Last Sunday started out with a battle between the ‘ol subby trying to push its way around . . . and I must admit it was giving me a run for my money. I woke up a little later that I wanted to and then I was slow to initiate my morning reading. Finally it got to a point where I just said to myself, “Self . . . you’re gonna have to take the bull by the horns and get this reading done!”
I had every intention of going to church, however, by the time I straightened subby out and finally took control of the situation I had already talked myself out of making it to Sunday school. By the time I had finished with my morning readings I had almost talked myself out of going to Service completely. This is when I had to take a step back and look at the situation. I was clearly falling in line with the old blue print mentality . . .
I pulled myself up by the ‘ol boot straps and told myself, “I could be missing the most powerful message of my life!” . . .
Who is in you? . . . He’s a CONSUMING FIRE!
Once I made it to church I knew I had made the right decision to go. The music was especially on point for this service. To be honest with you . . . this is one area that is a bit of a challenge for me. The church is going through some changes and has recently lost some gifted singers. Most mornings I find myself closing my eyes especially tight so that I’m not focusing on the off-key notes being sung (I myself am guilty and very thankful that I’m not on stage with a microphone). I have to constantly remind myself that it’s what’s in the heart that matters.
Once Pastor Pat initiated his part it was clear that he was delivering a message that would resonate with my soul . . . literally! The question was put out there, “Who is inside of you?” Little did I know that this message would go hand in hand with Week 4’s lesson:
18. Lyman Abbott, in an address delivered before the Alumni of Bangor Theological Seminary, say: “We are coming to think of God as dwelling in man rather than as operating on men from without.”
19. Science goes a little way in its search and stops. Science finds the ever-present Eternal Energy, but religion finds the Power behind this energy and locates it within man. But this is by no means a new discovery; the Bible says exactly the same thing, and the language is just as plain and convincing: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of the living God?” Here, then, is the secret of the wonderful creative power of the “World Within.”
WhOoa . . . It just got real . . .
“Well if the living God (Holy Spirit) resides inside of me then why am I not living a life of victory?” This is a valid question I had to ask myself. What it honestly comes down to are the firewalls that we construct in our lives. This is comparable to the cement and plaster that is covering the Golden Buddha in our lessons.
Right now I feel as if I have a flickering, smoldering ember. The problem with this is that I’m stinking up the place with SMOKE! The ideal is to tear down those firewalls that I have built-in my life so that the smoldering ember can be stirred up and kindle a consuming fire within . . . that will present to the world without. The funny thing about fires . . . the hotter the fire the less of a presence of smoke. Consuming fires devour firewalls!
After such a power message in last Sunday’s service and in Week 4’s lesson I felt that the following song is an appropriate theme song for the topic at hand. Enjoy . . .