Let the Church Arise With Boldness!
I was out this morning for a meeting and a few errands. While in my
car, I turned on the radio to a Christian station. The radio had not
been on but for a few minutes when I heard the conveyance of what I am
about to share. The radio station was relaying that a church out West
had actually brought in a "sample" of the world and "polled" them in
front of the members of the church. The leadership asked them probing
questions about Christians -- more like opinion questions like how we,
as Christians, could improve. One of their responses relayed was "Be
less judgemental and listen." Then it was wrapped up with the church's
leadership's ultimate "motive": To get their congregation to ask what
Jesus would do, or better put -- how could the answers from the lost
shift the Christian's behavior. There was a strong implication that the
members of this particular church should listen to the "world's"
answers and follow the "world's" advice so that the world could be
"reached" for Jesus.
"Your own wickedness will correct you,
And your backslidings will rebuke you.
Know therefore and see that it is an evil and bitter thing
That you have forsaken the LORD your God,
And the fear of Me is not in you,” says the Lord GOD of hosts.
“ For of old I have broken your yoke and burst your bonds;
And you said, ‘I will not transgress,’
When on every high hill and under every green tree
You lay down, playing the harlot.
Yet I had planted you a noble vine, a seed of highest quality.
How then have you turned before Me
Into the degenerate plant of an alien vine?
For though you wash yourself with lye, and use much soap,
Yet your iniquity is marked before Me,” says the Lord GOD.
Jeremiah 2: 19-22
"For this is contained in Scripture:
'BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE,
A PRECIOUS CORNER STONE,
AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.'
This precious value, then, is for you who believe;
but for those who disbelieve,
'THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED,
THIS BECAME THE VERY CORNER STONE,'
'A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE';
for they stumble because
they are disobedient to the word,
and to this doom they were also appointed.
BUT you are A CHOSEN RACE,
A royal PRIESTHOOD,
A HOLY NATION,
A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSION,
so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him
who has called you
out of darkness into His marvelous light."
I Peter 2:6-9
(Note these words from Peter were directed at the believing Jew AND the believing Gentile.)
Blessed are those that hear His Word and receive it as TRUTH! But we must understand to the very core of who we are in Christ MANY will not receive..... MANY will reject and taunt us for His namesake.
It is not my responsibility to debate the world, nor to "sell" Christ to the world! My responsibility is to proclaim His excellencies and let HIM confront their sinful nature.
I am truly grieved this day ---- Whoa be unto a church who prostitutes themselves before the world! The Lord's anger is being kindled this very hour.........
Church, it is not about the numbers.... it is not about being liked.... it is about having the back bone of Christ that stands boldly for HIS TRUTH -- and His truth alone!
May the Church arise in these last hours with boldness and truth!
I am first and foremost a daughter of the Most High. He has blessed me with three maturing children, ages 12 years old through 7 years old, and a Christian husband who is my best friend. I spend my days home schooling my children, tending the 'home front', exploring God's Word, and lifting up my fellow sisters in Christ. I have a tremendous appetite for the Lord's Word and a desire to know Him to deep depths. As for my fellow sisters in the Lord, I have a passion to see them walking out their destinies in Christ. In all things, Give Him Praise!
You can visit Deborah at www.joyinthemorning.com.
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