The Sorry State of …. ?
Our Nation, our Towns, our Churches, our People, … our Faith. Is self evident.
We no longer believe, what was once considered Common Sense, or Truth.
Wrong is now Right, Down is Up, Male is Female. The list is endless, we have lost all sense of decency, and order.
I came to a realization this week.
The first list is in the wrong order. We are in a Sorry State, first, because of our lack of Faith.
As our Faith has failed, our people, our Churches, Towns and Nation, have lost their guiding principles.
How do we right this ship, correct our course? It will take a Miracle.
“This beginning of Miracles,” we read about in the book of John. Had absolutely nothing to do with the relationship of the petitioner, to Jesus.
Yes, I know it was His Mom. Some pray to her. Most of us just accept that Jesus granted her request, because she was Mom.
That wasn’t why. Mom soon learned, she didn’t have that much influence.
Jesus was once told His Mother and Brothers were outside, and wished to see Him? What was His answer?
“Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?
And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.” John 12:48-50
Her being Mom, didn’t bring about the desired result of a few moments of His time.
We hear of her again, when Jesus, on the cross, told John, “Behold Thy Mother!” And to Mary, “Behold thy son!”
What motivated Jesus to answer prayer?
Not family, only FAITH, only the BELIEF that God IS.
It is Faith that Saves us.
“if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:”
“if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
It is Faith, Belief, “that God is, that God will, and even if He doesn’t, we will still serve Him,” that releases God, to preform miracles, in our behalf.
Many wonderful Christian Pastors, Teachers and Leaders, do not believe that God works in Signs, Wonders or Miracles today.
They seem to believe, that as in the days of Eli and Samuel, there are no open visions.
We now have the Bible, so God no longer needs to speak to us individually.
As the body of Christ, accepted this as “Truth,” it became a self fulfilling prophecy.
We end up living a life, that bears little resemblance, to that of the early believers.
Saints, the Lord never stopped revealing Himself to Whosoever will seek His face.
Unfortunately, few of us, are willing to deny ourselves, and seek to please Him, instead of being pleased by Him.
We must return to our First Love. Jesus promised if we believed we would do all that He did and more. (John 14)
Those who TOUCHED Him heard.
“Your Faith has made you whole.”
“According to your Faith, so be it.’
“I have not seen such great Faith.”
“If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed”
“Fear not, Only Believe.”
“If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”
Today we do not believe. We have lost the ability to believe in the Miraculous.
We still believe in Salvation, and our Churches have plenty of room for new converts. Yet, no one comes. Why?
Their needs are not met, by our Powerless Gospel. Paul warned Timothy.
1 Timothy 6:20-21 (NOG)
“Timothy, guard the Good News which has been entrusted to you. Turn away from pointless discussions and the claims of false knowledge that people use to oppose the Christian faith.
Although some claim to have knowledge, they have abandoned the faith.“
Paul warned us about, Powerless Rituals and Ceremonies. Services that are so busy, there is no room for the Lord to speak.
We now, only believe half the Gospel.
2 Timothy 3:5
“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
It is much easier to fill our Services, with busy, man directed Worship, than to learn to Wait on God, to deliver His Promise, in Power.
1 Corinthians 4:20
“For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.”
“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance;”
Saints, as His Church, we should have tasted, the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come. We haven’t.
We have accepted the loss of His Power, because to walk in it takes a real change within us.
It is more than being Saved, by Faith.
We need to change, from wanting things from God, to learning to please God.
By believing, “He is, and He is a rewarder of them that diligently Seek Him.”
Do we Truly Believe, Seek and Walk in Faith? If we did, there would not be room for all who would be Saved.
May we return to Biblical Faith. Amen