“What you got away with before, you will NOT get away with ANYMORE.”
On the way to church, I told my friend that in the United States you would be hard-pressed to find a truly devout ‘anything’, anything being Muslim, Christian, whatever. I told her, “It seems it almost takes living in a 3rd world country to live your faith/religion in a radical way.” This was followed by a couple of lol’s. But later I would realize that this is no longer a laughing matter. God is chastening those He loves. He is chastening and making ready His bride.
14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing befall thee. (John 5)
As Christians, we have been made whole. God is calling the Church to live wholly – holy. We are ‘slaves to Christ’ as Paul says. Everything that we are and everything that we do should be submitted to His authority. We have heard this time and time again, and yet we compromise. The Church in America is sick, lame, and paralyzed just as the group of people surrounding the pool at Bethezda in John 5. It’s time for healing and wholeness. It’s time for holy, radical, devout living.
It is time to get into Christ and be made whole. We must encounter Him. Spend time in His presence and in prayer. Your prayer life should be the number one priority. Prayer is a time of reading God’s word and acknowledging and declaring it back to Him. It is a time of encounter and romance. The power of God is not to be discovered only in worship. Sure. Enjoy worshiping Him. But the true enjoyment, encounter, and transforming power is in those times of prayer to Him. Try spending a full hour praying to our Heavenly Father. Stop waiting for Heaven and experience Heaven on Earth! The time is NOW. Be zealous. God will not allow His church, His bride to get away with complacency and compromise. That time has gone. He WILL allow you to feel the consequences though He has protected you before. EVERY area, not wholly submitted to God, will feel the impact of His chastening.
The season has already begun to change escalating at a frenzied pace toward the escatological events that will seal our eternal destiny. A time is quickly approaching when Christians not only in 3rd world countries but in America will have to be martyrs. They will have to give up everything to stand up for Christ. God is calling us to perfection now. He is calling us to live a life with NO compromise. This call is a call of mercy. A time is coming when compromise may cause us to fall away from our pursuit of God. He is making us ready now. Take heed to this word. Do not let it ignite inside you only to dim as it has before. Discipline yourself to seek God in a radical way EVERY single day for the rest of your life. I pray that He gives you and I grace abounding to do what He is asking us to do. He is a good Father, and every request is accompanied by the promise of grace to fulfill His requests.
Abide in Him.