Journal Entry Dream –
Title: The Charismatic
I was sitting on the back row between two ladies in a charismatic church service. The lady sitting to my left showed me a book that she was reading. I opened it up and read the majority of it really fast and said, “It has some good things in there (so as not to be rude), but that’s not it.” The lady on my right gave me her book and I read it and gave it back to her as I shook my head and said, “That’s not it at all.”
The band began to lead the worship time and immediately all the people lifted up their hands up as they sang because that is what charismatics do. You don’t look like you are worshiping or will you appear very spiritual unless you lift your hands during the praise and worship service. As I listened to the people sing I was quite taken back when they lifted their voices at the chorus:
It’s a long damn road
It’s a long damn road
It’s a long damn road
Oh it’s a long damn road
I cracked up as they sang it. I joined in with them since I understood why they were singing these words. After the service a man came up to me and I asked him, “How did you like the service? He responded, “I didn’t like it at all!” I replied, “Perhaps you just aren’t used to it?”
As shocking as this dream may be too those who read it, it is a truth being revealed in these last days. Christ is calling out His bride unto Himself and to as many as will listen, He says, “Come! Come out from among them.” The Greek word for “church” is ekklesia which means “called out ones”. Chuch isn’t a building. It is a group of believers called unto Jesus Christ. There are no walls or separation from one another or Chirst. Read The Adulterous Church: http://seerofgod.com/archives/713
The charismatic churches were birthed out of believers seeking a spiritual refreshing which was not found in the traditional church system. They wanted to be spirit-led believers and see the gifts of the Spirit in action. In the beginning of the movement the Spirit did lead them into some truths. However, in time the movement became stagnant and misguided focusing more on self than the leading of the Spirit. Today, most charismatics live more in past experiences than in today’s life in Christ experiences. One reason there is so much HYPE generated in the organized churches today is an effort to convince the congregation that the Spirit is moving when it is not. If Holy Spirit is moving you don’t have to tell people that the Spirit is moving, they will know for themselves.
The charismatic is taught that they can obtain the things of God’s Kingdom if you just “work the WORD.” If you or someone needs a healing then you “work the WORD.” If you need a blessing in your life then you find a verse that supports your cause and you “work the WORD” until you see it manifest. The people are taught that if they keep confessing and confessing the WORD that somehow it will get into your spirit and you will get whatever it is that you need to get, and if it doesn’t manifest then the person isn’t doing it correctly. No one can manipulate God no matter how much you try. He is soverign and will always remain soverign.
When the “Prayer of Jabez” was so popular and it seemed as if everyone was buying the book, praying the prayer, so that their territory would be expanded. They repeated the prayer over and over without any results. Why? I say, because for most people it was a selfish act, done out of an attempt to get material gain from the use of the WORD. As believers we’re to seek Christ got Himself and not what we want.
“Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!” And God granted him what he requested.” 1 Chronicles 4:10
The reason I chuckled to myself at them in the dream was because they are taught bad doctrines and have so little understanding of their purpose in the Christian walk. False knowledge leads to false expectations, which leads to discouragement, making their journey a “long damn road”. The song they sang in the dream is very appropriate for the way most of them feel if they were to be truthful. In the dream the man I spoke with sensed in his spirit that something wasn’t right in the church service. People were going through the motion, acting like they were experiencing the move of the Spirit, when inside they were weary from the effects of the years of false doctrine. Weariness had set in because they had seen no results from what they have been taught.
I’ve seen small and large prayer circles formed where the charismatic leaders would pray aloud saying, “Lord, we turn to the north and call in the blessing and provisions of God, we call in the people into our house and the wealth of the wicked into our hands…” Then all the people turned to the north and repeated the prayer. This action was repeated for the east, south and west as well. It sounded good and looked to be spiritual but it didn’t bring forth any obvious results. It was selfishly motivated and spiritually ignorant of the plans and purposes of the believer in Christ.
True blessings come from living a life as described in the verse below:
“Do not let kindness and truth leave you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 So you will find favor and good repute
In the sight of God and man. “ Pro. 3:3-4
In other words you cannot obtain things by misuse of the WORD. It is a matter of becoming like Christ by abiding in a continual intimacy with Him. It’s about RELATIONSHIP! Christ doesn’t want to increase you, He wants to reduce to to nothing so He can fill you with His Spirit. Jesus did not pray for the sick, He healed them. He did not pray for someone’s deliverance, He delivered them. Why, because He was ONE with God and in God. He was the WORD made flesh.
I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. JN 15:5,7
There are no shortcuts with God and there is no other way but Jesus Christ. He is the WAY. He is a person and He wants us to be so close to Him so that we become like Him in our lives. We won’t and cannot be a savior but as we draw close to Him, His Spirit permeates our spirit and His presence is upon us more and more. Then when we minister in the gifts of the Spirit it isn’t a thing we do, but it is Jesus in us ministering to the people. Smith Wigglesworth and John G. Lake are two men who come to mind that pressed into the presences of God so much that as they ministered Christ ministered to the ones in need. They spirit was permeated by the Spirit of Jesus Christ. When Smith Wigglesworth prayed no one could stay in the same room with Him. He was permeated with the Spirit of the Lord. Once when he stepped onto a train immediately after praying a man asked him, “Who are you and what are you?” That’s power came from spending time in the presence of the Father.
Too many, for too long have chased after the gifts of the Spirit, but not after the GIFTER of spiritual gifts. They have followed after the anointed ones instead of becoming anointed themselves. All the past spiritual movements ended up with the formation of an organized church system of some type. The 1906 Azusa Street revival broke out and traveled the globe, touching so many by the outpouring of Holy Spirit, but eventually ended up becoming the Pentecostal Church system. The main reason this happens is that the people focus on the experience and not the person of Jesus Christ. They pursued the gifts and not the gifter. The three disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration wanted to build three tabernacles and camp out there as if it was an end all be all experience. Jesus was going to lead the disciples beyond the transfiguration experience. He was yet to say the words “Eat My flesh and drink My blood.” He wanted them to consume Him and by doing so He would consume them. He would permeated their spirit with His.
“Six days later Jesus *took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and *led them up on a high mountain by themselves. 2 And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. 4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!” 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground and were terrified. 7 And Jesus came to them and touched them and said, “Get up, and do not be afraid.” 8 And lifting up their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus Himself alone.” Matt 17:1-8
Jesus is a person, not an experience. He wants each believer to have spiritual experiences and you will if you will seek Him to know Him in a personal relationship. But we don’t seek Jesus for the experiences. The multitudes followed Him for food only. He wants people to come to Him in sincerity, letting go of all pretenses, and surrender to Him with an intense desire to know Him.
When a believer quits moving (growing) forward toward Christ they become a sentimental Christian, living off past experiences, which leads to traditionalism in the body of Christ. Jesus prevented the disciples from taking a spiritual experience and turning it into a shrine. Instead, He said to them to keep it to yourself for now and let’s move on because I have more to show you about glorifying the Father with in this life.
He has greater plans for your life than just trying to be spiritual. He wants you to come to Him and abide in His presence so He can infuse your spirit and do the “GREATER WORKS”.