The Deeper Work of God

Have you tested and tried the promises of God? The words of Jesus, do you believe them? Do you have faith to believe? God wants to put us in a place where He can use us, but we must be willing to go. To believe for the miraculous, to see lives completely changed, to set hell on the run and bring healing and set the captives of the world free.

We are not to behave inappropriately with this liberty the Holy Spirit gives, for some have caused confusion and made some to draw back away from believing the fullness of this great gift from God. To be used by the Holy Spirit you must yield to His leading and not transgress against this gift. You must be sensitive and this can only come through a life willing to put self aside and be used and be obedient to the world without doubt, but believe by faith in the fullness of His work. Because this is such a deeper matter this work of the Holy Spirit is dangerous to the enemy of mankind and he will try and cause great interference.

Why, because Satan knows the Holy Spirit’s power is real and powerful and can defeat him at every corner they meet on. Once a child of God gets a hold of the truth of this gift Jesus gave to His followers, they can do great damage to Satan’s evil kingdom work. So this devil of hell will try to cause as much distrust and division over this subject among God’s people that he can.

Christians are not to be of this world. That’s why the world in itself cannot understand the spiritual things of God, but is a greater disappointment when Christians doubt as well. Our God is a God of might and power. He sends the Holy Spirit into dark places to shine His light of hope and help and He looks to the Christian to hold the torch.

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HONORING SIN

Who would ever have thought that the day would come in a nation like America that was founded on the Bible that set up the documentation that would help establish our Constitution, Bill of Rights and the future of our country? Back then we had many that would honor God’s Word even if they were not church-going at the time. Most basically followed God but some did not. Yet God’s Word was respected by both.

Today there is a new breed of leaders, many who have little knowledge of this Bible that shaped this nation. They’ve not taken the time to study it and learn its principles. Therefore they consider its teaching as not as valuable as other books to help shape their lives.

So today we celebrate a new way of life, one of life styles and character totally different than what is considered in God’s Word. Most are more concerned with what other people think than what God does. They’ve developed their own standards and mainly without God’s.

We now honor sinfulness over righteousness. We give awards to those who pervert God’s Word and stand on the stage showing off what they believe to be right and if someone else points out this sinfulness, they quickly are vilified and their life is marginalized as intolerant. Sometimes even Godly people are labeled as dangerous thinking persons that must be disqualified and their character dismantled all so sin can keep its place with self and society, all because the forces of entertainment and information makes sin look so good and respectable while God shows it for what it is in its true light.

UNLESS WE DECIDE

The time is here and what are you going to do? Yes, what are you going to do? It is up to your response. You are going to now make the decisions that determine what direction this nation goes and where you will be by the end of your time here. Yes, you. Yes, the true church of the only true God of creation.

If that is who you say you are, then what are you going to do? Because unless you, the one who says “I’m a Christian”, decides it, then how God moves depends on how the people move toward God.

There is no way that there is going to be a change unless the people who say they are born again Christians come to the place they will forsake their own interest and call upon God by the way of prayer and obedience to His Word. Then there will be an awakening revival. If there is no great move of God within the church, then there is not one drop of hope for America because God said He would build His kingdom through His church.

So the things will change in the church but when will be determined whenever God’s people have had enough and are willing to humble themselves and truly seek the God of heaven and earth, Yahweh, God of Israel. And when God moves among His church, you’ll know it.

The people of God must become just what they say they are. The people of God must turn their lives back to the God of the Bible, call upon the name of Jesus, the only way to God. If we don’t, the people perish. If we do, the people of this nation will be saved from destruction surely to come.

Potential

When God prepared to create you He did so for a purpose and you have the potential to fulfill that destiny before you. Most people never reach their full potential. Why? 1st of all…without being born again you can’t. Apart from Christ, you can do nothing that will have any real eternal value.

God’s Word says: “Abide in Me and I in you, as the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine and you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing.”

The Bible has all the information you’ll ever need to help you understand. Some people want to order God to do things and expect Him to answer them as needed. But what arrogance for anyone to think they can order the God of the Universe to do as they say, when they dishonor Him for who He is. Prayers will not be answered when we disrespect the Highest Office of Heaven.

No one like God understands us better. And God will do the same with any of us who looks to Him. The Word of God is powerful. Mixed with your prayers, commitment to Christ the Potential to do great things in light of eternity is unlimited.

You cannot begin to number the good thoughts God has toward you. Be encouraged. He is with you, no matter what for you have a faithful, knowing companion in Christ.

WHAT IS YOUR SPIRITUAL ADDRESS?

I believe many people today think they reside next to God’s kingdom and will someday be moving there. I believe there are lots of people who think they are a resident of one town and all the time really living in another one, spiritually speaking.

The Christian life is a life of faith which will lead to one’s supernatural growth unless there is actually no spiritual life. Then all the growth is only by mankind’s involvement more than God’s. In Revelation, Chapter 3, we can see that the Laodicean church started out good, but got bogged down because of their not allowing their God-given abilities to serve God, but served themselves.

Many of the churches today have become far too comfortable in just being a church. Some have adapted more to what the people want than actually what the people need. Some of our churches today are on dangerous ground spiritually and we all need to wake up to what is happening.

What city are you a resident of today? And, by the way, God does know all of our spiritual addresses. Do you need to move and relocate? Maybe we need to ask God to evict us, if need be. Because God needs us to be out of some of the things we take up our time with, the places we go, the people we might be influenced by.

God has His ways to wake up His church, but I am concerned what will be the price that may have to be paid to get the Christian’s attention. For the Christians are the real church today. God is not going to let Satan continue to reap havoc upon the people. There is going to be a time of reckoning and it may be costly to some.

We need to evaluate our walk with God constantly to become consistently faithful and grow and from that producing fruit. God has remarkable ways to help us if we are willing to let Him change us and refine our lives spiritually. God is not limited by mankind’s ways. God has His own ways of getting people’s attention. Make sure He has yours now instead of later.

A SUBDIVIDED HEART

God will not allow His people to lay claim to His kingdom to be sub-divided in their loyalty to Him.

In 2nd Chronicles, chapter 25, we find in the line of the kings one named Amaziah.  He became king, he follow his father, King Joash, who was a good king as long as Jehoiada, the priest, was alive.  But as soon as Joash was on his own, it says in 2nd Chronicles 24:18, “therefore they left the house of the Lord of their fathers and served wooden images and idols.”  And it says that wrath came upon them.

Then in Chapter 25, verse 2, the scripture says this, “and he, the king Amaziah, did what was right in the sight of the lord, but not with a loyal heart.”  Through the story we find Amaziah won battles and God helped him.  Then in verse 15 – 16, look what happens when God does not have one’s full heart.  “The anger of the Lord burned against Amaziah and He sent a prophet to him who said, ‘Why do you consult this people’s gods which could not save their own people from your hand?’ While he was still speaking, the king said to him, ‘have we appointed you an advisor to the king?  Stop!  Why be struck down?’  So the prophet stopped but said, ‘I know that God has determined to destroy you, because you have done this and have not listened to my counsel.’”

When you point out sin in people’s lives, especially those in authority, you’ll get at times this same type of response.  To have strength in your life, you must have the word of God in your life continually.  You must be humble enough to repent of your sins when you’ve done wrong.

We see people today doing this same thing, speaking as one with God but without a heart being right toward God.  Much of this occurs when people retain secret sins in their lives. No one can serve God, nor worship Him for no one can follow God to the full potential, who has sin in their lives.  This is critical to your relationship with God.

Casual Faith

It says in Genesis 11 that Terah took Abram, his son, and his grandson, Lot, and left the land of Ur to head for the promised land of Canaan. But Terah stopped and stayed in the Land of Haran.

Actually in today’s language they started in southern Iraq, which means in modern day language Abram was an Iraqi. Ur was like the New York City of the day. This land of the Chaldean’s eventually became the Babylonians, which became today the Iraqis.

When Terah died, Abram obeyed God and moved onward to the land of Carman, which is present day Israel. There his shepherds and Lot’s shepherds fought over the land for their sheep and goats to graze. So to avert a range war Abram told Lot to pick where he wanted to go. Lot went to the area of Sodom that looked good but the Bible says that the men there were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Lord.

It is easy to be lured by compromise. Lot moved to Sodom and got himself and his family in trouble. So Abram took all of his servants and rescued Lot, yet Lot went right back to Sodom and the people returned to their old ways.

Then in chapter 18, Abram now becomes Abraham because of the covenant between him and God. Abraham is visited by three angels who explain what’s getting ready to happen in the land and all the towns of Sodom and that whole area. There is a discussion about finding enough righteous people to spare the area, but it is discovered that there are not even 10 righteous people living in the whole area.

Now, in chapter 19, verse 22, we see where the angels have come to Sodom and have surveyed the place. Lot meets them and begs them to stay at his home because Lot knows of the wickedness that goes on, but it is not long before wickedness comes knocking at the door.

Chapter 19 verses 13 and 14 says, “For we will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has grown great before the face of the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to destroy it. So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and said, “Get up, get out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city!” But to his sons-in-law he seemed to be joking.

Lot practiced his faith so carelessly that it had no credibility to persuade his sons-in-law to truth. Lot wasn’t a witness to anyone else in town that anyone would want to believe in his faith.

How is your life as a Christian impacting those around you? We have to be people of righteousness, people that have a spiritual impact. Times are getting very serious to just be doing what we’ve always done.

You know it is a disturbing testimony for people who profess Christ to live such lifeless and powerless lives that seem to be no different than the unbelievers around them.

WHY ARE CHRISTIANS AFRAID OF GOD?

The Bible does say there is to be a fear of God, but that’s a healthy fear; one of respect for God’s position, for who He is. But I’m talking about Christians who are afraid of God’s ways. Nobody tells God what to do. We can believe by faith in who God is and His unlimited capabilities.

God is greater than mankind and does not react or follow along with what Christians think He should. God does things in ways that benefit His purposes and enlarge His kingdom. And He will use many that are willing to adapt to the way He chooses to work.

Here’s where the problem begins. Nobody has a monopoly on God. He’s not a Baptist, Pentecostal, Methodist, Catholic or any other denomination or independent organization. He’s God! For any group or pastor or religious movement to believe God is just like they say, they are out of order.

God chooses His methods. And He always goes along with His Word. But, again, God’s ways are not always interpreted by man as such. Just because we don’t understand doesn’t change God a bit. And just because God decides to show up in a situation in a way we don’t think is right, doesn’t mean that we’re right.

God is not denominational or religious. Mankind is, though. Just because you don’t understand other Christian’s ways doesn’t mean they are wrong. God never violates His Word, but every one of us has, at times. We are not always reliable because humans have flaws, but God doesn’t.

OUR BELIEFS v. GOD’S WORD

It’s everywhere these days. We are seeing people who attend local churches who claim they are Christians but go directly against God’s word when they have to make choices in public settings. You can say all you want about the “laws of the land” and protected rights, but wrong is wrong. Sin is still sin in God’s eyes. Just because we are people that live in our towns across this nation and have manmade rules does not mean we have to give our support to man’s law of the land, as some people might think we should, when it violates God’s Word. If the law is forced on you, it’s one thing; but it doesn’t mean we have to just agree with it and cast our vote for it.

With each decision, you choose which side your true morals are on. Sin is left unrestrained when people allow sin to become a part of their own lives. In some of our local communities across this nation, the truth of God fails to be preached to its fullest and is presented with moral options and tolerance so we see men and women who claim to be a Christians that are so only in name – there is no real, true relationship with Jesus Christ like there should be. Therefore, we see a complete disregard of God’s Word and its truths by those who are preaching that all lifestyles have to be respected and tolerated- that we have to accept the changing culture- or face legal challenges.

SO WHAT! I don’t say these words to become the enemy of any person because God loves us all- but not our sinfulness- and these types of actions are destroying His people.

Christian Discrimination

Would you have ever thought there would be such a thing in America? Well maybe the day has arrived. For many years there was a great respect for the things that were of the Christian order. Yet over time, there has been erosion that has now begun to catch up with the Christian faith, due much in part by the ignoring of a little sin here and there, not dealing with these issues until now they are becoming too strong to deal with in a gentle way.

The Christian faith is like no other. It has what all people need for eternal life but its enemy, Satan, has made many inroads into society that are overwhelming the typical Christian follower.

For the change to come and the territory to be taken back will require a very strong believer who is willing to put aside their own personal agendas and do what the true God of heaven is going to require. Each day the Christian must face the facts that the world is changing and is not favorable to Christianity like it once was and the fault does lie at the Church’s door.

But it doesn’t have to stay that way. Christ is greater than any other and there can be changes. But the Christians have got to be serious about their faith and obedient to serve the God of heaven who is the only hope for the world.