Even when David knew Saul had been rejected by God, he insisted that he would not touch God’s anointed or do him any harm (I Chronicles 16:22). How much more care and esteem should you give the godly spiritual authorities in your life? It is the anointing of God above any charisma, speaking ability, or management style that qualifies your pastor to be your pastor.
By your faith in the work of Christ on Calvary, you may be “found in him,” not having your own righteousness, but “the righteousness which is of God” (Philippians 3:9). God will never require you to be that which He will not enable you to be.
The gifts of the Spirit are available to, and to be used by, all believers, not just your pastor or elders. They flow from God’s grace and their use should be motivated by love. As such, they do not place you on a higher spiritual plane than other believers. The gifts of the Spirit show forth the glory of God; you are merely a willing channel through which God may bless His church.
The fruit of the Spirit is to be manifested in your life, making you more like Jesus and attracting others to “taste and see” (Psalm 34:8) so that the Word of God might be sown in their lives.
Having been born again, God doesn’t intend for you to barely make it into heaven by the skin of your teeth, or to put life in neutral and hope to coast through the pearly gates. He has made provision for you to live life “more abundantly” (John 10:10) as an overcomer and conqueror.
Thank God then that you are not called to save, but to share, witness, testify, and herald that God has saved you. You are, as Moses was in leading the Israelites out of Egypt, an instrument to be used by the true Deliverer.
It is impossible to miss church and not feel the effects of it in your spirit. One of the crucial reasons we come together is to edify (build up) the body of Christ, the church. If you are not there to help edify others, you will fail to be edified yourself.
If you are not compelled to worship, it may well be because you do not know God as well as you should. To know Him is to worship and praise Him, because He is great, He is holy, He is wonderful, and He is worthy!
The Bible is a mirror in which not only do you see yourself as you are now (James 1:23-24), but by continuing to look into it more deeply and openly, you will see yourself changed from glory to glory to look more and more like Jesus (II Corinthians 3:18).
Greater dependence upon Him means greater preeminence for Him. Fasting is never to be used to impress others with your spirituality, but to quiet your flesh that you might hear from God more clearly.
Talk to God openly from your heart. Let your conversation with Him be fresh, spontaneous, honest, and thankful. Prayer is an attitude as well as an activity.