THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL (PART 4)

During the Sunday service, Pastor (Mrs) Silvia Lia Leigh continued preaching about the ‘Power of the Gospel’. Her main text was taken from the Book of Galatians. “O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? Have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?” (Galatians 3:1-5).

Pastor (Mrs) Silvia Lia Leigh said that the Gospel of Christ Crucified and Resurrected has its own enemy. It is an evil spirit of religion. The devil cannot stop you becoming saved or you going to heaven. These are the acts of the sovereign God! But he can hinder your sanctification. As you make progress in your Christian life, you shall discover the need for spiritual warfare. The Gospel declares the total defeat of satan on the Cross. Satan does not want you to see the truth, that he has totally lost the battle against your soul at the Cross. The main strategy of the devil is to hide the Gospel, to grieve and quench the Holy Spirit and to replace it with a religious spirit. The wrath of God is manifested against suppressing with the truth, refusing the give God all the glory and living an ungrateful life. The evil spirit of religion wants you to ignore or disobey the truth, and foolishly, to enter a form of religious bondage. The same evil spirit wants you to come to church, listen to sermons, praise and worship God, work of God, but only as a form of a religious entertainment. These religious works do not give glory to God; do not ‘please’ heaven. They are only for the pleasure of religious people on earth! God forbid! As born-again believers, the most important thing we must do, is to keep close to God, study His Word and stay hungry for the fresh continuous filling of the Holy Spirit. Come to church! Listen to the preaching of God’s Word! The way to salvation, the Gospel of Christ crucified and resurrected, the justification by faith, even the wrath of God against sin, all these are revelations from heaven. You cannot buy them with money, religious works cannot manufacture them, no man (of God) can give them to you. Revelation is the peculiar work of the Holy Spirit. Nothing and nobody can replace that. Even preaching and ministry, without the Holy Spirit is in vain! If you are saved, as you hear the Word of God, the promises of God, you will sense a hunger for power to retain and manifest the same word. That power is the Holy Spirit! The power is the Gospel of Christ Crucified and Resurrected!

True godliness always has power in it! Are you a weak Christian? Pray to know the root of that weakness! It may be an evil spell! In Jesus’ name, be free! This evil religious spirit wants you to go to church, praise and worship God, but fall asleep during the preaching of the sermon. That sleep is not ‘normal’. A bewitching spell may be placed on you and you become ‘foolish’. The word ‘foolish’ means that your mind becomes slower, you spirit is sluggish. Under that spell, it becomes hard for you to remember scriptures, or to pray. Like a dark cloud, a strange weakness covers your mind. You become weak, fearful, and legalistic. In the past, you used to lead others but now, you need people to tell you what to do. You lose the personal sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Your faith in the God of miracles is damaged. Your Christianity becomes a boring routine and you lose the passion, the zeal, the joy, and the ‘bubbling’ of the Holy Spirit in you. The ever-fresh river of anointing is hindered from flowing, and you now live in a stagnant pool of old water and past glories. This is a dangerous sign that you are an internal backslider! You lose the vision of “Christ Crucified’. You lose interest in the Gospel of Christ Crucified and Resurrected. You started well, by faith, by the power of the Holy Spirit. But now, you want to walk in the flesh, for the remaining part of the race to heaven. That is foolishness! You have grieved the Holy Spirit! You need to stop immediately! Pray for mercy, and for help from heaven. Shout: “Jesussssssssss!!!!” Be refilled with the Holy Spirit!

In the last days ‘perilous, dangerous times shall come’. People will go to church but many of them are not genuine believers. The devil infiltrates churches and uses his agents. Ignorance is never a virtue! Pray for discernment! These wicked people try to control your mind with false doctrines and fancy deceptions. From such strange ‘Christians’, who love pleasure more than they love God, turn away! Run for your life! Do not marry them! They cannot be your ‘business partners’! Christianity is not politics or entertainment! Run! Because generally the women are more emotional about the trials of life, they are more prone to deception than the men. Husbands pray for your wives! (2 Timothy 3:1-5). Any ‘form of godliness’ without the power of the Holy Spirit is fake! Pay the price for reality! For power! Holy Spirit please come!

Pastor (Mrs) Silvia Lia Leigh said that the church in Laodicea was in this situation. They became proud, satisfied with their present level of spirituality! They said: “I need nothing else”. This attitude is dangerous: Jesus may ‘vomit’ you out of the church! This is the counsel of the Lord Jesus: “Buy from Me: gold to be rich, white garments to be covered, and eye slave so that you can see”. How do you buy these things? What is the currency for these blessings? Jesus does not want money from you. The payment is by the opening of the door of your heart! Jesus will enter and come in with all His gifts and blessings. You shall ‘dine’ with Him. You shall hear His loving voice again. He will call your name as it is written in His Book of life! He will tell you wonderful things from His Word, that you do not know! You will fall in love with Him again! He will restore the joy and the intimacy of your salvation! (Revelation 3:14-22). Even so, come Lord Jesus!

Let us pray: “Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your word, for this loving rebuke! We are Your children! We are sorry for becoming infatuated with the world! We come back to You! We come back to the Cross! We reject every evil spirit of religion! We destroy every evil spell placed on our minds! Jesus, You are our Wisdom! We declare ourselves to be free and free indeed! We believe and we declare that Jesus Christ died and rose from the grave, for us, for our justification! May true revival come! Holy Spirit come and fill our hearts again! God, we hunger for You! Like the deer pants for the water brooks, so our soul thirst for You, for the only Living God! Thank You Father, Son and Holy Ghost! To You alone be all the glory! In Jesus’ name we pray, amen!” Worship the Lord!

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