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Misrepresenting the Holy Spirit III: Spiritual Insecurity!

February 10, 2013

Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square; on top of the wall she cries out, at the city gate she makes her speech,

“How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? (Proverbs 1:20)

Read Part Two Here

The rest of the slight and covert examples of misrepresenting the Holy Spirit (MHS) usually attributed to the Insecurity Crew are wearing a crucifix/idol, being overly religious in your talk or actions, and/or volunteering and donating money in the name of GOD when it’s only serving to sooth your conscious.  All of the examples of MHS so far can be lumped together when it comes to why people do it, the affects they have on the individual and why they’re so damaging to the Kingdom of God.

In addition to people wanting attention and falsely equating that attention with love, which is rampant in our society. The biggest reason people MHS in these ways are the same reasons people do almost everything deceptive and misleading in their life, insecurity.  This is why I call them the Insecurity Crew. They’re insecure in general and this is just a different forum with different weapons of disengenuiness.

The usual maneuvers they fight insecurity with do the opposite in church. The overly white teeth, jewelry, anger, alcohol, rudeness, fake breasts, colored hair, big muscles, high heels, short dresses and masks go against Jesus, and they know that. They intuitively tone those things down in light of the surroundings, while replacing them with things that in their eyes, allow them to compete in the new arena.

The saddest part of this insecurity is that in order to be insecure in the first place, you need to be insecure in your relationship with God.  If you find yourself overly caring about what others think about you, if you feel like you’re always competing and comparing, if you feel scared and unsure, Christian or not you have a spiritual problem.

But for the Christian, MHS usually starts because you’re expecting one thing from GOD and get another. You hear what GOD’S doing in someone else’s life and compare it to what you think He’s doing in yours. You know what your relationship used to be like with GOD and because of your sin, failure to recognize it and repent of it, it’s not that way anymore.

So you start to over compensate. You start to make things up. You start to MHS. John Ortberg puts it this way in his book, The Life You’ve Always Wanted, “Inauthenticity involves a preoccupation with appearing to be spiritual.“ And while you’re doing this, you start making other Christians question what GOD’S doing in their life compared to the show you’re putting on, starting the cycle with them. And now you’re all in a never-ending cycle that will result in you joining the second group of people who MHS.

The only way to counteract this is to get fed! You have to increase your knowledge about GOD and His ways. You have to stay in the Word. This world is too real to us and we spend all of our time in it. Because of this there is no way for you to maintain a strong confident relationship with GOD if you’re not in the Word, fellowshipping with other Christians, going to Church, and giving and serving out of the goodness of your heart. This world will eat you up!

Continued here

   Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults;

     whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.

    Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you;

     rebuke the wise and they will love you.

   Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still;

     teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.

  (Proverbs 9:7-9)

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