Wednesday, February 26, 2014

God Thinking XLV - Mirror Of Time 4

"Why do you need a relationship with God, through Christ?
First of all, not everyone that thinks they are saved, are saved.
Secondly, the only way anyone can come to God is by His Son, and if you do not understand the importance and the urgency of this truth, you will make no real effective effort to reveal God to others [in you and through you].
Because of the lukewarm condition of the body of Christ and the depravity of the world system, (secular society), many people end up in church, (a church) (a fellowship) finding their experience to be quite fulfilling.  They are enjoying the benefits of Christianity, by participation and association, but some have never been converted.
Hear what God has to say about it:
Psalm 19:7 “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul.”
Matthew 18:1-3
“At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
V2 And Jesus called a little child unto Him, and set Him in the midst of them,
V3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
Luke 22:31-32
“And the Lord said,”Simon, Simon, behold, satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
V32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”
If you have any difficulty with understanding why the church (the body of Christ) seems so mixed up, just try to visualize this picture.  In many cases, the unsaved are teaching the unsaved how to get saved.  It doesn’t work.  The unsaved bring people into the church to play church without ever pointing them to reconcile with a holy God. 
Everything to do with God and man, God and you, God and me, is wrapped up in a personal relationship with God.
God is calling His people to reveal to the lost their need for a Savior.  
The church is growing much faster than the body of Christ, because the church has all but stopped exposing the depravity of man without Christ.  It’s not in vogue to talk about the lost as if they were really lost.  If not for God’s intervention.............. The gospel of Jesus Christ would be diluted until it had no power at all.  “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”  1 Corinthians 1:18 
Excerpt from God thinking XLV - Mirror Of Time by Keith C. Powell Copyright 2014


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