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Pursuing the Power of God

2 Timothy: 3-7

Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.

I am taken aback by questions such as “Where has the power gone?” and “Why do we not see miracles today?” I have asked those questions before also; and I think it is a good question. It is similar to riding in a car and realizing you are losing  much speed and asking”Why are we stopping?”  It is easy to blame the car or the manufacturer. But if we didn’t put gas in the car it will eventually stop. The Kingdom of Heaven operates on the Word of God as He has spoken it. If we preach the gospel and live a godly life He will confirm His word in us. I have come to the conclusion the question at hand is “How does my life need to change in order to see His power in my life more and more”?

When Jesus was on the Earth we can read and see the religious leaders were harsh task-masters to those they lead. Jesus said of them, they place heavy yokes on others and do not do a thing to help them out. Jesus labeled them as hypocrites because what the religious leaders would see for others they would not see for themselves. The image of God which was displayed was as if the Father was also harsh and demanding. Jesus came to show us God is loving and kind and extends His grace to us. God does not change. He is still Loving and kind and gracious. But even Jesus came with the message, “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand.”

Today, as I ask where the power is, I realize the lack of power is because I haven’t put the gas in the car. I know it belongs there. I just assumed it was there; but it isn’t. The gas to the Gospel is this: “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” This gas needs to be put into my tank and then be transformed as it goes into my carburetor; my car, my problem.  I gave my life to Jesus as I repented, whole-heartedly of my sins. I did think God was harsh and learned He was a friend. I came to a place where I haven’t taken my sins very seriously. My gospel car was losing speed and energy. The Holy Spirit revealed my sins to me and I have continued in repentance. I am moving again, slowly. I see some power of God moving in my life. But not what God has desired. I have been contemplating this issue in my life and the Church as a whole.

There are two things which I think require our attention.  First, we need to quit looking for the power of God in signs and wonders. The scripture says to “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” The adversary can display signs and wonders. If we are looking for them we can easily be deceived. We are also not focusing our hearts on a relationship with God. It would be like trying to build a relationship with an elder relative only to be written in the will in a more favorable advantage. Our focus should not be seeing God’s power, but being God’s friend.

This walks us right into the second point. I cannot grow in my relationship with God unless I am growing in understanding of Who He is and who I am. I came to Him in repentance. He is God, I am the transgressor. This was a good place to start. But in my walk with Him I am finding out He is so much more than I understood at first. This requires me to repent even more. I should find myself in a place as Isaiah said. “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”  But I have not.As a Church, we have not.

Our problem is our teaching. Jesus warned His disciples to beware of the “yeast” of the pharisees. We need to beware of the yeast of our teachers also. Jesus showed the love of God to the people. He also reprimanded those who needed to hear it. He was not a respecter of persons. In our day the Church is focused on the love and kindness and graciousness of God. But we are neglecting the righteousness, holiness and justice of God. Our continual walk should be on repentance from our sinful life and dead works. We should be crying out for holiness and seeking His righteousness. We should be encouraging people to live a sanctified life and not look for a monetary blessing if we give a smaller monetary blessing. Why do we seek money or land or fame when none of these things were our example in the early Church? The early Church showed us how to give God the glory, and give away our land and our money.

Where is the power of God? Where it always was. Where do we have our hearts? They need to move to repentance again, a daily walk of repentance. We serve a Holy God!!

Contend For The Faith

Jude 1:3

Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.

Jude, the brother of James and the brother of Jesus through Mary, writes to us to contend for the faith. In his time, the early hour of the Church Jude spoke of those who have secretly slipped into the congregation. They were people who perverted the grace God gives to us into a license for sinning and believing they were still in good terms with God. But the true faith is not one of a freedom to sin. Rather it is one to give to us a clean conscience and good standing to further the message of the Kingdom. The word Jude has given is still a good word for us today.

Beware of teachers who are spending their time preaching of joy and gladness, financial blessings and increase. There may be a place for such teachings in times, but the Gospel is one of repentance and forgiveness. Jesus had many people follow Him because He fed the thousands, and when they followed Him for the bread He spoke in hard ways to separate those who would continue after Him and those who would follow the bread. Jesus could have fed His followers every day; but He chose not to. We can strive to feed the hungry and clothe the naked. We are commanded to. But this action is to be done along with the gospel of repentance being preached.

I probably sound like I am down on the Church for its kindness. I apologize. I am concerned for our churches because I know we also have those who secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.  I believe we would be shocked if we knew who they were. They are here secretly. It has been devised in stealth; not by them maybe. But the teachings sound good but are evil.

Jesus told us that at the time of judgement there will be those on His left which would say to Him, “Lord when did we see you naked, hungry sick or in prison and not minister to you?” The people thought they prophesied in His name and healed in His name; but Jesus said “Depart from Me. I never knew you.”

What is the gospel you speak of? I am asking myself this question also. Am I sharing a gospel of repentance unto salvation, repentance unto sanctification and holiness? Or am I sharing a powerless message of “Jesus loves you just the way you are?”

We need to be aware of who is teaching “what” and what am I teaching others by my words and example. It is not enough to show someone the gates of heaven and not let them in.

Will You Stand When The Wind Blows? WARNING!!!!

There is a wind blowing and it is bringing in the rain. Will you stand O Church. Will you stand in the gap?  Why do you not call out for repentance? Why do you not repent yourself? If my people, called by my name will humble themselves  and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. But you quote this verse and take comfort in it. Yet where are the tears for the sins of the nations? Where are the tears for the homeless and abused? Where are the tears from the hearts of My own people who have OPENLY transgressed my will. Will you remain silent? Do you not see the devastation of the land?   I called to Egypt to let my people go. But Pharaoh refused. I sent plagues, not one , not two, not just three but in ten ways I warned the nation to humble themselves. It was through the death of their people when they released their hold. But even then they returned to take my people back.

But I am not dealing with Egypt in this way now. I am dealing with My people. Will you, My people, humble yourselves in My sight?!  Will you, MY PEOPLE, humble yourselves in My sight?! I am not calling you to make a statement. I am not calling you to give of your overflow. I am not calling you to remain silent as the tempest begins to flow. I am calling my people to stand in the gap. Why wait for the storms to hit? Seek My face now and repent and pray for the lost. I am calling you to preach the gospel of repentance to a dying and lost world. I am calling you to action before the storm comes.

Did I not send Jonah before the devastation? Did Nineveh not repent and find salvation? Do I not send My prophets before the devastation? Why would I send them after and not before? It crushes My heart to see the pain and suffering. But My Church called by My Name is content to send humanitarian aid to the wounded; yet will not speak for them to repent and avert the danger all together!  I am calling to My people. REPENT.   Repent and turn away from your sinful and complacent ways!  I will bring judgement on the gods of this Earth. But I will be righteous as I bring judgement to My Church also.

OH Esther, Oh Esther,  “Do not imagine that you in the king’s palace can escape any more than all the Jews. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?”         Am I not speaking to you?

How many hurricanes? How many floods? How many earthquakes and fires and rains and mudslides? How many lives must be devastated and lost before my Church will rise and stand in the gap? Don’t think to yourself, “I am safe and I am loved.”  You are loved and made righteous by My blood. But if you will not do My will as you are called, will I bring you home? Will I watch as others are lost and you are silent. I am not like you. I will not remain silent.

 

I am calling to My Church today. I am calling to the Body of Christ. I am calling to My bride  Stand up and rise. Wash off the white robes you have been given. Repent and return to your first love. Raise your voice for the lost of the world. Cry out for your nation. If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves  and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I WILL hear from heaven, WILL forgive their sin and I WILL heal their land.

You are born for such a time as this!