Sunday, February 10, 2019

It Starts With the Church


1 Peter 4:17-18
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

A prevailing theme in our culture today is complaining.  You see it everywhere - in the news, on social media, churches, and anywhere else people gather to talk.  Complaints, murmuring, belly-aching and on an on are never-ending!  I've watched probably over 100 videos on YouTube the past 6 months of stories of financial hardships, unemployment, food stamps, the disappearing middle class, income equality, etc.  There was only ONE couple out of all of those videos of many, many people in America, that acknowledged God.  ONE!

America has forgotten God.  America has become an unthankful, unholy, and unwavering tide of unrighteousness.  Instead of turning to God - we turn to credit cards, bank loans, family members, 2nd jobs, putting wives on the job and all other displays of independence from God (unbelief) and dependence upon others.  Can't we see ourselves yet!?  At what point will we see that we haven't even been thankful in a very long time?

If you were thankful, truly thankful - you would find it hard to complain, murmur or belly-ache.  Thankfulness of the heart produces contentment and with contentment comes what?  Well, with Godliness - great gain!  (1 Tim. 6:6)  I find it amusing that those who are constantly seeking wealth or turn to money instead of God, are also the same people that put their wife to work and never seem to grab hold of it.  Not all, there are many men who do provide for their wives but their wives are so discontent that what he brings home is never enough for her massive greed!  She spends every dime before it even has time to pay the bills - she truly brings her own house down with her hands, as spoken of in Proverbs 14:1.

The church is rife with unthankfulness and no dependence upon God anymore.  It really should be the last place to find unthankfulness but it is the first place God tells about judgement beginning.  If we want to see a revival and a healing of our land, it can only start with what?  God's people humbling themselves and turning from their wicked ways - then, God will heal our land.  It all rests with the church.  America is the way it is because of the church and its wickedness.  First the Catholic priests and now the Southern Baptist ministers sexually raping and destroying lives - God help us!  They won't be the last, there will be more organizations found out soon.  I've learned that men will do anything to protect an image (god) of a organization - even hiding sexual abuse.  God has tore the covers off one by one over the past few years and sadly, there are more covers to be ripped off.

2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 

So, if the power lies within the church and the church is unthankful - there is no hope for the sinner.  We must arise and cleanse ourselves and humble ourselves to see the lives of those imprisoned by Satan, delivered!  Start right now - start repenting for your sins, your unthankfulness and start having mercy for all; because we all need it!  Let it begin in me, God...

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