One day a man came to preach at our church. You could tell he was unsure of himself and very humbled to speak to an audience of over five hundred. In this state the Spirit used him in a mighty way to speak to and encourage me in the Truth. His words were powerful and life-giving, not the words of mere men, but of God.

He was fearful of himself and depending on God alone.

But then the next day, then … As the hearers warmed up to him and became responsive to him he began to gain confidence in himself. His speaking became more animated, his personality filled the stage.

Alas, immediately the Spirit of God departed and his words became life-less and powerless. He decided that he could handle it on his own from here. He was still speaking Truth, only without the Spirit. Those who worship God must worship in Spirit and Truth.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 2 Cor 4: 7-11