I like what Watchman Nee, a writer I just referred to in my last blog, wrote in his book The Normal Christian Life. In this passage he is writing about how Satan tries to tempt us into doing some activity other than following the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Ponder his words, especially his illustration.
".... When the Holy Spirit takes things in hand, there is no need for strain on our part. It is not a case of clenching our teeth and taking a grip on ourselves, and thinking that thus we have controlled ourselves beautifully and have had a glorious victory. No, where there is real victory, it is not fleshly effort that carries us through, but the Lord.
The object of temptation is always to get us to do something. During the first three months of the Japanese war in China we lost a great many tanks, and so were unable to deal with the Japanese armor, until the following scheme was devised. A single shot would be fired at a Japanese tank by one of our snipers in ambush. After a considerable lapse of time the first shot would be followed by a second; then, after a further silence, by another shot; until the tank driver, eager to locate the source of the disturbance, would pop his head out to look around. The next shot, carefully aimed, would put an end to him.
As long as he remained under cover he was perfectly safe. The whole scheme was devised to bring him out into the open. In just the same way, Satan's temptations are not designed primarily to make us do something particularly sinful, but merely to cause us to act in our energy; and as soon as we step out of our hiding place to do something on that basis, he has gained the victory over us. But if we do not move, if we do not come out of the cover of Christ into the realm of the flesh, then he cannot get us."
We have a great tendency to do a lot of activity based on our own energy and effort. What we miss out on is both God's energy and God's protection. Our church and most churches don't need to do more activity; they need to focus on what God desires and do his activity.