James 4:17 - Therefore to him that knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin.
On the local news, where I live, they were talking about having to transport prisoners to other facilities due to the lack of room available for all of them. I do not know what it is like in your city, but I imagine the jail cells are bulging there too. Society has been on this incline for decades now, and while many are anticipating the GREAT REVIVAL of the last days, our churches are far from ready for such a visitation. Members attend when it is convenient, and visitors or guest frequent when they want, but never dare to get involved. Many of the packed churches across the land, not all of them, but many of them that are bursting at the seams are sharing a false gospel or easy road Christianity that continues to lullaby this Christian nation to sleep. What can be done about the full jailhouses and empty churches that are scattered throughout what I consider wayward America?
Revival Starts in the Jailhouse of Your Soul
Before Christ, we were in bondage to sin according to Romans Chapter Six. Sin would say, “jump” and on the way up we would inquire as to “how high?” We were prisoners but Christ changed all of that by giving us dominion over sin, death and the grave. As Christians, not one of us was born free from sin. We already had a bounty upon our heads and Satan’s job was to make sure that it stayed there. When Jesus came on the scene of our lives, in lieu of that bounty, He broke the chains of guilt, pride, rebellion, lust, hate, self-gratification, and other sin from our life, and replaced it with His forgiveness, paid the price and set us free! No one comes to Jesus knowingly without realizing the bondage that they are in and their inability to break those prison chains off without Him. Yes, we lose our status as prisoners of sin and become prisoners of the cross, in which Christ already bore for us!
A Calculated Move On Behalf of the Church Will Bring America Hope
You see, Satan, our enemy, had a calculated approach to winning your soul before you ever came to Christ. As believers, we too must possess a calculated move on behalf of the Church, as a whole, to put to death the plan of the enemy. As a country, our moral decline is easily perceived by Christians without mention, but what about our common core of beliefs? Some of us, even our leaders, say we no longer have a common belief system, insinuating that we are no longer a Christian nation.
As a Christian, only a believer can calculate the actual spiritual pulse of this nation, and I say the sleeping GIANT of the church has been slumbering long enough. There are still more Christians per capita in the United States than what is being accredited, so when will we arise oh, Sleepers? Will it be when they decide to strip every last one of our God given rights away? By then my friends, it will be too late. Once they redefine marriage, hate speech, intolerance laws, and continue to take a jack hammer to the core beliefs of our faith, then we will be left trying to convince others of the basic truth by which we stand.
How Long Will The Church Be Silent?
Let us not be silenced yet another day, another year, another decade, until Christianity is so redefined, that that Church will no longer look like Christ. If we allow the world to continue to tell us what we should be doing, what we should believe, or how we should act, then they will continue to redefine our faith for us. According to our scripture focus, we know what we need to do, and by not doing it, we have sinned. Thus, the jailhouses will continue to be filled to overflowing, and the Church will be silenced at last. As for me, I am not willing to bend my knee to the worlds’ redefining antics ----are you?
by Jane Morin
“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you;” 1 Peter 4: 12 (NIV)
Is there anyone who is born that does not encounter some form of suffering during his or her lifetime? It is very unlikely, whether it be sickness, a close family member passing or an ongoing need not being met. Christ understands our suffering, for He was a man of sorrow and acquainted with grief. (Isaiah 53:3). He also was victorious over His sufferings, giving us the hope in knowing that we too can win the battles placed before us.
The Sovereignty of God is difficult for many of us to understand. After all, why would He allow suffering to come upon His own children? In the original garden, life was much more different. Due to sin, disorder and chaos has entered our world with the byproduct being that of suffering. Romans says, “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.”
Regardless of our suffering, Jesus has promised that in this world, you will have trouble, but to take heart, for He has overcome the world! We can stand on that promise, knowing full well that our Heavenly Father will not permit anything to come our way in which we cannot bear. So let’s remain diligent in what He has called us to do and remember, that He will see us through!
Additional References: John 16, Romans 8, 1 Corinthians 10
By Jane E. Morin
And He said to them, "When you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house that he enters. (Luke 22: 10)
The above verse is taken from the passage when the disciples were told to prepare the upper room for the Passover. When they inquired as to who would be helping them obtain a room, Jesus informed them of the man who would be carrying a pitcher.
Recently, I have talked to several pastors who have become discouraged, frustrated and exhausted at trying to keep the needs of their congregation met while trying to grow the Body of Christ. It appears that it takes a capable person able to step into the shoes of some iconic superhero to accomplish pastoring these days, especially a small congregation. In smaller congregations, it is not uncommon for pastors and all of their family members to pull the weight for the entire congregation when it comes to serving in multiple facets of the church. It can be tiring, unrewarding and flat out discouraging when others refuse to step up and lend a helping hand.
I travel this nation and outside the states and see this mentality taking over the church globally, and that is, “Let’s leave it to the pastor to get the job done, after all this is his church and his calling, and he gets paid for the job.”
What is a Water Bearer?
A water-bearer is one who brings moments of refreshing to the Body Christ, especially those in leadership. They are willing to encourage, serve, and stand by their pastor, holding up his arms when he is tired and protecting him from being overworked and not able to focus on bringing the Good News to the Body of Christ and the community. The problem is, many of the church members are worn out, overworked, and running on such tight schedules, that they have pushed out any extra time to help the leadership or other members, or even to offer encouragement. The result is a fragmented picture of what the Body of Christ was designed to be like.
When Water Bearers Serve Successfully
What happens when water bearers are willing to step up, encourage and refresh those around them in the Body of Christ? Every wins! Who is called to be a water bearer? You…me--- we all are! Whether you are in a church as a member and/or in a leadership role, you too are called to bring refreshing and renewal to others and to help equip the church. This is so the BRIDE is then able to focus on becoming the spotless Bride for which our Groom Jesus is coming back to redeem. Our failure to encourage and lift others up is causing many pastors to throw in the towel and allowing other leaders to become frustrated and useless in their ministries.
Let us remember dear ones, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us." (2 Corinthians 4:7)
I am blessed to have many water bearers in my ministry. They spend time praying for and encouraging me, so that I can spend time praying for and encouraging others. As a water bearer, we too must receive, be filled and then go and out-pour blessings upon others.
Something has happened to the Church in the last ten- fifteen years that is very noticeable. More people are just attending church, getting their fill and never sharing what they have received with others. The results are stunted members, never really growing up, and never learning how to walk victoriously in Christ. I meet people who say they have been a Christian for decades, yet they pose the most childlike questions to me, as if they have never understood the Word of God. Clearly they have not been around any water bearers encouraging them to grow. These same people become depressed, bitter, resentful and eventually cause division in the church.
Let us make a commitment now not only to pray for God to send us water bearers, people willing to bring pitchers of refreshment to us when we need it most, but also pray that we too become willing to do the same for others. Let us not tire of carrying pitchers of water to those in need of refreshing. If the Bride of Christ is ever to experience refreshing and renewal it is not going to happen outside the Body of Christ, for the world holds nothing for us.
By Jane Morin
Many a good idea has come to the end of its journey prematurely. Many a good men have decided it just isn’t worth the risk or the hard work. Years ago, I followed the American Inventor show pretty closely in its last four segments. I like seeing the underdog, per say, watch his or her dream come true.
I have always shared the opinion that there is nothing new under the sun. God is the Master Creator, and He has given us the ability to draw upon His wisdom and creativity. Technically speaking, to have a creative mind is a gift from God.
The only person I know who has never failed is God. The book of Deuteronomy says, "Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the One who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you." (Deuteronomy 4: 31)
Zephaniah 3:5 says, “Every morning He brings His justice to light; He does not fail.”
Many years ago at the tender age of sixteen, I decided to believe God at His Word and to follow Him. Does this mean I have lived a perfect, blameless life? No. As I look at myself today, I am grateful that I never gave up on that same passionate desire to serve Him that encompassed me years ago. During many a dry season or time of testing, I’ve been able to hold firm to that which I know. It is one thing to have a plan fail before your very eyes. It is another thing to allow your failing plans to cause you to falter in your faith.
I love the book of Habakkuk. He was a man after God’s own heart. Habakkuk 3:17-18 says, “Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail, and the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
The prophet Habakkuk knew what it was like to keep the faith in spite of adversity. He knew what it meant to run the race to the end. He knew the great price, and the great reward that comes to him who never gives up. Habakkuk is a hero. A hero of the faith!
Today, as travel ministering across this land, I continue to meet modern day Habakkuk’s who realize unless they keep pressing through the pain, the problems and the predicaments of life, they will never achieve the victory that lies ahead. Truth is, too many in the church throw in the towel of life right before they see their reward.
Just like a camera lens that remains unfocused and reflects a fuzzy image when taken, the saints in the Body of Christ often become unfocused because of what life has thrown at them. That picture perfect moment where they are crossing the finish line fades into a blurry reminder of their own failures or incapability. Satan’s task is to keep God’s children unfocused, never obtaining the dream or vision that God has given them. He does this through distraction, and weariness.
How can we remain focused? We need to welcome into our circle of influence the Habakkuk’s that God sends our way. I believe if we hang around people who won’t lose focus on the bigger picture, we will be winners too. To be a winner means you refuse to be a quitter. Those who never play the game, never are given an opportunity to win the game; so get in the game of life my friend!
Think where we would be today if people like Moses, Joshua, Elisha, Paul, or even Jesus decided to bag their plans and be quitters. We would never be able to be redeemed. We would never have been able to hear the Good News, and we would never be able to keep the faith. I thank God for the heroes of the faith…those of old and those walking with us today!
by Jane Morin
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