Monday, November 27th,
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says to... silent stone, 'Arise! It shall teach!' Behold, it is overlaid with
gold and silver, Yet in it there is no breath at all" (Habakkuk 2:19)
No breath at all! Breath is the unique symbol
of the Holy Spirit. The "body without the spirit is dead" (James 2:26).
I'm not talking about mere respiration or lung activity. God breathed into
Adam's nostrils the breath of life and Adam became a "living soul". Ingesting
air is not the same as being infused with spirit. When inspiration is gone a
man becomes no more than a walking corpse. Now, relate that to our text. The
prophet was speaking of "silent stone", idols, lifeless statues, chiseled rock.
Can we glean any more profit from stone cold religious orthodoxy than from a
Canaanite stone statue? "Here's the church, here's the steeple, open the doors,
where's all the...?" Often, there is no breath in it at all, just ritual, rites,
rut and routine.
Shall we fetch bread at an iron mill? Do people
go to a rock quarry to purchase medicine or to a desert to quench thirst? It is
a bigger waste of time to say to "silent stone, 'Arise! It shall teach!'" The
heart yearns for the living. Man can't survive on a diet of candy or artificial
flavoring. He needs nutrients, steak and potatoes. His inner spirit also has to
have protein. I'm not asking you to throw caution to the wind, leave your
traditional denominational church and become a Holy Roller (although, as
long as you're rolling you're at least going somewhere), but I am asking you to
breathe again. Spirituality is lived out in the open air, not in the confines
of stuffy liturgy. Spread your wings and fly a little.
We live in an hour of growing apostasy. "These
be they who are sensual...not having the Spirit" (Jude 19). Sensual is not
necessarily spiritual. Like the idol in our text many of today's preachers are
merely "overlaid with gold and silver", diamonds on the outside but dead on the
inside. Don't make the mistake of trying to make up in glitz what is lacking in
Glory. Jesus taught, "It is the Spirit that quickens; the flesh profits
nothing". Paul added, "...the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life". We were
created to worship God. That requires flexibility and spontaneity, not caution
or being as predictable as silent stone. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there
is liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17). Moffatt translated that, "open freedom". That
is the church I want to attend, a place where I can be myself, release my own
spiritual giftings, and above all, breathe. As a revivalist I seek to put the
"vival" back into stony congregations. Don't give up, friend. A blast of God's
blessed breath blew into the upper room on the Day of Pentecost in the early
years of the last millennium. I'm expecting a repeat in the early years of this
new millennium. But the first requisite is acknowledging that we need it.