“Will you not revive us again,
that your people may rejoice in you?” – Psalm 85:6 ESV
We live in a day similar to the time just before the first great awakening in America. In the 1700s the Church in New England was declining morally and spiritually. God used men like Jonathan Edwards, George Whitfield, and John Wesley to help as instruments for revival. But, unlike present-day America, even during their spiritual decline, the colonies had a much stronger biblical foundation than we do today.
In recent decades the Church in America has been guilty of excessive materialism and prayerlessness. And we have become biblically illiterate and resistant to the work of the Holy Spirit.
Sadly, much of the western world is considered post-Christian. It seems (looking at it through natural eyes) irreversible. Europe has only its great cathedrals to point to their past Christian heritage. We…
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I have started a new blog on WordPress called, The Watchman Prayer Blog. My focus will be on Prayer, Spiritual Warfare, and The Gospel Of The Kingdom. Jesus said that his house would be a house of prayer for all nations. He calls us to watch and pray. I believe God is calling all his children to become Watchmen on the Walls. Please feel free to check it out. http://www.watchman.blog
(I originally wrote this blog post in 2017. Since then, we have seen significant acceleration of evil in our society. Without repentance America, as we know it, will cease to exist.) My new blog site is http://www.bluecollar3.blogspot.com
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
(2 Timothy 3:1-5 ESV)
The United States and the whole western world are slowly moving to the edge of a spiritual cliff – the love of many seems to be growing cold (Matt.24:12.) We have become lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God. The sins of pride, materialism, sexual perversion, and self-indulgence have made deep inroads in our nation. And sadly, the Church is not doing much better.
Paganism has become the main philosophy by which much of the media and our entertainers live. They have become the voice of our culture, replacing the Church.
And, it seems that much organized or politically motivated religion is presently losing the moral high ground. The nuclear family is under relentless attack by dark spiritual forces. Civil unrest in the streets, drug addiction, abortion, and lawlessness have become the new normal.
Some of us have felt like giving up on our society, but change is not impossible.
So, how do we avoid the spiritual cliff? Followers of Jesus must seek the power of the Holy Spirit like the Church in the book of Acts. And make intercessory prayer a priority both individually and corporately. Believers can effectually transform the culture by wholehearted devotion to Christ. Protesting and cursing the darkness will never change our society.
I have hope for a better future and that God is raising up pastors in the land who are not afraid to proclaim the truth of the gospel. Ministers in the apostate Church have cast doubt on the authority of Scripture. Thankfully there is still a remnant in the believing Church faithfully proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. They are not condemning people for ungodly lifestyles but are offering hope and freedom in the name of Jesus. Pray that we in the west would turn back to God and avoid the spiritual cliff.
A Reason To Be Optimistic: In 2022 we are seeing a resurgence of prayer in the body of Christ. I believe that Jesus is waking up his sleeping Church. Many are starting to realize that government and political figures have become idols in the house of God. It will take more than a political movement to keep the United States going the way of ancient Rome. The Church must return to our first love. The bride of Christ must make herself ready for the Bridegroom. Jesus is not coming back for a harlot Church – he’s returning for a spotless bride.
“Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
it was granted her to clothe herself
with fine linen, bright and pure”—
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.” – Revelation 19:7-9 ESV
(I’m moving! My new blog is Formed By The Word and Spirit. www.bluecollar3.blogspot.com)
The people of God, not the Church building, make up Christ Church. Followers of Jesus are God’s spiritual temple in the New Testament.
“And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.” – (1 Peter 2:5 NLT)
The Holy Spirit now resides in the corporate body of Christ. Disciples of Jesus (the Church) make up Christs’ visible body on the earth. After the resurrection, Jesus spent time with his followers, teaching them about his Kingdom before his accession into heaven.
On the day of Pentecost, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to fall upon and empower the gathering of believers. Jesus’ followers in Jerusalem were full of anticipation. These were just average men, women, and children. Peter stood up to preach about what the prophet Joel had spoken.
“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams;
even on my male servants and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.” – (Acts 2:17-18 ESV)
Dreams, visions, and prophecy should be normative in the contemporary Church. Sadly the excesses of some prophetically gifted people have caused many to doubt the reality of these gifts. Humble praying people are the ones who experience true manifestations of the Holy Spirit. The Apostle Paul is clear that we are too, “Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.” – (1 Corinthians 14:1 ESV)
Paul also warns us in 1 Thessalonians 5:19 -21: “Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good.”
The teaching in some Churches today is to earnestly avoid these gifts!
The most balanced approach is to test all prophetic experiences. Do they line up with Scripture? As the old saying goes: “eat the chicken and spit out the bones.”
We (the Church) are the Spirit empower representatives of God on the earth. But many believers never tap into the Source of real power. In the book of Acts, we see the Spirit falling upon a praying people. We must spend time engaged in intercessory prayer, personally and corporately. If we don’t rediscover the power of prayer, we will continue to experience powerless Christianity. The lost world is turned off by the arguments, inconsistencies, and lack of unity in the Church. The world is looking for transforming power.
Unity and prayer are the keys to Kingdom power.
So, let us return to prayer.