We have now entered the time in our history concerning the approaching of the last great awakening of the church. Only those caught up in the beliefs of man won’t be able to see the drastic changes that are surrounding our day.
This has to be the generation of those who consider themselves to be truly born again Christians to begin to affirm God to this generation. We have seen nothing yet to what our world will experience, and yet this is the greatest time for the true church to arise and take their place, “for such a time as this.”
There are some who still won’t believe, and yet there are many beginning to wonder as they see events unfold over our world, things that are extreme. For we are beginning to see extremes.
Sinfulness has been unleashed at every level, and yet there is that last hope we can possess that the great God of the universe will step in like never before to address the issues that are having such an effect upon His people.
No matter the circumstances we face that seem to want to change us, they cannot change God. What the future holds for those who profess Jesus as Lord will have to deal with Him first, and He will deal with them once and for all.
I am amazed at how people that talk of knowing Jesus and talk of their commitment to God will get caught up in so many things that actually work against the very things God says not to do. They’re dishonest in what they say to people while the Bible says we’re not to lie. They do personal work on their job, are on the phone, or are late to work when God says you’re to live not as the world does but to be different. They go to casinos just for entertainment, but God said not to mess with dishonest scales that cheat people.
People are always calculating on what they can get by with in this life when it really doesn’t hurt anyone. But it does and will because anything that is not of God is not going to get His approval, and therefore will cause people to be in big trouble when God separates the good from the bad (or, as He puts it, the wheat from the chaff).
People, because of their own self values, calculate what will get them to heaven because they’re basically a good person. You can’t calculate your way to heaven. There’s no way to second guess God and win. Either you are all out for Him or you are somewhere else- and so are a lot of religious people.
Whenever a soldier many years ago went to battle, before guns and cannons, armor was used to shield from swords or spears. Today, soldiers don’t use such armor. But Christians are told about armor in the Bible in Ephesians 6:10-18. This is called the Armor of God. It’s spiritual armor, and if any Christian is going to advance and do anything for the kingdom of God, they need this armor.
The real Christian life is a life that espouses the gospel and battles the enemy that opposes God. The devil is real, and he fights dirty. He has some power, but God is greater, and He tells us to put on the armor He provides- like prayer, peace and God’s Word- to fight with the truth and stand for the ways of God.
I’m afraid that way too many Christians would rather just hide behind the armor than use it to battle the forces of darkness. Some people get offended that some of us believe there is a spiritual darkness over many people, even in many churches.
Spiritual warfare is as real as life itself, and it comes in many forms. It’s not just the people who dabble with the occult. Witchcraft comes in many forms, and a great one is deception- getting you to believe it doesn’t even exist.
Take up God’s armor today. Stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything. Without the armor of God, you’ll be defeated- and many others you care about will as well. Stand now and amount to something for the Kingdom of God.
That word is said a lot in the area these days, and a lot of people in the area play their hand at it weekly. Actually, we do it a lot more than you think. We take chances with our future, our family, even our own lives at times, believing the odds are in our favor. That is what everyone that likes to take chances believes.
The greatest mistake comes with the bet we place on our soul, the chances we take thinking we can handle our own lives and come out a winner. But we won’t.
Every day, every person is given the option to gamble on their lives, believing that if they just get one more opportunity or place one more bet, they just might make it. We waste our time and waste God’s money. We waste His blessings convincing ourselves we are doing okay.
Spinning that wheel, pulling that slot, rolling those dice, and once in a while it might look like we are winning; but the true results will come after your life is over and the things you thought were fun and important will have caused you to come up short.
If you are reading this, you still have the option to put all you have on Jesus, turning your life over to Him. The odds of not doing so and spending eternity away from Him are 100 percent.
Why should you pray?
- Prayer draws the Spirit of God more fully into your life.
- Prayer invites wisdom in and God’s power to help you.
- Prayer will chase away pressures of stresses in life.
- Prayer directs you toward God’s agenda.
- Prayer gives you confidence that can stir your inner abilities to go on and live above life’s circumstances.
- Prayer will reveal to you the necessary changes needed to take place that will help you grow into the person of character God has truly made you to be.
- Prayer can fight all your battles and win those seen and unseen, for you are drawn into the presence of God which no spiritual or human force can stand against.
- Prayer is powerful because, as you pray, you connect with the strength of heaven as you face the world.
The more prayer, the less the one praying has to do, for God intervenes more where He is invited. As you pray you open the door for heavenly powers to come and attach themselves in all that concerns you.
Prayer is the great key for the great God of heaven and earth to do great things.
Every one of us seeks something. We are in the kingdom of somebody building, either for ourselves or others that will someday get what we’ve built up. But the Bible gives us a clear directive to follow. It’s Luke 12:30-31 where it says it like this: “Your Father already knows your needs. Seek first the Kingdom of God above all else, and God will give you everything you’ll ever need.” Way too many of us invest way too much in this world, and yet not one of us is going to stay here forever.
Eternity only exists in two different places- Heaven or Hell- and nowhere else. People can invent some other idea, but that’s all it is. Only heaven and hell have been proven to be real.
There have been many accounts recorded of these places. God tells us “seek my kingdom,” the eternal one that is a place of eternal peace. That sure is not here. God has something so much better, and if you’ll put aside the things of this world, He will lead you, take care of you, and eventually receive you into His eternal Kingdom.
There is no way to get there but through His help and giving your life over into His Son’s hands. Jesus is the way and the only way to eternal life in heaven. If you seek His Kingdom and build around that, your future is secure when you give your life to Jesus and seek His Father’s kingdom before your own.
When we think of the people that make up the church, usually we think of the pastor or preacher, and there are many other names given for those who lead congregations; teacher, priest, vicar or evangelist. Whatever the name, their position is somewhat the same. But today there is another needed that many have forgotten about or don’t recognize and today’s Christian church is in great need of. And that is the place of the Revivalist. Not what some denominations call this position (an evangelist), but I’m talking about someone who can bring in such a message that will bring the holy power of God’s anointing which will revive people in their spirit.
There have been some notable ones like Charles Finney, John Wesley, Martin Luther, Evan Roberts, George Whitfield; people whom God laid His mighty hand on, and thousands upon thousands of people were revived to the Spirit of Almighty God.
The position of the true revivalist is needed today more than ever before. Oh, that God would raise up revivalists to bring spiritual CPR to His people- for many are so lacking. The best example is in how even those who claim Christ have so little impact on society as it has lost its moral compass.
There must be prayer for God to raise up such people for such a time as this. Today, many spiritual lives are in a tail spin, and only a real move of the Spirit of Almighty God can help us now.
It was a great day when the Lord Jesus called, and I heard, on that October day when He visited my soul and wiped it clean of dirty stains of a sinful life. From that moment on I knew there was a change, and, as with any change, my life began a new journey. There were hills to still climb over and valleys to walk through, but this time Jesus was there with me, and He got me through them. My life was made new and has never been the same and has changed daily.
This life is not ever for just one here or there, but for all people who want a new life. If you will truly want a new life; if you will truly put self aside and seek the true God, He will find you. Jesus is not a respecter of anyone. No matter your sins, He has promised to forgive, and He will. You’ll get a new start in life, now with a purpose. No matter what your problems, bring them to the Lord Jesus. He’s big enough to handle them all.
There is a better life waiting for any one of you that wants it. Jesus said, “Come any of you to me, and I will give you rest and peace.” He also said he would give you a future and hope. Isn’t that what your heart longs for?
If a person who says they are a Christian is really a Christian, then they will make an effort to get to know Jesus, which comes by reading the Bible. Without making God’s Word a major part of your life when it is available, who you think you are might be what you are not!
Too many people use the term “Christian” way too loosely. Being a Christian requires a life lived for Christ not just in word but by the fruits that are produced from our daily living, and how our lives and possessions are used to touch others for God’s purposes, not our own kingdom building.
To be a Christian requires us to be different from the world we live in because God’s ways are not like the people of the world. A Christian is to be different. We may not be required to be the judge of others, but we certainly can see their fruit (the results of their behavior), and we will be known by this spiritual fruit by God and others. For those who are put in the position to judge, that is a whole different responsibility that few can accept and use rightly. We must be very careful in this area. We must be careful how we use the name of Christ, how we refer to ourselves as His follower.
Some will be in trouble one day because they used the name “Christian” too loosely. A scripture in Matthew Chapter 7:21 says, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but those who do the will of my Father in heaven.”
Born into a farm family, this young man worked hard and long until his father died. He then became a bank clerk. He also tried his hand at many business ventures but they all failed. He became a field officer in World War I and served overseas. He later married and became a shopkeeper in Kansas City. Eventually he entered politics where in 1944 he was selected to run as Vice-President with President Roosevelt. Eighty two days later he became President when Roosevelt died.
Upon taking over the presidency, here is what he said to Congress: “At this moment I have a prayer in my head, as I have assumed my heavy duties. I humbly pray, Almighty God, in the words of King Solomon. Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge they people. That I may discern between good and bad, for who is able to judge this day so great a people? I ask only to be a good and faithful servant of my Lord and my people.”
This President went on to pray this prayer in 1950: “Oh Mighty and Everlasting God, Creator of heaven, earth and the universe, help me to think and act what is right because it is right. Make me truthful, honest and honorable in all things. Make me intellectually honest for the sake of right and honor and without thought of reward to me. Give me the ability to be charitable, forgiving and patient with my fellow man. Help me to understand their motives and their shortcomings even as Thou understandeth mine. Amen.”
There are several of this President’s prayers connecting the God of the Bible to everyday living for morality to faith. We need such leadership today by those who won’t give speeches that have to be politically correct, that will recognize the only true God as the Supreme over all and will not waiver, and that will be like our 33rd President from Lamar, Missouri, Harry S. Truman.