I am also reminded by this, of a story I heard years ago An old Indian was invited to a church, to which he went. At this church there was an exuberant praise and worship service with flags and arms waving, dancing and jumping.
The preacher was excitingly telling many wonderful stories about what God had done through his travels. He told stories that brought tears and some that brought shouts.
As he closed the service the preacher blessed the people and bid them a good week ahead.
After the service, the old Indian was asked what he thought of the service, to which he responded.
MUCH LIGHTNING> MUCH THUNDER>NO RAIN.
You cannot preach conviction of sin unless you have suffered it.
You cannot preach repentance unless you have practiced it.
You cannot preach faith unless your’s has been tested.
True preaching wells up from the great depths of the soul. It is not a sermon but a message from God.
If Christ has not made a well within us, there will be no outflow from us
Certainly, God’s anointing is supernatural, but he lays his hand on those who are wholly given to knowing and obeying his Word. That is where the anointing begins. No one can expect God’s touch if he isn’t passionate about the Scriptures.
Preachers are waiters not chefs.
We haven’t got to concoct a tasty message from raw and unpalatable ingredients.
We haven’t got to make the dish work through bold and imaginative combinations.
We haven’t got to water down the strong stuff or spice up the bland.
We haven’t got to flavor it to taste.
We are merely servants of God’s Word.
Our goal isn’t to put our ideas into the text.
Our role is to draw out the spiritual food that God has already put into his Word.
And feed the flock of God.
Mere preachers may help anybody and hurt nobody; but a messenger of God will stir everybody and madden somebody. The preacher may go with the crowd; a messenger of God goes against it
A messenger of God, freed, fired, and filled with God will be branded unpatriotic because he speaks against his nation’s sins; unkind because his tongue is a two-edged sword; unbalanced because the weight of preaching opinion is against him.
A messenger of God preaches to the masses only in the sense that he preaches publicly. Anyone who likes might listen; anyone who likes might pass by. He knows that the Remnant will listen and has no expectations of the masses under any circumstances. ;
A messenger of God could successfully reach the masses if he simply waters down the Truth and aims for the lowest common denominator in their lives, self gratification and pleasure.
A messenger of God makes no specific appeal to them, will not accommodate his message to their whims or desires in any way. He has no desires for wealth or prominence, or fears of reprisal and rejection. He is aware that he is not responsible for whether they heed or not.
With all such obsessions and obstructions out of the way, a messenger of God is in a position to obey his commission without fear or favor, and answerable only to The Lord that called him to preach.