For some time now many believers have felt a bit 'lost'. I made Christ my Lord and Savior in 1989 and I was radical and had a great zeal for the Lord, His Word and His work. I stood out, it seemed and it seemed I was an oddity. As time passed and I moved to a more populated area, I learned there were many who experienced the same thing in the 1980's and 1990's. But this amazing zeal and passion came and it seemed we were without good leadership, for the most part.
My pastor said something last night that said it very well, in my opinion. I paraphrase him saying, 'The people had passion but there was a lack of wisdom. Wisdom without passion is just religion (rules and regulations) and passion without wisdom causes isolation rather than relationship. True Christianity is about relationship and when you have passion and wisdom you will always have RELATIONSHIP.'
Relationship with Christ IS what being a Christian is. You repent, you receive Him and you establish a relationship with Him.
Our example for everything regarding how we live as Christians is in how Christ lived on this Earth. He was a person who developed relationships. He drew people everywhere He went. His disciples were close to Him. He spoke to them, taught them, ate with them and even cooked for them.
From the 90's to the 20 teens we can look at where the Bride (The Church) is at this time in America. For many, MANY years my husband and I felt as though we were in a desert. We felt as though we couldn't find others who were radical. Along the way, we also saw others in the desert with us, fighting and searching for others; for a place to belong and serve; hungering and longing true teaching of God's truths, power and commands for His followers. Time and again, we found ourselves in churches where people meant well but lack of power, knowledge of the Word or the manipulation and power trips of man were present and we walked away as God instructed in pain.
We saw some lose some of their passion along the way. We ourselves lost hope and the enemy nearly obliterated us. BUT GOD NEVER ABANDONED US. Despite our pain and despair, we did continue to believe, pray and love God. And at last, God brought us out of that desert and cut off the hand of the enemy and restored us.
And now, I believe the church is at a place where there are healthier leaders; there is more wisdom and the passion and fire that God poured out upon those in the last two decades of the last century is still there. Oh, it never was put out. God saw to that. It is now growing bigger and stronger, though. And with wisdom and passion, if we can develop healthy relationships, first with God and then with other believers, we truly can see a revival and a mass of lost souls saved like never before in our lifetime!!
BUT. . . it means we have to step out in faith. We have to be willing to take risks. And guess what?? That is what Jesus did. When He spoke, He stirred people up; He was controversial; He OFFENDED; He caused others to think and ponder; He walked about as a daily, willing sacrifice before He was crucified!
And He is our example. We have this passion. We have this calling; we may not even understand it. I don't fully understand it all. But it is real and we must follow Him. We must BE LIKE HIM. We must surrender 100% as He did. We must take risks. We must form a solid relationship with Him. We must develop relationships with other believers. WE MUST BE THE CHURCH OF THE BOOK OF ACTS!
Amid all this passion and grace and fire that God has poured out on the American church in the last 30 years, I have taken note of a terrible anti-Christ message that is causing great destruction to The Bride. It is a lie from the pit of Hell. And that lie is DON'T GO TO CHURCH.
This is a doctrine of Satan. He is divisive. He wants to divide the church and isolate believers. When believers are isolated, they can be tormented, attacked and fighting alone is not easy.
The Lord says, GO TO CHURCH. UNITY. UNITY. UNITY.
The Lord says, GO TO CHURCH. UNIFY. UNIFY. UNIFY.
The body is A BODY and these isolated parts cannot receive blood and they will decompose and lose their use. And the isolated part suffers grievously while the rest of The Body suffers for it cannot be as productive without that limb or organ.
The church needs to heal. GOD CAN HEAL THE CHURCH IN THE AREA OF RELATIONSHIPS. HE IS HEALING THE CHURCH IN THE AREA OF RELATIONSHIPS. ARE YOU WILLING TO TAKE THE RISK AND STEP OUT AND TRUST GOD? If you trust God in this, then trusting another person can be easier, though it will be a risk for you. GOD'S GOT YOUR BACK. He is there if something goes wrong and He can fix what goes wrong.
GO TO CHURCH. STAY IN CHURCH. ENDURE TO THE END. WE NEED ONE ANOTHER. LET US NOT FORSAKE ONE ANOTHER. LET US NOT FORSAKE THE COMMANDS OF CHRIST. LET US NOT FORSAKE THE ASSEMBLING OF OURSELVES TOGETHER.