Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Are you still excited. about being saved?
Is your walk with HIM still the best thing in your life even after many years? Is HE all you think about and do you get hungry and feel starved when you need HIM to feed you? Is that fire still burning bright?
These are the questions I have to ask myself daily, basically examining myself to see if I am in the faith.
2 Corinthians 13:5
Examine and test and evaluate your own selves to see whether you are holding to your faith and showing the proper fruits of it. Test and prove yourselves [ not Christ]. Do you not yourselves realize and know [thoroughly by an ever-increasing experience] that Jesus Christ is in you--unless you are [counterfeits] disapproved on trial and rejected?
Lately I seem to have been running into what seems exhausted brethren not so excited to serve the Lord and it also seems they fell into the routine motions of just playing the part. Sometimes it seems even the Teachings in service are dull and tickling instead of warning and encouraging. I guess it basically depends on where you are serving. But I am asking are you involved and catching the slack for some? Have you spoke to someone today to lift up their excitement of Serving the LORD? Have you called someone to pray with about anything in their lives etc?
We all need this daily and should keep this as practice daily. Who have you encouraged today? That should be our focus consistently keeping us watching and staying awake in this Race for the crown to actually cast our crowns at HIS feet. I believe this is what is part of "Denying yourself"and abiding in Him. It is so easy to get caught up in this rat race because we are so used to the daily practice of these things this world seem to collide us in. As Christians this is not a healthy place to gradually find yourself in. Pretty soon you succumb to slumber coming to that point where the claws of depressions the world swims in seem to overtake your flesh and you feel distant from God once again. And then the lulls become the burdens again. I always wonder why I fall into this and then it effects my prayer life.
We need to always be refreshed with excitement. Jesus saved us and has called us to Himself. That should always be our motivator knowing this truth. Our World is seemingly proving itself that our days are shorter. It is already almost October and I been so preoccupied that I have lacked writing at my blog because of other writing duties. September came and went and this is my first article since in which I am sorry to all who have been checking here form time to time. But I haven't lost my fire. Will succeed in writing here God willing and praying for others to volunteer their gifted abilities in journalism. But please stay excited and continue to seek HIM day and night. Seek the truth daily because it is exciting Christian. There is so much Awe about Him to know. Yes we will have an eternity but we should have that right now, the ever desire of knowing Him and seeking pleasure in Him. Do not allow yourself to grow weary, But continue to ask Him for that fire that so indwells you which is Christ Jesus to be shining bright consistently. He will always bring you joy no matter what.
The Recent article I found shows the sadly results from Christianity in America today, it being so lost in commercialism, emergence, purpose driven, personal gain pulpit preaching etc. (add your discernment here), that seems to be creating a contradictive air when it comes to reaching the Lost. You see this is a result of our excitement being stale and unmotivated. Truth is being consistently sugar coated and we are not doing anything about it or paying attention to it and rebuking it.
The Example in America in our churches is centered in comfortability and new ideologies that are cheapening the Gospel in our churches instead of preaching the True uncomfortable Gospel as Jesus Did. He warned us of this.
2Pe 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
There are goats in our body spoiling the fruit of our branches trying in disguise of members of our body but they only are just fruit spoilers and need to be confronted and turned to repentance.
For there is no good (healthy) tree that bears decayed (worthless, stale) fruit, nor on the other hand does a decayed (worthless, sickly) tree bear good fruit.
So we see below in the article I provided the results of an unexcited BODY in Jesus as well as cheap grace teaching. It is a no wonder people are losing sight of Jesus message. Will the real Christians please stand up and make a Stand?
No one is really teaching the harsh reality of the Gospel maybe save a little percentage of the BODY. Where is the Gospel that saves?
Avoid a sugared gospel, as you would shun sugar of lead.
Seek the Gospel which rips up and tears and cuts and wounds and hacks and even kills, for that is the Gospel that makes alive again.
And when you have found it, give good heed to it.
Let it enter into your inmost being. As the rains soak into the ground, so pray the Lord to let His Gospel soak into your soul.
(C. H. Spurgeon)
Where is the Gospel that ruins the skeptics and reaches them? Where is the Good news to those who are perishing? We need more earnestly seeking Berean's who are excited to share their faith and example again to show the lost the wonderful saving message so we can reach the generation to come. Come back to sharpening Iron Christian and help save the lost.
(Richard White Sept 30 2007)
My people have been lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray [to favorite places of idolatry] on mountains [that seduce]. They have gone from [one sin to another] mountain to hill; they have forgotten their [own] resting-place.
A New Generation Expresses its Skepticism and Frustration with Christianity (http://www.prophecynewswatch.com)
As the nation’s culture changes in diverse ways, one of the most significant shifts is the declining reputation of Christianity, especially among young Americans. A new study by The Barna Group conducted among 16- to 29-year-olds shows that a new generation is more skeptical of and resistant to Christianity than were people of the same age just a decade ago. The study shows that 16- to 29-year-olds exhibit a greater degree of criticism toward Christianity than did previous generations when they were at the same stage of life. In fact, in just a decade, many of the Barna measures of the Christian image have shifted substantially downward, fueled in part by a growing sense of disengagement and disillusionment among young people. For instance, a decade ago the vast majority of Americans outside the Christian faith, including young people, felt favorably toward Christianity’s role in society. Currently, however, just 16% of non-Christians in their late teens and twenties said they have a "good impression" of Christianity. One of the groups hit hardest by the criticism is evangelicals. Such believers have always been viewed with skepticism in the broader culture. However, those negative views are crystallizing and intensifying among young non-Christians. The new study shows that only 3% of 16 - to 29-year-old non-Christians express favorable views of evangelicals. This means that today’s young non-Christians are eight times less likely to experience positive associations toward evangelicals than were non-Christians of the Boomer generation (25%). The research shows that many Christians are innately aware of this shift in people’s perceptions of Christianity: 91% of the nation’s evangelicals believe that "Americans are becoming more hostile and negative toward Christianity." Among senior pastors, half contend that "ministry is more difficult than ever before because people are increasingly hostile and negative toward Christianity." While Christianity has typically generated an uneven reputation, the research shows that many of the most common critiques are becoming more concentrated. The study explored twenty specific images related to Christianity, including ten favorable and ten unfavorable perceptions. Among young non-Christians, nine out of the top 12 perceptions were negative. Common negative perceptions include that present-day Christianity is judgmental (87%), hypocritical (85%), old-fashioned (78%), and too involved in politics (75%) - representing large proportions of young outsiders who attach these negative labels to Christians. The most common favorable perceptions were that Christianity teaches the same basic ideas as other religions (82%), has good values and principles (76%), is friendly (71%), and is a faith they respect (55%). Even among young Christians, many of the negative images generated significant traction. Half of young churchgoers said they perceive Christianity to be judgmental, hypocritical, and too political. One-third said it was old-fashioned and out of touch with reality.
Posted by Richard W. at 11:33 PM