The Power of Truth
John W Follette
Presently, we are being made ready for that greater day in
which we will be released from the Adamic and moved into our
right habitat - that for which we were designed and are now
being trained and disciplined. Then the Lord will become all
in all and we will see Him as He is.
It would be nice if the Lord could be visible through us,
with ourselves hidden. Rather, He brings us into a lovely
moving of the Holy Spirit in which His presence becomes a
personal reality within us, and then we are able to make Him
known through us.
A true moving of the Holy Spirit will agitate those who are
balanced half in religious form and half in emotionalism,
and they will upset the delicate balance between the Word
and the revelation of His presence. When this happens, many
do not know what to do. It is better to stop and allow the
Lord to work things out than to try to maintain something
that has gone off.
The Lord greatly desires to be given "room" in
our meetings, as well as within our personal lives, so He
might initiate a creative moving of the Holy Spirit until
He is able to find and establish an adequate dwelling place
in which to make Himself and His purpose known.
Each of us who presently are being stirred by the Holy Spirit
have within us a spiritual urge, or hunger. This can be compared
to a baby who nurses; the mother need not teach her child
to receive, as the urge to live is basic and only needs the
right contact, and satisfaction results.
We should not be disturbed if our appetite is not as large
as we would like it to be. If we are unable to sustain a prolonged
moving of the Holy Spirit, or if we cannot handle the problems
that arise due to this spiritual stirring, we should receive
all we are capable of, and then wait upon the Lord to enlarge
We should be careful to allow the Lord to do within us as
He desires, and not what we would like Him to do. It often
requires much time for us to move beyond our attempts to get
the Lord to do as we feel He should. Much of our prayer time
is used explaining to the Lord why He should do as we desire,
and all the good things that would happen if He would.
At times, we respond to the Lord with a "pout"
in our spirit, saying, "I will do it Lord, but I do not
like it." The important thing is not the fact that we
are doing His will, but rather, the state of our spirit in
acceptance, while we are doing the will of God. When all is
said and done, our prayer should be, "Lord, bring me
more perfectly to the place where I can accept your will,
We should not do the will of God merely because it is a command.
Rather, we are to wait upon Him until our spirit is in alignment
with His will, even though we are unable to bring our emotional
range into agreement. We can make the decision and choose
earnestly from the depths of our heart, and yet many tears
may flow at the same time.
At times I have had to say, "Lord, do not listen to
this, it is my emotions. Rather, look to the deep <I>yes<D>
within me that is seeking to surface." Many times, I
have said "yes" through tears. These were not tears
of resistance or rebellion, but of my self-life. The law of
self-preservation within me was being broken and my will brought
This was not my will being broken. We should never say, "Lord,
break my will." He does not desire a broken down will.
He wants us with a strong will which is fully surrendered
to Him. He can do much more with a strong will that is dedicated,
than a weak floundering one. People sometimes say, "he
has never had his will broken." The Lord does not break
anyone's will, but works tremendously within us to cause it
to be surrendered.
There is a vast difference between a judicial, or potential
statement of truth, and the realization of it. For example,
we may say, "Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world."
This is a judicial statement of truth. It is a fixed truth,
a value which will never change.
Many feel that if they mentally believe this, all will be
well with them because they are convinced of this fact. But
this is not all that is necessary. The devil knows that Jesus
Christ is the Savior of the world, and he believes it. But,
his believing this fact does not save him.
This truth, or any spiritual truth, is never ours until faith
has laid hold of it and it has been personalized within us.
Only then does it become ours. Now we can say, "Jesus
Christ is my personal Savior." This is quite different.
We can push out under the impact and power of this truth,
not because we gave mental ascent to it, but because something
in our heart grasped it and it has become a personal reality,
a living truth within us.
As we yield to the power of the Holy Spirit, His Word will
become a living dynamic in our lives, even though He may have
to slay us. But life is born out of death. Knowing this, when
our old creation has to be subjected to its death, we do not
There are still vast territories in each of our lives over
which He desires to rule and reign. When we say yes to this,
He will come and begin to take possession, but it will be
a slow, patient work. We cannot force God, nor can we make
Him hurry. Our spirit must be continually conditioned to receive
It has been so in my own experience. After a most terrific
dealing, I have said, "Lord, I have always believed this,
but now it is a reality within me." We also will be able
to say this, if we rightly respond and allow the Lord to do
it His way.