My Friend John sent me this quote a few minutes ago and it really moved me. I pray it blesses you as well. My response is below.

“I think there can be no doubt that the need above all other needs in the Church of God at this moment is the power of the Holy Spirit. More education, better organization, finer equipment, more advanced methods—all are unavailing. It is like bringing a better respirator after the patient is dead. Good as these are they can never give life. “It is the spirit that quickeneth” (John 6:63). Good as they are they can never bring power. “Power belongeth unto God” (Psalm 62:11). Protestantism is on the wrong road when it tries to win merely by means of a “united front.” It is not organizational unity we need most; the great need is power. The headstones in the cemetery present a united front, but they stand mute and helpless while the world passes by.

I suppose my suggestion will not receive much serious attention, but I should like to suggest that we Bible-believing Christians announce a moratorium on religious activity and set our house in order preparatory to the coming of an afflatus from above. So carnal is the body of Christians which composes the conservative wing of the Church, so shockingly irreverent are our public services in some quarters, so degraded are our religious tastes in still others that the need for power could scarcely have been greater at any time in history. I believe we should profit immensely were we to declare a period of silence and self-examination during which each one of us searched his own heart and sought to meet every condition for a real baptism of power from on high.

We may be sure of one thing, that for our deep trouble there is no cure apart from a visitation, yes, an invasion of power from above. Only the Spirit Himself can show us what is wrong with us and only the Spirit can prescribe the cure. Only the Spirit can save us from the numbing unreality of Spiritless Christianity. Only the Spirit can show us the Father and the Son. Only the in working of the Spirit’s power can discover to us the solemn majesty and the heart ravishing mystery of the Triune God.” –  Tozer, A. W. (2007).     God’s pursuit of man (93). Camp Hill, PA: Wing Spread.

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Thanks brother! This is so desperately true for us today.  I’ll take what he said a step further.  We truly need the outpouring of His Spirit indeed, but in the context of the Body….the Church and not merely upon institutions.  The lost in America aren’t coming to Christ because they simply don’t see Jesus.  They see fine buildings, fine programs, great teaching, great people, etc. but not Jesus.

I believe we need to start BEING the Body once again instead of DOING church or GOING to church and function in our giftedness. Then and only then will the world see Jesus! How? Because He will be living and being manifested through each of us.

“…it is not I who live but Christ who lives in Me.” (and YOU!)

This is not happening in the institutionalized churches of today, and I don’t see it happening any time soon. We need a revival of our spirits and a revival of the simple church of the first century; the organic church….alive and free!

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