they talk about fighting with God to receive an answer or taking by force. I think as the kids all say "we better recognize" and speak and deal in love.
Let me add one more thing---even when we speak and deal in love, (and I am speaking about myself) We don't have to say words that are particularly what they want to hear, and it may very well not be their opinion and may never be. BUT it can be spoken in love and without blame. I love and appreciate you and count you as a friend. I would not want to cause you or your family ANY pain in your life.

J. W. Poteet II said...

Ok, I really, really hesitate to comment here. The fact is you've been filled with the Holy Spirit for a while now. You haven't spoke in tounges because religion held your tongue. Then you spoke in tongues because religion has told you you have to to be filled with the Holy Spirit. You aren't going to feel any change, any power surge, anything. The power is there, it's up to you to excercise it. There is the story of the man at the pool of Siloam. He'd been sick for years and Jesus came along and asked him what he was doing there. He said that at times an angel stirred the pool and the first one in was healed, but no one was there to help him in. What he didn't realize was the power to heal him was standing in front of him, waiting for him to ask. As Christians, we often sit on the edge of the pool waiting for the Spirit to stir it up, when in fact Jesus is in us saying what are you waiting for? The power is in you. In 1 Corinthians 14:32 Paul says that the spirit of the prophets is subject to the prophets. If you want the power of the Holy Spirit, quit waiting for it and use it. Once again, I believe that God is tired of the passive christian.