It’s time for you to make something good happen in His church. Many of you are waiting around for someone else to make something good happen in the church you attend. It’s time to stop looking around for someone else to do what God called and ordained you to do, and get busy. It’s time to lay aside every weight and the sin that easily throws you off and run with patience the race that is set before you.
It’s not all bad out there in many of our churches. I know that for the most part, you have been reading the bad stuff. Not every church is caught up in the realm of sin and wickedness.
My point is that we do not need to allow ourselves to turn a blind eye to the obvious sinful actions in our local churches and spiritual leadership.
It is important that we take Paul’s admonition.
“lest satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
The New Living Translation says this,
“so that satan will not outsmart us. For we are very familiar with his evil schemes.”
This, of course, is 2 Corinthians 2:11.
Paul takes time to share his heart about the repentance of the brother that committed a sexual sin, so gross that the world expressed it’s displeasure.
Having his father’s wife.
The severe judgment imposed upon him got his attention. It also got the attention of the church at Corinth. The church became so sorrowful that they didn’t take action until Paul stepped in.
The outcome, by far, was better than expected.
To preserve the reputation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, they repented.
I believe that there are bad things happening in the church but there are also good things that is happening in the church. All over the world we are hearing tremendous stories of believers standing for the faith in conditions that far exceeds what the United States is going through.
While the economics and social ills of this nation is appalling, we still have a chance to see God turn it around. However, it must first turn around in the church. The churches that are examples of walking to please God need to put the Word out as to how they are doing it.
I mean, it is obvious how they are doing it. Strictly obeying the Word of God, but they also need to communicate to the other churches their level of staying above the fray of the activities of sin.
From martyrdom to poverty, Christians are stepping up to the plate and gloriously glorifying our heavenly Father. There are pastors in other countries that are making their stand for Jesus regardless of the cost to their lives.
Christianity is always at its best is when we love the brethren and we willingly sacrifice our lives so that others would benefit.
Selflessness is emerging on the level of Jesus.
Hosea chapter 4 is a disturbing mirror picture of the church in the United States.
We are seeing people that profess to know Jesus abandon the true teachings of the Word of God. It is a reminder of what Peter told us in 2 Peter chapter 3. There are many saints that transformed into ain’ts. In other words, they aren’t saints anymore or they are in an extreme backslidden condition.
Out of the backslidden bunch emerged apostates. In other words, they walked away from their salvation.
This is according to Hebrews chapter 6. They failed to produce fruit for the kingdom according to John chapter 15:1-10.
Why do they fail to produce fruit?
Luke 8:11-15 has the answer.
There are three types of grounds that will never produce fruit.
You will also note that these grounds are no where near the good ground which is in the middle of the field. Good things that happen in the church always happens when you are in the good or middle ground of the church.
If you are just hanging around, there is no way that you will be fruitful.
Do not get me wrong. Hanging around is bad but there is a better place.
Many of you do not want to plunge into the good ground because of the fear of giving something up in return. Yes, you will lose something. You are exchanging what displeases God with what pleases Him.
Yes, there is danger.
It will cost you more than what you are willing to pay.
The good that happens in church is according to the plans and purposes of God. When you are ready to get deeper in the Lord, you must realize that it is exactly what the devil doesn’t want you to do.
IF you decide to go deeper. IF you decide to get to the good ground, something good is going to happen in your church, in your family, and in your life.
You’ve been waiting for your moment.
Here it is.
It’s time to take the initiative and it’s time to take advantage of the season you are in. You’ve been waiting for a favorable, convenient moment. When it comes to making something good happen in your church, the opportunity comes and goes.
Lenard Ravenhill once said,
“Opportunities of a lifetime must be seized in the lifetime of the opportunity.”
Too many good things fail to happen, or at the least, they are delayed, or postponed due to human speed bumps and detours.
Sometimes, church hurt prevents a lot of people from stepping back out to do what God called them to do. Church hurt can come from pastors, their leaders, and church folk that do not know any better. Sometimes there are “well intentioned” believers that have only one intention.
To intentionally or unintentionally hurt others.
People that are hurt in church sometimes operate in such a way that they block others from succeeding. It is a demonic ploy of the enemy to infect others with being disgruntled according to Galatians chapter 5.
That’s why it is important to walk in the Spirit and walk in love. We must discern the motives of people. We must also be prepared to stop what we are doing to see what we are doing that may negatively affect others according to James 3:13-18.
But you have to fight through the indirect attack of the enemy just to get what God has within you out to others.
Because their victory over bitterness and their redemption, restoration, and salvation depends upon your decision to never let the enemy side track you with evil.
The devil knows that if you ever get connected and completely ignore those that trouble you, that God will use you to bring tremendous deliverance to someone in need.
What’s at stake.
At the intersection of life, people are waiting for the product of purpose that God placed within you. No one else is capable of putting that product out but you. No one else can do what you do so well. God is depending upon you to take a risk and put out that product.
Lives are depending upon it.
You do not have to have a calling to the ministry to get the product out. Unless, however, you were called to the ministry and you are reneging on your obligation to be used by God on this level. You’d be surprise as to how many undercover Christians stay under the radar when the Lord has need of them.
Failure is not an option.
You cannot be afraid to fail. You cannot be afraid of “small beginnings” (see Zechariah 4:10).
You cannot be afraid of the “day of adversity” (see Proverbs 24:10).
Failure is a stepping stone to success. Failure does occur but what are you going to do when failure happens? Failure is waiting on your decision to try again, discontinue, and or quit.
Failure is an imperative fact that speaks only two things to the pursuers of success.
“QUIT!” or “Keep trying until you get it.”
Pursuers of success are in pursuit of success. They know that failure will happen but they keep moving until there is a pay off.
As my uncle in law, Bishop Tom Johnson would preach…
“Pay day is coming, it will pay off after while!”
Nothing good happens when you decide to quit when one or two doors close. Sometimes you have to break down a door to get a break.
When you decide to come to prayer meeting, something good is happening in your church. When you decide to financially support your church, something good is happening in your church. When you decide to wholeheartedly support effective ministries, something good is happening in your church. When you give yourself selflessly to support the vision of your local church through effective evangelism, something good is happening in your church.
You must never wait for someone else to do what you should already be doing. If you procrastinate it is already too late. God created you with something to bless and benefit the church and you do not have a right to be selfish with a gift that God gave to you.
That gift within you is destined to be shared because someone was waiting for you.
Stop looking around. God is looking at you to get it done.
It’s time to step up and step out before someone steps away from Jesus.
Yes, it is that serious.
All good churches have initiators and risk takers. People that want to see the church blossom and bloom are always looking for ways to make something good happen in their church.
When the church is focused on making something good happen in their church, there will be no time for Secret Sexual Sins, or any other sins for that matter.
Is something good happening in your life and in your local church?