Posts Tagged ‘Passion’
Anyone else tired of watching the world go down hill?
I wish I knew what to do about it. I can post all day long about why it’s wrong, but God’s already done that. It’s called a conscience. So if man is able to ignore God, surely they are able to ignore me.
I know that in the end days evil will abound. But where is the Holy Spirit? Isn’t that supposed to be overflowing as well?
Perhaps I know why it hasn’t been overflowing in my life. Or this country. In my video, The Passion Promise, Paris Reidhead is quoted saying “…are you using God as an end or a means?” I, for one, have been using Him as a means to my own end. I’ve been so distant from Him, because He hasn’t been anything more to me than a way to fix my life or this country. Maybe a little more. But not enough.
Even writing this out, I noticed that I called the Holy Spirit an it. I don’t think He likes that.
I’ve even started to write sermons based upon what I think the people need, and not what God wants.
There are so many people in this world, myself included, who are capable of declaring war on sin, evil, and the flesh. But instead of using the immense power given to us by God we raise our white flags almost proudly declaring peace with a world that hates Christ. Not for God’s sake, obviously, but for our own selfish desires and ambition.
Who are we that we should even consider our own fate when there are thousands of souls, within and without the church, over whom the Lord weeps? They will spend an eternity in Hell because I wont spend a minute in surrender sharing the gospel. Shame on me. I deserve a fate worse than theirs.
Who are we that we think we have the right to a comfortable life? We rub the name of Jesus Christ in the mud. He denied comfort and chose instead the most gruesome way to die after living a most humble lifestyle. There are 159,000 Christian slain every year, and I distance myself from them.
Who are we to call ourselves Christians? We use the word so flippantly. I don’t have the right to the word any more than I could call myself a U.S. Marine.
Perhaps nobody does. At least I see that now.
Soldier in Training
Okay, my last post wasn’t very clear. I’m gonna have to re-write it just as soon as it isn’t 11:00 at night.
I guess it’s a lot easier to write about something you dislike or hate than it is to write about something you do like. It’s like explaining why you hate vanilla ice-cream compared to explaining why you like Blue Moon ice-cream.
And I still haven’t responded to Albert yet. Sorry dude. The 11:00 thing is keeping me from that right now.
My family is leaving at 7:00 in the morning to go work on our new home. Our house sold a few weeks ago, and we’ve been busy getting the place at our grandmas ready to move in. So a bunch of guys from the youth-group will be getting up at an un-natural time to help us out.
I’m sure you don’t want to hear a bunch of random nonsense from a random guy who lives a random life.
So here is a video that I found refreshing.
God bless, and please forgive my grumpiness,
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.
And he said unto them, Go ye unto all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Is this a suggestion, or a commission? I understand the fact that not all of us have been called to share the gospel full time. However, we are not excused from sharing it in day-to-day encounters.
I am ashamed of myself for my cowardice concerning this matter. I am without exscuse for not taking advantage of the oportunities given to me by God.
My conviction is deepened after going to this website:
A young man who has devoted his life to sharing the gospel. He obeys the great commission, and has reaped the harvest of it.
Check out the videos he has of open air preaching. They are both convicting and powerful.
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More GREAT QUOTES from LEONARD RAVENHILL
“Today’s church wants to be raptured from responsibility.”
“Testimonies are wonderful. But, so often our lives don’t fit our
[Concerning one of the new "movements" in the church that was
causing a stir among Christians:] “There’s also a stir when the
circus comes to town.”
“My main ambition in life is to be on the Devil’s most wanted list.”
“You can’t develop character by reading books. You develop it
“When there’s something in the Bible that churches don’t like,
they call it: legalism.’”
“Our seminaries today are turning out dead men.”
“How can you pull down strongholds of Satan if you don’t even
have the strength to turn off your TV?”
“Everyone recognizes that Stephen was Spirit-filled when he was
performing wonders. Yet, he was just as Spirit-filled when he was
being stoned to death.”
“If a Christian is not having tribulation in the world, there’s
[Concerning the fixation that today's church has with numbers,
with growth at any price:] “The church has paid a terrible price for
“You can have all of your doctrines right, yet still not have the
presence of God.”
“Many pastors criticize me for taking the Gospel so seriously. But
do they really think that on Judgment Day, Christ will chastise me,
saying, ‘Leonard, you took Me too seriously?”
“If Jesus had preached the same message that ministers preach
today, He would never have been crucified.”
“If the whole church goes off into deception, that will in no way
excuse us for not following Christ.”
We try organizing – we should try agonizing.
If a man will stand before God he will never kneel before men.
‘”I have nothing and possess all things.”… The church today has
everything yet possesses nothing.’
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Upon reading this verse, are we tempted to assume that this salvation only applies to our next life? That we are here to pay a fee, in future hopes of freedom, joy, and holiness?
Why do we think that Christ’s main purpose was simply to provide safety from hell, rather than the sinfulness he was truly concerned about?
We as a people perish every day. We don’t need damnation in hell for that. Are you saved from your Lust, Pride, Anger, Greed, Doubt, Rebellion, Hatred, or in a word, Sin? Are you truly more than a conqueror through Christ?
We claim to desire holy ghost fire, yet we forget a very important property of fire. It consumes. First small, flammable objects. But it will grow. And to keep it growing, you need to feed the fire. Eventually all is engulfed, and not even stone can escape it.
What have you fed your fire?