A man is accepted into the church for what he believes and he is turned out for what he knows Mark Twain
Written over 100 years ago, the truth in this quote is still experienced by many today, as much as it was over 2000 years ago, when Jesus was crucified by the religious leaders, for the same reason that many experience it today. So, at the risk of offending (pricking the pride) of the "legal eagles", I am led to share with you the significance of it.
As any true believer should know, true knowledge, understanding, wisdom and authority, comes through the Holy Spirit of God, the Holy Ghost. But what is the Holy Ghost? Is it an inspirational thought that pops into your mind? A vision of something beyond anything you could imagine or think of for yourself?
While this is the work of the Holy Ghost, it is not the Holy Ghost itself, for the Holy Ghost is the supernatural presence of the LIVING God of Absolute Love, His true nature and characteristics, in absolute power and glory.
When His Holy Ghost comes upon you, there is absolutely no shadow of any DOUBT, as to the truth, the way and the life, the true way of life in the presence of God/Love, for He makes it abundantly clear in a way that no amount of words ever could, through real-life experience in absolute reality and doesn't make you an authority "over people", but "on the subject".
Many of "the church" leaders are called, but not chosen. That is, they have heard the call and have chosen to serve. The difference is, that when you are truly chosen by God, it doesn't mean you're any more special or favored by Him, just that you really don't get a choice. Because once you know His absolute truth, way and life beyond the shadow of any doubt, you can't walk away from it and besides, for example, when He first let me know He had chosen me to be the vessel for the spirit of Elijah and I asked Him, "why me?" All I got in response was, "had to be someone, just happens to be you!"
Many have not walked the narrow way as I have and been cleansed by the Lord of every spot of pride and sin (thoughts that have their Source In Negativity), or the blemish (shadow) of doubt, worldly thoughts, dreams, desires and concerns. In their pride, they are led to believe that God's kingdom is governed by a hierarchy, like earthly realms are governed, but God's ways are not man's ways and the realm of His Image-Nation of absolute love and virtue is only truly governed by His absolute love and virtuousness (righteousness), in all its citizens, who, by the power and glory of God's LIVING, divine presence, His Holy nature and characteristics of absolute love and virtuousness that makes us all to be perfect gentleman and gentlewoman, like true kings and queens, allow their EVERY thought, word and deed to be governed and ruled by His absolute love and virtue, in the spirit of holiness, peacefulness, gracefulness and graciousness, with true equanimity, humility and cooperativeness, without a "care in the world".
Unfortunately, very, very few ever find the narrow path, let alone walk it and so they never come to know the kingdom (Image-Nation) of God (absolute love), or the true way of life in it and are still fighting their own demons and boxing their own shadows. For the truth is, that we are our own worst enemy and it is the pride and sin (thoughts that have their Source In negativity) within us, that makes enemies of others and builds a wall that blocks the flow of God's absolute, true love within and through us, unto others. For the nature of absolute love (God), is to flow unrelentingly, unreservedly and unadulterated, with absolute power, passion and purpose, and with absolute abandon and JOY!
While many teach the popular, false prosperity gospel, that God wants to fulfil all your worldly dreams and desires, you ought to know that they are blinded by the wool that is pulled over their eyes and that they are causing covetousness (desire for worldly riches) within the minds of those who listen to them.
There is only one, true desire of the heart of hearts, and that is to be filled with overflowing love, peace, grace and rapturous joy. Only the LIVING God of absolute love can fulfil that desire and all other desires are a lie, a deception of the carnal heart, that is governed and ruled by the survival intinct of the flesh, which every true believer is called to overcome.
May His almighty, holy love, peace and grace be upon you all...