Like this old tractor, the church is dead, the framework is still intact but it can’t seem to go
We wonder why?
* There is sickness
* There is little power
* There is strife, rebellious people
* There is no repentance, holiness
There is sin, unbelief, idolatry in the body.
What is sin and idolatry today?
King James Version (KJV)
5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
Getting ready to finish teaching on the book of Joshua and start teaching the book of Judges, I am reminded once again that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. Unfortunately, so are we.
The Hebrew peoples followed the Lord all the days of Joshua and the elders that saw the miracles of Egypt. Then they fell away into sin and idolatry which leads to unbelief.
” the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim: they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, they forsook the Lord, and served Baal and Ashtaroth. the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies. Whithersoever they went out, the hand of the Lord was against them for evil, ” (selected verses from Judges 2)
This is the church, we Worship our order of Worship. Don’t you dare change anything. We allow sin to abound, believe the Church Doctrine more than the Word. Gay marriage, abortion, covetousness. ..
We do evil in the sight of the Lord, reject holiness, reject true praise and worship. Then we wonder why things don’t work as we plan.
The Church needs to dig up the Talents the Master left us, (Matthew 25 ). He left us the Gifts of the Spirit, we don’t believe they are for us, now. We have the written word of God, we have no need of Words of Wisdom or Knowledge, the Gift of Faith, the Working of Miracles.
Gifts of Healing, Prophesy, Discerning of Spirits, heaven forbid tongues and interpretation.
We have buried the gifts, we will not hear. “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
Our leaders and teachers, Pastors need to learn to use and teach the Church what is available to whosoever will but they won’t believe in, never mind ask for and use the Gifts.
The Church today is no different than the Hebrews in Judges. We need the Spiritual gifts to bring people to and keep them in the love and grace of God.
” the people lifted up their voice, and wept.”
This is what the Hebrews did in Egypt and through out the book of Judges. The Lord answered these prayers.
” And when the Lord raised them up judges, then the Lord was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented the Lord because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them.”
The Lord hears and answers our cries but when we cry out, it must be effectual, fervent prayer. ..this only happens when it comes from our innermost parts.
Our pretty, public Church prayers are not that.
We have temptations, evil, sin all around us for a reason.
” That through them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of the Lord to walk therein, as their fathers did keep it, or not.”
Lord, help me to walk with You, to love, obey and share Your love. May I learn to increase the Gifts of the Spirit in my life and the life of Your Church .
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