And she named the child Ichabod, saying, “The glory has departed from Israel.” 1 sam 4:21
“Putting on an outward façade that all was going well despite having long lost the anointing.”
This is what I call elsewhere in this blog, partysville, a put-on joy of the Lord, complete with fake smiles, “hah, hah, hah,” but inwardly there can be even hate and control, for which James 4 is the remedy: The Remedy for James-3 Cursing & Partysville in Today’s Church is James 4.
When people are right with God and their neighbors, when we’ve truly entered into His rest, the presence of God can be tangibly felt. Love comes from within, from the Holy Spirit. The joy of the Lord is natural, not manufactured by man. There’s no hype, just people resting in God, right with each other.
Then pastors [most pastors today are con-men (confidence-men) — con-artists] won’t have to say: “that was great worship.” It will be obvious to everyone that it really was. And the presence of God won’t stop when the music stops — all resting in God, right with each other.
“Then the world will know,” Jesus said in John 17 — instead of “THE SHOW must go on.”
From: acidri’s blog
“The show must go on” is a well-known phrase in show business, meaning that regardless of what happens (such as the lead performer breaking a leg), the show must still be put on for the waiting patrons. The other day a church invited teenagers to come to church and play a game Halo3 with the hope that they would in so doing meet Christ. This is the modern day evangelism, connection with the youth as it is. Another church was offering Wii game consoles to any body who accepted Jesus into their hearts.
Is it possible that in the last days there will come times of difficulty? People will be lovers of self… lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power? [Whatever] happened to the power of the gospel? Does Christ have to be disguised to a point where we use sleight of hand? Is this the level to which friendship evangelism has fallen?
When love begins to sicken and decay it uses an enforced ceremony. [Julius Caesar]-William Shakespeare
Many great men of God in the Bible kept the show going. Putting on an [outward] façade that all was going well despite having long lost the anointing. So take heed. Samson lost his hair, the symbol of his anointing while he slept and woke up saying, “I will go out as at other times and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him. Too many programmes and activities do not mean growth. Counterfeits and hypocrites cast the same shadow of deception. Sometimes a deception can bring in many converts because it is appealing. Well, the show just keeps going on. But the Spirit of God is not in it.