By Anthony Barbera
Fellowship & Experience
"Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases." Psalm 103:1-3
Sometimes we associate large numbers with greatness; size, with power and might. Certainly, those are worldly ideas. When one man or woman joins the family of God, there is great rejoicing; a miracle has occurred - a greater miracle than any you and I have ever witnessed. It's not only a life being saved from disease and sickness, it is a life of eternity with God.
When an individual is healed from sickness and disease, or from torment of any kind, there is tremendous rejoicing within the body of Christ. "...there is joy in the presence of the angels over one sinner that repents." Luke 15:10
When the body of Christ fellowships one with another, and an understanding, a full sharing and an opening of the scriptures takes place, there is great rejoicing. God is praised in prayer and in thankfulness.
A second reflection is this: we must not elevate our personal experience above the truth of the Word of God. Your personal experiences with salvation, walking with God, etc., are clearly meaningful you. How God works with you and I differs in ways that are particular to how you and I are best able to receive something from him. He is a personal God. Your experience may not be true for someone else.
We don't teach our experience as a principle or doctrine. The Word of God is our doctrine, not our experience. When ministering, we wish to keep our personal thoughts out of it; let God direct. Let him lead us by way of the Spirit which is within us. The outward appearance or facial expression of a person is not necessarily indicative of what is going on in their heart and mind.That is why we operate the manifestations of the spirit. They are for us to use to reveal to us what the Holy Spirit is showing us by way of Word of Knowledge, Word of Wisdom and Discerning of Spirits, to bring His deliverance to the person with His love and power.
Blessed to Serve with You,