TODAY’S PROPHETIC WORD
I double dog dare you to get connected to a thriving church that is being the hands and feet of Jesus. You will experience a feeling that you used to pay good money to feel and it is all free. The joy you will experience serving someone and making them feel like kings and queens will bring you such great satisfaction and erase the problems that were hindering you. Mark 10:45 says, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His as a ransom for many.”
A SIGN OF THE TIMES
There is a carnal part of us that does not want to be joined to the body of Christ. In these last days, the Bible is clear that there will be a larger and larger group of “separatists” within the church.
These are people who become religious in trying not to be religious. It is sad that the very people who have this problem usually refuse to admit that their carnal nature keeps them separated from the church – not their long list of excuses.
The half brother of Jesus, Jude, spoke of these folks in his incredible book.
They said to you, “In the last times there well be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” These are the men who will divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.
– Jude 1:18-19
The King James says “they who separate themselves.” I see it a lot. The spirit of this generation has become greater than the Spirit of the Lord in these mavericks.
Let’s be honest, the reason so many so-called Christians do not want to be committed to a group of sold-out Christians is simply because they are not kingdom-minded people looking to help, bless and save others from hell.
I knew a woman who always had an excuse for not coming to church – any church, not just mine. The music was too loud, the people weren’t friendly, her schedule didn’t fit, she already knew everything the preacher was talking about so she just didn’t get anything out of it. She reasoned that praying, listening to Christian music in the car and, on occasion, the Bible Answer Man on the radio, was a better fit for her.
“God knows me and works with me how I am,” she said. Wow! The Lord was her personal Genie in a bottle that she believed came running at her beck and call, existing to make her comfortable.
Separatists are wrapped up in themselves and their own little world. That mindset demands all of their attention. They may see need, but they point people to the church for help or say, “I’ll pray for you,” as they speed away to their next nail appointment or to work out a the gym.
But, that’s not you!
TODAY IS A GOOD DAY TO TAKE YOUR ATTENTION OFF OF YOURSELF. LOOK FOR WAYS YOU CAN SERVE OTHERS IN YOUR DAILY LIFE (YOUR MISSION) AND THROUGH COMMITMENT TO YOUR CHURCH (YOUR MINISTRY).
From my book: SOUL INVASION