Is it a good service if there isn’t preaching?

October 23, 2012

Post by Michael Glover

We had such a good service tonight; we didn’t even have preaching!

Ever experienced such a strong move of God during song service, offering time, whenever, that it just took over the rest of the service?

Jesus showed up. Broken hearts healed, captives delivered, blind people healed, bruised set at liberty, in short, the KJV of what Jesus said he came to do in Luke 4:18.

These services are powerful.

I’m still hungry

Yet once the excitement and caffeine rush of the moment wears off, I feel like I missed something.

My soul is refreshed from the cleansing flow of His spirit, but I am hungry?

Does that sound crazy?

I know I am crazy, but does what I am talking about make sense?

Can you experience the miraculous power of God, and still….need more?

What’s Jesus think?

In Mark 8:1-9, and Matthew 15:29-38 we find the story of Jesus feeding the 4,000.

This is the 2nd time he performs this type of miracle. Did the disciples blow it? Was this their chance to step from hearing to doing? Is this another way he replies “Come” to a Peter challenge?

No idea, I just hope God doesn’t give me the chance to go from praying, “God give me”, to doing – without me stepping up.

Think about it.

Matthew describes how the multitude brought Jesus, the lame, maimed, blind, and dumb plus many others and put them at the feet of Jesus and he healed them. (Matt 18:31) That’s what I am talking about! Jesus in the house! What a service! Let’s call it a night, hit the restaurant and call it good!

Nope.

In verse 32 Jesus tells his disciples that he isn’t willing to send the 4000+ home hungry. Why? He’s worried that they will faint, or become exhausted along the way. Whaaa…

Look at this. (Mark 8:3 AMP) “And if I send them away to their homes hungry, they will be feeble through exhaustion and faint along the road; and some of them have come a long way.”

(Are you one of the “and some of them have come a long way”?)

What’s the big deal Jesus? They have experienced your power and presence. We are tired, they’re tired: send them home.

The 1st time Jesus told the multitude, “…you have been searching for Me, not because you saw the miracles and signs but because you were fed with the loaves and were filled and satisfied.” (John 6:26 AMP)

So 2nd time around, let’s see if it’s finally sunk in.

“Jesus we’re too tired out from doing your work, to do your work.”

Jesus wanted the disciples to understand that experiencing His presence, participating in demonstration of His power. Receiving healing, deliverance, and liberty are all powerful things, but what keeps you is his Word (bread of life).

Pastor.

Service was powerful … but please … I need the Word, give us the Word; It’s a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path!

Churches need to move with Spirit of God.

It’s not against the rules to repeat and even change the chorus a few times, as you see God begin working.

I don’t think you’ll go to hell if you skip prayer and offering in favor of following the Spirit.

But at some point … I need the Word.

Ezekiel ATE the Word of God and it was “honey in his mouth”. (Ezekiel 3:1-3 AMP)

I am hungry

How about you?