This week I will take you on a revival journey to show you how one man or woman turned the course of history, even in modern times. However, today I want to start with a few Bible examples. Time after time, God said that He would wipe everyone out because of their sin. Yet, someone interceded, and He turned from His plan for their sake. The prophecies foretold of judgment and exile but God expected them to preach, pray, and repent to change it, or at least to delay it.
My, how times have changed! We have to face that this is a post-Christian nation. People don’t believe the way they used to think or believe. They have different values. They used to know they were sinners and needed a savior. They knew they had rebelled against God and needed His forgiveness. They had memories, even if distant ones, to Sunday school stories & lessons of Jesus dying on the cross. Many knew they weren’t living by what they remembered, but knew they should. Today, people no longer live close to that. When you ask them about God, they may say, which one? If you speak of sin, you’ll hear, “I am not so bad, I’m not a murderer. If you stand up & say something about the sanctity of marriage, you could get stoned. They no longer consider the Bible the final authority or have any idea what is says, except, “Judge not, that you be not judged.”
You can pay tithes and God still not be pleased. Many do what sounds too much like paying a bill. They sit down with a calculator and figure to the penny and pay what they owe. Others go to the other ditch. “Sister, I believe in being led by Holy Ghost.” Great, but if you're consistently giving less than 10% , you are not being led by the Holy Ghost. Even the word tithe means, tenth. That is pretty easy to figure out. It is interesting that we can't get buy with Uncle Sam with only 10%. Usually, it is more like 30%. Do we support Uncle Sam more than God? People want to fuss and argue, but God has never changed.
There are others who have been touched so marvelously in the move of God. They swore they would never turn back I am thinking of pastor friends who were some of my best friends. I have wept when remembering the precious moments that they were touched in. Some said they never knew what Pentecost was until that moment. They swore they could never turn back. Yet, over the years, church political pressure, the need for family security, the loss of their close friends, and the promise of promotion in their denominational ranks have caused them to deny that they were ever touched. I wonder if I am feeling just a little of what Jesus felt when he looked at Peter or when Judas kissed him.
Some would say, “but, there are no good churches where we live.” First of all, there is no perfect church. If there were, it would cease from being perfect the moment you walk in. We have to wait for heaven for perfection. However, I will agree that once you have tasted of the presence of God, been a part of a church that preaches the uncompromising Word of God and allows The Holy Spirit to move, uninterrupted, you cannot settle for anything else. If I lived in a place without what I have known, I would either have to move to be a part of a good church, or start one, which is precisely what I did. A good church is more necessary than having a place to buy food. Our spiritual condition needs to be given first priority in out lives.
God has equipped us with the anointing, the finances, the wisdom, the knowledge, the foresight, and the grace to get the job done. The church has been asleep for too long. We will have no excuse on that day, when we face Him. Let’s wake up and become the church of The Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s act like it! Let’s quit blaming the government, our location, our age, our looks, and our lack of talents. God has given unto us the talents and the ability to get the job done.
Tolerance has become the most misused & abused word in the English language. We will not situationally redefine or conditionally apply His Word to suit political correctness, cultural tolerances, modern ethics and false religions. We cannot, even to avoid invading the comfort zone of Christians...
He did everything He needed to do to give us grace and power to live above sin. His grace is sufficient. We’ve been born again with a new nature. We have The precious Holy Spirit to warn us, guide us, convict us, strengthen us, and comfort us. We are over comers by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. We have the weapons of our warfare and the name of Jesus. We have The Word of God as our anchor. We are hidden away in Christ Jesus. He has put the devil under our feet.
When this life is over, we will never regret the last offering and say “why didn’t I keep more?” We will say, why didn’t I give more, one last time. We will never regret the last soul we have to lay down at Jesus’ feet. We will never regret stepping out of our comfort zone to tell someone about Him or forgiving someone today. We won’t regret reaching out to someone more, turning the other cheek, but we will regret letting our flesh go and giving someone the last piece of our mind.
I have lived through the reality of a hellish marriage and now...
Our God is still on the throne. He sits in the heaven and laughs at his enemies and ours. The thing that front of you that looks so large, is so small from where He is. The Bible tells us that we are seated together with Him in heavenly places and the devil is under our feet. So, we should be laughing too. When He rests in the back of the boat, so can we.
7. God may heal you, or it may not be His will. You must pray “if it be your will.” False again, my friend. Over and over again, the Bible tells us that it is the will of God for us to be healed. Jesus paid the price for it with His healing stripes. To say that it is sometimes not His will, you need to have at least one scriptural reference and you cannot find one. The only time that we see anyone asking Jesus about His will, He answered quickly with "I will."
God always looks at the heart. You cannot fool Him. The Bible tells us to guard our hearts with all diligence, for out of it flows the issues of life. I heard another minister say something that is so true. “The heart of the giver determines the acceptability of the gift”. The heart motive, even in giving, is important to God. He watches offerings.
That means that every man, woman, boy, and girl has been born into sin. The apostles and disciples are included in that. They had to be born again by the blood of Jesus, just like you and I. The did not evolve into a special saint. they are not to be venerated. They are flesh and blood. Only God is to be worshiped or prayed to. There is no other name under heaven that we are to pray to.
I am not preaching whatever I want to, whatever the latest fad doctrine is in the charismatic church, my opinion, or whatever makes me popular. I am preaching that which is eternal, that which has given me eternal life and forever changed my life. I am preaching only that which He has given me. Gal 1:10-16...
It’s interesting that we can recognize that pollution in many other’s belief systems, but not recognize that we say and believe many things that are contrary to the Word of God. Let’s see how many of these you can recognize as false doctrine...
It finds you when most, including yourself, think that it is all over. Too much has transpire. It finds you and lifts you heavenward into the realms of glory all over again. Anyone with a true heart for God can recognize it, cry, and rejoice. They shake their heads in amazement and say, “if God can do that for her, surely He can do that for me.” It gives them hope for He is “no respecter of persons.”