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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Glory Days Gone Bye

The fellowship was sweet in the days that Christians everywhere were beginning to encounter the same powerful anointing. Today we find it hard to stay in any one church for very long due to our longing for that anointing. Some of the most anointed people of that early encounter with Jesus have detoured into the world for lack of fulfillment. No matter where they go to church they become disappointed and fall away. Everywhere they go to begin fellowshipping with believers they soon find out the belief of that fellowship is extremely limited and so they leave wounded and empty.

Is there anyone out there that even remotely understands what I’m talking about? It’s like witnessing to someone about the grace of God for salvation and then they respond with “Well, I’m not such a bad person”. Can’t they see? And why is it that Christians of today look at you with such a blank when you share spiritual things with them. Soon there is no real fellowship and many backslide and recluse with the feelings of not fitting in...

I have come to understand that when light emanates from the throne of God, it takes on a variety of shades and colors. There must be a billion shades of every color and even colors that are completely unknown to man. When people have encountered the same color or shade of light a kindred spirit is born. When people of that same light ray become dispersed, they are lost without each other and become discouraged. As a result, many of the greatest Christians of our day remain dormant. They are desperately searching for someone out there who walks in the same dimension of light; anyone who has been exposed to the same light ray in shade or color, especially the same shade.

Jesus who is the light of the world said that we are the light of the world. All Christians are partakers of that same light, but within that light there are diversities of anointing. When a Christian receives the baptism of the Holy Ghost they walk in a new dimension of the same light that it took for any of us to be saved. All we like sheep have gone astray. We were lost but now are found, we were blind but now we see.

When we became born again we received spiritual vision. “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3). Now that we are saved we see. But until we become baptized with the Holy Ghost it is as though we only see in black and white. If the Christian does not move on to become baptized with the Holy Ghost they will eventually interpret everything spiritual with limited vision. Like the letter of the law, they will only see black and white.

An experience with the Holy Ghost is an exposure to light that will develop your pictures in living color. Once you see in color it’s hard to return to black and white. Black and white is nice, it’s nostalgic, traditional, but color is a dimension of the Christian reality that is available to anyone hungry enough to receive it. Not more of the same, but more as in more. When I speak of GLORY DAYS GONE BYE, I am not talking about day old manna. I am talking about genuine manna. Where has it gone? Good shepherds get ready. “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.” (Acts 2:17).

Tilson Shumate

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