I was on Facebook when I saw a link to an article on Charisma News entitled "Six Things That Block the Holy Spirit's Power". The poster commented that it sounded more to him like "Six Things More Powerful than God". I considered entitling this post "6 Things God Can Overcome" or "6 Things God is More Powerful Than", but in keeping similar to the original article, I decided to stick with the the title you see here.
If you would like to see the original article, written by J. Lee Grady, you can see it here.
This post will go through each point in which they claimed God the Holy Spirit's (Who is eternally and completely omnipotent) Power would be blocked, and show a point in Scripture where God's power was not blocked at all, or even where such a thing was shown to be good.
1. Doubt and Intellectual Pride
Many times in the Bible the Disciples doubted. Thomas even doubted the resurrection (John 20:24-29). Peter doubted Jesus twice namely, once when he stepped out on the water (Matthew 14:28-31) and when he was watching the crucifixion (Luke 22:54-62). God used these men after their doubts, yes, but even in the midst of their doubts.
Also, Moses doubted God many times. One such case is when he struck the rock (Numbers 20:8-13). God still used Moses to bring about the water for the Israelites, but Moses doubted God could send the water by talking. Not only that, but he directly disobeyed him. That doubt didn't deny God's power, but God used Moses in spite of his doubt.
There are many other times. Naaman being healed, Elijah continuing his ministry, Noah building the Ark. The entire history of Israel is littered with doubt, yet God still brought the savior through them. Adam and Eve sinned by the Serpent causing them to doubt ("Did God Really Say?"), and had it not been for that God's plan of salvation would not have come out.
2. Religious Tradition
This isn't only untrue, this wrongly implies religious traditions are bad. We must recognize that baptism is a tradition (Acts 10:47-48). So is communion (Matthew 26:26-28). Gathering for worship is tradition (Hebrews 10:24-25). Worshiping through song (Psalm 68:4) is a tradition. Church discipline (Matthew 18:15-17) is a tradition. God still continues to use his church. Not even in spite of it, as tradition is a good thing when it is done with the right heart, out of reverence for God.
3. Fear of the Supernatural
In truth, most people feared the Supernatural, particularly God and His Holiness. The Bible says "Fear not" (KJV) 365 times. Jeremiah 5:22 even speaks of a needed fear of God. Proverbs 1:7 (ESV) says,
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
So not only can God use people who are afraid of Him, but it is actually good to have a healthy fear of the God of the Earth.
The Shepherds present at Jesus's birth were afraid (Luke 2:9-10). God used them to glorify His name. Adam feared God (Genesis 3:8), and, as I said before, God used Adam to bring about His salvation plan.
4. Unconfessed Sin
Unconfessed sin cannot and will not keep God from using you to bring about His will. He can use that sin sinlessly. He does that multiple times in Scripture. He uses unrepentant sinners a lot in Scripture. Samson was debaucherous throughout most of his life. He used King Saul for many years, despite him being proud, greedy, and hateful. He used Lot, despite his materialism, and even saved him from it. He used Demas for many years traveling with Paul, despite the fact that Demas wasn't even really a Christian and he was a materialistic False Convert.
The fact is, when He saves us from sin, we still have much of it we haven't even realized ourselves. He takes us and makes us a new creature. This is in spite of these Unconfessed sins.
5. Emotional Wounds
There is so much wrong with this statement. When King David's son died, did he simply give up and say, "Oh, God can't use me anymore because I have an emotional wound."? Absolutely not! God continued to use him for many years to come. Likewise, when the Disciples were scattered and Jesus had died, do you think they didn't have emotional wounds? They were still used to spread His glorious Gospel. Now look to the Cross. The greatest act of the Lord to ever reach this Earth. Jesus Christ was emotionally wounded. All the sin was placed on Him and the Father's Wrath burned against Him. His very people rejected Him. Was God the Holy Spirit's Power Blocked? No, quite the opposite.
6. An Unyielded Spirit
If we want to see the issues with this, we must simply look to Paul on the road to Damascus.
"But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?' And he said, 'Who are you, Lord?' And he said, 'I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 6 But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.' The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
The power of God brought this man to salvation despite the fact that he was an Antichrist. He was a murderer, heretic, and false teacher, and God stopped him and none of that depended on how yielding he was.
About the Author
Brandon C. Hines is a young writer from somewhere in northern Alabama who writes about Theology, Polemics, and Apologetics. His beliefs are best summarized by the 1689 London Baptist Confession.
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