Christ In You

I’m sorry that my blog seems so bleak at times. I really am, but I cannot, and will never, peddle the word of God for profit like so many of those in ministry today. I will never be one of those popular ministers that claims “victory over you in the name of Jesus!” or tells you how financially prosperous God surely wants you to be. There are too many in the church today that clamor for such messages that soothe their ears, while the world falls into anarchy and destruction all around them.

Messages of God’s abundant grace and spiritual inspiration to even the most lukewarm believer can be found today through no great effort, but messages about God’s fearsome wrath toward sin are far and few between. The reason we find ourselves in today’s wanton and licentious culture is because the church, as a whole, has utterly lost its reverential fear and awe of the holy God it claims to serve. We have sex outside of marriage, we divorce and remarry, we gossip and slander, we lust after money, we lust after our own image, we lust after comfort, we lust after entertainment, we praise God on Sunday and fall into indifference, distraction and self-pursuit the rest of the week. And when I say “we” I’m not talking about the world, I’m talking about the church. And then we cry out to God about men being able to use women’s restrooms, like we don’t have any idea how we reached this point of insanity.

Things are going to get worse, I wish I didn’t have to say that, but I do because that truth is like a fire in my bones. Judgment is coming to this nation and our phones, facebook, rock and roll, favorite TV shows, makeup, fashionable clothes, favorite movies and movie stars, and all the numerous other frivolous and wasteful ways we spend our time, energy and attention, are not going to save us and neither will they matter when the gavel hits the bench. Now is the time to fall on our face before the holy and awesome God we claim to worship, to humble ourselves and repent of all the things that we have allowed to take His rightful place in our lives.  Now is the time to stop following Christ with a divided heart and our hands and minds full of the things of the world.  We are drowning in idolatry, blind to our own spiritual nakedness, that is my message and I’m sorry no one wants to hear it, but it must be said. We are in the time of the wise and foolish virgins and I plead with everyone to fill your lamps.

Right now, the only words that God is giving me to share are those that are centered around repentance and coming out of the world. The only words of hope I can give are to those that desire to turn away from their sin and put their faith in Jesus Christ. As Paul said, the glorious spiritual riches of “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Col 1:27). I proclaim Christ, and I admonish, counsel, teach and warn everyone in all wisdom, to present every person complete in Christ, “For this purpose I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.” (Col 1:28,29).  Let us all live lives worthy of our calling and stop living lives that take the precious blood of Christ for granted.

“Christ is enough. To have Him and nothing else is to be rich beyond conceiving.” A.W. Tozer

“…that is the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.  We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.  For this purpose I also labor, striving according to His power which mightily works within me.” (Col 1:26-29)