Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it. (Mark 16:20)
Spiritual Atmosphere is important for the momentum and growth of a church. Though different words are used to define it e.g. Presence, Anointing
– it points to the work and power of God working in a faith environment. When the spiritual atmosphere is present - miracles and breakthroughs take place. Plans and hard work yield positive results.
Spiritual atmosphere in church is raised through Trust. Trust is an act of surrender acknowledging that without God’s intervention, all our efforts will be futile. Trust is a total dependence on God to act on our behalf. Moses once said to the Lord, "If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here. For how then can it be known that Your people and I have found favor in Your sight, unless You go with us?"
(Exodus 33:15-16). That is why Proverbs 3:5-6 clearly exhorts us to trust in the LORD with all your heart and to commit all our plans and works to Him.
Another key is Faith. Faith is an active/action verb – it is the outworking of our trust. It is the doing or courage to act upon what we believe. Hebrews 11:6 explained to us the workings of faith – “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” An example is the battle of David and Goliath. The Bible said that the whole army of Israel was afraid, discouraged and even deserted their posts because of the taunts and threat of Goliath. They were defeated even before the battle began. But when David acted in trust and faith, defying all odds and killed Goliath – the whole spiritual atmosphere changed. 1 Samuel 17 reads, “When the Philistines saw that their hero (Goliath) was dead, they turned and ran”
and the army of Israel in response rose with shouts of victory and pursued the Philistines back to their borders.
There is an important lesson for us this Christmas. Without trust and faith in God – the church will be uninterested, indifferent and even burdensome. Therefore, let us be reminded that we need God’s presence and favour upon all our Christmas Star projects, Christmas Caroling, invitations and events. Let us cover all we do with prayer and step out with courage and great anticipation that God will do great things in our midst.
Bishop John Yeo