by Fred Pruitt
Are all public events in which believers convene, an event to worship and pray together such as the National Prayer Day, I ponder whether ALL events are truly spiritually filled in a good way? I am not convinced that all fellowships of this nature are of the “good”.. I say this because sometimes when a person attends they leave there and their personality, nature and attitude is one of a “funk” instead of light -hearted and love filled…..I would think that if it was a truly blessed coming together they would leave full of love,hope,acceptance, happiness,joyful instead of withdrawn and distant with others. Just wondering what your thoughts are on this?
The general answer to your question, I would think, is that any “event” is whatever the individual participants make of it. If I go to an event, any event, I do it in the spiritual state in which I live — in my case, and theoretically in any person born again of God’s Spirit, then wherever we go, we go in the Spirit of Christ, and receive and walk out of the inner Spirit of Christ who is in us and His Life flows out of our innermost being as John 7:38 says.
Environments (events, happenings, meetings, etc.) do not affect us; we affect our environments. That is why Jesus called us (all who are His) the light of the world and the salt of the earth. As His Life in the earth, we are not about self-concern nor fearful of ANYTHING whatsoever “in the world,” because we are no longer “of” it, even though we are still in it.
We trust Christ to be our sufficiency and adequacy in everything, and rejoice that He “hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2 Pet 1:3,4).
Once we realize that He has us, He uphold us and we walk in Him in the Spirit, not because we have done certain techniques or procedures or works (e.g. a certain amount of prayer, scripture study, fasting, etc.), but simply because He says we do and by His grace we DO walk in His Spirit and manifest Christ “in our mortal flesh,” as Paul explained in 2 Cor 4:8-13.
We are not “needy” because these things are true, so the focus of our lives is no longer to “get our needs met” since we know and believe and by faith say that all our needs are fulfilled in Him. We learn to not differentiate our circumstances between “good” and “bad,” but like Paul, we learn to be content in all things, whether we are full or hungry, whether we are down or are up, whether we have much or little, but to receive everything with full thanksgiving to God, knowing that all things that come our way, are of Him — even if they might happen to be brought through the actions or wickedness or evil. How could that be? Because God takes everything that comes our way, whether good or evil, and uses it for good. And when we begin to realize these things, knowing the abundant never-ceasing inner adequacy of Christ within, and the outworking of the Spirit without, then we can be at any event, in any environment, face any obstacle, knowing God will prevail, and we will prevail with Him.
The way I live, is to see Christ All and in all, as the scriptures say, and not give “place” whatsoever to the devil, and know as Jesus knew, “the prince of this world cometh, but He has nothing in me.” We can say the same. The wicked one, “prince of this world,” goes around doing his nasty business, but he is eternally within the limits God has set for him, because there is no power in the universe except the power of God, so that even the devil is using God’s “power” in a reverse way. But the point is, he has none of his own, since he did not create himself, nor is there any other source of power in the universe except the Living God, and all that “power” is now in the hands of the Eternal Lamb Slain, the Lord Jesus Christ, as He said in Matthew 28:18: 18 “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, ‘All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.’” I can’t find any left over for the devil, can you? So why fear him, since we have overcome him through the death and resurrection of Christ, and as Jesus said, “he has nothing in us?”
So, bottom line regarding your question, it does not matter what an “event” is in itself, since our lives aren’t derived or made from something outside us, but flow out from the Spirit of God within us. Hope this helps.