Monday, September 11, 2017

Is it Time for Christians to Shut Up?

Is it time for Christians to (shut up) not speak up about certain topics? In Amos 5:12, the prophet said because of manifold transgressions and mighty sins, the prudent keep silent for it is an evil time.

Prudence refers to knowing when it's time to do or say something. Is it prudent for the church to become embroiled in arguments and debates regarding its values? This is an evil time therefore, it is prudent not to intentionally start or stir up debates and arguments about certain topics.

Jesus said some did not understand what he was saying because they did not want to hear what he had to say.(John 8:43) Are you wasting your time speaking to people who don't care about what you have to say?

Christians should remain silent in some cases because as Dr. Clarence Walker, author of Breaking Strongholds, "forceful, stubborn, arguments, opinions ideas and philosophies cannot be argued away, they can't be complained away, regulated or picketed down and they do not self- destruct. Why? Because they are strongholds.

Strongholds are of a spiritual nature and must be fought via the spirit.  The stronghold against Christianity is spiritual and was built because Christians were asleep, we focused on how to seek God for blessings instead of seeking Him to help us live holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:6). We were not told that if we failed to live holy a breach would occur in the fortress, allowing the enemy to build a stronghold operated by strongman. We did not know the strongman would be difficult to dislodge.

But thank God there is a remedy! Right now, it appears the enemy's goods (the people he has bound, the arguments and opinions about Christianity) are secure but thank God, Jesus Christ has come and bound the strongman. (Luke 11:20-22)

The day is coming when we won't have to argue about our values because God is going to pour out salvation and righteousness upon the land (Isaiah 45:8) and people will know right from wrong and turn from sin. He will convict their hearts of sin, so until He does that stop arguing with people about sin and Christian values.

Focus on Your Own Sinful Issues

Stop worrying about what others are doing. What are you doing? Paul said, you who "preach against stealing do you steal? If you preach against adultery, do you commit adultery? (Romans 2:21-22)

God will convict people of sin when Christians get rid of their own sin. No one is perfect but there are certain things Christians cannot do. Fornication and covetousness is deeply embedded in the church and must be cast out. In Ephesians 5:3, Paul said, "But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

If they are not cast out God will let your enemies chastise you! You will be harassed, you will be the tail and not the head and will lose influence. However, when you turn from sin, God will make your enemies be at peace with you. (Proverbs 16:7)

Proverbs 28:2 says for the transgressions of the land, many are its princess (strong men and strongholds). However, the last part of the verse says that by a righteous man the state is restored.

Although there are mighty strongholds in the land we can overcome them, if God's people begin to walk in righteousness that is obey God. The state of the land, its peace, security, and allegiance to God will be restored.

We can destroy the devil’s strongholds and send wickedness back to the pit when righteousness is restored in the land. God promised if we humble ourselves and pray, and seek his face, and turn from our wicked ways he would heal the land. (2 Chronicles 7:14). Humble people admit they are wrong and begin to do the right thing.

Christians are the salt of the world. If salt loses its saltiness it loses its value and will be trampled under the foot of men. (Matthew 5:13)

So, it's in your hands, do you want to be trampled under the foot of men, loosing rights and freedom?

Will you continue to fight a spiritual battle with words or use the spiritual weapon of obedience to change the world from a state of chaos to one of peace.  

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Put Some Feet to Your Faith

In Mark 2:1-5, we read the biblical account of four men who take their paralyzed friend to be healed by Jesus. However, due to the crowd blocking the entrance, the men decided to gain access to Jesus via the roof.

This was no easy task because the roof was constructed of beams and covered with branches and a thick layer of mud plaster.

They had to climb an outside stairway to get to the roof.  Imagine the work required to dismantle the roof. Imagine carrying a paralyzed man on a cot up a stairway and letting him down on the cot in an overly crowed room.

That's bold, bodacious faith!

Scripture says, their friend had the palsy, the palsy is a disease where the body or some parts of the body lose motion, sensation or feeling.

When Jesus saw their faith, He forgave the paralytic's sin and healed him. Warren Wiersbe says, "The paralytics friends did not simply pray about their friend's condition but they put some feet to their prayers, and did not permit the difficult circumstances to discourage them. They worked together and dared to do something different, and Jesus rewarded their efforts. How easy it would have been for them to say, "Well, there is no sense trying to get to Jesus today! Maybe we can come back tomorrow."     

Let's put some feet to our faith and overcome the difficult circumstances in our lives.

Let's not be discouraged because if Jesus sees our faith in Him and His power to avail us of all that ails us, He will help us.