Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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Awake, Brothers and Sisters in Christ!

Awake, Brothers and Sisters in Christ!

Pray Without Ceasing!


          I awoke at two in the morning, as I am often prone to do these days in my later years.  I was filled with a since of urgency to pray for my children, yet not just for them.  I thought of our church family and our prayer chain where many pour out their requests for those in need of prayer.  More often than not, these prayers are understandably for those in need of healing.  Even so, my thoughts were drawn to the unspoken prayers that I’m sure are in the hearts of so many Moms and Dads, grandparents, relatives, and friends that are being raised unto the Lord as they see the damage, destruction and heartache that is taking its toll upon families due to the rampant doubt and unbelief of our times.  I feel for each of us as we cry out to the Lord for His intervention in the lives of our loved ones. We see them sinking deeper and deeper into the mire of secularism, humanism, intellectualism, and shackled by the chains of sin in their lives.  The scripture that so aptly describes the lives of too many today is captured in the scripture, “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”(Tim. 3:7)

          “Satan roams too and fro seeking whom he may devour.”  And yet, if we were to look at our society with eyes opened wide, you’d think that the whole world is completely oblivious to Satan, as if he and hell did not even exist.  We have gone so far away from God that we don’t even realize there is a battle going on for our very souls.  Satan is still deceiving and destroying us with his same old question of “hath God really said?,” for he still tricks and deceives many with his lies that we aren’t really responsible for listening to and obeying God.  People are standing in our churches repeating the creed saying the words, “I believe in the virgin birth of our Jesus Christ, etc,’ and yet in their hearts they don’t believe one word of it.  Churches have become a place to come together to celebrate unity with community and mankind, while the people have not one idea of what it means to be united in the faith of our Lord- “having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.  Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also ‘resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.” (Tim. 3: 5, 8)

          In stead of concentrating on our Lord as a God of judgment and love, we are focusing more often on the love part of God’s character and ignoring the judgment part of His character.  We are wallowing in the pigpen of a ‘feel good’ message that espouses a sickening sentimental message of ‘let’s just love one another’ and set aside the fact that we serve a just and holy God that ‘will not strive with man forever.”  If anyone tries to give a message on God’s expectations of us to turn from sin, a loud cry too often swells up warning “judge not lest ye be judged” providing a smoke screen to cover the reality of our disobedient and rebellious hearts, for no one wants to be confronted with sin in our lives these days.  Hell is no longer presented as a part of reality, but just a figment of someone’s imagination.  Universalism, the belief that all are going to heaven regardless of in whom or what one believes, is even being proclaimed by the Pope and many other church leaders, and the people  are following right along in line with the footsteps of these false teachers.  We are drowning in the attitude of ‘just tell me what I want to hear’ and ‘don’t bother me with the facts of what I need to hear.’ God is full of mercy and grace towards us, but He also requires our obedience to Him and His Word.  We rejoice in words that tickle our ears, and yet spurn the words that should lead us unto conviction and repentance for our sins. We turn away from His efforts to draw our hearts back to Him, the One True Living God, who desires to correct our ways and plant our feet back on the straight and narrow path.

          Fellow believers, we must join in one accord, not only to pray for the sick but also to pray for God’s intervention in the lives of so many of our loved ones who have seemingly come to the decision and belief that they can get along quite well without God the Father. His Son Jesus, if He exists at all, is seen as good man who may have taught a few good things, but His deity and resurrection is merely a myth of man’s making to use as a crutch in life by those who are weak.  Their attitude has become that a trip to the ‘old rugged cross’ is wasted time and a needless effort, for we are our own god, having no need of a Savior.  And as for the Holy Spirit, He might as well be a figment of one’s imagination too for we not only deny His power but His very existence.  In addition, God’s word is no more truth than that which is found in the book of  “The Wizard of Oz.” The absolute truth of God is non existent, for whatever you or I say or believe is deemed as right, and there is no wrong.  There is no one way to God.  You follow your own ‘light’ and I’ll follow mine, and we will all meet together in the end, or when we die that is the end and there is no after life, so all this God stuff doesn’t matter anyway.  Who needs to trust in God when I can trust completely in logic, reason, history revised by man, and any other manmade attribute?  You and I, who believe in Christ as Savior and Lord, know these are lies straight from the devil.  But they are truth and reality to more of our loved ones than we would like to believe. 

          Time is short.  We can tell others about Christ, but we can not control their response.  Our greatest weapon in defense against the fiery darts and onslaught of Satan, his demons, the powers and principalities of the darkness of this world, is God’s Word and the effectual prayers of a righteous man.  We have been asleep or dormant for far too long.  We must put on the full armor of God and prepare to do battle for the sake of our own souls and the sake of our loved ones that we may bring glory and honor to the Lord our God, who is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  As the Word says, “Let us shout unto God with the voice of triumph.  Praise Him, Praise Him!  Shout unto God with the voice of praise. Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world. Wake up, pray without ceasing, and let not our voices be silent any longer.

          As we go before the Lord to present out supplications unto Him let us remember and hold fast to the truth of the words in that wonderful old hymn:

“How Great Thou Art”

“O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,

Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made;

I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,

Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, My Savior God to Thee,

How great Thou art, How great Thou art.

Then sings my soul, My Savior God to Thee,

How great Thou art, How great Thou art!”


“With God, all things are possible!”

Matthew 19:26


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