For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power -Paul, 1 Corinthians 4:20
I find this verse really provoking. Am I satisfied with receiving just “word” (logos) or am I not satisfied until the Spirit of God comes? We can have right doctrine but deny the need for the Holy Spirit to show up, right belief in Jesus, but never experience his presence, & the understanding of who God is but never experience him as our loving Father.
Just as our natural body lives and thrives on natural food, our spirit man is feed by revelation. Revelation of truth, revelation of the Truth, revelation of the ways of God.
It seems that natural (carnal) man has a predisposition to be drawn toward and impressed by structure, by programs, by intelligence, etc. The people of Corinth had the same problem. They had many people (instructors) who had the ability to teach and impart knowledge but it seemed to be detached from the Spirit of God.
We can also deny the power through the priority we give to tradition and formality. It is so easy to get into a habit or system of doing things a certain way. It may not be wrong, but it becomes wrong when we feel satisfied because we went through the motions but missed a connection and an encounter with the Holy Spirit.
When we meet someone we naturally look at their outward appearance. Or we judge them by their belief system. However, just like the apostle Paul who said he was not going to be impressed by their doctrine, we also need to go beyond what our natural man can discern. Is there evidence of God’s dunamis power in their life? We are not called to be critical or condemning but we can’t afford to follow or listen to those who deny the power of the Holy Spirit and his gifts.
How was it for you in the last worship service you attended? Was your spirit built up and encouraged? Let’s not be satisfied until we encounter the presence of God!
11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life:
In thy presence is fulness of joy;
At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.