I’ll never forget when I heard Bob George say this on one of his lessons. I was like, ‘No you didn’t say that Bob!’ But yes he did! Upon meditating on it, I realized for myself this was true. What he described it to be was a person who believed in God, but had not a clue about His power, and they are their only resource for living just as atheists do, the only difference being that the former is claiming to be a christian.
I can only imagine what would happen to Christendom should the saints really ponder this analogy. When I first heard it, it somewhat offended me. After some meditation on it, and asking Poppa about it; I realized that it was true for most of my life with Christ. I would talk about Him, and quote lots of scripture, and every now and then I would get a glimpse of some power He would put forth before my eyes, but then I would just go about my business trying to keep this flesh clean and do all those things good little christians are supposed to do. Sad to say, but my life was being lived in mediocrity and I got bored.
The Lord was having none of it much to my surprise. He made me such that mediocrity was never ok with me. On the edge is how I have lived most of my life and now I see that is how He lived His. As I study Him in the bible, and commune with His Spirit living inside me, He is filling me with His power and excitement. He is making it abundantly clear to me when I am being a practical atheist because I get depressed and tired by my own efforts. The hardest thing for me to do is relax and let the spirit lead. I have it so deeply ingrained in me that I MUST win souls, or I MUST go to church, or whatever must is lurking in their that day, that unless I tap into Him inside me, it is a life of defeat and self-condemnation.
I can only imagine how many saints are living this type of life due to being a practical atheist as I have. The Lord has shown me that only He can break that in a person, and my burden is lifted. Of course it tries to come back every now and then, my responsibility to make them understand, and maybe someone will be touched by this blog, but my concern right now is relying solely on His power to do with me as He will. I do not want to be a practical atheist anymore, and I pray that many saints step out of that and into their new identity and tap into that power and freedom Christ has given us through His spirit. I will never say I have apprehended saints, but what I do is forget what is behind and press forward to the higher calling which is in Christ Jesus my Lord.
‘Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.’ ~ Luke 24:53
May we be endued with that power from on high that we may have unity and sincere fellowship together in the Spirit of that power, love and sound minds!