Thursday, December 27, 2018
Thomas Jefferson“The Great Awakening, Azuza Street, The Welsh Revival…all a distant memory within the dusty pages of church history. The fire has gone from the pulpit, the sheep slumber, hell enlarges itself yet the voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘repent’ is silenced over the sounding brass or clanging cymbal.Today My church cries “Experience” more..more… Give me experience!! Where are those who weep over their sins? Where are those that weep over the lost, who wrestle with the devil until breakthrough comes? Where are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness? Where is the faith that will move mountains? Where is the perseverance to stand in the midst of the storm and declare the goodness of God…standing on His promises until victory comes; no matter the cost, the length of time?
The church in America has failed in her mission to heal the sick, share the gospel and be the light in the darkness. Instead the church of the 21st century has become a broken vessel that can hold no water. I AM will not forever withhold My judgment against this rebellious people….for when they say peace and safety then sudden destruction shall come upon them like a woman in childbirth.
Experience, experience they cry…but for faith……”
‘Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.’ Hebrews 11:1
‘It seems in the present day religious culture of our nation that one can hardly set foot into a service or pick up a book without hearing some very distinct messages about what I will refer to as “feel good faith.” It is in effect not truly faith at all because it is based upon the foundation of personal spiritual experiences and emotions. True faith is to put our total and complete trust in Elohim…the creator and sustainer of all life. It is a trust in the nature and character of the one true G-d who is the same yesterday, today and for all of eternity. It is not a trust based upon feelings, warm fuzzies or senses. We trust because He is supremely trustworthy and binds Himself to His own covenant and fulfills to the letter every word He says He will do. His love and faithfulness are everlasting and He is not like man that he should lie or wake up one day and have a personality makeover.
We have a responsibility to diligently guard and keep our hearts in check and filter our emotional and experiential messages through the truth of scripture which is never wrong and will never change. This produces a trust that is not easily shaken because it is built on the foundation of a G-d whose faithfulness never changes, whose love never runs dry and whose character is more dependable than the sun that pierces the horizon and heralds each morning. He is our rock and the fortress upon which we must build our lives. Experiences will change. Emotions will fluctuate. If we evaluate reality based on things that move, then we will totter to and fro based on this variable environment. If we are firmly rooted in truth, we can build a trust that is tried and true and that will carry us through any storm we face in this life.’
The Gospel Masquerade
‘And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.’ Hebrews 11:6
“…Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29