I never realized the importance of what happened to me when my flesh was crucified until I began traveling across the earth.
In the spirit realm, I sometimes notice a stench about some believers and Christian leaders. It is a stench that comes from people who have not died to themselves. They are the ones who are not concerned about lifting up Jesus. Instead, they are thinking, What about me? Where do I fit in? What is in this for me? If I cannot be in the limelight, I do not want to be a part of it.
That is a stench to God! The odor comes from a disease called selfishness. If you are fighting symptoms of this disease, repent quickly. Humble yourself before God. Refuse to let the spotlight be on anyone except Jesus Christ. You may say, “Yes, but I have such and such talent and ability that I need to use for His kingdom.” You’re right. Every talent and ability you have, God has placed within you and they should be used for His kingdom—but only to bring glory and honor to Jesus, not yourself. Do an attitude check on yourself regularly. Make sure that in everything you do and say, you do as unto the Lord and not as unto yourself or unto men. (See Colossians 3:17,23.) This is how you will see the Holy Spirit s power manifested in your life.
The Bible gives us clear guidelines about what our focus and motivation should be:
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
God will not move with His power and with a manifestation of His presence until you have given up all of the things that have held you in bondage. The price each person must pay will be different, but there will be some similarities.
Where are the Kathryn Kuhlmans, the Aimee McPhersons, the Smith Wiggleworths, the John G. Lakes, the E. W. Kenyons, the George Jeffreyses, the Martin Luthers, the John Wesleys, the George Whitefields, and the John Alexander Dowies of today? God wants people who are “sold out” to Him to work for the kingdom. God goes to and fro throughout the whole earth looking for them, and He desires to show Himself strong in their behalf.
Many Bible school students have heard me preach this sermon, only to let it go in one ear and out the other. Some leave school, go into the ministry, and come back demolished a few months later, because they have not crucified the flesh.
I want you to understand the importance of nailing yourself to your cross—the importance of dying to self—the importance of crying out to God with your whole heart, “Thy will be done; not mine, but Thine be done.” That is the crossroads at which the Church stands today.
Let the weights of this world fall away, including those friends who do not desire the things of the kingdom of God. Do not seek the spectacular. Too many Christians today want a fast-flying healing evangelist who can get them healed in five minutes. They want the pastor to carry the entire church into the glory of God. They want to ride with God, but they do not want to pay the fare.
I believe that since we live in the last days, we will begin to see more and more of God’s power manifested in this earth. Nothing will be able to stop this great outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The gates of hell cannot prevail against what is happening in our midst. No man, no organization, no government, and no natural disaster can stop this which God has begun.