WOTD (Word of The Day) When I look around the world today, I see a powerless Christianity. It is no wonder that so many of the once faithful have made the decision to leave the faith altogether. The Christian faith is in a season of crisis. Even if revival returns, everyone must be wiling to embrace the reality that the next decade is going to be brutal for much of the Church. We have literally reached a tipping point where we are about to see mass church closings and entire denominations disappearing before our eyes.
May I ask a personal question? Do you still believe in Jesus Christ? You see, in a Christianity void of God’s power, all that remains is some theology, church programs, and expensive buildings. When we enter a time in our lives where we feel that we believe in Christ but our belief in Christ isn’t generating any feelings, we need to realize that our faith in God may be hanging by a thread. For if the goal of our faith is a relationship to God, how can we continue in our belief if we never experience His presence in our lives?
Comfort can be found knowing that faith without power is not a new problem, for all of God’s chosen people have struggled with intimacy with God as far back as Adam and Eve. Take heart in knowing that the lack of God’s presence in our life is a symptom of the exact problem mankind has faced throughout history, and rejoice that God has given us a solution to this problem. God has made a way for us to be dwelt with His presence and power. The problem is, the way is narrow and many Christians are unwilling or empowered to do the things that God requires of us to experience it.
As we struggle with finding God’s presence and power, there is one question we can ask ourselves to find the cause. “Am I unwilling or untrained?” For if we feel that we know the Truth of God and yet still do not feel His presence and power in our lives, there is little anyone can say or do that will stop us from losing our faith. I believe the saying goes; “You can’t fill a cup that is already full.”
However, if we embrace the Truth that our lack of intimacy and presence of God is most likely our own fault in some way, we can remain open to seeking out what is hindering His relationship in our lives. In most cases, our lack of intimacy with God comes down to the fact that we have not embraced some simple Truths about God’s presence that are unchangeable.
What this means is that there are a few things that we as Christians need to do in response to God’s grace in order to partake of His presence continually. Now some of you may have been offended about what I just said. The reason for that may be that in a watered down, adulterated, grace-filled gospel (that holds no power), Christians have embraced the “It is finished” theology where God does everything and we don’t have to lift a finger in our Christian walk to remain in His presence. Sadly, it didn’t work for King Saul, or the Jewish people chosen by God. How can we be so arrogant to think that we are somehow exempt or above the same framework that denied others from standing in the presence of God?
I tell you the Truth… If you are beginning to question your faith, you haven’t been shown the True Gospel yet. I implore you, before you write off Christianity and the Church, give me an opportunity to rebuild your knowledge of God from scratch so that you can at least have the ability to refuse the living Gospel rather than rejecting a counterfeit gospel that holds no power. For eternity is forever and even if we walk away from our faith, the questions about life after death still need to be answered. Jesus is still the only way to God!
As a pastor who chose to leave my denomination in order to preach an uncompromised Word, know that I don’t need your money or to be lifted up above you. I don’t have a building or a great kid’s program. All I can offer is an unfiltered, rough as sandpaper Truth. The same Truth that sent the masses away from Jesus when He taught the Word. I don’t care if you visit our small local fellowship, communicate with me through social media, or just silently read the things I write. Just understand that it is getting so hard to find biblical preaching and people that are willing to share Truth even if it costs them everything. Know that I love you very much.
This Wednesday night at 6:30, I will be sharing the True Gospel message. It will not be about the things that Jesus did to accomplish what needed to happen in order for the gospel to be fulfilled. It will be the message itself. Verily verily I say to you, “Fully understanding (and receiving) the True Gospel message is paramount to experiencing continual intimacy with God.”
We have to get our foundation right. Therefore, below is the Gospel given by both John the Baptist and Jesus Christ. I would love for you to visit our humble worship service at the Borghom Townhall in Bock this week as we dive deep into this unified message that (once truly received) manifests itself as true intimacy with God.
1 Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, 2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Mat. 3:1-217 From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Mat. 4:17
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