"Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out."
Peter was asking the obvious in Acts 5 but so many should actually look at the abject curiosity in his question: Don't you know that you were not lying to me, but to the Lord? Don't you realize that the Holy Spirit is God? Don't you realize that God is not some impersonal force but is real, can think, observe and have an opinion about what you are doing?
So many in the body of Messiah will tell you they know God and that they would do anything He told them to. Then the trial comes and they are found wanting. Our faith is tested and our faith is tried. The base question is always, "Will I trust the Lord"? How are you doing in your trial today? We often fall back and rely on that entity we do trust: our ability, others ability, our traditions, religion and the way we have always done it before, etc. We believe we are pleasing to God because we choose to see it that way. However, one crucial element has been left out of the equation: What does God think? Really, don't you realize He is there with you?
In our ministry, at Beit Mashiach Messianic Synagogue, we truly desire to have a Holy Spirit filled Messianic community. We have some who major in the 'Holy Spirit" part but fall a bit short on the "Messianic" side of things. Also, we have some, Jews and non-Jews alike who major on the "Messianic" side and fail the tests when it comes to the "Holy Spirit" operating in our lives. They just don't realize that the Holy Spirit is here in action and present right now. They have no actual faith in the present help of God, or even that He is observing. Our total desire is to operate, and exist strongly in both areas: Holy Spirit filled Messianic believers.
I have heard people say that we should avoid being 'churchy' because we just don't do those things in Messianic Judaism. They seek traditional style over spiritual substance. Haven't people read at the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2 that everyone there was Jewish? Did these Jews care about traditions when the Lord poured out His Spirit on them? Do you really think it mattered to the 120 how the chairs were arranged? The Lord was in that place in Jerusalem and that was all that mattered.
We really need to stow the labels and aim our hearts at being in the place where the Ruach HaKodesh is actually welcomed daily in our midst. I quake for people who think traditions are what is pleasing to God. There are many traditions but the heart that is truly seeking to please the Lord in the 'now' is what is pleasing to Him. Do you realize He is there with you? So many do not realize the presence of Yeshua is here with us, now, all the time. When you clumsily attribute man-made terms to what He is doing you are really venturing close to blaspheming the Holy Spirit. A carnal mind can only see what is happening in the natural world and forgets what is happening in the spiritual. When the Lord does something in our midst carnal minded people will often turn their eyes to the physical: 'That looks Baptist','That looks Pentecostal'. They don't see how offensive they are actually being to the Lord. They don't give Him any of His well earned glory because they are so busy inspecting what people are doing. They quench His Spirit, they insult His integrity. At Beit Mashiach, as the Rabbi, the spiritual leader, I insist that we walk in His Spirit, live in His Spirit and minister in His Spirit. Father, Son and Ruach HaKodesth are the same: Our purpose is clear that we desire to serve and please Him, our Lord: Living, walking and ministering in Him, the Holy Spirit.
15 "Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.
16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.
17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord."