It is important to begin with the definition of “church”. The church is God’s people who believe that Jesus is God’s son, who came to earth, and died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. We not only believe, but we confess this, turn from our sins, and ask Jesus to rule and reign in our lives. (See Romans 10:9-10, 13)
To know if this has truly happened in your life, you will begin to see “fruit.” You will have a desire to read God’s word, to study everything that you can get your hands on, to know Him more, to tell others about Him, to grow in character and to sin less every day. You will want to find a body of believers that help you do this. The Church.
Where will you find this body of believers? I don’t know. We have searched and searched for it. Our hearts are never satisfied. I know most people will say at this point… it is our fault, we are too picky, we must be pharisees, hypocrites, we need to get the beam out of our own eyes. I examine my heart for all of that on a frequent basis. Some days it may be true. Then I confess and repent. Other days…
Which leads me to…
There is something huge going down in America. It has been hidden from us for years because the main stream media will not report it. They report what they want to guide us to believe, but they don’t report truth. The corruption is deep. Wicked. Beyond belief. Sin in high places. It is starting to be exposed a little at a time…very slowly. Because the principalities and powers are working to keep it hidden. To find truth, you have to go outside of mainstream media (MSM) to get your news and even they don’t report everything for fear of being shut down.
I have seen a rise in god-fearing men, many, black men, who are stepping up to the plate to expose the evil. But where is the church? Why are they not praying and investigating and leading their members to stand up for God’s leadership in our country? After all, we were founded on Biblical principles by men who took a strong stand for God.
This week in congress, NY Democrat, Jerry Nadler said,
“What Any Religious Tradition Describes as God’s Will is No Concern of this Congress.”
Our pulpits should be lit up with the danger that is upon us from this horrific statement. We need leadership to show us how to fight against the evil that is taking God out of America. How do we do this?
Through the church. The body of believers that God has joined together to make a force that could be as strong as the Israelites when they took over the promised land. We need men like Moses, Joshua, Caleb to rally behind who can lead the battle and show us the way to go. We need strong churches that aren’t afraid to speak out for God and His will for our Nation. We need revival.
We won’t get it from mediocrity. We get it from strong men who believe in exposing the truth. Strong men in the church who let God lead their lives, so they can lead others to fight. We need a Caleb as described in Joshua 14:10-13.
Listen to the voice of Caleb from the pages of our story…
“Now as you can see, the LORD has kept me alive and well as he promised for all these forty-five years…. Today I am eighty-five ears old. I am as strong now as I was when Moses sent me on that journey, and I can still travel and fight as well as I could then. So give me the hill country that the LORD promised me. You will remember that as scouts we found the descendants of Anak (a race of giant people) living there in great, walled towns. But if the LORD is with me I will drive them out of the land, just as the LORD said….Hebron still belongs to the descendants of Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite because he wholeheartedly followed the LORD, the God of Israel….And the land had rest from war.” (NLT)
I want to fight. I don’t know how. I will not stop investigating until I figure it out and in the meantime, I pray for a strong church (body of Christ), strong believers, strong leaders, who can lead me to find the way.
I think sometimes the best way to fight is on your knees, asking God to fight for you. But I also think we are all responsible for equipping ourselves with the Word of God, weeding out our sins that entangle us so that we have a clear path to “walk”, and pouring God’s Word into the next generation. We won’t have an answer for the hope we have in Jesus if we don’t do the work the cultivate the fruit. 😉
Yes, staying on our knees and in God’s Word is the answer. And, our best hope is “pouring God’s Word into the next generation” as you said. They must be taught how to follow God and stay strong in the midst of evil days.