The greatest tragedy in the Church today is salvation without repentance, Christianity without discipleship, leaders who never been lead, positions without responsibility , authority without burden and care for the sheep, worship without the Knowledge and truth and personal encounter of who God is and who we are in Christ, knowledge without wisdom, Faith without power (because of unrighteousness or questionable life style) and fellowship without love and the flow of the Holy Spirit, serving without conviction of heart, giving, offering without truth of who is receiving it, sacrifice without mercy and Justice, seeking blessings without desiring the blessser and to live a life worthy of the calling.
The church of today is loosing the plot of the gospel, we have taken a church and the gospel as social worship gathering events that happens every Sundays and some other days during the week, we organize revivals which I can call it loosely as recruitments drive for our churches , we have reduced souls to numbers, we invite people to Christ, micro oven them and robed them with garment of Christianity without teaching and discipling them, as commissioned by Jesus “…. Make disciples , baptize them,
Matthew 28:20 (GNT) ” and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the end of the age.”
We are focus on the result and the outcome without any input, for the church to prevail, members to live a victorious life, we need to go back to the book of Acts 2:42-48, That habit of coming together, fellowship in one accord, persevering in the teaching of the apostles, cannot be substituted by any other methods or any wisdom of any sort or anyone, this was a winning formula and still is the winning formula even today. For there is no other foundation except those laid by the Apostles and the foundation being Jesus , the cornerstone , rejected by man, the anchor that still holds the church even today.
To call a believer a Christian is absolutely correct, but the truth be told, it should be not our focus as labeling without the display of substance and content when Jesus call His twelve men, He called them “The Disciples” that speaks of the process and training or teaching (not prophesying as many has built their churches on nothing but prophelying , they telsinners, it shall be well with them without giving their lives to Jesus Christ , while people still in Jeremiah 5:31 “ The prophets give false prophecies and the priests rule with an iron hand. Worse yet, my people like it that way! But what will you do when the end comes?” )
The application of the principles and the precepts. He came to preach (make them known ) and teach ( applied) and the outcome of those is what the outsiders called (at the Antiochus) called Christian, making reference to the life and the person of Jesus Christ in them, fulfilling what Jesus said ” it is possible for the student to be like His teachers” Peter denied Jesus even the evidence were so clear that He looks like Him and even speaks like Him.
Galatians 4:19 (AMPC) “My little children, for whom I am again suffering birth pangs until Christ is completely and permanently formed (molded) within you,”
If we go back to the book of Acts 2:46-47 we are told that they were In one accord, and the the results they were favored by people and God added to them those who were saved.
Today churches are run by evangelists , Prophets , people with gift of healing and working of miracles, teachers and Pastors are not respected and loved because they are not so dramatic and they are not shaking andministering to our flesh, but their focus is to reach the heart where the issues of life dwells.
It is like when one is taking a drivers learners lessons or marital counselling , that time spent teaching about the rukes of the road and rules of engagements or relations in road or mariage it seems as if is time wasting because you want to see yourself behind that stering wheel or “ I am in love” all is well but but your success depends on those hours spent observing the details, blind spots etc
We are many of believers who are backsliding , living like non believers, living a double life it is because we might have a knowledge but lack the wisdom to apply the principles and live a surrendered life in the Holy Spirit, we have the Holy Spirit in us but we grieve Him with our disobedience, and we live a life and make decisions based on our five senses not by Faith (hearing from God). And the Just shall live by faith in God not by sight, taste, smell, feeling nor hearing other than from God.
If we were all to agree that we are living in the last days, we should revisit the early church blue print, we should go back to basis, we should pay attention to details of the processes not the outcome in number and bank balance or cars we drive because if we have the right mix of ingredients and applied the right temperature, we should not be surprised by the results, the results is what Apostle Paul call ” the living letter not written with ink, but by Jesus Himself with the Holy Spirit” and all theserhings should be measured by our Spiritual growth and maturity.
The final product is what Paul exclaimed about ” it’s no longer I that live, but Christ live in me ” this is total control, move,live and have our being in Christ Jesus our Lord, as our lives are hidden with Him (Christ ) in God, this become a point of our victory in all things, in all circumstances, in all situations. Where we can be totally be assured that ” no weapon formed against us shall prosper” because greater is He that is in us than the one on this earth and we are hidden with Christ in God the Father. We are the branches planted , abiding budding on the vine which is Jesus Christ, if so, our lives shall be characterised by His nsture, attributesvand in stature.
This is the position the church must pursue and should stand firm on, this is the rock our faith should be build upon, if not we shall be liken with the one builder who cut corners when he build his house, when the storm come his house was easily swept away, when the tribulations comes, when our faith is tested as that of Steven, Shadreck, Meshack and Obednigo, when the Church is going through its persecution and pruning (in some part of this world it’s happening right now )and the great tribulations still coming with antiChrist and false prophet where our Lord Jesus promised that He will intervene and if he doesn’t , even the elect shall not enter the kingdom of God, that should tell us to build a persevering and prevailing church, a steadfastly faithful’s. We should have programs for teaching the word of God, we should be making sure that believers are informed , well vest with knowledge and wisdom of God for our lives this is taking us back to the basis of long forgotten BIBLE STUDIES as it was the habits of the early church as Apostle Paul admonishes the home cell as recorded in Hebrew 10:25 ” … GNT Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another even more, since you see that the Day of the Lord is coming nearer.
The church today is not embracing the message of carry the Cross ( surrendered life to the perfect will of God for our lives no matter the cost) , the church today is not acceptive to the message of suffering for the sake of the Gospel and Christ
We like the message that seeks to create another planet on earth where Christians are kings and queen , living good life, treated like royalty , this is the fallacy, this is Disney land, this is living in imaginations not in the thoughts oand purpise of God for our luves.
The bible is calling us to be ambassadors, soldiers, fighters not celebrities but be on the field where the Love of God seek to enter and manifest the love and the eternal plan of God
We are told about the opposition even the death, as apostle Paul “We face death everyday ”
Those who seek to live Godly in Christ Jesus shall face persecution , 1 Tim 3:12
I am reminded of the Israelites, led by God through Moses to the promised land, they left Egypt but the Egypt were still with them, they were accustomed to hardship , persecution and have learnt to embrace it as their destiny, and admired of some elite few Beloved of God, when God came into their rescue, and send the deliverer, they questioned the servant God placed before them, they thought , they also qualified and able to hear from God,
When God revealed His promises to them, telling them about the land of abundance
Deuteronomy 8: 7-9 GNT “7For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills; 8a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; 9a land where you will eat food without scarcity, in which you will not lack anything; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper.…”
It is with these promises that revealed they immaturity of the Israelites, they were moved more about what the Lord can do or has promised them more than He who promised, they were moved and focus on the fruits more that the vine itself, they loved the destiny without carefully observing the process and principles to the destination, the beauty of where God was taking them went into their head, emotion and made impossible and immature demands, they sought for instant gratification,
Job 20:4-15 “Don’t you realize that from the beginning of time,ever since people were first placed on the earth, 5 The triumph of the wicked has been short lived and the joy of the godless has been only temporary?6. Though the pride of the godless reaches to the heavens and their heads touch the clouds,7.yet they will vanish forever,thrown away like their own dung.Those who knew them will ask,‘Where are they?’8. They will fade like a dream and not be found.They will vanish like a vision in the night.9.Those who once saw them will see them no more.Their families will never see them again.10. Their children will beg from the poor, for they must give back their stolen riches.11.Though they are young, their bones will lie in the dust.12“They enjoyed the sweet taste of wickedness,letting it melt under their tongue.13.They savored it,holding it long in their mouths, 14.But suddenly the food in their bellies turns sour,a poisonous venom in their stomach, 15.They will vomit the wealth they swallowed.God won’t let them keep it down, 16. They will suck the poison of cobras.The viper will kill them.”
Moses understood this truth, he runaway before this truth is fulfilled in his life, he then made an unpopular decision for himself ,
Hebrew 11:25 (KJV)” Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season”
Moses sought God, sought to be in the presence of God , Moses sought first the kingdom (to be in God’s domain) rather than riches , prestige, status, the benefits of the kingdom, but His heart and mind was in The relationship , not to know about Him but to be with Him, not only know God but to experience Him and walk with Him as Enoch, Moses refused to move, to lead Israelites without the presence of God, Whole of the Israelites focus was the benefits, the fulfillment of the promises, they were looking at the pleasure of this life, they were looking and yearning for the fruits with no regards to the vine nor vinedresser ,
Peoples who seek and hunger for promises, they are characterized by hasty spirit, impatient, harsh, brutal, they easily place labels (pronounce judgment )on people without seeking to understand where they are coming from, their experiences, , they don’t have sympathy nor compassion, they discuss characters, they do not exercise patience to give grace an opportunity to manifest its transformational power, they see where people are not where God is calling them to be, they want to bypass processes and stages of growth and maturity.
They comparethemselves and compete with the world, they are control and motivated by their stomach and flashy lifestyle, the Israelites constantly complained , saying , ” it was better in Egypt , we were eating, drinking,” they did not know what was coming, they had no foresight to see the sin and the sting or fruits of the sin which were coming upon them.tgey praid for their salvation but when the savior has come they did not see him or acknowledged and appreciate their own answered prayers.
There is a parallel line we can draw between the journey of the Israelites to the promise land, and our journey to meeting our bridegroom , the second coming of our Lord Jesus, the judgement day yes our Heavenly mansion.
Are you itching and thirsty and hungry for God presence? the relationship, pleasing God with your life that He is in you, that He wants to make home and manifest Himself in you and through you? and lives in you?
John 14:23 “Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.”
NOT FAKING IT OUT UNTIL IT HAPPENS
Galatians 2:20 “…19″For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God. 20″I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”
For all who receiving Him He gave them power to BECOME children of God, or are we looking for what God can do for us, the fullness of the promises (the promise land ) Sometimes what we asking God for will remain far too long in the hands of ungodly people and be kept wondering in the desert too long simply because we are not ready to occupy our promised land because if we do with unrenewed mind and unregenerated spirit and without the glory or presence of God in and upon us we shall defile and bring ans release curses we carry or covered with upon the sanctified land or new Eden or restored Eden. The land will remain a possession of the Cannanites giants as long as we are not in right standing with our God as Joshua, Caleb and the few who entered the promised land . Yes the few who who entered Noah’s Arch.
Read Matthew 19:16 -30
Are we like that good young man in the eyes of the law who came to Jesus and asked Him , how he can enter the kingdom of God, we saw that Jesus did not disputed his claims, but when we listen carefully to their conversation we can read between the lines that, Jesus saw that the only problem with the man was his attachments to his wealth, Jesus gave us impression that, if he takes this walk with God, he shall be distracted along the way, he cannot give himself whole heartedly , he can not love the Lord with all his heart, with all his soul and with all his strength because , it is impossible to serve both God and mammon and still be found perfect in the eyes of God, we can see this man attachment to his wealth when he left Jesus, he was saddened by the Jesus advise to go sell everything and give it to the poor. This man did not know that any so called good, is not good enough if it does not comes because of the relationship or blessings from God.
3 John 2 (AMP) “Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually].
We are a weak church, tossed to and fro because we have not internalized the suffering , the cruxifixction of our Lord Jesus Christ, w’ve just jumped in the moving train, attracted by the benefits, promises, that is why we are ungreatull ,and unappreciative and not content with what the Lord is in our lives if He ever been anything at all than bread snd fish giver, a good wine maker and son of a carpenter. we are in demands mode, our mission and achievement in our Christian walk is measured by what we have received, achieved, as a result we overlook what the Lord has done, who the Lord is in our life, we are impatient with waiting in the Lords presence, when we ask, our motives is about to outshine other, In the book of James 4:3 KJV ” Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”
Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers may be the greatest urgent need is to revisit the core message , its purpose and its packaging with this question at the heart of our reasoning” Why there is now no fear of the Lord in our churches?
Are we pushing grace with Ananias experience, remember Ananias was a Christian too under the discipline of the Apostles, with divided devoted heart Acts 5:3 or we are living our lives by chance as Jesus said inMatthew13: 24-43.
Let us live a fully devoted life to our Lord Godsanctified , holy and rightous life , pleasing and honoring our God in every way as the Spirit direct and guid our path in true reflection of Christlikeness not only seek what is pleasing, acceptable but above all that which is the PERFECT WILL of God for our lives.Runaway from conformity to this standard of this fading world.
Our deepest labour and Prayer should be: Galatians 4:19 (AMPC) “My little children, for whom I am again suffering birth pangs until Christ is completely and permanently formed (molded) within you,” not much of the heaven yoobsoon John 17:15 no , entering heaven is the fruits of our Godliness or Christlikeness born again experience, regenerated spirit where the word of life overflows from the fulness of our heart ahd our renewed mind stayed glewed to the author and the perfecter of our faith as the Holy Spirit guides and direct or order our steps in Him whose invisibility is made visible in His sons and daughters as true ambassadors of the ever increasing glorious Kingdom.
Luke 19:13 (KJV) “And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.”
Our trading currency is Godliness, the reflection of Christ attributes, or characteristics,His nature is what Jesus Called “ the light and salt” of the WORLD when you live this world each believer should achored the words of Apostle Paul when He said: 2 Timothy 4:7-8 (KJV) “ I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faih, Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
“OCCUPY UNTIL HE COME “ Be finished and Say “ It is finished” To die or not to die means one thing soimportant and I am willing to laydown my life for it. Stay course! Weigh the NOW against the THEN
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (ESV) “ For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” This is the winniattitude and formula for GREAT MULTITUDES surrounding us as recorded in Hebrew 11: 13 (AMPC) “These people all died controlled and sustained by their faith, but not having received the tangible fulfillment of [God’s] promises, only having seen it and greeted it from a great distance by faith, and all the while acknowledging and confessing that they were strangers and temporary residents and exiles upon the earth.”
What is controlling and sustaining You?