Professing believers ask God for signs to confirm their church’s ministries. Yet when signs are given most can’t even see them! It’s not signs people should be asking for; but Sight!
Ephesians 5:14. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
Your community is being consumed with:
Drugs, overdoses, violence, murders, homelessness, suicides,
abductions, abuses, corruptions.
All these seem to be on the increase while resources to deal with them are hard, or impossible to find.
WHAT OTHER SIGNS DO YOU NEED TO SEE IN ORDER FOR YOU TO SEE THAT GOD IS CALLING YOU OUT FROM YOUR COMFORTABLE FELLOWSHIPS TO FULFILL THE MINISTRY THAT HE HAS GIVEN TO THE CHURCH?
TO BRING SALVATION AND DELIVERANCE TO THE ETERNALLY LOST SOULS.
Youth are fed up with cheating, unloving parents, drunken dads and stoned mothers.
The kids have become so confused by divorcing parents, dead churches, humanistic teaching – they turn sleazy to get even. They are so down they will try anything to get up.
It has been said that the world is going to hell fire because the church has lost Holy Ghost fire. The Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Fire delivers us from coldness in prayer.
The church is dying on its feet because it is not crying on its knees,
The Prayer Room is the boiler room for its spiritual life.
Let the fires go out in the boiler room of the church and the place will still look smart and clean, but it will be cold.
We see that in Daniel chapter 2, when Nebuchadnezzar ruled, that the king had a disturbing dream that left him bewildered, confused and haunted.
He begged his seers to explain the dream to him, but no one could.
This enraged Nebuchadnezzar. He told his court, “You people give me nothing but foolish, empty words. You’re stalling, trying to buy time. But I want truth. I want answers to my deepest yearnings.”
Finally, he decreed that all the seers be killed – astrologers, sorcerers, magicians, even “wise men,” including young Daniel and his three Godly companions.
When Daniel learned of this death warrant, he called a meeting with his three friends.
You can be sure this gathering wasn’t for “interfacing,” or exploring options, or surveying the other Jews to come up with a survival plan.
Daniel didn’t have to consult other “successful” leaders on how to fulfill his calling. He didn’t have to attend seminars to know how to minister to the multitudes in his care.
Daniel and the three young Hebrew men knew they had to hear directly from the Lord. So they went to their knees and cried out to him for mercy and revelation.
They simply withdrew from all activities and prayed. And God answered.
Daniel received all his wisdom, direction, messages and prophecies while on his knees.
What an incredible prayer Daniel offered: “Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: and he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up
kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: he revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth in
him: (Daniel 2:20-22).
Daniel is an example to us of how important it is to have a praying shepherd that can teach and lead during times of crisis. The future depends on their being in touch with the Lord.
King Nebuchadnezzar is a picture of modern youth, crying, “We have power and influence. We have all the material possessions we could want yet we have no peace. we have questions, and need answers.
Our political, economic, educational and philosophical experts can not discern the cause of our problems. They spend millions of dollars holding various committees, carrying out numerous studies and developing programs and come up with no real lasting answers. They are wasting time and money to appease us.(superficial healing ).
Perhaps as a last resort they call upon the “religious” experts wondering: “Does God speak to anybody anymore? Is anyone able to read the times and know what’s happening? Are there any that can discern the secrets of the Lord?”
What do they hear and get from this inquiry?
From too many they get more superficiality.
How many churches hold organized marches on the capitol to demand justice and ridicule the unfairness of the political actions? (expecting to get different results because it is a religious cause)
The fact is, our preaching and experiences have not touched the youthful generation behind us. These young ones haven’t been enamored by the beauty of God’s Word because they haven’t heard it preached in purity. Instead, they have mostly been enticed into church with the lure of flesh-centered activities and entertainment. Once inside, the only gospel they hear is one that is easy, noncommittal. And that easy message has totally failed them.
No – the only way this world will ever be impacted is through a sin-exposing Word that reveals the heart. The world needs to hear pure, Holy Ghost truth that cuts to the quick and answers the cry of
the doubting heart.
You people who claim to speak for God – intellectuals, cultists, even people of the “born again“ crowd,- if you can’t answer the cry of our hearts, you have no purpose. You are useless to this society. you have no right to exist.
Our youth not impressed by crowds, numbers, demonstrations. Nor are they impacted by mega-churches, with massive buildings and memberships. They’re not stirred by bright, educated young ministers who use polls to achieve results, asking, “What topics do you want us to avoid in our sermons? How can we accommodate you, so you’ll come to church?”
BELIEVERS NEED TO GET BACK TO SEEKING THE LORD INSTEAD OF SEEKING SOLUTIONS.
BELIEVERS WILL NOT SEE THE SINNER MOURN OVER THEIR SINS UNTIL THE BELIEVERS BEGIN TO MOURN OVER THE SINNER..
OUR YOUTH ,THE POOR AND THE HOMELESS ARE A SIGN TO THE COMMUNITY AND MORE IMPORTANTLY THEY ARE A SIGN TO THE CHURCH< THE BODY OF CHRIST:
Isaiah 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.
Lamentations 2:14 Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; but have seen for thee false burdens and causes of banishment.
Mark 11:17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.
Joel 2:1, 15-17. 1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: 15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: 16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. 17 Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?
In our communities the enemy has prevailed over our children through the plague of drugs. How could anyone say that all these people lying in the streets, both young and old, hold no prophetic meaning for us? How wrong are those who believe that!
Hundreds of youth are dying – suicide, alcohol or drug related overdosing,
Lamentations 2:19 Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord: lift up thy hands toward him for the life of thy young children, that faint for hunger in the top of every street.
“On the ground in the streets lie young and old” (Lamentations 2:21). The prophet is crying, “Look at what is happening to our little children! He says, “Lift up your hands to Him for the life of your little ones who are faint because of hunger at the head of every street” (Lamentations 2:19).
When judgment comes upon a people, the young men become crushed (see Lamentations 1:15).
.Lamentations 1:16-20. 16 For these things I weep; mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water, because the comforter that should relieve my soul is far from me: my children are desolate, because the enemy prevailed. 17 Zion spreadeth forth her hands, and there is none to comfort her: the Lord hath commanded concerning Jacob, that his adversaries should be round about him: Jerusalem is as a menstruous woman among them. 18 The Lord is righteous; for I have rebelled against his commandment: hear, I pray you, all people, and behold my sorrow: my virgins and my young men are gone into captivity. 19 I called for my lovers, but they deceived me: my priests and mine elders gave up the ghost in the city, while they sought their meat to relieve their souls. 20 Behold, O Lord; for I am in distress: my bowels are troubled; mine heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled: abroad the sword bereaveth, at home there is as death.
Jeremiah traced these judgments back to dreadful changes that had come upon the nation. Terrible decay had set in and a moral landslide had occurred. The people had fallen from a moral, upright society into incredible depths of degradation. “How dark the gold has become, how the pure gold has changed. The sacred stones are poured out at the corner of every street” (Lamentations 4:1).
Here the prophet is speaking of the changes among the people and the institutions of society — as well as the decay of the sanctuary. The precious stones of the people, once morally pure as gold, now lay in intersections like broken pottery.
“They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets: that they were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills (garbage)” (Lamentations 4:5 . The prophet weeps over these young men and women lost in the streets, walking as skeletons with sunken cheeks, dying on their feet. “Their visage is blacker than a coal [filthy]; they are not known in the streets: their skin cleaveth to their bones; it is withered, it is become like a stick… They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they have polluted themselves with blood, so that men could not touch their garments” (Lamentations 4:8, 14). “As for us, our eyes as yet failed for our vain help in our watching we have watched for a nation that could not save us. They hunt
our steps, that we cannot go in our streets: our end is near” (Lamentations 4:17-18).
As the nation’s end drew near, judgment accelerated. Society reached a point where no one had solutions, and changes increased rapidly. The streets became filled with skeletal, hungry poor — formerly moral, well-to-do youth — who now rummaged through garbage, looking for food. These desolate beggars hunted down the rest of society, making the streets too unsafe to walk.
Is this not our cities today? And not only in large cities but also in smaller ones and communities.
Look again at the young beggars. What do you see? You should see a sign from God, warning and pleading us to take note: This image of a beggar is a community under judgment.
They are a prophetic picture of what our communities are becoming — and will be: a lost, drug-crazed community that’s going insane, rejected by the rich who have raised themselves higher by draining your wealth.
God is saying, “Look at the beggars! Look at their faces! That is the future of our communities without repentance.”
How did this happen? Who is to blame for our downfall?
“For the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, that have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her” (Lamentations 4:13).
Earlier, Jeremiah tells us in Jeremiah 5:31,The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?
The preachers have been telling the Church “all is well” because they are “greedy of (for) gain” (Proverbs 1:19). They have sinned by not preaching truth, by not warning the people — by putting Christians to sleep on the brink of judgment!
They undermine God’s message and warnings in two ways, saying, in effect, “We have heard this for years and nothing happens. Instead we are prospering! Things have gotten better, not worse!” And, “Yes, it may happen — and probably will — but a long way off, sometime in the future.”
Ezekiel addresses these excuses: “And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth? Tell them therefore, Thus saith the Lord God; I will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel; but say unto them, The days are at hand, and the effect of every vision. For there shall be no more any vain vision nor flattering divination within the house of Israel…. Therefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; There shall none of my words be prolonged any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done” (Ezekiel 12:21-24, 28).
If we lose this generation, it will be lost in the hearts of God’s people! By saints and servants of God who were blind and deaf or who have simply turned their backs to the needs and cries of this generation.
That is where we will lose this generation.
There has never been a generation as deeply in trouble as ours. It is corrupted by drugs, crazed by sex, plagued by rebellion and violence.
WILL THE CHURCHES REMAIN BLIND AND NOT REALIZE THAT SATAN HAS OUR YOUTH BOUND AND THAT WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE AVAILABLE RESOURCES TO BREAK THE YOKES OF BONDAGE, TO GIVE THEM LIVING WATER AND TO FIGHT AGAINST SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS AND CONTROL?
IF SO, THEN JUDGMENT IS AT THE DOOR.
WAKE UP CHURCH