The body of Christ is facing a fundamental dilemma, and is going through a serious struggle. All too often, the people of God are settling for less than the very best that God has planned for them under the guise of saying things like "I may not be where I ought to be, but thank God that I'm not where I use to be" in order to make excuses for sin, disobedience and falling short of the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. But God is not amused nor impressed by the lackadaisical way in which those who are suppose to be called by His name are living while they still call themselves Christians, because the Bible lets us know that when the word of God enters into a person's heart it brings about a change and transformation of the heart and lifestyle. The power of God's word takes us through a transformational process by sanctifying and cleansing us from sin. (Ephesians 5:26-27; John 17:17)
26, That he might sanctify [to set apart, consecrate unto Himself] and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
How can we who have baptized into Christ continue in sin that grace may abound? The Bible says, "God forbid." (Romans 6:1-7) Therefore, it is imperative that we take a good look deep within ourselves and ask the question "why am I still repeating the same old sins of disobedience time after time when the Lord has made the way for me to be free? Is it because I still have some rebellion lurking and operating in my heart, or do I really desire to change from the inside out?" No sin is hidden before God's eyes, even those which are done in secret can clearly be seen by God. The Bible tells us that "...all things are naked [clearly revealed] and open [visible] before the eyes of Him with whom we have to do." (Hebrews 4:13, KJV)
You have to be transparent and honest with God as David said in the book of Psalms 51:1-7, KJV. It reads as follows:
1, Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2, Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3, For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
4, Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
5, Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6, Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
7, Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
You see, our love and reverence for God should outweigh the sins of omission that are a result of immaturity. Like David, we need hearts that are yielded before God in complete transparency and contrition, which is required for real deliverance, healing and restoration to take place. It is then and only then that your heart can truly be washed and cleansed by the Spirit of God working through the power of His word. We're are in a crises in the body of Christ, and are in dire need of purification so that the Spirit of the Lord can perfect that which concerns us, and His glory can be revealed unto the world. When you make a decision to stop making excuses for disobedience and begin to acknowledge God for who He is, then a transformation process will take place. (Romans 12:1-2) In order to do so, you must truly love the Lord and fear Him with a deep sense of reverence and honor, understanding that He's holy and just in all of His ways.
As people of God, He is calling on us to walk in power and victory, and be free from every yoke of bondage and the sin that so easily besets us (Heb. 12:1). Sin weakens you spiritually and ruins your ability to witness. We do not have time to live a lie, keep making excuses for why we are not serving God fully with the spirit of excellence, and neglecting so great a salvation by not allowing the power of God's word to change our hearts. Acts 17:30, KJV says, "And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent." There comes a time when God, who is no respect of persons, "commandeth" which is a direct demand that everyone, no matter who you are, what your stature is, or where you live, repent and have a change of mind, attitude, and heart; amending one's ways from sin to godliness so that those who see us can recognize the image and character of Christ living inside of us.
The Bible lets us know clearly that "in the last days perilous [dangerous, hard to deal with, difficult] times shall come. Men will be lovers of their own selves...rather than lovers of God." It goes on further to say that, having a form [similitude or appearance] of godliness, but denying, [disallowing the operation and affect of] the power and authority thereof, from such turn away. This pertains to the kind of power that is inherent through a genuine relationship with God through the authority of His word and prayer that brings corresponding change that has a lasting effect; a change that transforms the heart and mind into what God desires. (2 Timothy 3:1-5) It also denotes that there are those who willfully and knowingly choose not to obey the word of God, but deny its power and authority to change their hearts. The Scripture clearly instructs those who faithfully submit to God's word to "turn away" from those who "deny" its authority and power so as not to be corrupted by their disobedience. In truth and reality, the Church ought to be filled with people who love the Lord deeply and passionately with knowledge so that the word of God is affecting change more and more everyday.
The condition of the Church, and of those who are members of the body of Christ should not be a reflection of the spirit and behavior of the world, which is hostile in nature to Christ, but there is suppose to be a difference in how we live. The attitude of our hearts should be pure, holy and undefiled or jaded. Our lives should be hidden in Christ Jesus, and we ought to be given to the power of prayer and love of God's word through a lifestyle of faithful obedience to Him. When those who know to do right do it not, it's sin. Therefore, as people of God we must adhere to a higher standard and rise above the level of degradation and sin that is in the world, unto the righteousness which is of God in Christ Jesus so that we can pray effectively and affect change around the world in Jesus name!! We are called to be change agents not conformists!! The Kingdom of God needs sanctified doctors, sanctified lawyers and judges, sanctified school teachers and professors, sanctified officials in government, and Holy Spirit filled presidents and prime ministers. In other words, as an integral part of the Kingdom of God, the Church doesn't have time to languish on the fundamentals of a basic level forever. We have a greater work to do in affecting the world in our generation for God's glory. Nations are being weighed in the balance while we have been given the answer and solution to their dilemma. We simply don't have time to waste.
Jesus is coming back again and Bible prophecy is being fulfilled right before our eyes, but the question is "will He find faith when He comes?" (Luke 18:8) Will you be found faithfully executing the will of God through your life by the power of His word and effectively praying and interceding on behalf of the nations, leaders, pastors, churches, ministries, missionaries, marriages, families, youth, and others who don't know the Lord as their Savior? Or, will you forever be making excuses? Will you surrender your all to God today, and allow Him to perfect that which concerns you? Are you in love enough with God and hungry enough to passionately seek Him with your whole heart? Are you willing to be as transparent as David was when he admitted and confessed his sins before God so that you can be cleansed and set free by the Spirit of the Lord? God wants to release His power and glory upon your life. He wants to fill you up again, but you must first be willing to allow the word of God to affect change in your heart until your life is transformed from darkness into His marvelous light, and you will never be the same again. God is looking for those in whom He can show Himself strong. (2 Chronicles 16:9)
"For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him." KJV
Let it be you today. Make a decision to draw a line in the sand and say "God, my answer is YES! YES, LORD YES!!!" If you say it and mean it with all of your heart, God will use you as a catalyst of change and you will see the manifestation of God's immeasurable power and glory revealed as never before through your life in Jesus wonderful name. Amen.
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