Charles Simpson Shares how to be Led by the Holy Spirit
We continue the conversation with Charles Simpson, and he shares how we must be Holy Spirit led. Also, he says that we must reach men because when we reach men, we can reach the family! You can find out more and catch up with the first segment HERE.
Charles was reading Jesus’ Words about His yoke being easy,
“For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:30 ESV
“I realized that I had fashioned my own yoke. It wasn’t His. I was trying to live the way I thought that a pastor was supposed to be…and it was chaffing me.” He says this is what drove him to seek the baptism of the Holy Spirit! He needed to experience something new, or he was going to leave the ministry. He was reminding God that he didn’t even want to be in the ministry originally and was telling Him he knew it wasn’t going to work out. God used this time to draw him closer and to bless him.
“You have to get real. I don’t mean that it isn’t hard sometimes. Sometimes it is hard, but there is grace.”
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9a ESV
“When you are out of grace that is a clue that you are in the wrong place, or you haven’t been sensitive to God.” Many people may only think they can experience or have Holy Spirit at a church (building), but He is with you everywhere! You can experience Him wherever you are because you are the temple of God and His Spirit is in you!
One way the Spirit can manifest is by helping you to “know” people. Jesus knew people; He looked in the heart of people not just at them. Charles shares how he was in a restaurant, and Holy Spirit was telling him something about the waiter. He finally said to the waiter that God’s hand was on his life. He saw into the waiter because he listened to the Spirit! We must be led by the Spirit, “being led by the Spirit means He’s in front and we are in back…this makes life so much easier and more enjoyable.”
Be sure to listen or watch the continuing conversation with Charles as he shares much more wisdom on the VFN Torch. What do you think about following Holy Spirit? Do you have a testimony of a Holy Spirit led encounter? We want to hear about it! Write to us at [email protected] or in the VFNKB Community HERE.
Charles Simpson How to be the Church
It seems like people are terrified to be the Church. God blesses people, gives them jobs, heals them, but they don’t bring Him up! Why do people fear what people think by bringing God up? In America we will lose our country if the Church doesn’t speak up and give Him the glory! The world doesn’t know that God is doing the good in our nation because the Church is not saying anything. Charles Simpson continues the conversation and says the biggest frustration for him is “getting the Church out of the church (building).”
Even in the Church, people are not connecting and are like a dysfunctional family, living like orphans! We are called to be family but have messed up the definition of family. Since the Church has messed up what family is, that could be why family is messed up in the nation. Charles says, “We have lost 80% of our young people and fatherhood is the number one problem in the world.” He focuses on ministering to men because if “men will turn their hearts to God, for the most part women will stand with them, and children will be more likely to stay with the Lord too.”
At VFNKB, we ministered to men through the Next Step Outback camping trips making an atmosphere for God to meet men and their sons. We even had mentors for fatherless sons, and they were impacted so much that even now they say how the Next Step Outback changed their life.
They continue to talk about family, and Greg shares how many times he feels more loved and cared for by those who are not followers of Jesus than those who profess to follow Him. Jesus had more mercy on the adulterous woman and tax collectors than He did on the religious leaders! Charles tells people that, “prostitutes and addicts have never hurt me, but Christians would like to kill me…if we don’t have authenticity in our faith then it’s dangerous because you are walking on thin ice.”
It is important to write out your testimony and to be real with others so that anyone can see that you are human. At VFNKB we have written out our stories so that you can see we are sinners saved by grace and you can read our stories at Meet My Father HERE. We also need to be real and honest before God! “God can help an honest person. A person who is not willing, to be honest, is going to be in trouble.” When we try to do things in our own strength we will eventually crash, but when we depend on God and trust Him then things can be accomplished through His grace. He gets all the glory!
As the Church, since we are a family, we must allow the Father’s perfect love to guide us which will drive out fear as He changes our nature and character by developing us into who He created us to be! Be sure to watch or listen to hear more! What do you think about the Church being family? We want to hear from you, you can write to us in the VFNKB Community HERE or at [email protected].