Let’s make a change
John 7 vs 38
“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of His heart will flow rivers of living water.”
For many years, I have gone to the same church, I suppose you have too. I have known and seen the same people week in week out. In the last decade, I can safely assume that I have probably listened to almost six hundred sermons, at an average of one per week, for the fifty two weeks in a year.
The messages have been diverse, some have spoken about redemption, others have spoken on faith, trust, love and the second coming. You name it, it has been preached about.
Of interest to me is the bulk of the people I know have often been moved to a point of tears. Some of the messages have been so deep that they have permeated our inner souls. If anything, you probably left church saying, “I will never be the same again. That message was timely, it was just what I wanted to hear, God truly spoke to me, and He met me at my point of need.” How many times have you ever experienced that?
In the same way, you may have listened to the same scripture presented differently and you have sat there and wondered; is that the same scripture that I have heard over and over again? Well, if you agree, you and I are probably in the same boat.
What’s sad is that despite these endless spiritual interventions that we seem to get so regularly, we do not change. In modern days, television, the internet and radio have made information so readily available, they have increased the frequency at which people minister to us. We are literally surrounded by the gospel yet we fail to change.
With this endless spiritual discourse, have you ever wondered why we do not take heed and change? It has to do with our faith and belief, God may as well part the seas in front of you for you to believe, but just hours later you are caught up in doubt and disbelief.
When presented with a problem, your first reaction is to panic rather than believe that the LORD knows best. If you are in a negative situation you get angry with God and say, but why LORD? The question you should really be asking is; but why not me Lord?
God is real, He calls us each day, He speaks to each of us, we hear Him through the things we read, see and hear but for some strange reason we remain committed to not believing.
The exercise of sitting in church becomes academic, we are in church not for what we can share and use to strengthen the body of Christ, but rather how best we can be entertained.
The Lord expects better from each one of us, we are called and we are actually set apart, He has declared that He will help us overcome. He will take us to a better place, a place without fear, tribulation or heartache, if only we could play our part and start to believe what we are taught.
Is it not interesting that the children of Israel, regardless of the various warnings that they were given, despite the endless call from the prophets and despite the very real interventions they witnessed, they failed to change?
Let us be people that hear, listen and change. Let’s allow the Lord to permeate our hearts, souls and minds. Let’s be a reflection of His ability in our lives. Let’s move away from being a statistic that makes up the numbers of the people in church and become the remnant that lead the way in showing that God is capable of anything.
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