Let me say that we heard an amazing message from Brother Tom Gilliam last night in our meeting. He preached from 2 Corinthians 9 on “The Fortress Of Weakness“. Brother Gilliam revealed several of the great gifts of God to His redeemed people. These gifts are a wonderful anchor for the soul. I was helped greatly as I was reminded by the Word of God the many precious things I have in Jesus. I wonder if we sometimes forget who we are and what we have in the Lord Jesus? When we forget, we wander. When we wander, we waver. When we waver, we are a poor witness for Jesus. I pray the Lord will keep His benefits fresh in my heart and mind that I might be all that He saved me to be.
I titled my post “Random Rants“, and that is what I intend to give you today.
Rant #1: Shallow Believers – Does it bother you that mindless, heretical drivel like “Your Best Life Now“; “A Purpose Driven Life” and “The Shack” are among the most popular reading for so-called Christians? Well, it gnaws at me! When I see people wasting their time on junk of that ilk, it tells me that those people lack spiritual discernment and biblical knowledge.
Rant #2: Lifeless Believers – Does it bother you when spiritual truth is preached and God’s people act like nothing of importance was said? Well, it bothers me! I have been at the same church for nearly six years and there are people that I have never seen bow in an altar to pray. Now, I know that I do not know their hearts, but you would think that sometime or the other God would speak to their hearts and they would need to do business before Him. You would think that there might be a time when they just wanted to bow before Him and say “Thank you Lord for saving my soul!” You would think they would want to fall before the Lord and weep over the lost they claim they have a burden for.
Rant #3: Lazy Believers – Does it bother you when people have duties in the church and then refuse to carry them out? Well, it aggravates me to no end! If the people of the church have trusted you to do a job, you ought to do it! You should be in your place. You should be on time, and early if possible. You should be prepared. You should go above and beyond the call of duty. If you aren’t, then you should make room for someone else who will do the job out of a heart of love for the Lord Jesus Christ.
Rant #4: Worldly Believers – Does it bother you that many who claim to love Jesus allow everything in the world to come before Him and their service to Him? Well it…, you know! Just for the record, there has never been a family reunion, a ballgame, a school function, or anything else you want to name that is more important than what God is doing in His church, among His people. Christians ought to be in their seats to hear what the Lord has to say to their hearts. Parents need to teach their children that the business of the Lord is more important that the business of a secular institution such as a school or a club.
Rant #5: Complacent Believers – Does it bother you that some people are satisfied with the way things are? It does me! Why is it that anything new is met with instant resistance? Why is it that tradition trumps the will of God? Why is it that some people love to provide for themselves all the things they desire, yet they balk at any request to spend money on the things of the Lord? Why is it that some believers have no vision for the future, or desire to see or help the church grow? Maybe you can tell me!
Well, that will be about enough for today. Let me know what you think. Let me know where I am wrong. Let me know where you agree.
All I can say is AMEN!!! That is good preaching brother. You and I must be on the same wavelength lately. It troubles me to see so many folks in desperate need of the Lord’s help and yet so unconcerned about their spiritual needs. It is no wonder that the world is in the shape it is in, when the church has lost it’s zeal and fire. We need a Holy Ghost, soul stirring revival.
Keep on preaching brother. I hope that God meets with you and the folks at Calvary in a special way this evening.