Changing Seasons

Ephesians 5:5-7
For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person-such a man is an idolater- has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.

2Timothy 4:2-4
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suite their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

Haven't the seasons changed in our life times? There was a time when churches were filled with the Holy Spirit. Preachers were on fire for God and delivered His message in truth. People would get up and walk out because of the conviction  that fell upon them in the middle of a service. People were getting saved by the dozens and the sick were having hands laid on them and were being healed. Elders were anointing people with oil; blind eyes were being opened and deaf ears unstopped. People left church services changed and eager for next Sunday to see what kind of miracles were going to take place.

The church today has fell into a new season. A season of a laid back, social gospel. Preachers, not all of them, tell people what they want to hear instead of what they need to hear. Conviction is a word rarely mentioned and its substance is scarcely found in churches these days. Instead of church members leaving services touched and changed, they walk out as if they have just finished waking up all the way on a Sunday morning. It's no wonder they rush from church to restaurants, scurrying to beat the crowd, they have left feeling empty and hungry. It's not their stomachs that are feeling the hunger pains on the way out the door, but it's their hearts that are malnutritioned and starving. We are being lead to believe that it's okay to have a few drinks at social hour, it's okay to be married to the same sex, it's okay to hang out in bars on the weekends. You don't have to live like a saint everyday of the week, just on Sunday. We come to God's house claiming to be delivered to indulge in our sins. In Jeremiah 7:10 it says, "and come and stand before me in this house which is called my Name and say we are delivered to do all these abominations". We have fell under the spell of this self-righteous season. We have stopped feeling guilty and have become comfortable in our sins. Proverbs 28:13 says, "he that covereth his sins shall not prosper, but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy". Jesus said, "you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free". It is time for a revival of truth in the church!

We need to move our lives into a new season. It's time for us to have a change in seasons! It's time to start acting and living like children of God twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred and sixty-five days a year. We need to be ready for the return of Jesus; we need to start playing instrumental roles in preparing other for His return. In Luke 21:34&35 Jesus says, "be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and anxiety of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man (Jesus)". Where will you be when He comes back? What will you be doing?

The new season we are in does not have a place for the Holy Spirit in the church anymore. People and churches these days act like they are afraid of the name Holy Spirit. Preachers, pastors, and evangelists preach sermon after sermon about the Baptism of water. They are afraid to preach about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. They say it isn't for the church today that it was only for the First Church and the old time saints. I'm here to tell you that God has not changed. He is still the same God and He is still filling people with the Holy Spirit and He is still performing miracles. I dare you to go to a church that is Spirit filled and get some of what God has been pouring out for over 2,000 years. It's time for a revival of truth in the church!

I thank God that my pastor isn't afraid to preach the truth. Last Sunday, that man of God was preaching with the fire and you could see the Holy Spirit leading and guiding him. If you don't feel the Holy Spirit in your church, then go somewhere else, keep searching churches until you find one that feeds and nourishes your heart and your soul. Get out of the atmosphere where there is a go-lightly, ear-tickling message and get into an atmosphere of truth and conviction of sins. If sin can dwell comfortably in the church, then how will we know that we are living ungodly? How will we know that we need forgiveness?

The signs of Jesus' return are all around us. We do not know the day or the hour. Let's get out of this season of blindness to the truth and let's move into a season of readiness and preparation.

If you are not sure if you are ready to meet the Lord, then I urge you to pray the prayer of Faith and Confession. If you need spiritual support, you can email us any time. We are here to serve you. We love you and God bless you!


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