do we realize the state the Church is in?

22 08 2006

Here’s a quote the Church needs to hear (watch your toes!) :

Isn’t it staggering when you think that one sermon on the day of Pentecost produced 3000 Christian people?  And we had some cities yesterday where 3000 sermons were preached and nobody was saved.  And it doesn’t even faze us.  The church used to be a lightning bolt, now it’s a cruise ship.  We are not marching to Zion — we are sailing there with ease.  In the apostolic church it says they were all amazed — And now in our churches everybody wants to be amused.  The church began in the upper room with a bunch of men agonizing, and it’s ending in the supper room with a bunch of people organizing.  We mistake rattle for revival, and commotion for creation, and action for unction.  Look, I think this is a critical hour in history, the most critical hour in history; the Middle East is ready to blow up… the prestige of this nation we love has gone down… As someone said, “We live in a theater of the absurd.” … When did you last tiptoe out of the sanctuary when you dare not say a word?  The church has to rediscover two things.  One, the majesty and the Holiness of God, and the other, the sinfulness of sin. ~ Leonard Ravenhill

That says a lot… and he’s right on, particularly about the church in America.  It convicts me, too.  I realize God wants to do a lot more in my church than we’re letting Him, and we’re not even that bothered that we’re missing out.  We need a revival!  I imagine most people would say that, yet not be willing to do much about it.  It should grieve our hearts that we are missing out on what God wants to do.  Many churches today are nearly powerless (and Godless), experiencing little to no conviction, little repentance, no miracles, etc.  So many people want to be blessed… we look at church like a buffet — feed me more and more.  But do we want to be a blessing to those around us who are lost and hurting?  Do we really care?  Shouldn’t our hearts ache for a powerful move of God to sweep our country?  We should at least be believing for our own church and city to have revival.

We know it’s God’s will to revive His people and to see His Kingdom advance.  He wants the lost to find Him.  He wants to heal the brokenhearted.  He wants to minister to people, to deliver them from sin, to fill them with His love, joy, and peace, and to give them purpose in life.  Why does this not happen like it should?  It’s because we aren’t praying for His will to be done, His Kingdom to come.  Many of us want it, but we get too distracted with this life and all the stuff around us.  Are we going to seek God’s face and see His will done?  Now is the time.  If we don’t do this, we will end up regretting it.  We must make whatever sacrifices are necessary to see His will be done.

(I am most certainly “preaching” to myself also…)




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