Sunday, June 21, 2020
Spiritual Famine? Yes...it is...
“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God, “that I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.” Amos 8:11
One way God communicates is through silence. The Israelites blatantly ignored and rejected God's Word to them, and God responded by sending a famine. This famine was far more severe than a shortage of food and water. Instead, they were deprived of His words of life. God's silence may be hardly noticeable at first. You may still remember times when God spoke to you, but you gradually realize you’ve not heard His voice for a long time. If you realize you are in a “drought,” immediately seek God and ask Him what adjustments your life requires so you can once again enjoy fellowship with Him. It may be that you disobeyed His last instructions to you and that He is waiting on your obedience before giving you a new direction. It may be that there is unconfessed sin in your life or that you have a damaged relationship (Isa. 1:15; 1 Pet. 3:7). It is possible that you have done too much talking in your prayer times and that He wants you to listen. God's silences can be powerful times for Him to communicate with you. God is God! Because He is God, when He speaks He expects a listening ear and an eager response. He will not be mocked! (Gal. 6:7). When we ignore Him, He may withhold His voice until we repent and get right with Him. The prophet Isaiah assured King Asa, “The Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.” - Blackaby Experiencing God Day by Day
What has happened to the United States? In but a few decades the Gospel has been watered down, believers have scattered away from Churches, believers have ran away from political offices. There is little to no one standing in the breech between sinful man and woman and their destination: Hell.
Jesus looked to this future time and asked the question: "Will I find the faith when I return?".
People are being taught by the millions to 'trust the experts'. Experts that honestly have been bought and paid for to say a whole lot of what they do.
Churches are repeatedly trying to stir up revival. People are hard of hearing due to all the noise generated by our ever sloping culture towards death and destruction.
Is there hope? Is there going to be a revival? Is there going to be an end to these riots and protests? Is this virus going to force a path that is irreversible?
Well before we all become hermits with a penchant for internet only activities...go to the Bible.
Regardless of what is said inside the professing Church and outside of it by way of every voice of evil....God's Will WILL be done. The Scriptures must be fulfilled. Nothing is going to change that fact. Nothing is going to hinder it nor prolong it.
We can't make something happen outside the will of God anymore than the unbelievers of this world or demons.
Jesus never promised that we would skate by in this life. He never said that we wouldn't suffer for following Him. He never said we would be trouble free.
We are entering the last stages of the way life is, right before the return of Christ. If you at all read your Bible, look at Ezekiel, Daniel, Jeremiah, Revelation, Thessalonians. What's happening in those pages is being played out right in front of you and you aren't seeing it. The whole world is being blinded by the god of this world in an effort to keep people from Heaven!
Is there hope? Yes! Something that really occurred to me in recent months isn't to just go to work. But to put that effort under a microscope. Let each task I am given be received as if from God to be done. All a workday is to me anymore is an 8 hour span of individual tasks that I get paid to do, and am to do as unto the Lord. I am to be in the Word of God, I am to be praying. I am to be doing my best as unto the Lord. It may not be glamorous work. It may be menial. It may be cleaning toilets. But it's something that I get to do to glorify God. The Apostles were flogged and beaten for obeying God by the Jewish leaders. They counted it all joy.
If the Churches aren't going to prepare men and women to go into politics to guide people towards Christian principles, then we have either a problem or an opportunity. We have, as a Church, been decimated by 'you shouldn't judge'. It's began destroying centuries of solid teaching of the Word of God. It's left a door open of opportunity for Satan to sway people to inaction.
Today, look at your life. At your level of obedience. Are you self-chained to a chair by lies and misconceptions of God's Word? Are you really inactive on the bench of life because of you or your circumstances? Have you not stood up and done something out of fear of man vs fear of God?
I have to look in the mirror on this too. Fear of losing in this age seems to be the greatest crippling disease of all.
Pray for your walk with Jesus. Don't assume anything about it.
Pray for our troops, our leaders, Don't assume anything about it.
Pray for family, friends and acquaintances. Don't assume anything about it.
Get off the sidelines. Quit living for yourself, with your head in the sand. God saved you to change you to be more like Him. Not to give you a ticket to go live as you please until you die or He returns.
You have a mission in this life. It's not called retirement. Nobody in Christ is retired until God calls them home.