I want to speak to those of you who are careless in the things of God, who take for granted that everything is going to continue as it always has. Perry Stone says that there are Christians that are awake and those that are asleep. It is past time to awaken from sleep. The enemy has come into the house and he is robbing us of our heritage.
Where are the intercessors? Where are those who stand in the gap for the land so that it does not get destroyed? Derek Prince suggests that we believers are salt that has lost its savor.
I had a dream many years ago about the bride of Jesus, the organized church of Jesus Christ. She became old and fat and had to be put with caretakers; she didn’t care about the Lord’s garden and would not go to work in it, she just wanted to sit and read the Bible.
Can I tell you that not only do God’s people want to be in their religious social clubs called church, but they also are imbibing of the world’s wine and getting drunk on the world’s way of doing and being. She is part of the problem when God’s intent is that she be the solution.
No longer is the church alive and vibrant with the love of God and the joy of the Lord. She is divided into many parts and each part is proud, ignorant of the desire of Jesus that she be united in love so that the world may know that He came and that He loves them.
Naturally speaking, If all you ever do is eat and eat and don’t exercise you may get fat. The same thing holds true spiritually. The church has a history, she is fat with knowledge and information, but she is pathetically weak because she does not have God’s wisdom and understanding and she is turned in on herself. The world has a term for it, it’s called narcissism.
The Bible says, “These people honor me with their lips but their heart is far from me.”
How many of us go to church, read the Bible, in effect, do all the “right” things, but care little for our neighbor. Do we care about the fact that America is becoming a post Christian nation? Do we realize that we are descending into the same scenario that others have prior to their complete destruction?
America used to send missionaries to other countries, now the world is sending missionaries here. Because most of us don’t pray, God is raising up intercessors in other countries to pray for us.
Why is it that the only faith that is being attacked is the Christian faith? When you are strong a bully doesn’t bother you. How could it happen that bakeries and flower shops have closed their doors because a marginal group has attacked them? Where is the church in all this, where are the pastors and leaders? Is there no fight left?
Perry Stone was contacted by some government people and told to tone it down, stop the prophecy teaching; he was told to just smile and preach, in other words just be like the smiling preacher who does not address issues, then he would have millions of followers. I am happy to say he refused.
I am not advocating fighting with guns and bullets. The Bible says if you live by the sword you will die by the sword. We have a way to fight, it is called prayer. But, the enemy of our God has convinced us that our “little prayers won’t make a difference.”
How do you convince a million people that God is dead, asleep, or in any case not relevant to our modern day world? You lie to them! How many Americans place their trust in newspapers, magazines and TV? These are a reed upon which they lean…in God’s time, it will break!
Andy Andrews wrote a book about the holocaust and how the people were deceived by a lie. How many Americans think that it won’t happen here?
Why is the adversary of God called the devil? Because devil means accuser. He accuses us day and night. How many reading this can say that they have never felt “less than” or at the extreme ” a piece of trash”.
We have all experienced rejection and accusation, but how many of us have questioned the lie. We humans have been created in the image of God. We are not faulty, we are loved by God, our creator.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ, His life, His death, His burial and His resurrection for humankind is The Good News. To know this one who came into our world to be our Savior is available to anyone, but it means humbling ourselves and recognizing that we are sinners and we need a Savior. Wholeness is what Jesus died for us to have.
Believers in Jesus should be strong, vibrant, loving, kind people. The Bible says that we are more than conquerors through what Jesus did for us. We are living way below our privilege.
Our pastor challenged us recently to get up, go out and reach out. I happen to believe that “the pen is mightier than the sword.” Some of us can go to the mall, some of us can go to places where a lot of people gather, some of us can support those who go, and some of us can pray, but all of us can do something.
What are you going to do?