Lying in Church: A Lesson Learned the Hard Way


I was going to pick up in the Acts 2 series today, but yesterday as I was driving my teenagers to a birthday party in another town the Christian music was cranked up and God brought something to my mind.


You lied in church. To your own daughter.

Ever had God call you out in your sin? He does. A parent teaches and corrects those He loves.

I was listening to the music with ears for my blog posts on the Acts 2 church. Specifically for songs mentioning or dealing with the Holy Spirit or the work of the Holy Spirit in a believer’s life.

In the midst of my thoughts, the Holy Spirit worked in this believer’s life.

At the same time, Satan showed up in my car.

Like the cartoons we see with an angel on one shoulder and a little red devil with a pitchfork on the other, he whispered, “You can’t write this series. You are living a lie. You lied in church. How can you even call yourself a Christian?”

Friends, there is a spiritual battle going on everyday. Yesterday I could hear it clearly in my vehicle. Two voices battling to be heard by me. Both wanted to talk about the same event.

THE LIE


Easter Sunday we presented a music and speaking program. My daughter sat beside me in the choir just as we had practiced for months. On Easter Sunday I was wearing a dress. On practice nights I typically dressed in jeans and a heavy sweater or hoodie.

Yes, the clothes make a difference in this story. Heavy clothes that conceal a body can hide a lot. A light-weight spring dress, well, no so much.

We get to the one song in the service that speaks to my spirit every time, “He Is Here”. I make it about three words in before I start visibly shaking. This is normal for me when we sing this song, but I’m typically in heavy clothes; we typically aren’t actually performing and I can step away a little.

By the end of the song it isn’t just a shake. I am about to explode off of that stage. My daughter manages to keep singing, but the minute we’re given the sign to be seated she leans over and says, “Why are you shaking so bad? What’s wrong with you?”

“SSSHHH!” I whisper back as the readers continue reading, “I’m just cold.”

You see, my kids haven’t really been to church services where people get filled to over-flowing. They haven’t really experienced people shouting during a church service. To my knowledge, they’ve never had the privilege of hearing someone speak in tongues during the prayer. They weren’t at the women’s conference where I sat behind someone who came in pain walking with a cane and left HEALED.

So, in a position where I couldn’t interrupt a service and explain what had just happened to me, instead I whispered a lie.

And three days later I wrote the first part of a series on the Holy Spirit. Three days after that God showed up, through the Holy Spirit, in my car and spoke.

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Ephesians 5:8-13

THE 3R’S


Satan didn’t win that war in my vehicle yesterday. I know my Bible well enough to put him in place with a well-spoken “Get thee behind me, Satan!”.

One whispered sentence. One little lie. How much harm could it do?

I had to repent. I have to repair. I have to re-teach.

Folks, the Holy Spirit was working inside of me a week ago on that stage, He was working inside of me yesterday in my vehicle, and it’s by no accident He’s been working inside of me this past week on Acts chapter 2. Guess who needs a lesson on the works of the Holy Spirit?

I pray that you are open to his leading. More so than I. I pray that I will continue to recognize His movement in my daily life and not try to explain it away with logic and trite explanations.

Satan wants us to discredit the Holy Spirit’s work. He wants us to see our sin and feel worthless, unusable.

Sisters and brothers, Satan is a liar. All the time.

God wants us to repent our sins and keep serving. He already made the ultimate sacrifice. The war was won when Christ arose, and sin has been defeated.

If the Spirit has been dealing with you and you’d like someone to talk with or pray with, I’d love to counsel with you. Spiritual matters are personal. Please feel free to contact me via e-mail (mrs_tripp@hotmail.com) if you aren’t comfortable leaving your needs as a comment.

{We’re journeying through Acts 2. You can read Rushing Mighty Wind here, Reactions to the Rushing Mighty Wind here, Spirit of Change and ALL Drenched in the Spirit.}


 

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