Who’s Winning?

IS THE CHURCH WINNING THE WORLD OR IS THE WORLD WINNING THE CHURCH?

The idea that it is possible to make faith in the Lord Jesus Christ popular, or maybe acceptable, or even palatable to this world is both ludicrous and absolute proof of an ignorance of what the Bible says AND proof of one’s unbelief in the Bible as God’s Word. It is IMPOSSIBLE to truly believe what the Bible literally says and believe that this world will ever accept what it says as truth! The Bible states that will NEVER HAPPEN!

The Bible is diametrically opposed to the principles and priorities of this world and will ALWAYS challenge those who believe it to make a choice between the Word of God and pleasing (being acceptable to) this world!

Light and darkness can never be part of one another — neither physically or spiritually. The absence of one (light) is the definition of the other (darkness)! It is impossible naturally or spiritually for light and darkness to ever co-exist!

God spoke and wrote His Word in such a manner as to reveal the thoughts and intents of human’s hearts. If one wants an excuse to live according to their own lusts and justify themselves, all they have to do is “look hard enough” in the Bible and they will SEEM to find it. Even the devil quoted Scriptures to Jesus!

“There is a way that SEEMETH right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 16:25)

‪Just because some things “sound” right doesn’t make them right!‬

It is Biblically impossible to truly believe the Bible and follow the teachings of Jesus and today’s culture “approve”! To the natural mind, the things of the Spirit of God are “foolishness”! The preaching of the cross is both foolish and offensive to this world. “Believer,” will you eliminate spiritual things and the cross of Christ from your faith in order to be accepted by this world. The Bible emphatically declares that they that are friends with this world are the “enemies” of God! (James 4:4)

Bible-believing Christians, we are commanded to love the people of this world, but don’t expect the world to return the sentiments! Jesus emphatically stated that is not going to happen!

1 John 2:15-17
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

ONCE THE WORLD (ITS THOUGHTS, PRIORITIES, METHODS, LIFESTYLES, ETC.) GETS INTO THE CHURCH, AND THE WORLD AND THE CHURCH BECOME ONE AND THE SAME, THEN THE “CHURCH” IS NO LONGER THE CHURCH — IT’S JUST ANOTHER EXPRESSION OF THE WORLD!!!

BELIEVER, YOU MUST CHOOSE BETWEEN GOD AND THIS WORLD!
REMEMBER, “NOT CHOOSING” IS A CHOICE! GOD CAN ONLY BE CHOSEN BY ACTUALLY MAKING A CHOICE FOR HIM!

Whom Will You Believe?

WHOM WILL YOU BELIEVE? THE BIBLE OR THIS WORLD’S OPINIONS OF “RIGHT AND WRONG”?

With all of the pressure that this world is putting on “preachers” and the “church” to cave in and go along with what “they” say is right, far too many “Christians” today are at best drifting away from the Bible as being the final authority in their lives OR at worst totally abandoning its teachings and tenets so that they can “go along to get along.”

None of this conflict between the church and the opinions of this world is a surprise to those who study the Bible and believe that it is true. Yet, some “believers” have always been willing to forfeit their eternal future for a more comfortable place in whatever current society that they want to be accepted by.

Before the Civil War (and in some places still today), Preachers (and their churches) in the South preached and supported the culture and practice of slavery for personal gain and acceptance in society. Yet, it should have been the churches who stood up with the loudest voice and protested against slavery even from BEFORE the beginning of our nation.

In Germany before World War II, far too many preachers and churches supported Hitler and justified his hatred of Jews while turning a blind eye to what was going on in the death camps. Yes, those who protested were often jailed and some were executed. BUT that is sometimes the price of our faith and of faithfulness to God.

Nevertheless, all of the above and every other instance where those who were once faithful believers compromised for the expediency of their temporal existence in NO WAY invalidates the Bible as the Word of God AND the need for those who are His people to stand for His Word and His teachings regardless of the cost.

1 Peter 4:12-19
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.
16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

1 Peter 1:6-9
6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TESTING AND TRYING THAT IS COMING TO THE CHURCH FROM THIS WORLD, WILL YOU STILL BE STANDING FOR RIGHT AND TRUTH OR WILL YOU CHOOSE THE EASY WAY OUT? ETERNITY WILL PROVE THAT IT WASN’T THE EASY WAY, BUT IT TAKES TRUE FAITH IN THE BIBLE TO BELIEVE THAT, DOESN’T IT?

Hebrews 11:24-27
24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;
25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

IT TOOK FAITH FOR MOSES TO CHOOSE TEMPORARY PAIN OVER COMFORT AND PLEASURE NOW IN ORDER FOR HIM TO HAVE AN ETERNAL COMFORT AND REWARD. EVERY BELIEVER WILL BE FACED WITH THE SAME CHOICE. SOME ARE FACING THAT CHOICE EVEN NOW! WHAT WILL YOUR CHOICE BE? BETTER CHECK THE PRICE TAG?

THE SPIRITUAL NEUTRALITY NECESSARY TO FLOW IN THE SPIRIT IN MINISTRY!

While praying this morning, the Lord impressed upon me again the need to go into every individual spiritual meeting and session of that meeting in a state/condition of NEUTRALITY from a human perspective. IT IS IMPERATIVE to have NO preconceived ideas of how any gathering to pray, worship, and/or minister is going to proceed SO THAT we can be totally responsive to the directing of the Lord’s Spirit.

Any conscious or subconscious attempt to “direct” the meeting in any specific direction is contrary to His Will. WE MUST find the flow of the meeting and flow with His Spirit throughout the meeting. (Our flesh is always “tempted” to take over a meeting that God is moving in. NOT GOOD!)

Our “custom” in Ministry is to want to know what we are “going to do and say” in advance. But how much of that is His Will and His way, and how much of it is our fear of failure and us attempting to avoid being embarrassed if things don’t work out like we “intended”?

I fully understand that only ONE of the twelve Apostles got out of the boat, BUT he did get to walk on water. My sincere desire is that every true Man and Woman of God would be willing to risk sinking in order to have the opportunity to walk with Him where others fear to go!

If you know me at all, you know I study and pray — not just to minister, but as my lifestyle. Nevertheless, Jesus said to take no thought for what we would say in that day and hour. I know that for many that sounds “dangerous” because it seems as though it gives flesh a free pass to do nothing — just “get up and wing it.” But in point of fact, it is the opposite. In order to walk with Jesus where He is totally “in charge,” I have to allow the Grace of God to enable me to become completely neutral before Him everyday.

The Father desires to make me HIS conduit: one that does not direct Him, but yields to HIM — even when I don’t understand what He is doing or saying. How else could Old Testament prophets prophesy things that they did not understand at all. If someone in the Old Testament without even having the Baptism of the Holy Ghost can trust the Lord to that degree and be that yielded to Him, how can we, who do have His Spirit, do and be less?

This may be a “new day,” but we must walk in it the “old” way — His Way — not our modern “churchified” way. I am not “preaching” against preparation to minister. I am espousing that true preparation is every day, every moment of the day so that we can be instant in season and out — IN HIM! We must do this so that we can always be ready to walk through every door that the Lord opens and be able flow immediately! It is much easier to find the flow of the Spirit for Ministry when we live in the flow of His presence every day!

I feel compelled in the Spirit to challenge every sincere Minister of God, who is hungry for more of God, to go into the Sunday “gatherings” of His Body (a much more Biblical word than “church service”) and be totally neutral before God AND let Him Direct and lead. Then you can see what happens!

It is not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit saith the Lord! (Zach 4:6).
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit (Gal 5:16-25).
If we walk in the Spirit, let us also minister with, in, by, and through His Spirit.

Jesus emphatically declared in John 6:63, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth NOTHING: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”

THE LORD’S WORDS INITIATED BY, EMPOWERED BY, AND MINISTERED BY HIS SPIRIT GIVE LIFE AND PEACE!

BUT OUR WORDS — EVEN IF THEY ARE “QUOTING” THE BIBLE — PRODUCE NOTHING OF ANY VALUE AT BEST AND SPIRITUAL DEATH IN THE HEARERS AT WORST!