Monday, December 17, 2007

Soul sleep Part 5...

Reality check.

I believe we all receive certain reality checks. The kind of circumstances that momentarily wake us up from our soul sleep. I call these circumstances a kind of common grace to all men, a light that lights every man who comes into the world. (John 1:9)

God in His ruling of this world sends people so many warnings. He is under no obligation to do so, and if you really think He is, then not only do you have no clue as to who God is, but you have no clue as to who you are as well. You are a tiny puny ant trying to flex your God given breath to question Him without knowledge. Such a person is as good as dead and under the eternal wrath of God, and perhaps even a few breaths away from that reality, and if they do not repent, that is have a change of heart, they will perish.

I have experienced, as many have, the death of loved ones, both family and friends. At such times, life becomes surreal, but there are moments of stark reality that confront your mortality. We get a glimpse into that horrible thing called death. The whole affair of dealing with death will either cause us to close our minds to it's reality or it can have a profound effect upon our entire worldview.
I have seen people so affected by death that they have gone into shock for months, unable to really function properly. I have seen people opt out of society and take time to evaluate their entire lives.
And I have seen people foolishly ignore death, turning away from it as if it were some flippant thing to cast off without so much as a by your leave. These people of course are effected more so than the others, for death will not let us treat it so flippantly, and somehow, somewhere, someplace, the fear of death will confront all of us at some level, and rightly so I believe. (Heb 2:15)

I look out and see a family. A mother, a father and some children. They are close. There whole world is caught up in each other, and they are living the dream. Family is their life.
Such a noble thing, especially in these days. But then I see the Mother taken suddenly away from them. The family is no longer. The bubble has burst and the dream is over.
It happens every day, and yet there are just so many situations like this one and many and varied circumstances besides.
Where is God in our lives and where is His cross in our lives? Where is our anchor? Have we built upon the rock or the sand?

As for me and the Church upon the earth today, there are things to confess, and if we do not do that, then things shall get worse and the people of God shall wax colder and colder I believe.
It is a matter of time and degrees, until a point is reached where God shall have brought His Church to it's knees, that is, if we are to see any blessing of any scale upon the earth now and in the future.

That is as far as my eschatology goes for the year of our Lord in 2007.

I firmly am convinced that the Church today is for the greater part under the judgement of God, and I freely confess that it should be. Most of the professing Church is in such a huge mess and is asleep at the wheel.

Judgement begins in the House of the Lord, and that is exactly what scripture tells us.
1 Peter 4:17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?

What is to be done?

-Repentance, both individual and corporate.
-To simply do what the Church is called to do, that is, faithfully preach and teach the gospel of God's forgiveness for sinners in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ upon the cross.
-And to preach "IN" season and "OUT" of season. At all times, without change or modification.
-Simple faithfulness prevails.

"Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light" (Eph. 5:14).

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