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Counterfeiting the Holy Spirit

20 July 2007

I read today in My Utmost for His Highest:

When we are in an unhealthy state physically or emotionally, we always want thrills. In the physical domain this will lead to counterfeiting the Holy Ghost; in the emotional life it leads to in ordinate affection and the destruction of morality; and in the spiritual domain if we insist on getting thrills, on mounting up with wings, it will end in the destruction of spirituality.

Just last night, I was describing to a friend of my daughter’s people who like to get slain in the Spirit. They always go forward and always get slain, and in very many instances do so in a dramatic way. One woman in particular would gracefully fall after checking to be sure there was someone there to catch her. On one occasion after falling senseless to the floor, she readjusted her skirt and then resumed her pose. She was counterfeiting the Holy Ghost. She was one of those group of charismatic Christians who always seek the thrill, when, as Oswald Chambers says they need to base their lives on the sure knowledge that He is with them always not just in those in tingly Holy Ghost moments (especially manufactured moments.)

The reality of God’s presence is not dependent on any place, but only dependent upon the determination to set the Lord always before us. Our problems come when we refuse to bank on the reality of His presence. The experience the Psalmist speaks of – “Therefore will we not fear, though . . .” will be ours when once we are based on Reality, not the consciousness of God’s presence but the reality of it – Why, He has been here all the time!

I do not mean to say that I think everyone that is slain in the spirit is manufacturing the moment. Far from it, but spiritual maturity means that we are not spiritual thrill seekers looking for the next anointed speaker or the next miracle worker.

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