Churches have become worldly, fleshly, carnal, Spiritless places...where Christians have become cold, callus, indifferent, and passionless about the things of God. Oh, they can find tons of things to keep them coming to the church building: Duty, guilt, fear, or a feeling of well being when they do. They can even claim that they are coming "For the Children" but, they have little use for true Biblical Christianity. It is far too confrontational and unwanted in our current anti-christian, anti-Bible culture.
Something is wrong in our Churches, something is wrong in our Church, something must take place. The people of God must return to the place of passionate surrender, we must return to the moving of the Holy Spirit upon our lives and our total submission to that movement...that is called Revival!
Vance Havner put it best when he said "We need a heart warming...The early Christians did not need a shot in the arm every Sunday to keep them going. They knew Jesus and they upset the world, worried the devil, and gave wicked rulers insomnia, and started something the jails could not lock up, fire could not burn, water couldn't drown, swords couldn't kill.
You may belittle experience and speak of the dangers of emotion, but we are suffering today from a species of Christianity as dry as dust, as cold as ice, as pale as a corpse, and as dead as King Tut. We are suffering, not from a lack of correct heads, but of consumed hearts."
We, Brothers and Sisters, need our hearts stirred again to Spiritual life...to have again the Breath of God, in the person of the Holy Ghost, blow upon our hearts and lives, stirring us to Spiritual life once more! There is an old Gospel Hymn that says it like this:
"Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Fill me with life anew.
That I may love what You do love,
And do what You would do.
Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Until my heart is pure.
Until with You I am one will,
To do and to endure.
Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Till I am wholly Thine.
Till all this earthly part of me,
Glows with Your fire divine."
We need the glowing of that "Divine Fire" in our hearts and lives...right now...today! We need to be sensitive to the Spirit's movement, we need to be alert to the Spirit's call, we need to be ready for the Spirit's power, and we need to be patient for the Spirit's presence to expand in our lives.
We must come to this awakening with hearts full of desire, but also with the cognizant awareness, that we fall short of His glory, and we must begin the process of emptying out the world and allowing the Spirit to fill in those carnal places in our heart. He wants to...now we must let Him.
We need to get out of the world's rut and into the Spirt's presence and power....I want to; don't you?
Phil. 3: 10
Have you noticed all of the stories recently about sinkholes opening up and swallowing people in them? I’m not sure the reason for it but I do know that this only proves that we need to be ready to meet the Lord because this could happen at any time, at any place to any of us! As I was thinking about this phenomenon I begin to think about the sinkholes of life and how there are so many people who get swallowed up by them.
All of us know at least one person and maybe many more who seemingly have everything going for them and all of a sudden their gone, their life is a mess and it’s as if they have disappeared from the real world. While I was think about this 2 verses came to mind. Let me share these with you for just a minute.
Galatians 6:1: Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
This first verse Paul is writing to the church at Galatia and he is giving them instructions has to how to help a fallen brother. The word fault just means an unexpected situation or a sin that has overtaken them. The first command that he gives is for the other Christians to reach out and try to restore them. But he goes a little deeper because he also tells us about the attitude that we should have while we are doing this restoring. Notice he says to do it in the spirit of meekness! That just means that we are to try and help them with an attitude of compassion and care and concern not condescension. Then the second command he gives is to consider yourself and how you would want others to treat you while dealing with this person.
The second verse that comes to mind is this one, James 4:15:
For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
In this verse James is telling us that we ought to include the lord in every area of our lives. I believe that if a Christian will consult the lord through prayer and study of His word that we could avoid the sinkholes of life.
Let me conclude this blog today by asking you 2 questions.
Have you reached out to help any brother or sister who has taken a fall? If not why not?
Are you including the lord in all of your life today? If not today would be a good day to start!
Until next week,
I read a sermon by a preacher one time with this title; “Is what you have on display in stock?” That is a good question for us to consider this week. You see there are many “Christians” who TALK about serving the Lord and living for Him but when you take a close examination of their lives it doesn’t back up their words. So the conclusion would be that what they have on display is not in stock!
Now I am not trying to say that you are not saved, what I am saying is that if your life is like what I just described then there definitely is a spiritual problem. Now let’s consider some scripture:
Matthew 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
These words that Matthew records for us are words of grief. He is grieving over the condition of these 3 groups of people. Now you might say well that just doesn’t apply to me, but wait just a minute. If you are a Christian who’s life fits the description from above then what would you call that? I would say that this is a clear case of being a Hypocrite. So He is talking to us if we fit the description!
Let’s see what He says. He starts by giving a description of their outward appearance. These sepulchers were painted with a bright white type of paint that made them look beautiful and stand out. But he says inside were dead men’s bones! We can say anything we want but the truth is that if there is no life on the inside then it doesn’t matter what the outside looks like.
And let me go one step further and say that if the inside is alive and well then the outside will reflect that! Remember what the Lord said to Samuel when he was going through looking at David’s brothers as a replacement for King Saul:
1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
It’s easy to fool man by the way we look but that doesn’t fool the Lord! Listen to how Peter puts it:
1 Peter 3:3-4 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;  But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
There is nothing wrong with making this body look good, but if we are trying to hide our Spirituality by what we do to this body then it is wrong because the Lord knows the truth!
So let me conclude by asking what you have in stock?
Until next week,
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