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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Playing Church

Eph 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

Eph 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

Eph 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Eph 5:17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Eph 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

I can not play church and expect to stand when the shaking gets so bad everything that can be shaken will be. The Bible says God is angry with sin and the wicked every day. God loves His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. But you only have to look as far as Calvary to see a public display that reveals the depth of God's hatred for sin. Christ was the only One who could bear such wrath. How can people look at the cross and see the suffering of our Savior there and willfully continue in sin? We have no excuse. He showed us his hatred for sin in what His Son bore. Do not believe the doctrine of devils that you cannot live above sin. You do not have to sin everyday. The Bible says Sin shall NOT have dominion over you (Rom 6:14). Why? Because He destroyed the works of the devil at the cross (1 John 3:8). The only way a devil can work in your life if is if you choose not to believe and accept the Lord and His Truth. He said you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32) Jesus Christ is the Truth, the Way and the Life. I pray you will be blessed, but more I pray you will be convicted and provoked to draw closer to Jesus Christ, Who Alone is our Hope of Glory. I ask you, those who are the church and I ask myself: when the Lord turns His fiery eyes toward me, and you, does He see compassion and mercy in our heart for the lost He died for ? Does He see us on our face asking for that which we lack so we can better serve Him? Or does He see us wasting time, with idle chit chat, in front of the TV, or on the phone, or computer, doing meaningless things to pass the time? Has He heard the words "I'm bored" out of our mouth or heart, when there is so much to be done in His kingdom? Has He heard that come out of our mouths and then looked around at the suffering of this world, and the lost and hurting who need to know about Him and looked with a grieved heart at the selfishness of one who thinks they belong to Him but don't? All all around us are lost and dying world who desperately need to see a manifestation of HIM in those who say we belong to Him. When He comes, and I must stand before the most powerful presence and the most pure holiness in existence, past or present, and give account, what can I possibly say? Did I not show reverence in His house and cause others, by my example not to fear Him? Did I go my own way and try to do it my own way at the expense of the cross and its demands? Church, what say you? I would rather face this now than then, while there is still time to change things, wouldn't you?

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