We have to understand that we are born spiritually unhealthy and weak. Oswald Chambers, in his devotional book “My Utmost for His Highest,” states it so clearly by telling us “God nowhere holds a man responsible for having the heredity of sin. The condemnation is not that I am born with a heredity of sin, but if when I realize Jesus Christ came to deliver me from it, I refuse to let Him do so, from that moment I begin to get the seal of damnation.” Whew! Tough stuff. Being a Christian isn’t for cowards!
Real spiritual death is this…
And this is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their deeds were evil.
That light needs to be turned up, and it is time to LIGHT THE FIRE!
I’m not saying to go out and burn and loot…that is NOT what Jesus would do. The FIRE needs to be Christ IN YOU!
I have some comments here that I shared at a Christian Convention some years ago. I think are quite pertinent today, and I’d like to share them with you now.
Right now, our nation is in the beginning embers of a fire that will destroy it. We need to seek God and work together to be that fire that helps cleanse it. We need to be that light, to lead the way to Jesus, our only hope of salvation, and by His Spirit, uncover and reject the lies and deceptions of the evil one.
Many today worry and complain about the rising crime rate, the breakup of the family and the general decline of our culture and moral values. But what they don’t seem to realize, is that the cause of it all, is that they don’t value truth. They love the darkness more than the light!
Today tolerance is more valued than truth. As the very soul of the America I love becomes more self-absorbed, sensually oriented and pleasure obsessed, we can expect to witness the prophecy of 2 Timothy. Men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God.
I am convinced that the moral principles in America are prisoners of war and the Christian heritage of this country is missing in action. This is where WE have to come in. Only a passionate return to repentance and righteousness will heal the ills of this nation.
Don’t think the Democrats or Republicans are going to do it. This is not a government problem; this is a MORALITY problem.
Abraham Lincoln once said, “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of the government in the next.” Lincoln and others like him knew the importance of raising up one generation under God, so the next would remain under God.
Some may deny what I am about to say, but we have ALL failed in some respects in the following:
People, we may have been instrumental in helping our children achieve academic excellence, physical health and a happy, safe childhood. But we have been detrimental if we have not armed them with salvation and the word of God, in the Light of Christ. The community cannot and will not do it. It is up to us. The first church your kids need to go to is your HOME! Our children may have the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the girdle of truth, the shoes of the gospel and the shield of faith, but they are unarmed and vulnerable if they do not have the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
Pay attention now to the signs of the times and the direction of God to re-establish the family as He has directed. The further mankind gets away from the precepts of God, the more horror will encroach upon our families and us. We need to teach that to our children and constantly tell that to our communities.
We must reject the lies of sexual immorality and sexual perversion, pornography, and the like by manifesting God’s truth in all avenues of OUR lives. We must continue in prayer as never before. We must make provision for our children to learn not only the God-breathed moral truths but also how to search it out in His Word.
We must participate in a church of God’s choosing and give our time, our tithes and our talents. Have “prayer walks” around our churches and individual neighborhoods. Not going door to door, forcing our opinions on uninterested, uncalled of God individuals, but rather, walking the areas mentioned, praying them out of their homes and into a leading into salvation and proper fellowship.
We must get involved in community activities and get the Christian, Spirit-led opinion out there. We must get involved in our children’s school and the curriculum and activities surrounding it. We must bring God’s vision and viewpoint to every nook and cranny of our communities.
We must answer comments of the family and in the workplaces with what GOD says, not what we think, not what the church says, but what GOD says is pleasing and acceptable to Him.
We must fast more frequently, as individuals and as a church. We must diligently and daily search the scriptures. We must pray for ALL the Christian churches to open their doors, first to God’s truth and then to all who are in need.
Churches need to stop acting like businesses trying to attract customers. We don’t need to take members from each other’s churches. We need to open our hearts and arms to the “unchurched”.
Churches need to stop competing with each other, and put the call to God out to the highways and the byways through their people.
This is war folks. Destroy the enemy of our souls, not each other! This will take sacrifice, teamwork, dedication, hard work, diligence, and persistence—all the things at which the flesh is not so good! But we must seek God like never before. We can do this, we must do this!
PEOPLE…IT IS TIME TO LIGHT THE FIRE!
NOW GO LIVE IT!
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