Who Is God in Your Life?
Either God is the Creator of the whole man, the whole universe, and all of reality and existence, or he is the Creator of none of it.
If God is only the Creator of some divided platonic existence which leads to a tension between the body and the soul, the real world and the spiritual world, if God is only the Creator of some spiritual little experiential "praise the Lord" reality, then he is not much of a God. Indeed, he is not I AM at all.
If our Christian lives are allowed to become something spiritual and religious as opposed to something real, daily applicable, understandable, beautiful, verifiable, balanced, sensible, and above all united, whole, if indeed our Christianity is allowed to become this waffling spiritual goo that nineteenth-century platonic Christianity became, then Christianity as truth disappears and instead we only have a system of vague experiential religious platitudes in its place.
(Franky Schaeffer V, Addicted to Mediocrity (Westchester, IL: Crossway Books, 1981), pp. 27-28.)
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. [Isaiah 5:20]
We need to be aware of what's happening!
Throughout church history, there have been those who have (to use Dwight L. Moody's words) become "so heavenly minded that they were no earthly good." They quit their jobs, sold their property, and sat and waited for Jesus to return. All of them have been embarrassed, of course, because it is unbiblical to set dates for His coming. It is also unbiblical to become careless and lazy just because we believe Jesus is coming soon.
We need to be alert to the possibility of the consummation of events at any time. That means we are aware of the events unfolding in the world that shape our destiny. Implied in our alertness, is also readiness. We need to be preparing ourselves for Christ's return which could happen at any moment. As we see the time of His return edging closer, we should intensify our efforts of fulfilling our calling of preaching the gospel so that others might too be saved.
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked.
A man reaps what he sows. [Galatians 6:7]
Enemies of Revival
Apathy, complacency, and spiritual self-satisfaction are the main enemies of revival. We need both a dynamic concept of mission and also a dynamic concept of life in the power of the Holy Spirit in order to move effectively in God's will. More and more power is ours as we seek Him at greater and greater depths, increasingly submitting to His promptings, and courageously launching out in obedience to His commands. Our resolution should be (in Hudson Taylor's words) to "Expect great things from God and attempt great things for God."
Compromise with the world causes us to loose our focus on what is truly important. When we become like those people and situations which cause disunity, we add to the problem rather than help.
Divorce, Remarriage, and Adultery
In today's society, a fad that's in the church as much as it is in the world is to not take the marriage covenant as seriously as we once did.
It is hard to imagine that anyone in this country has not been touched by divorce in one way or another.
Marriage is a covenant. Not only a covenant between the man and woman but a covenant with God.
Motivation for a Victorious Life
I believe far too many Christians are NOT living a victorious life in Christ because they have not been given the tools to use along with their gifts.
Well meaning, but deceived, leaders in many congregations tell their flock they are not victorious because they don't have enough faith. Rather than lift them with the Truth of the Gospel and the grace of God, they condemn the new or struggling believer with their own brand of Phariseeism.
What the believer needs who is struggling with life's issues are practical biblical based tools to help them gain balance in their lives and to move from being a defeated Christian to victorious Christian.
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me - put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you." [Phil. 4:8-9]
The Apostle, Paul, identified for us where the battleground takes place. It takes place in our thought process. And, it is that thought process which the devil uses to fill our minds with false ideas and visions of defeat. Paul says to think on the more positive things: "whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy." These are the things we need to focus our minds on.
The message that is needed is one of conviction of sin and the fear of God. Until men and women realize that they have violated God's laws and that this world is ripening to reap His wrath, they will not see their need for the forgiveness which Christ bought with His blood. That message will be increasingly difficult to deliver in the days ahead, but it is the only one that will prevent "converts" from coming to Christ for the wrong reasons and thereby being set up to follow the Antichrist when he appears.
When all is said and done, and your life has come to a close, where will you spend the rest of your eternity?
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. [2Peter 3:9]
God wants us to know He will return. God's seeming delay in bringing about the consummation of all things is a result not of indifference but of patience in waiting for all who will come to repentance. God is giving us every chance to repent of our sin and return to Him. He is being patient with us because He wants everyone to come to repentance. Either we turn back to God or we will suffer His just punishment.
The delay of Christ's return is related to the preaching of the gospel of the kingdom to the whole world. God wants everyone to hear the gospel and does not desire anyone to perish eternally (1Tim. 2:4). This does not mean that all will be saved, for if a person rejects God's grace and salvation, then he or she remains lost.