'in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.' Romans 2:16
I am truly deeply inspired by the bold followers of Jesus Christ in the Bible. The men who literally gave their lives for our Father and Jesus Christ our Savior:
The apostle Peter was crucified, but he thought himself unworthy of the same type of death that Jesus suffered and so asked to be hung upside down, which was done in Rome.
The apostle Matthew, like most of the apostles late in their lives, became a missionary and was arrested in Ethiopia. It was there that he was staked or impaled to the earth by spears and then beheaded.
The apostle Philip was impaled by iron hooks in his ankles and hung upside down to die.
The apostle Paul was executed.
The last words of Paul the apostle as he awaited execution:
'At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them. And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!
But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. '
- 2 Timothy 4:16-18
There is a very rare number of preachers out there that is truly willing to preach the true and full gospel today as the apostles and Jesus Christ did.
I am asking: "Where are the bold preachers? The God-fearing men and woman of God today?"
It's all about people-pleasing and sparing their feelings than preaching on repentance and obeying the Word of God. Jesus repeatably preached repentance as a necessity of our faith in Him.
"And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel." (Mar 1:15)
"I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." (Luk 13:3)
"From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Mat 4:17)
Repent: feel or express sincere regret or remorse about one’s wrongdoings or sin.
If you read the Bible and you are not offended or convicted of your sins, then I am asking you straight away, my brother and sister what Bible are you reading? If sin and repentance isn't a topic in your congregation, then I might wonder how much of influence is the Holy Spirit in your congregation, because the main ministry of the Holy Spirit is to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment.
"And when he (the Holy Spirit) is come, he will reprove (convict, rebuke) the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:" (Joh 16:8)
Nowadays we go to church to get a quick fix and then we are all set for the rest of the week, right? It is prosperity and motivational preaching at its best. All watered-down gospel, if it was poison it will not even affect anyone.
Nowadays it's all about the me, myself and I with a Jesus label attached to it. Is this truthfully to worship and glorify God, or is it to put yourself on a pedestal to be glorified and worshiped by the people of the church and just doing so under the name of Jesus Christ?
Honestly, brothers and sisters, how many of you have ever gone back home after church and faithfully tested what your pastor was preaching to you and your children. The only way to prevent us from becoming deceived is to test everything against the WORD of GOD? Do you simply accept everything that is "preached" to you in the church?
It is time to get back to the Word of God and that we ditch the me, myself, and I for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The past few weeks, I am in anguish and concerned about what it is we as children of God are just accepting in churches today. The standards and morality of the church have decreased exponentially due to tolerate sin. Christianity became an accessory rather than a lifestyle.
We all want the blessings of God, but we are not willing to live the crucified life.
The crucified life is a life absolutely committed to following after Christ Jesus. To be more like HIM. To act like HIM. To love like HIM. The whole essence of spiritual perfection has everything to do with Jesus Christ.
We must completely submit in obedience to the Lord and surrender our lives to God's authority so that HE can do HIS work.
We must obey HIM implicitly and surrender in such a way that HE can place us where HE wants to place us in order to show us what HE wants to show us.
The emphasis of the crucified life was to press forward – regardless of the difficulties and in spite of the cost – to the state of spiritual perfection.
- A.W. Towzer
In Matthew 7:16 it says:
You will know them by their fruits.
And then again, Jesus says in verse 20:
Therefore, by their fruits, you will know them.
Jesus is clearly trying to tell us something important.
This is how you will know if they are genuine or not. You will know them by the way they live. If you look at the totality of that person's life you will know that they are a true follower, a true son or daughter of God, not just in one aspect of their life, but in many aspects of their life.
'Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.'
- 1 Peter 5:6-7
What do you find yourself doing these days – humbling yourself or feeding your pride and feelings?
It is so easy for people to say: do not judge me, but Jesus Christ and God despise sin because they know the destruction and bondage it creates.
The Word clearly states that we should 'but exhort one another daily, while it is called "Today," lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. '
- Hebrews 3:13
But when we as followers of Christ Jesus exhort our brother or sister according to the Scriptures, they are easily offended and say that they are being judged. Not if it is done so purely on the Word of God.
David Wilkerson once said:
We have become a generation of offense.
So, I want to take a moment, to be honest.
The other day my husband and I were sitting in a church, and they served communion, and then there was actual alcohol being served for the communion...
Dear brothers and sisters, I do not feel to go into much detail, but I was a lady who battled with alcohol for many, many years in my life. Since a very young age I would consume a dangerously large amount of alcohol to fill a void, but also to feed the deep unhappiness and emptiness within me. It was only in 2015 when I fully surrendered my life and everything else this world has to offer over to Christ Jesus, my Lord and Savior. I realized that nothing else this world has to offer will ever be able to fill any void, brokenness or unhappiness, etc. I ever felt. It only leads to more brokenness, unhappiness, and unfulfillment.
Jesus Christ is the ONLY One that can genuinely ever fill that emptiness and heal us completely.
"You will never know the fullness of Christ until you know the emptiness of everything else." – C.H. Spurgeon
Many things triggered my drinking. At the age of 12 I had my first few beers and at the age of 13 I was drunk for the first time in my life. At the age of 14 I drank every single weekend and can’t remember a weekend I ever was sober in High School.
I went for my healing through deliverance in 2015 and for the first time in my life I felt free from the bondage of alcohol.
Let's get back to the point I am making and to when the tray of communion was served.
If there were someone who battled with a real addiction to alcoholism, they would go to the church supposing for help and support, but they serve alcohol, and that person would be set right back into drinking again! People follow by example. If the church serves alcohol, then it's okay if I drink.
Scripture warns us: "... no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way." (Rom 14:13)
"Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:" (2Co 6:3)
The word “offence” in this scriptures’ Greek meaning is: to 1) occasion of stumbling; 2) to do something which causes others to stumble; 2a) i.e. leads them into error or sin
Just there, Abba Father revealed it to me. This was indeed a Hosea 4:6 moment happening right here in church.
How can this be from God? Something that destroys marriages, families and causes the death of many innocent lives. But of course alcohol is just one of them mentioned here.
I am not here to judge anyone as I said, it is truly Sola Scriptura.
For example, the leader Aaron in Leviticus 10:9 was clearly instructed by God not to drink wine or strong drink.
Also, Numbers 6:3:
'he shall separate himself from wine and similar drink; he shall drink neither vinegar made from wine nor vinegar made from similar drink;'
The book of Timothy gives clear instructions to the leaders in the church who stands in authority and the qualifications they should hold and should abide by – 1 Timothy 3
I am questioning our leaders in churches today, because if you look at the Word of God and what is going on in churches today, it is clearly not the same. There is a difference.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, please let us pray for our leaders that they will not be deceived. They need our prayers for when the day of judgment comes, their judgment will be stricter:
'My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. '
- James 3:1
Jesus prayer in John 17 before His crucifixion:
'Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said:
"Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. "I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your Word.
Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You.
For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. "I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be One as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your Word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 'Sanctify them by Your truth. Your Word is truth. 'As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. "I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their Word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be One just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. "Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them."'
Abba Father, I am so aware of Your desire to be closer to us through your Word and through prayer.
Your Word says that You want to have communion with us. Help me to put off sin and all distractions that may come between You and me. Burn away anything in my life that breaks Your heart and hinder a more deeper and intimate relationship with You. My desire is to meet with You and to get to know You better.
Calm my mind and make my spirit sensitive so that I can hear Your still voice even in the midst of chaos. Let my quiet times be overwhelmed and filled abundantly with Your presence.
Guide me continually through Your knowledge and wisdom of Your Word.
Thank you Abba Father, that we can come boldly to Your throne of grace to make our request known to You at all times. You are always available to listen and to respond to our prayers.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.
Beloved of God, called to be saints:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and
the Lord Jesus Christ,