There use to be a saying that went, "when I think of the goodness of Jesus, and all He's done for me, my soul cries out Alleluiah, thank God for saving me." Anyone remember that?
If were to really be honest, the Lord has been good to you too. Oh you may not have everthing you want. But you all if not most, of what you need. The Bible says, "And having food and raiment let us be therewith content." I Timothy 6:8.
If there is anything to seek after, it should be Jesus, not money, cloths, purses, shoes, suits or games. The Bible says to "seek ye first the kingdom of God."
Some going through and trials is the result of disobedience and rebellion against the word of God.
Just thinking about the goodness of the Lord and how awesome He is. Thanking HIm for dying on the cross for the sins of man kind. Thanking him for shedding his blood to remit sin.
Then there is christmas.
Meaning no harm, but christmas is not of the Lord. No aspects of it reflects Jesus. No aspects of it glorifies the Lord. Christmas is not of God. When you search the scriptures, you will not find any reference to christmas. None at all. To know about christmas, you will have to search and google it. If you do that, you will find that:
1. Jesus was not born on December 25th. Nimrod was.
2. No where in the Bible does it say to exchange gifts because it Jesus' birthday.
3. Constantine started it to get the christians to join in with the Roman celebration of the sun god. "Christmas' was already being celebrated before Jesus came.
4. If you study about Nimrod, the sun god, etc you will find how demonic christmas really is.
I admonish you to study. Go search it out. Christmas is not of God.
If you ask the Lord to show you about it, He will. I remember clearly when He showed me. Prior to Him showing me, I celebrated it. I would start palying christmas music, sit with my kids to make decorations, bake cookies, put treats in their stockings, sing the songs, I even wrote a play for it once.
But one day as I was walking across by garage to take out the trash, the Lord spoke to me and said, "I am not in that". I had just walked past the christmas tree I had stored in the garage. In haste, I drug that tree to the curb to be picked up by the trash man. I never looked back. I never second guessed it. I heard what that Lord said to me.
So many things the church does is not in the Bible. So many titles given to people by the church is not in the Bible. For example, first lady. No scripture for that. District Elder. No scripture for that. Assistant pastor. No scripture for that. Superintendent. No scripture for that. Calling women preachers Missionaries. No scripture for that . A preacher is a preacher, whether male or female.
In the book of Revelations, it says not to add anything to or take anything from the word of God. It would behoove man kind to obey. But then God did say, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge". He goes on to say, "becaue thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgottne the law of thy God, I will also forget they children." Hosea 4:6
The Lord at no time gave man the right to 'come up with' or 'invent a new way' for souls to enter into Heaven. When a person says the Lord called him or her to preach, that means they are to say what He has already said, teach what He has already taught and be a living witness of His holiness.
The call from God requires sanctification, obedience and a heart to serve. When Jesus called the twelve He gave them instructions. The first instruction He gave was to "follow me" (Matthew 4:19). The word follow means, to go or come after; move behind in the same direction, to accept as a guide or leader, to conform to, comply with or act in accordance with; obey, to folow orders, to imitate or copy. So when Jesus said to 'follow me' he was telling the twelve to do what he does the way he does it. Do not add or take from it.
With that being said, lets look at ministry just a bit. Ministry is about saving souls. In order to save souls, the word of God must be preached and taught. The foundation of salvation is repentance from sin. Many professing to be called of God to preach do not preach against sin. Many that profess to walk in the Apostolic Faith do not cast out devils any more, lay hands with power or have prayer lines. Many no longer preach against sin or preach Holiness.
When Jesus began his earthly ministry as recorded in the book of Matthew, He was first tempted by the devil (Mt. 4:1-11). Prior to that in Mt. chapter one, the Bible says, "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins." Matthew 1:21
Jesus did not come to just show up. He came to save. After he was tempted by the devil, he called the twelve then he went and taught (Matthew chapters five, six, seven. In chapter 8, a leper came and worshipped him. The leper asked Jesus if would make him whole. Jesus healed him. In Matthew chapter 10, Jesus gave the twelve power against unclean spirits, to cast them out and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. Question, what is your Church doing? What does your Pastor do?
It is far too common now for a church service to consist of singing, dancing a sweet, cute words. More singing takes place now than anything. Is this what Jesus did? No.
Then there are those that will say, 'we want the church to be inviting to the unsaved.' To that I would asked, "is this what Jesus said to do? Make the church inviting to sinners? No, He didn't
Much more could be written about this. In conclusion, the Church needs to be the Church. Preachers need to preach against sin and not allow the unsaved to 'minister'. The Bible says one must be born again of the water and the Spirit to see/enter the kingdom of God. In order to be born again, sin must be repented of, baptism in the Name of Jesus for the remission of sin must take place, then getting filled with the Holy Ghost with evidence of speaking in other tongues and the Spirit gives utterance.
How shall they hear without a preacher?
If you called yourself to preach, step down, because you are not going to do it the way the Lord said to do it. If your organization told you you are a preacher, step down. If a relative told you you are a preacher, step down. God called preachers preach and teach against sin. God called preachers minister in the Holy Ghost. God called preachers suffer persecution because of the truth they preach. God called preachers have a real annointing.
Eternity is a long time. Stop playing.