I fear greatly for those who have married their faith with their patriotism in this hour. I fear that just because God isn’t performing miracles on behalf of the patriotic cry that many will “turn and follow Him no more” because they were taught that this is “our best life now.” And that if they prayed based on 2 Chronicles 7:14, that their best life was still available in the here and now they are going to be greatly disappointed to find out that no matter how hard they pray God has already spoken that in the last days perilous times will come! We can’t pray that away.
We have to awaken to the sobering truth that earth is the Titanic and Jesus Christ is the only Ark of salvation.
God’s Word says that He isn’t willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance, but despite God’s desire, many more will perish than will be saved! As Jesus has taught us… “Broad is the gate that leads to destruction and many go that way” and “narrow is the way that leads to eternal life and few go that way.”
In just doing that math, we can understand why more and more we are going to be feeling surrounded on every side, almost feel like we are losing. And if it’s longing for this place to get better, to go back to what it once was…we are losing! But that is good news!
This is NOT our home, we are just pilgrims here. If our praying starts to line-up with the Spirit of God it will begin to be more and more: “The Spirit and Bride in agreement crying Come Lord Jesus, Come.”
Judgment begins in the House of God!
Repent of being purpose driven instead of “Spirit-led.” Repent of using God as a means to a selfish end, repent of “having church” instead of being the church. Jesus said, “My House is called to be a House of Prayer.”
What would be His testimony of His House today? You have made it a den of entertainment? Seeker friendly, Cross-void and tolerant, flattering places of self-help with sooth saying mantras absent from the Word of the Lord,” where prayer is “cliché?”
It seems that our best praying today is for a “good service” instead of just seeking His face. We’ve lost confidence in the very thing that God has ordained as the power of God unto salvation, the preaching of the Cross! Jesus Christ crucified is rarely mentioned because it’s not attractive to carnal man.
I know that statement probably comes across judgmental. I pray it’s heard for the way its been laid upon my heart, to realize from where we have fallen. Hey, I grew up in church, I can “play the part.” We’ve learned that well in the “Bible belt,” but it has allowed for a modern day “golden calf” to be erected. Church in a lot of ways has replaced God. And it’s another thing to repent of…We need to get back to the heart of God.
“You shall love the Lord Your God with all your heart, soul and strength and love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-38).
What does that look like in our daily walk? How do you fall in love with someone you hardly know and how you do know someone without spending time with them?
I’ve heard it said that love is spelled: T. I. M. E. and TIME is an altar that needs to be rebuilt in our homes, in our prayer closets and in our church gatherings!