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The Gospel of John chapter 20, verses 30 and 31. And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these were written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life through His name.
My thoughts go back to a song I heard a long time ago… “Give me that old time religion…” I guess the idea in these words is that present time religion is weaker in its ability to change a life. Why do we look back and long for past things? Could it be that in our past, things were new to us? Do you recall your excitement in driving your fist vehicle? I do, and I couldn’t wait to get my license and be free! I don’t get very excited now about driving. Driving is a necessary activity in our lives. Driving was a much more exciting matter when I first began to drive.
I am not sure but it appears to me many are over their excitement of the cross. Just to be clear I am speaking of the cross Jesus died upon and the purpose He accomplished. The very penalty of each of our sins was placed upon Him. Jesus bore our sins and made payment for our sins in full, to His heavenly Father. How could that news ever grow old? Has the cross retained its message but lost its power? Driving can get old but how does the cross become old? There is no such thing as “old time religion”. The message of the cross is just as powerful today as it was the day Jesus gave up His life for our sins. Maybe we should sing “give me some of that old time conviction”.
Genuine, Holy Spirit led conviction is not much witnessed today. We have become so ignorant of truth. We have become so ignorant of truth because the Bible has little to do with informing people today, even in Christian homes. The Bible is God’s word to us and should be revered by believers as such. We should teach this to our children by modeling obedience in our lives and expecting obedience to the word of God in their lives. We don’t, so we see the Bible sinking deeper and deeper into disregard both within and outside the church.
Do you know how the Holy Spirit uses the Bible? The Holy Spirit uses the Bible to reveal God’s directions to us. The Holy Spirit uses the Bible to shape our convictions, which directs the choices we make. The Holy Spirit uses the Bible to challenge our fears and encourage us to trust in God. The Holy Spirit uses the Bible to develop spiritual discernment in our minds so we may avoid spiritual traps. These last few statements really only tell us what the Holy Spirit can do but not necessarily how the Holy Spirit accomplishes these things. In truth it’s a mystery. When you and I read the Bible with a genuine heart to obey, the Holy Spirit reveals truth to us, encourages us to follow through, convicts us when we are wrong. The Holy Spirit is God in us, and He is very much alive!
The Power of God has lost none of its strength. The real problem is we are not giving God the opportunity to showcase His strength through our lives. We get excited when God is given credit when someone’s toe nail feels better. I am thankful for healthy toe nails but I am growing desperate to God being credited with changing lives. I don’t think it’s a matter of getting some of that old time religion, it’s a matter of you and I giving some of that old time obedience by responding to the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Do this, the next time you are faced with a choice and you think, I know God says I should do “X”, be true to God. These “small” acts of obedience lay the ground work for the “greater” acts of obedience. When we do this we too will have more to praise God for than we can write about, and we won’t be singing about “old time religion”. We will be praising God for what He is doing right now!