Revival Blog 96
Apologies for the delay in responding to a new blog. No real excuses, just simply a heavy workload.
In this blog I would like to share how I perceived myself (as a born-again Christian) over the last 55 years of being saved. If I am brutally honest, I have always felt like a square peg in a round hole. In John 15:19 we read: If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. I guess this verse (and there are many other supporting verses) confirms the way I have felt, particularly when I was working in secular employment.
However, we are living in a time when the courts are now passing laws that are in breach with the Word of God and I feel even more estranged from this world i.e. full term abortion, same-sex marriage etc. I see sin rampant across the world and when I preach, I am mindful that instead of addressing these issues head-on from a biblical perspective, I have, on occasions, been guilty of exhibiting a lack of boldness (which is wrong). I have listened to what is being preached in other churches and it all sounds very godly, but it ignores the real world. Have we forgotton God's Word that we are all sinners who need a Savior: Romans 3:23: "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," and the reality is that those whose names are not written in the Lambs Book of Life (Rev 21:22-26) will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. Therefore, the Preachers war cry should be solely that there is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun. When will we refrain from gimmicks and start preaching the truth? It is not about attendance and offerings that provide meaningful data but souls brought into the kingdom.
Secondly, as we are now into the second year of fighting this invisible plague called COVID19 with all its variants? Therefore, it is even more urgent to 'throw out the lifeline' of the gospel of salvation to a world which is going headlong to a lost eternity.
At our Wednesday evening Prayer Meeting last week at New Life Fellowship, Coopersburg, a word that came up several times in conversation was the word 'radical'. It was felt that the party is now over and God is challenging His people to be more radical in their witness to those who are unsaved. The word of the Lord I believe to each one of us is to live as Romans 12:1 explains, transformed and not conformed. Praying without ceasing, praying with conviction, praying as an intercessor, praying like the preachers of old: "Give me souls or I die". Oh how we need a Holy Ghost Revival where the anointing of God will sweep thousands upon thousands into the kingdom. Please make that your prayer that the christian church will not be guilty of compromise any longer, but will experience the anointing with signs and wonders following the preaching of the Word.
July 9, 2021