I used to feel so awkward around a group of older women especially when they breakout into their ‘Praise the Lord’ greetings and it just turns into hive songs and so I’d zone out with a beaming in my mind repeatedly saying hypocrites.
I still do feel awkward when I am in their midst and their speeches turn into hive songs only because it’s probably a generation thing but I don’t call them hypocrites in my mind.
Nothing that is by the spirit of God makes sense to the natural mind. For example, it wouldn’t make sense for a once, drug addict; now, born again chritian to say that they just woke up one morning and ‘felt no desire for these things.’
When Paul (then called Saul) came around Damascus then suddenly a bright light from heaven, flashed around him, he fell to the ground and heard a voice speak to him, his companions did not hear the voice of that who spoke to him however. (Acts 22:9). In Acts 9:7, they heard a voice, but saw no one; in either scenario, It must have been very bizarre for them. More so because this was intended for Saul and not them.
I remember reading a comment a few days ago of a fellow who was at a gas station, he felt it in his heart to speak to the woman next to him about Jesus but he brushed off the feeling and went about his business before leaving. He may be wondered what she’d think of him especially because she was a stranger. A few weeks later, there was a report on the woman: killed by her ex boyfriend. The fellow of course felt horrible and prayed that she had found salvation before her death. These two scenarios might be incidental or may be coincidental and intentional but either way, you catch the drift.
You’d probably look dumb if not very, when with so much conviction you say, with a gun pointed at you for example that, ‘I am eternal, I cannot die,’ like I heard Todd White say.
Never stop yourself from saying or doing something especially when the Spirit convicts it in you to because you worry about how you’ll be looked at. In most cases you’ll seem to act holier than thou but just do it anyway.
If the only way you can describe how you are is by saying grateful, alive, breathing and glory be to God, then by all means say that. Leap with joy if you feel it too. Sing out loud in public without wander of what they’ll think.
In 1 Corinthians 2:4-5, Paul says, ‘My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 2:5 – so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.’
Do not confine yourself from acting according to the Spirit because of the natural nature of a human being, hoping that one day they’ll come around, I hope they do, I pray they do, but may be they won’t. So what then? Do not rest your faith on man’s wisdom, instead rest it on God’s power, because after all, anything you do that is spiritually discerned will seem like foolishness to the natural human.
1Corinthians 2:14 – The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand. them, because they are spiritually discerned.