The church is being hammered. It has become quite often corrupted and polluted and mixed with other views than the Bible or with other emphasis than praise and worship of and service to and for God through Jesus Christ our Savior/Messiah and Redeemer. But this was our fault, not the enemy who wished it to become so. It is we who have allowed and encouraged this church problem. And as such, it is we who can fix it. How? Every Christian who humbles themselves and prays and fasts in earnest and confesses their part in it and repents from continuing down that road and starts to praise and worship our triune God and serves Him directly in the church or to people for Him, changes everything. That is all we have to do. We each do our part right where we are and encourage others who are and bam!! The Holy Spirit is allowed to flow and work in and through us and revival is here. People are waiting for someone else to do all the work. God detests this pampered laziness, I am convinced of it. I am pretty tired of it too. Put down the idols (every time else you have devoted your precious spiritual (and often physical) time and energy to except for God) and change. It is a choice. Free will is powerful, which is why God gave it to us. Just decide to change and humbly pray and do it. Get reading the Bible, pray all day long, praise and worship God, love Him and people. Just do it. Revival is our choice. It is my choice. I accept and own it.❤
Every single true Christian cares about winning lost souls to Christ. Every true Christian knows that Jesus Christ is the only way to be saved, has accepted Him as their Savior and wants their loved ones saved also. Every true Christian is filled with the love of God so much they want to please God by obeying Him and leading people to Christ. So here is my bold statement about missions. You cannot be a true Christian without being involved in missions. Missions can be the overseas kind or right in your family or in between in your church or community. We as true Christians know we don’t have to work to earn our salvation- we only need to humbly acknowledge His free gift to us and accept Him as our Savior- but every true Christian is so appreciative of the gift of salvation and loves God so much we want to help other people have this love and peace and joy and we know Jesus is the only way. That is what makes a true Christian a true Christian. Food for thought.❤
As the new ladies’ Sunday School teacher, the biggest question was what text or study to do. What studies the Bible together and points to God and encourages and is easy to put into a busy daily schedule everyone has? And I thought about it and prayed and read many study books.
I decided on The 30-Day Praise Challenge by Becky Harling, (I puchased here https://www.amazon.com/30-Day-Praise-Challenge-Becky-Harling/dp/0781408954?SubscriptionId=AKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q&tag=duckduckgo-d-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0781408954). This book I went through, thr book being a hand me down from a friend. I am not sure how she parted with it, really and I will return it to her for her to revisit- I bought my own copy. I digress. I bought everyone a copy as my tithe and downloaded her study questions available online for weekly discussion.
So our class will be doing the 30-Day Praise Challenge, Lord willing. The reason I settled on this was the focus being on God, praise and worship of Jesus, the power of the Holy Spirit, all via the truth of the Word of God. I hate Bible studies that focus on us and our views. I want to rise above that and hear and learn God’s views. So excited for Sunday!!❤❤❤
I still wonder this, “If the first will be last and the last will be first, why are there so many churches with ‘First’ in their name?” And I think that is a legit question. I like “Jesus’ Humble Church” or “Truth of Jesus’ Redemption Church” or “Saved Amidst Struggling Side by Side Church of Jesus” or “Church Serving & Studying Jesus Together” of “Church of Jesus’ Truth”. All these are great. And I know that what is going on in thr church is way more important than the name, but I think it sets the mindset. Is the church uplifting itself or its building or Jesus? Do you think when God rapture the church out of here He will weigh who has the prettiest or biggest building to meet in? Or how big your KJV Version Bible is? Ha! He is going to look at everyone’s heart and see who is close to Him and worshipping Him. That needs to be our focus personally, in our family, in our church and in missions. Humble worship and service and relationship with Jesus. That’s where the eternal action is. Right there. Get that down and you got the right stuff.❤
God never ceases being faithful. God always answers prayer and always knows how best to do that for everyone and His kingdom. Today, He answered yet another prayer for the church. The pastor was having to retire due to severe health issues and decided if he had to retire, no one would have his congregation and would destroy it. It is woundedness, sin sickness, grief all rolled into one. And I saw this almost instantly and started praying and fasting over it for the purity of the church and truth to come out. And God allowed the preacher to be dumb enough to send the truth and proof in hard evidence and was caught and will retire early with truth as the reason. And my next prayer is that He confesses to the congregation for his sake and the sake of the integrity of the church. We are very very forgiving. It is (or very well should be) our M.O. we forgive so Jesus will forgive us (see the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6). So praise God for answering yet another prayer!!!! God is worthy of all praise!❤❤❤
Revival isn’t an event or miracle or occurrence to wait for. It is a direct result from Christians actually doing their job. Christians who serve and obey and worship make an impact on the world that is catchy, like turning on a light in a dark room. There is no mystery. It is our responsibility to be like Jesus for the world to see, starting with our own family and moving outward. ❤
I confess I dislike the push of what I call “Selfish/Narcissistic Christianity” that is popular in many circles now, many churches. It is an infection of the enemy within the church, an infiltration, a parasite. Its motto is “What has God done for me lately?” And that is the selfish heart of it. And I detest it. I loathe it. I abhor it. Why the strong language? Because it wreaks of the world and the church is to smell sweet and light up the world, never be in it but set apart leading the lost to Jesus and His church for salvation. The Graceful Power of God blesses all the time, it is true, but He works in so many ways that worshipping Him needs to be the focus, lifting up Jesus Christ should always be the focus, truth must be the focus, loving service as such becomes the resulting focus. As Christians, our thinking is wrong if we are looking for God to serve us and people to serve us. We are always in the wrong if we are greedy and wanting to sit around and get blessings. The Graceful Power of God works through His pure church that wishes instead to worship and serve Him, works for His glory, lifts Him up. There is nothing worse than a whining Christian. We have to stop that. I seriously have to restrain myself from smacking the face of someone claiming to be a Christian with nothing but complaints coming fom their mouth. This should not be. We need to speak truth, be encouragers, be humble (I keep going back to that because it is the core thinking), be lights in the darkness. We have the answer to the problems people have, being salvation through and thus eternity with Jesus Christ. We need to lift that up, get the news out, help wherever we can. This is Christianity. That other garbage and selfishness is not, no matter what people say. Whoever focuses only on the blessings and not the humble obedience and worship is a liar, speaking half truths that lead people astray. Get away from them, don’t listen to a word they say. Read the Bible and pray for yourself and you will see the glorious grace of God in your life is beautiful ways! ❤