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Spiritual Sludge in the River of Life

We have been noticing the lack of operation of the gifts of the Spirit in most Spirit-filled meetings the last few years.

The "Spirit - filled church" has now settled down , and services have become as predictable as most denominational churches across the land.

I was in a church where the congregation was worshiping the Lord. They were singing "The River of Life." I had a vision of hands dipping down from heaven to take the hands of the saints as they lifted them in praise -- hands reaching down to lift us up higher, more intimate with Jesus Christ, as we worshiped and praised Him in the sanctuary.

The next part of the vision that I saw was the many polluted rivers and streams all over the United States. These pollutions came from acts of humanity and environmental poisoning.

The word SLUDGE came to me in my spirit. (Later I looked it up in Webster's) It means mud , mire, ooze covering the ground usually from refinery waste. So, as in the natural are things of the spirit.

The Holy Spirit revealed to me that the interpretation of this was that the river of the Holy Spirit in the church of today has been polluted and contaminated by the world - cares, unclean hands in worship, etc. The river is not flowing freely in purity, as it is intended to bless the body of Christ and those lost in a dying world.

The next part of the vision was a long hand reaching down to dip a pointed finger into the river. (I knew that this hand belonged to satan) When it dipped into the water, it poisoned it so that it lost its heavenly value. It became dirty , sluggish, with no free - flowing life.

In the natural, I knew that this was what was happening to our "Spirit - filled " churches. They have been deceived and have stopped the body ministry of thee beautiful gifts of the spirit -- gifts that were ordained to build up and encourage the saints as they battle daily with spiritual and natural wars.

Congregations have become spiritually dry with only part of the five - fold ministry in operation. Those seeking and needing ministry leave the services hungry , thirsty, and dry. Their needs are not met, and they go seeking manifestations that are not of our heavenly Father.

This leaves them wide open for deception this day. Even the chosen elect are included. Ministers of the Gospel are lulled to complacency and are deceived by disallowing the gifts and manifestations of the Holy Spirit. As the pastor began to minister on 1 Corinthians 12 (spiritual gifts), it was as if a canister that had once been open was now sealed. Open, it had a sweet - smelling fragrance. Closed, it was as if it never existed.

The gifts of the Spirit were in operation in the first churches, so will they be again. The body of christ must pull together to defeat the enemy. First, it should be ackowledged that the Spirit has been quenced. Free - flowing rivers through saints have been dammed up. Light shown on this deception will set the captives free. From Jo Ann Glasco

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