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Archive for October, 2012
There was man who had seven sons who were always quarreling among themselves. One day he called them all together and informed them that he wished to demonstrate just what a lack of cooperative effort meant. He had prepared a bundle of seven sticks which he had carefully tied together. One by one he asked his sons to take the bundle and break it. Each son tried, but in vain. Then the father cut the strings and handed one of the sticks to each of his sons and asked him to break it over his knee. After the sticks had all been broken, with ease, he said: “When you boys work together in a spirit of harmony you resemble the bundle of sticks, and no one can defeat you; but when you quarrel among yourselves anyone can defeat you one at a time.”
In this story we see a lesson for the Church with its multiple denominations and divisions. Together with one mind and one accord we are a mighty force for righteousness and can easily penetrate the kingdom of darkness to reconcile to God those blinded by Satan and drive back the corruption that is destroying our country.
Can you imagine what would happen in every locality if the church congregations in that locality worked together to fulfill the will of God by communicating and demonstrating the kingdom of God. Our point of agreement and cooperation should be ” Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” We should rephrase that to say: “JESUS, THY KINGDOM COME; THY WILL BE DONE IN MY COMMUNITY JUST AS IT IS IN HEAVEN”.
Jesus’ final command to His fledgling Church was “Go into all your community and make disciples”. He never told us to go have nice meetings, sing some nice songs, and listen to a nice speech.
Are we really willing to obey Jesus, or do we simply want to be religious?
Give me your thoughts on this.
It seems to me that we Christians in the churches in the western world are more concerned with what God can and will do for ME because He loves ME rather than what we are to be doing for Him. We want His blessings through His abundant grace, but we do not seem to want to give anything back in return. We want to be blessed, but it seems we do not want to obey His will or be about doing His works. These are not meant to say we “earn” our blessing. there is nothing we can do to be good enough to earn His blessings. They come to us because He does love us and it is by His grace that we receive them, but we are to be “CO-LABORERS WITH HIM” with a mission.
We have His commission to go into all the world (kingdom of darkness) and make disciples for Him.
The Church has been compared to salt, light, leaven, and seed. The common characteristic with all of these is that they are “PENETRATORS”. Salt penetrates and holds back corruption, light penetrates and drives back the darkness, leaven penetrates dough and causes its chemistry to change, and seed penetrates the soil and puts down roots that are able to support a huge stable plant that produces fruit. We are called to penetrate our culture and change it by holding back the corruption and filling it with the light of God’s righteousness.
I am convinced that the Church in our culture has not been effective because we have not heard the truth that we are to “repent and believe for the kingdom of God is at hand” and what it really means when we say that “Jesus Christ is Lord” over all. We have not been adequately confronted with the truth of the kingdoms that are in conflict and our roles in it. We don’t understand the real difference between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness. We do not really believe and act like we are “new creations in Christ” because of the new covenant. These comments are accurate because I see them demonstrated throughout our culture and the church world. Here are some examples:
- Our disunity
- Our greed
- Our pride
- Our love of material possessions
- Our love of pleasure
- Our unwillingness to sacrifice
- Our praylessness ( except for ourselves and our blessings)
- Our simply not wanting to rock Satan’s boat
- We demonstrate no real zeal for the power of God in our lives
Is is a tragedy, but very true.
MORE EXAMPLES OF AN INEFFECTIVE CHURCH:
- As millions of unborn babies are slaughtered through abortion – almost 50,000,000 since 1973
- As homosexuality and perversion are being thrust upon our country
- As addictions are soaring to unprecedented magnitudes
- As women are become more and more militant
- As our culture is being stripped of all reminders of our Christian heritage
- As our children’s minds are being polluted and programed by godless humanistic philosophies in our government controlled public schools
- As godless Marxist and socialist government are being thrust upon us
- As the Bible’s infallibility is challenged in many mainline denominations
- As homosexuals are being ordained to lead mainline churches
- As Eastern religions thrive in our culture
- As Satanism and witchcraft are exploding by tremendous numbers
- As our government leaders are becoming more and more unrighteous in their manner of governing
- And as we are losing our children to the ways of the kingdom of darkness rather than leading them to Jesus
WHERE ARE THE PEOPLE OF GOD THAT CLAIM TO BE CHRISTIANS WHO ARE TO BE THE “SALT” THAT HOLDS BACK CORRUPTION, AND THE “LIGHT” THAT PENETRATES THE DARKNESS OF UNGODLY ACTIVITIES TO EXPOSE THEM?
WHERE ARE THE PEOPLE OF GOD THAT ARE ACTIVELY TEARING DOWN THE STRONGHOLDS OF UNGODLY CORRUPTION?
WHERE ARE THEY?????
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
The greatest miracle that Peter experienced happened one night when he stepped out of his boat in the middle of a storm at Jesus’ word. That night, the winds were wild and the waves, boisterous. But as long as Peter kept his eyes on Jesus, he did the impossible—he walked on water.
What situation are you faced with today? Instead of looking at how insurmountable your challenges are, I want to encourage you to turn away from them and keep your eyes on Jesus. God’s Word declares that we are being transformed into His image from glory to glory, not by working, but simply by beholding. Beloved, keep your eyes on Jesus. As you see Him doing the supernatural, you too will be able to do the impossible and rise above your circumstances. Amen!
This was originally posted by Joseph Prince Ministries.