OFFENDED BY GOD

Matt.18:7 – Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!

Every move of the Spirit of God throughout history has been opposed. One example was the extreme resistance to the Azusa Street revival and its practice of speaking in tongues. It was called by one renowned evangelical leader “the last vomit of Satan”. The laughing, crying, shouting, and trances were also hot button topics. People falling in the Spirit and rolling on the floor at Azusa gave birth to the name “holy rollers”. Jesus was criticized for hanging around with people of ill repute, John the Baptist scorned for his “tee-totaling” ways. The Wesleys and Whitefield were criticized for their outdoor meetings. I guess many people would rather have a dead service so that can catch up on their sleep.

When Revival fell on us in 1994 we had our fair share of critics. One of my fans said that we were having daily meetings because I didn’t have a life and didn’t want to be with my family. Another special person criticized me for calling out in service “It’s raining”. They actually accused me of public urination (in a spiritual way), I still laugh every time I remember it. Jonathan Edwards spoke about one of the dangers of criticizing the messy move of God, you keep waiting and totally miss out. Here is how Edwards put it.

“Tis probable that many of those that are thus waiting, know not what they are waiting for: if they wait to see a work of God without difficulties and stumbling blocks, that will be like the fool’s waiting at the riverside to have the water all run by. A work of God without stumbling blocks is never to be expected: “It must needs be that offenses come”. There never yet was any great manifestation that God made of himself to the world, without many difficulties attending it. It is with the works of God as ’tis with the Word of God; they are full of those things that seem strange and inconsistent and difficult to the carnal things that seem strange and inconsistent and difficult to the carnal unbelieving hearts of men. Christ and his work always was, and always will be a stone of stumbling, and rock of offense; a gin and a snare to many.”

So don’t be like the fool Edwards cited, waiting by the river for all the water to pass. When a move of God breaks out go ahead and jump in. You might be pleasantly surprised.

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