Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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From a sermon by Preacher Clark at Grandma’s house in May of 1975
The presence of the Spirit of God in our midst is a precious gift, and it is the only thing that makes prayer meetings worth having. Without the holy Ghost filling and moving through the saints when they meet, it would be better for them to stay home. What good is a worship service without God? Who is being worshiped if He is not there? Just having a worship service because it is the traditional time to have one is worthless; the holy Ghost must be in charge of a meeting before it is worth attending. Did you know that there is such a thing as the saints gathering together for the worse instead of for the better (1Cor. 11:17)?
Those of us old enough to remember how much joy and power there used to be in typical holiness prayer meetings will heartily agree with the comment Preacher Clark made in his Sunday afternoon sermon. He said, “If you don’t appreciate the presence of God, He’ll get out!” If we fail to value God’s presence and begin to lean more to structure and form, as many have done, Jesus will take his thrilling, life-giving Spirit somewhere else, where people are still humble and still hungering and thirsting for his righteousness.