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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

My Spiritual Mid-life Crisis

You just need to relax a friend tells me and I agree. But the last few years...well I guess you could say I've been going through a spiritual mid-life crisis. Since the name of my blog is, "My Spiritual Journey," I thought I would share a little of my journey with you.

I won't start at the beginning, I'll save that for another time. I've been involved with prophetic ministry for many years because I believe with all my heart God still speaks to His children! But in the last few years I've been concerned that some prophetic people are too focused on and drawn to the spectacular.

I believe a "prophetic industry" has been created, partly because of a deep desire for hungry people, to communicate with God and an addiction to the spectacular. I believe it would be better for the more gifted prophetic people not to share all there prophetic experiences, the Apostle Paul didn't share all his experiences! (2 Cor.12:1-4)

My desire is to be a Word and Spirit guy so my advice to you and me is to, stay grounded in the Scriptures, seek the gift of Prophecy and don't throw the baby out with the bath water. So I think I'll just relax, God is taking us all through a process and we must know what we believe. But God is the only one who can straighten His Church out...so I'll just leave that to Him!

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (2 Tim.3:16-17)

Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.(1Corinthians 14:1)

Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. (Thessalonians 5:20-21)

6 comments:

Revivalfire said...

Hey, thanks for the blog comment. I agree that there is to much showmanship and that the prophetic has become an 'industry'. I also think that speakers should follow the apostle Pauls example in not sharing their experience. Its amazing anyone who has a 'third heaven' experience these days writes a book about it, goes on tv and publishes it everywhere! Thats not necaseraly wrong, however people are drawn to the specatacular more than they are Christ.

Dr. Richard Trader said...

Bobby, You've got the balance
between the Spirit of God and
the Word of God. That's called
maturity. To God be the glory!
He is working in you both to
will and do of His good
pleasure.

I like John's comment. We should
be drawn to Christ rather than the
spectacular! Amen!

Revivalfire said...

Hey, Doc, I really like your stuff. Whats the story with you? Where are you based? I've sussed your a southern Baptist is that correct?

Bobby Sparks said...

Thanks Dr.T! This John guy seems to be on the same page with us.

Revivalfire said...

Hey, I'm setting myself a challenge to 'blog' my way through the book of Romans

However verse one is gonna be at least four blogs! At that rate I'll still be doing it in 10 years ha ha ha

will see how it goes...

Dr. Richard Trader said...

John, Thanks for your questions
about me. Let me summarize this
way. I'm a guy who believes the
chief end of man is to glorify
God and enjoy Him forever. I'm
enjoying God. I pray that my life
will always bring glory to Him.