BE A REAL MAN - that understands the times
Joshua knew that if God’s people rejected God’s Word-Will & Way, they would be overcome and ruled by an enemy whom God would raise up against them. (See Deuteronomy 28:13, 15, 43, 48)
When God listed the troops of the valiant warriors of Israel, God added a significant comment about the chosen men of Issachar. They “were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do…” (2 Chronicles 12:32).
Today, Christians are being ‘shocked and awed’ by legislation, court decisions and public policies that are openly against Biblical morals and values. Every informed Christian realizes that something must be done. However, it is absolutely vital that wise, Biblical steps be taken.
Every one of us has been tempted/influenced by “the lie” of Humanism. If we reject the moral disciplines of God (God’s Word-Will & Ways), God will send us a strong delusion and then we will believe “the lie”. The philosophies that are built on the lie are as dangerous as the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. Because of this, God has warned us to “beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit…” (Colossians 2:8)
2 Thessalonians 2:10-11 says, “…They received no the love of the truth… And for this cause God will send them strong delusion that they should believe “the lie”.
Romans 1:25 states, “Who changed the truth of God into ‘the lie’, and worshipped and served the creature more that the Creator who is blessed forever.”
The Root Problem: Christians have lost their effectiveness by allowing the culture to influence them rather than them influencing their culture.
Apostasy occurs when the world influences Christians.
Revival occurs when Christians influence the world.
The influence of the world is amazingly subtle, but very effective. It causes the love of Christians to slowly cool toward God as they gradually conform to the ways of the world.
A battle must be successfully fought against the forces of “Secular Humanism” but only after we deal with the condition that has allowed it to gain such overwhelming control in our land. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against rulers in dark places, principalities, powers and spiritual wickedness”, Ephesians 6.
Satan and a third of the angels were cast out of heaven because they rebelled against God’s authority and wanted to be equal with God, Isaiah 14:12-15; Rev. 123-4. The rebellion that caused Satan’s fall became the basis of his temptation of Adam & Eve and all generations that have come from them. Satan assured Eve, “For God doth know that your eyes will be opened, and you will be as gods, knowing good from evil.” (Genesis 3:5)
So what can we do about it?
Get back to the basics of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
1. Faith, hope, love, joy and peace: simple words, yet so essential to the "abundant life" Jesus has to offer those who come to Him and walk in His ways.
2. Why are the fruit of the Spirit often in short supply?
a. Because people neglect two fundamental tools God provides for them
b. These tools? 1) The Word of God and 2) Prayer/Worship!
3. Whenever you find yourself in a spiritual "slump", let these two avenues of communication with God be the key to:
Energize your faith!
Fortify your hope!
Activate your love!
Enhance your joy!
Enjoy your peace!
4. Restoring the basic elements of the abundant life found only in Christ is not a secret:
Receive the implanted Word of God! (James 1:21)
Continue earnestly in prayer and worship! (Col 4:2)
5. Learn to discern! "But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil." (Hebrews 5:14)
It's just that simple! Will you join me?