1 John 5:4-5 (NLT) For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.
Some of the greatest challenges for the Body of Christ today are:
(1) Calling sin, sin.
(2) Truly repenting with a sincere desire to turn completely away from sin and rebellion (God will do the rest.)
(3) Putting trust in the Word and wisdom of God, rather than our own understanding.
(4) Pleasing God (believing and obeying His Word) first, rather then fulfilling our own selfish desires.
(5) Following God’s Holy Spirit rather than fighting to continue in unfruitful tradition.
(6) Pleasing God rather than men (people-pleasing, man-pleasing).
(7) Living lives full of fear, rather than faith in God.
(8) Studying and living the Scripture with the Holy Spirit teaching and guiding until it becomes our first nature, rather than listening to fables, old wives tales and demonic/fleshly interpretations of Scripture and God.
9) Rejecting the temptation to think and act like the world (those who do not know God or choose not to honor Him), through Jesus Christ, our great example.
This is a post that find I must periodically update and post it. Remember watchmen, remember people of God, we have already overcome the world. How? By faith in our omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscience God’s Love, authority and power, as He evidenced in the life, ministry, death, burial, resurrection, ascension and seating of Jesus Christ.
The Three Worldly C’s
It is sad to say that the Body of Christ has been infiltrated by the three C’s of the world: commercialism, capitalism and competition. In order to understand the destructive nature of these worldly systems, one must define them.
- Commercialize: (a) to manage on a business basis for profit, (b) to exploit for profit, (c) to debase in quality for more profit, (d) to put excessive emphasis on profit-making
- Capitalize: to gain by turning something to advantage (lack of wealth, influence, knowledge, or resources of another)
3.Competitive: (1) a stand wherein one strives consciously or unconsciously for an objective (as position, profit, or a prize), (2) be in a state of rivalry.
The World’s Trap of Commercialism
The Lord never intended for the “Church” to be a profit machine.
Matthew 21:12-13 (KJV) And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
It is understandable that some revenue be generated from the selling of resources that are made available, but the accumulation of revenue should never be the main focus. How much of the revenue is truly being used to “further the kingdom”?
Since faith is the currency of heaven, should not accumulating faith be the Church’s main focus? If the release of blessing brings wealth, should not believers be swift to bless one another? It is not God’s will that we be pressured into giving by guilt, our personal preferences and prejudices, or the demands of any human being or thing. Believers support one another through an “all things in common” mentality; HOWEVER, we are led of the Spirit of God so that we might know who truly is with us and whom or what God wants to support?
Everything we do, including our giving should be done with the guidance of God’s character, Word and Holy Spirit. Jesus told us to freely give as we have freely been given. This is for the Church as an organization and as individuals; disobedience has made serving God very expensive for the Church and God’s people. This should not be so.
NOTE: If everyone who calls themselves Christian paid their tithes (to God in faith), there would be no need for additional offerings, sales and donations. God would honor our obedience with the promise of harvest. HUMMM!!!!
The World’s Trap of Capitalism
The Lord never intended for the “Church” to be a capitalistic environment.
Matthew 25:35-40 (KJV) For I was an hungred , and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink :I was a stranger, and ye took me in : Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick , and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
The Lord never intended for members of “Church” to capitalize on the weakness and lack of others. Our God is the giver of life; we are to be the expression of His nature in the earth. The worldly mentalities of “only the strong survive”, “he that has gets”, “get mine at anyone’s or anything’s expense”, “the rich get richer; therefore the poor get poorer” is not of God and should not be seen or heard among the saints. This kind of thinking is the sign of greed in the heart and is evil in nature, (1 Timothy 6:10), being in direct opposition to the Scripture and the very nature of God (John 10:10, John 3:16, Luke 6:33).
Love and charity are interchangeable (1 Cor. 13). Again, pleasing God in our compassion toward mankind can only come through the love of and compliance to God’s character, Word, and those only with the guidance of His Spirit.
The World’s Trap of Competition
The Lord never intended for the “Church” to be a competitive environment.
2 Corinthians 10:12 (KJV) For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
The Lord never intended for us to measure one another by what we do or have, how we look, speak or any other measure of comparison (2 Corinthians 10:12)! We are to walk in humility, recognizing that all we are, we are by the grace of God. We know that anything can change in a moment by faith or incident. We are to be sober minded; watching earnestly for the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He alone redeemed our lives, and we should seek to please Him (God’s Word) as we increase our heavenly account.
Finally, my brethren, in all these things it is important to remember that serving our God is not haphazard. There IS order, His. We are not to be “yes” people; we are to be lead of God’s Spirit, and that in accordance to His Word and character. The Spirit of God will not operate in opposition to the character, will or the Word of God. They are one (1 John 5:7). He will not allow us to be taken advantage of (without purpose) or come behind in any good thing. (1 Corinthians 1:6-7). Only He knows what is good and right for each of us.
We, Your people, thank You for faith that overcomes the world. Help our hearts to hear and understand every promise You have made regarding the power of the spirit of faith that You have given us. Help us, teach us to be lead of Your Holy Spirit. Breathe on us afresh. Open our understanding even the more to Your Word, Your will and Your ways. You are returning for a Church without spot, blemish or wrinkle. You are the spot cleaner, the blemish corrector and the press that smooths out wrinkles. Do what You must to prepare us for the assignments of our lives. Do what You must do; we want to look like You! We want to be Your expressed image in the earth. Help us Father!
We lift our voices together and ask that You visit that Body of Christ in a mighty way. We release our faith opening a wide gap, pulling back the hedges, lifting the gates for the entrance of Your glory. Fill the earth again with Your glory! Glorify Yourself through Your people. We will return Your glory and honor to You through our praise and lifestyles of worship. You and You alone deserve our adoration and commitment. We thank You for spiritual sight as we watch for You. We believe we receive what we ask for when we pray. We love You and declare all these things to be done.
We pray this prayer in JESUS’ name and decree that IT IS SO, AMEN!