Over the past couple of centuries, there has been a change in the church. And it has not been a good change. At some point, we allowed things to slip we became slack concerning the will of God.
Where is our salt?
Where is our savor?
Have we hidden our light?
As a whole, we have lost our focus and it’s time to get it back. In the times we live in, we need the power of God: to speak a word into the lives of others, to lay hands on the sick so they would be healed, to rebuke the devil, to cast out devils. We need the power of God! And we need to be effective.
Now is the time for us to be delivered from the things that have hindered us. It’s time to de-clutter our lives and make room for more of God, more of the Holy Spirit. Now is the time to be about the Father’s business. Now is the time to put aside our excuses and complaints. It’s time to run after God as never before. Let us humble ourselves, fast, pray as never before. Let us pursue holiness and peace with all men as never before. Let us be willing to stand, even if we have to stand alone.
Let us lay ALL of our sin at the altar and seek after the Lord so that we may be healed, delivered, set free and empowered with the Holy Spirit. Let us live so that we are living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God. Let us regain our salt, regain our savor, and let our lights shine brightly in a dark and evil time.
“As for what was sown on thin (rocky) soil, this is he who hears the Word and at once welcomes and accepts it with joy; yet it has no real root in him, but is temporary (inconstant, [a]lasts but a little while); and when affliction or trouble or persecution comes on account of the Word, at once he is caused to stumble [he is repelled and begins to distrust and desert Him Whom he ought to trust and obey] and he falls away.” (Matthew 13:20-21)
We live in an age where the Word of God is readily available at any given time or any given place. Yet, there remains a questions: Are we listening and retaining the Word that we hear? How can we know if we are retaining the Word of God? If we have received the Word within our hearts, then we have grasped, understood, and allowed the Word of God to take root in our hearts.
The only way we can be sure that have retained the Word is for us to experience the fires of tribulation, affliction, and/or persecution. The way respond to these trials indicates whether we have retained the word of God. Sometimes, when we experience hardships, we respond with doubt and unbelief. We question God: “Where are You, Lord?” “Why have you allowed this?” Sometimes we become offended with God. This response does not show that we have retain the Word. Sadly, some walk away from God concluding that He is not trustworthy or faithful to His Word. God forbid that we should think such things!
Let us study the Word of God and learn to apply it so that we do not fall away in unbelief as some have done. Remember His Word. Respond correctly: “He promised to never leave me or forsake me,” “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but He promised to deliver me from them all,” “This will work together for my good as long as I continue to love and trust Him and seek His will for my life,” and “He told me to endure hardships as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” You can make it. You can pass this test. All things are possible to him who believes and You can accomplish all things through Jesus.
“…And now we’ve come to a point in our lives where we have gained so much. But that which we have is starting to slowly dwindle away. The Word of God is right – afterwhile it looks like… your bag starts to get a hole in it…
“When I look at the opportunities that were once plentiful; you could quit a job and go out and get another job in a matter of minutes… Now, you leave a job; you may not get another job for months on end. Opportunities were plentiful…
“But what has happened: we found ourselves getting caught up in the times. The Bible says in the last day there would be a great falling away in the church. But the thing is: the old saints used to say, “…son, the prophesy [doesn’t] have to be fulfilled in you.” In other words, you can keep what you have. You can still be blessed. You can still have things from God.”
Quotes from Administrative Assistant Marvin Sanders, Pastor of Shiloh Temple COGIC
Sunday, August 21, 2011