Offence at the Supernatural

Once again, this is a special case of quenching the Spirit. In Luke 7, we read:

Lu 7:23 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

By inverting the reading of the passage, who is offended misses the blessing, which can often be further wisdom and maturity

Now this can include many types of supernatural happenings. Speaking in tongues and prophecy, expressive worship including gestures, exuberant behavior, wild dancing, people losing control of their bodies, people falling out under the power of the spirit, healings, and deliverance; visions, angelic visitations and others. I once had someone tell me that if someone next to them got a healing, they would get up and run out of church. That's really going to keep them from progressing if they run away from what God is doing.

In the refreshing of the 90's many were offended by the phenomenon of the laughter, the stage diving and other seeming silliness. Then there were the screams and shrieks of those getting delivered. Also there were animalistic actions of dog barking and lion roaring. Clearly they felt, these are demonic manifestations and outbursts. They claimed to discern, by some personal set of rules, that it was not from God. Well sure having demons scream and curse is not a manifestation of the Lord. But as you can read in the Gospels, many times these things happened when Jesus came on the scene. Here's an example from Mark 5.

Mark 5: 6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,

7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.

8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.

They were showing forth demonic actions because Jesus was there and about to cast them out. So the demonic behavior, while not coming from God, was a response to the presence of God. And it is a response we should expect to see whenever God is present in a powerful way.

The screaming and carrying on is a response to God's presence just as much as the worship and rejoicing. The reason it's not normally found in our church services, is simply due to a lack of God's presence, to any significant degree if not a complete and total lack of God at all in today's church. If you look at the histories of the great revivals, when God poured out large measures of the Spirit, you will find many records of wild carrying on. It's 'normal' when God is greatly present.

Sure the scoffers and discerners could tell there were demons present, but they missed the fact of the Lords presence, that was causing these demonic outbursts.

Being offended by the supernatural also includes hatred of, or attempts to suppress emotionalism, prophecy and worship, as we mentioned above. All of these indicate the presence of God in a meeting. Squelching or avoiding them amounts to quenching the Spirit. This is a sure way to keep people in an immature state, depending on their clergy for everything, instead of learning directly from the Lord. And it also keeps the clergy in an immature state. Again this is the blind leading blind. Idolatry in the Heart

The following passages are quoted from an article Heart Idols by David Webber. I feel they express this idea far better than I could, so I'll just quote them.

"Because most Christians are not really embracing death to their self-life, heart idols (doctrinal and otherwise) are not being dealt with which then prevent them from hearing the voice of the Father clearly, or even worse, lead them into deception."

I was engaged in a conversation with a local pastor recently in which the subject of "heart idols" came up. This brother said that he believed that people certainly do "make up their own minds about certain matters" and even embrace certain doctrines because of preconceived ideas; "hear what they want to hear" he said. And although there is some truth to that, I don't believe that accurately describes what is really going on spiritually.

If we take a look at some of the verses that I listed above, we should be able to see something that is not just a matter of people "making up their own minds" because of preconceived ideas or mindsets, but something much more shocking than that; that is; people can inquire of the Lord with a heart that is not pure (preconceived wishes or ideas - heart idols) and the Lord might just give them an answer that is according to the idol in their heart! Isn't that shocking? I believe that this is a reason why so many people can read and study the scriptures and continually find support for their doctrinal beliefs that are completely wrong! It all has to do with hearts that are not completely yielded to the Spirit.

There is tremendous doctrinal division and controversy over the meaning of passages of scripture in the body of Christ today, and the only way that this is ever going to change is for Christians to ask the Lord to bring total destruction and annihilation to everything that is carnal and earthy in their thinking. This can be a very painful process. Is that something that you are willing to pray for Christian? If it is ... then do it ... and embrace whatever God brings into your life to see this purpose accomplished in you.

So basically Idolatry in the Heart speaks of some area in our lives that's not yielded to the Lord. It can be a doctrine, mindset or just a hobby or pursuit that distracts us from hearing God. And anything that keeps us from hearing God is a stumbling block to maturity.

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