Tuesday, February 16 2021
RESTORING THE FIRE OF GOD
So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:46,47
Just think, no building, they met at a porch, no Bibles, (most were illiterate) no pews or pulpit, no choir or Sunday school and no pastor! How in the world could they be a church? Simple, God was with them and His Spirit was in them!
This is the divine design of the assembly of God, in essence, to be a vineyard, in other words, nothing to restrain their growth and just as a vine will grow as far as it can if it is not restrained, so will the church! Today we plant churches in buildings and they become a potted plant with no room to grow, no growth and no fruit!
Today most of our New Testament evangelical charismatic bapti-costals have no clue what the true church of Jesus Christ looks like! Discipleship is Sunday school, the gospel is a sugary donut and coffee compared to the gut wrenching conviction brought about by the true gospel of Jesus Christ! No blood, no sacrifice, no conviction, no godly sorrow, no repentance and no salvation!
“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:36-38
Many of those who heard the word believed and the number of men came to be about five thousand. Acts 4:4
This is true discipleship, preach the gospel, baptize in water, baptism in the Holy Spirit, train, equip and send! BAM! You have a brand new on fire disciple, free from the traditions and doctrines of men and demons, filled with God's Spirit and obeying the commands of Christ, to GO! The message these disciples were receiving was what it was like to walk with Jesus, pure and simple, spoken from those who not only talked the talk, but walked the walk with the Son of the living God!
This is why we don't see this kind of growth today, because no one will train and equip them to go and make more disciples, teaching others what they were taught and replicating the process in others! When someone is saved we fill him with rules and regulations and the do's and don'ts of Christianity and produce a dead and lifeless church member!
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:19,20
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Mark 16:15-18
Making disciples of all nations is likened to a military operation with every believer signed on to do the work, to evangelize, equip, train and then send! Today however we are taught to show up, support pastor and his vision, write a check, go home, come back next Sunday and don't ever rock the boat!
The church of Jesus Christ doesn't even exist anymore, replaced by a retirement community of fat, lazy, complacent members of an elite country club! Many of whom are lost because the gospel has been sugar coated, watered down and perverted so that everyone can come in! This is a travesty propagated by the traditions of men, denominational teaching and a leadership ignorant of the word of the living God!
As I was writing this message the devil was condemning me saying I am being to tough on the church and looking for a scripture to complete the message God gave me the following! Praise be to God we must rise up and conquer the powers of darkness and complete the work that we have been given and fulfill the Divine Destiny in Christ Jesus!
I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you. For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Therefore I urge you, imitate me. For this reason I have sent Timothy to you, who is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church. I Corinthians 4:14-17
Your servant in Christ, Timothy, the beloved and faithful, (LOL!)
NOTE: If I didn't love you and the true church of Jesus Christ I wouldn't be able to speak the truth to you in love regardless of the repercussions! May God bless!