Friday, May 22, 2020
A Few Random Observations
Here are a few random Observations:
Are you one who has spent years in the wilderness, waiting for
God’s moment? Are you a David in the caves, a Joseph in the
dungeons? Couldn’t it be that this is the very moment that God
has been preparing you for, all this time?
You see, the “big boys” with their shallow gospel are in increasing
trouble through all of this. They rely on big money, big media, big
hype and big budgets to get their message out. And the budget is
looking rather sick. Could it be that God is leveling the playing field?
Are many that were “last” about to become first? Are the little guys
with their message of repentance and heart-holiness about to break
through the glass ceiling that has kept them down for so long?
Has God actually been planning this for ages?
Personal Spiritual experiences such as dreams and visions, travel to Israel, baptism, etc... make you no better or more knowledgeable than other believers who have never had those experiences. They are for personal blessing not oneupmanship.
You don’t have to travel to a special place to know and understand the Bible. God has never told us to do that! Everything we need is in the Word and the Holy Spirit.
Anyone that even has the attitude they know so much more than others has not the Spirit of Christ active in them.
John 3:16 is a verse of scripture that most know by heart; it says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The way to everlasting life is here clearly laid out for us; believe in the Son, Jesus Christ. God loves all of humanity. He did not provide a way of salvation because you are who you are; He provided the way because He loves all mankind and all mankind are sinners and the only way that any of us has any hope is to receive Jesus Christ.
I will not go to heaven if I am good nor will I go to hell merely because I am bad. The eternal destiny of each of us will be decided by what response we have to Jesus Christ and His invitation to us to receive Him as our Lord and Savior.
In his excellent book ” Set The Trumpet To Thy Mouth” Pastor David Wilkerson makes the following points.
1-A true prophet of God is consumed with a vision of the Lord Jesus Christ.
2-A true prophet of God preaches and practices self-denial.
3-A true prophet of God has a holy boldness against sin. He never whitewashes evil.
Our dear brother has done well to make these observations. We have so few true prophets of God speaking today. One so-called prophet of today, Kim Clement, says that todays prophets are “more fun” because they do not deal with peoples sin. Joel Osteen claims that he will not mention sin or the Cross. The list is endless and I could go on and on but the point is; how did we sink to such a low level in the church?
Our focus should be Jesus Christ and Him crucified, so how did we allow the base desires of greed and lust to dominate us to the point that now, the precious Gospel that cost Christ His life’s Blood has been cheapened to little more than get- rich- quick schemes and some type of magic talisman to make all our problems disappear?
It is little wonder that the Church in America is so soft these days. David Wilkerson calls these modern prophets [ so-called] “Pillow Prophets.” I agree… The church in this country has fallen asleep with its head in the lap of Delilah. The true glory of God has departed and a very cheap imitation is being promoted.
There is an old saying that I grew up on that goes something like this; I don’t care how high you jump, you must walk straight when you come down. We, as preachers, do not need $5,000 ink pens or our own gimmicks. We do not need to live in the biggest and finest homes on the market. We do not need the most expensive airplanes so we can fly over the people we are supposed to reach. We do not need the most expensive clothes. One real big lie in the church right now is that a “Kings Kid” should have the best. That is a terrible lie. What about Luke chapter 9:23-25 ? or Matthew 10:37-42? Just to name a couple.
We must reach out to others with what God blesses us with. Christ taught concern and compassion for others; not greed. We need to tell men everywhere about the savior. Christians are to live lives that are examples of Jesus Christ. Jesus often spoke of giving a cup of cold water to a thirsty neighbor and giving away our coat to those in need. Whatever happened to that message? We are supposed to care for orphans and widows and those who have been beaten down by life; not try to get what little they do have from them. Come on church, wake up before its too late! Get back to preaching about the Cross. Get back to living out your faith in practical, everyday, common ways.
Most of what you see over TBN is vain and fanciful imaginations of the darker variety. Most of it appeals strongly to the fallen nature; the sinful nature of mankind. Where have the true prophets gone? We so desperately need a true word from God in our land. On second thought, we have a Bible chocked full of true words of God; maybe we should read our Bibles more and listen less, none at all preferably, to the pillow prophets that abound in our land.