333 A Channel for the Spirit

“Some men came, bringing to (Jesus) a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralysed man was lying on” (Mark 2:3,4).

How far will I go to bring someone to Christ? My family, friends, casual acquaintances, the person in a far off land that I have heard about and will never see?

It would be so embarrassing to do what they did. Imagine the inconvenience to the people sitting below that emerging roof opening: the dust, the fear of injury, the panic to get out of the way in a packed room. What abuse these men would have received. Surely only strong love or desperation would drive them to do that. Or perhaps it was the exuberance of youth! I have little of those things, Lord. I could never do it.

There have been some times in your life when My Spirit has driven you to desperation, enabling you to fast and pray in a more intense way. And to be effective, that is how it must happen. The well meaning challenging sermon cannot give you the strength needed. Whipping up your own enthusiasm does not provide the power to change things in the spiritual realm.

Did not My Son say, “Apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5)? Nothing of any eternal value. Spiritual work is not accomplished by might or by power but by My Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). It is the presence of Christ in you that accomplishes the victory. You must simply be willing to be used when the Spirit puts the burden on your heart. He will do the rest.

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