Our nation is on a path to destruction. I see bumper stickers and I hear people praying, “God please bless America.” I’ve got one question. Why should He? We’re living in a filthy puddle of sin and immorality. I believe He has been quite merciful, but God’s mercy will soon run out. The Bible says He has appointed a day.
How many babies do we kill every day by abortion? How many illegal narcotics are consumed in 24 hours? How many murders, rapes, and other violent crimes are committed in the span of a day? How many children are violated?
We break the Ten Commandments a million times a day; yet, God still sits on His throne of mercy. Well, I have news. God is removing His hand of blessing upon us, and this past election is just the start. There are three Bibles for every person in the United States. There is no excuse for us going to Hell. People complain about putting the Bible back in schools and courthouses. I want to see it back in the home.
Come on, we live in a nation where roughly 70–80 percent of the people profess to be Christians. How many of you open your Bible and read it? How many read it to your children? How many of you have a prayer life? When is the last time you travailed in prayer? Not just, “God, here are my problems. Help me with this or that….” But when is the last time you travailed in prayer over the lost and the damned? Over a nation that is on its way to Hell?
We really need to get down to business and teach people how to pray. As one of my favorite pastors said, “If we would teach people how to pray like we teach the choir to sing, we could set the world on fire” (Leonard Ravenhill). And he’s right. The disciples didn’t ask to be taught how to preach or do miracles; they wanted to be taught how to pray.
The American church is weak today. I believe it to be an embarrassment to a holy God. We preach so much on love and forgiveness and life application. Don’t get me wrong. God is love, but He is also a holy God. They don’t sing, “God is love, love, love,” in Heaven. Read Revelation. What do they sing? “Holy, holy, holy!”
When is the last time you went to a church service and were so awed that you had to tiptoe out of the building? Do you go to church to meet God or to hear a sermon about Him? Our faith is weak. We put faith in our programs and schedules and music and sound systems and presentations and organization. We put faith in almost everything else except one important thing—that God will come.
When is the last time you heard your preacher ask God to come to his service? The church has never had more equipment than she has today but never less power and less anointing.
It’s time to grow up, Church! It’s time to get out of the nursery and into the armory. It’s time to get mature in your Christian walk. Does God trust you? Does He burden you? If He doesn’t, do you know why? I think it’s because He can’t trust His children with vision. You can’t trust children with something that needs bravery; they are too timid. You can’t burden them; you’ll break them. Do you remember the words Jesus said to His disciples, “I have many things to tell you but you cannot bear them?” Why did He say that? Because they weren’t mature enough to handle it.
Before you go to church this Sunday, why don’t you get right with God before you go and even ask Him to show up. When you get to the altar at church, you won’t have to waste time asking God to get your life straight. The altar is for only two things anyway—sacrifice and death—death to self for new believers and/or a living sacrifice for Jesus for mature Christians.
I believe the church of Acts can exist in America today, and I know it exists in persecuted countries. It depends on our faith and obedience. As David Wilkerson put it, “The church doesn’t need anything else but God Almighty on His throne.”
Felix trembled before Paul. The Devil believes and trembles. Does your pastor tremble at God’s Word? Do you? If we don’t tremble, then why should we expect someone else to tremble?
“Dear God, we don’t shake thrones today. The early church did everything Jesus did except walk on water. They healed the sick, raised the dead, shook governments, and turned the world upside down. What are we doing? Do you think our country would be in the shape it’s in if the salt hadn’t lost its savor?
We don’t like trials. We don’t like to suffer. Well, you know what? Trials build character. And this country is in for its share of trials and we’re going to do some suffering along with it. Can we really say God is all we want? I think He is going to take us to the point where God is all we have. Maybe then we can have revival before He comes back in judgment. It’s time to get serious about being serious Christians.
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God.—I Peter 4:17
But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; but sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.—I Peter 3:14-15
—Used with permission from Scott S., a dear brother in Christ