Friday, 22 July 2022

God's World View

 Scripture:  2 Chronicles 16 v 9:  "For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars."

God spoke and His Son created everything.  He intently watches everything that happens on this planet.  His love is poured out upon us because we are the Body of His Son.  

1 Corinthians 12 v 12 - 14: "For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
13  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 
14  For the body is not one member, but many."

We are either dead or alive in the Body of Christ.  Those who are alive are those who are born again, then baptized, then baptized in the Holy Spirit.  Those who are dead are the sinners, whatever religion they believe, only the Saviour, Jesus Christ, is the way to the Father.

So from our Father's viewpoint there are only two types of dwellers on Earth.  Saints or sinners.  Sheep or goats.  He has done everything divinely possible to bring the truth about salvation to us.  If we have the power of the Holy Spirit we can flow with His plan, fully enlightened about Jesus Christ and the gifts we need to succeed.

The world is teetering from one crisis to another, each one a black swan event, as the war in the heavenlies between Jesus and Satan affects this planet.  Vladimir Putin is a real life example of Satan's arrogance which refuses to believe he can lose.  

It's pride and arrogance that prevents sinners from knowing or even wanting to know, Jesus as Lord and Saviour.  Governments are failing, the economic crash is on the doorstep, if not already in the door.  God is the refuge for His children that acknowledge Him and worship Him.  We are the lights that draw the sinners to Him.

So our prayers for the sinners should be to bind the spirit of pride, which blinds their hearts and minds, so that it can be replaced with humility.  James said it well.

James 1 v 2 - 4: "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 
3  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."

Proud people are very impatient, demanding, controlling and completely unteachable.  So our prayers to break through this barrier will cause them some fleshly, mental or emotional upheaval.  At some stage an attitude adjustment will appear and that's when the Lord will send in the right person with the right words to win that soul for His Kingdom.

Reflect on your own testimony.  Did you come to know Jesus when you were having a wonderful, carefree time, or was it in the midst of a crisis, loss, fear that showed you you needed a Saviour?  

I was preaching the gospel in an African township meeting, back in Apartheid days, where a white face was very unusual.  I gave them the hard gospel, no sweet words, because all around Katlehong there was the sound of gunfire.  I told them that unless they were prepared to die for their beliefs following Jesus was meaningless.  His spiritual weapons were mightier than the guns in the township.

Every person in that meeting wanted to renew or give their hearts to Jesus.  It was about 600 people already squashed into a small hall, like a can of sardines, and it was a very hot day.  So they stood in their places and prayed for the reality of salvation through the Blood of the Lamb.

Afterwards, a very old lady, aged 94, came to me and said that she had been in the church all her life but today she had given her heart to Jesus because she had never heard the power of the gospel before.  Christians, we need to stop painting a rosy picture of getting saved and having a great life.  That will come when we reach Heaven.

There is a great harvest of souls waiting to be gathered in the Kingdom, we need to be ready to spend our lives being part of this undertaking.  In God's World View that is all He asks of us.  His instructions come through the Holy Spirit, fresh every morning.

God's Judgment is going to start in the House of God.  He is going to be separating sheep from goats in the Church first because there are many errors, much disobedience and too many false doctrines that cause chaos.  It's time to fast and pray and get His House in order or there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when your name is not called up yonder.

The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.  The love of God wants us all Home with Him, however He has made it abundantly clear that He has standards that must not be flouted.  There are thousands of churches that do not preach the gospel nor have an altar call, nor agree that we must be born again, or have a clue about the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

They have their traditions, pomp and ceremony, expensive garments and beautiful churches but if Jesus walked into any of them He would rebuke them and have harsh words to say.  Like, By their traditions they disobey the command of God. Or, This place is full of dead men's bones, meaning there is zero spiritual life in that place.

We have no excuse, we have the Holy Bible, we have Jesus who never leaves us, we have the Holy Spirit to guide and teach us.  We need more humility, more patience, more love to be truly obedient to the call of God.  1 Thessalonians 2 v 3 - 6:  "For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:
4  But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
5  For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:
6  Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ."

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, how we love You, worship You and desire to be with You.  We know Your world view, and Your view of the backsliding church, and we promise to be spiritual activists obeying Your commands to fulfil the Great Commission.  In Jesus' name.  Amen.