The Lack of Discipline ..
Has Produced Our
Read.. I John 4:1-5
A while ago there was an article in “Bloomberg Businessweek” which attempted to explain the shifting balance in the world’s economy. The writer exampled the purchases of a few US major brands like Heinz and Burger King by foreign investors. The writer also shared an insight to the enhanced concepts that have now invaded our economic and political arena – from which no one is currently exempted. In other words the power that once stabilized the US and her “commodities” is no longer valid. She has lost her leverage and is experiencing a major power outage.
As I read the article, I began to equate it to a dilemma that we are apparently experiencing in the body of Christ. It appears that we also have been invaded by foreign investors! It appears that the body of Christ has now given birth to a generation; who, like the new breed of Israelites (read Exodus chapter 1) - knows not the God of their former and founding Fathers.
The Church (not the “Church Visible”; but the “Church Invisible”) has permitted the removal of the old land mark – for which we were cautioned not to do (Proverbs 23:10). We have permitted the elimination of foundational principles in our establishments of Worship, by those who KNEW NOT OUR GOD…….foreign investors! We have looked in the opposite direction with the introduction of a total “lack of respect” for the ordinances and sacraments in our Houses of Worship – and adopted “less intimidating” laws….. foreign investors! In other words, I would dare to say that the average Believer of Christ has taken this dispensation of “grace” as a “get out of jail free card”. In many instances; they have no longer acquired the proper convictions to correctly discipline their spirits to the extent that conformity occurs. Far too many LEADERS are not willing to adhere to such mandates as: celibacy, tithing, studying the Word of God, or fasting. We have now sought to just be “comfortable” and to engage in whatever we “feel” is correct……foreign investor! And the list could continue forever!
So…. what has this given rise to? Sadly to say…the pitiful, disgraceful, inadequate spiritual state that we find existing in far too many of our Churches, Temples and the like. We’ve permitted these foreign investors to cause a “disturbance” and a depletion of our authority in the realm of the spirit. Therefore, we have a vast power outage!
The Church’s power outage, is to the extent that many of the Believers of Christ are no longer experiencing that “current” which will empower them with the drive to: visit and care for the sick, make prison visits, regularly attend prayer meetings and Bible studies… and where can you find an All Night Prayer Service???? We will comfortably sit and leave those “task” to those who are “called” to those ministries! We, the body of Christ, have experienced a major power outage in the realm of the spirit; therefore the enemy can just come boldly into our Churches without any or by receiving very little opposition. We need locks on the Church doors and security guards in our services because we don’t have the power to build and establish an effective barrier against the enemy’s tactics. We adhere to and seek the advice of our governmental system instead of standing boldly on the Word of God. We value the opinions of doctors and are more committed to their recommendations, than truly standing in faith. We have an extreme power outage!
Foreign investors may not have the ability to be conquered in the economic arena. However, 2 Chronicles 7:14 is still applicable today. We are fully aware of the fact, that as the end of time as we know it draws nigh; that there are certain occurrences which must transpire in order to fulfill what the Lord has mandated in our Bibles. However, we must be determined that we will not fall privy to any of the standards which are being introduced to us from the kingdom of darkness – foreign investors.
I challenge you to examine yourself. Make sure that you are an intricate part of the solution – and not the problem. Sincerely ask yourself, “Am I one of the weak links in the chain?”
There is no earlier time than now; TODAY, to begin to make the proper amends to assure yourself that you are not one of the causes for this power outage….but that your power supply will remain….and that your connection to the main power source maintains its authenticity.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them.” I John 4:1-5 ESV