KEEPERS OF THE FLAME. LET NOT YOUR FIRE GO OUT!
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Where do you go after preaching the message for every good Christian to lay down those sins that so easily beset us?
Why would I ask that? Because I have seen this happen so many times. People get convicted under the powerful anointing of God, they go to the altar and they repent. They leave the altar full of the junk they know God has been convicting them of, and now they have “empty places” in them. Empty places that act as voids. Mother Nature resists a vacuum and something will be sucked into those empty places.
But brother Don, won’t those places be filled with more of God? Not if that person does not make the effort, and many times they lack a certain vision mojo to make that effort, sad to say. Consequently, the void will keep seeking to refill the empty places, and many times things will be sucked in that are even worse than before, because now the person is disillusioned and sees no hope.
So what is this “training” that Paul speaks of? (II Timothy 2:21)
“If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.”
“And every man that striveth for the mastery…” (I Cor. 9:25)
What’s supposed to fill those empty places? Could it be a vision of the fight? Did not David ask, “IS THERE NOT A CAUSE?” The GOOD FIGHT? Do we have a vision for it? Do we see the millions dying and going to hell, and the thousands in our own city? Is Gotham crying out to your deaf ears?
I know this is fictional but just humor me for a minute. Would Batman buffet his body and train himself to warrior elite if there were no fight? If there were no ultimate bad guys, no city to save, no tragedy of seeing his parents shot down in cold blood before his very eyes? Without those just causes would he ever have become the Batman? Why would he? Why work so hard and suffer such pain if their is no worthy fight to fight?
Have we lost the vision of the fight? In the realms of the spirit, only a Priest has power.
We are called to be more than just a good person, we have entered a Priesthood. The day the average Christian catches the vision of Priesthood Evangelism, we will turn this world upside down again! I have written more about this at 1000housesofhope.wordpress.com if you like to know more. Look in the footer for “Priesthood Evangelism”. Are you enough of a spiritual Bounty Hunter to seek such things?
Just a quick thought, as food for thought, concerning the Gospel, “Good News” message of Christ. Since I now find myself developing this strange teaching of a samurai Sheep, then it is only fitting that we must look at the spiritual armor Christ has provided us. Sheep wearing armor? Well, that is why this samurai Sheep thing is so strange, but yes, it is true, and since my last article was concerning us “speaking the Gospel message” it seems appropriate to add a quick teaching at this point.
“and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace,” (Eph. 6:15)
In the previous article I stressed the importance of: “JUST TELL THE STORY!” And leave the results to God! Let go, and let God! The problem is, we fail to tell the story! The simple Gospel message of salvation in Christ! Good News come to earth! There is no bleating of the sheep! We remain silent!
We fail for many reasons, of which selfishness, fear, I’m not good enough, I can’t speak well, I might hurt their feelings, I will be laughed at, and so on, and so forth! A multitude of reasons!
I just want to point out that our spiritual armor has our “FEET” shod with the “GOSPEL”! The Bible, in all of its’ amazing supernatural wisdom… why do you think the Gospel is applied to our FEET?
I really don’t need to say it, do I. It is so very plain, but I will say it anyway. Wherever we go, wherever we walk, we just need to be telling “THE STORY”. We are appointed to be GUARDIANS of THE STORY, the GOSPEL, GUARDIANS of the TRUTH. We need to lay aside our own feelings of unworthiness and “just tell the story”, for we know not who just might believe!
I find it interesting that out of all the armor there is only one truly “offensive” weapon. Offense is to attack! Samurai! That piece is our sword, the Word of God. The Gospel is part of the word of God, and yet it is given a special part of its’ own, applied to our “feet”, and not meant to be a weapon, but an offering of “PEACE” wherever we go! Peace! Good Will towards man!
We will be looking at all the spiritual armor through our sheep glasses, but I just wanted to hook this to the previous article while it is fresh on your mind. The devil does not want us telling, “THE STORY”. We need to start living up to this part of our spiritual armor. It is not about us being able to over power any arguments against us, it is simply a matter of “JUST TELL THE STORY AND LET GOD BE GOD”. We don’t need to be Superman, Superwoman, or even Superwitness! Some will be irresistibly drawn to the LIGHT, no matter how badly we may mess it up! Praise God!
“How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” (Rom. 10:16b NLT)
Hinds feet in high places!
“But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the scriptures say, How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” (Rom. 10:14-15 NLT)
Subtitle: “I’M NOT SUPERMAN”
Subtitlesub: “The Thousand Word Articles”
Why are some people extremely attracted to the good news of the Gospel, and others extremely repelled? And two more questions that in an odd way relate to this. Do we try too hard, and in the wrong way? Have we created too many bells and whistles in our effort of trying too hard in the wrong way?
I hope you all feel sorry for me, because I am a cowboy trying to obey the Holy Spirit in embracing my sheephood. Most of you probably know that cowboys and sheep never really got along too well. I told one reader that the joke is on me! However, let me be quick to say that I am seeing such a new world between God and I that it has become my “delight” and “adventure” to pursue this trail! In other words, I’m loving it!
So…as I am seeing new things…I couldn’t help but notice a certain modus of operandi that Paul practiced!
“When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan. For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. I came to you in weakness – timid and trembling. And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.” (I Cor. 2:1-5 NLT)
Now he goes on to explain that with more mature believers he goes into deeper things, but I’m relating this to our efforts to evangelize. In our own personal efforts to be a witness, do we try too hard in the wrong ways? We can never try too hard in the right ways, such as prayer, worship, study, and walking in God’s anointing, but how about other things we do because we are just so sure that if we answer every question and explain every option, surely, this one will be saved! If we can just be eloquent enough in our speaking! If we can sound smart enough, and come across “cool” enough, then surely some will be saved? Or does it have anything to do with any of that?
It seems plain to me that the Gospel itself is a test. First of all, Jesus revealed in John 6: 43-44, that no matter how hard you try to be Super Witness, (2nd cousin to Superman), no one comes to Jesus unless the Father draws them!
“But Jesus replied, Stop complaining about what I said. For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me…”
So here we are trying to be so impresive, and jumping through every hoop, when Paul said he deliberately tried to avoid impressing them, came to them in weakness, simply presented the Gospel story, and then waited to see who would be “attracted” to it, or not! We can tell the story standing on our head if we think it will help, but if the Father does not draw them, it is for nothing! So how does he do this? How is it decided who is drawn and who is not? The answer seems to lie in the Gospel message itself!
Jesus specifically commanded us to go into the whole world and preach the “Good News” (Gospel) to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved! (Mark 16:15-16) No fancy bells and whistles, simply tell the story of the Christ child who came to pay our price for sin on an old rugged cross, he died, and rose again! While you’re at it you might heal a few folks, cast out demons, and raise the dead! Like I said, we can never try too hard in the “right ways”, but folks, we need to relax and let the Gospel do what it is meant to do, because part of its’ function is to reveal the lovers of darkness!
If you are a born-again Christian today, can you explain why, when you heard the Gospel story, you were drawn to it and believed, but your best friend was not?
I think Paul gives us some answers in the very previous chapter of where we started.
“The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.” (I Cor. 1:18)
“We who are being saved”?
“So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (1: 23-24)
“Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe.” (1:21 NLT)
Paul, himself, calls his preaching foolish! And yet! Some of us when we hear it are strongly attracted to it, as silver and gold! Precious in our sight! While the world looks at it and mocks, ridicules, scoffs, and persecutes those who would believe such a stupid thing!
How do they fail to see the beauty of it? How do they fail to see the utter “LOGIC” that no man can save himself, and it only makes sense that a salvation by GRACE would be the only CORRECT answer? How do they not see it? How can they look at a scenic painting on a wall and laugh at you if you suggest it was the accidental result of an explosion in a paint factory, and yet swallow hook, line, and sinker that this whole universal cosmos is a complete freak accident?
CONCLUSION: I have written all this under the subject of embracing our sheephood, because…Paul understood that he did not have to be a Superman to get people saved. There is much more at work in the Gospel message than any mere man can manage. We need to be faithful to pray and “just tell the story”, say it in love, but then let go, and let God.