There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof is death (Proverbs 14:12). There is a way that appears wholesome and that spreads love, but it is actually hate. There is a way that appears like trust, but it is actually laziness and fear. The children of darkness are wiser than the children of light (Luke 16:8) because they don’t have an ungodly trust in God.
They take full responsibility for their success. They take full responsibility for their failure. They live completely in the world without trying to escape it. Many within the church have given up their responsibility and have placed it on God and they wonder why many of their prayers go unanswered. They say things like God will do this and God will do that and God will do that. God’s grace takes care of that and God’s mercy takes care of that. Then my question becomes, what do you do? Nothing?
Don’t stop with a salvation prayer and rest there. Its dangerous and extremely wasteful. As a Christian, we are no longer citizens of earth, but God has never given us permission to abdicate our responsibility to be salt and light with specific implications to change the world around us. This is something we choose, not God. Listen to the wisdom found in Psalms 37 and look at our responsibility that is listed first and then God acts.
- Do not worry (Psalm 37:1)
- Trust in the Lord, watch the conjunction, & DO GOOD (Psalm 37:3)
- Take delight in the Lord (Psalm 37:4)
- Commit your way to the Lord (Psalm 37:5)
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun (Psalm 37:6). It is your righteous reward because you are choosing to perform the righteous acts.
No matter how bad you want to leave this evil world or its political system, you should never believe that your presence is simply to go to work and die. You have a responsibility on earth and you should never forget that. You cannot get God, to do what He already said, you should, before He responds with a yes and Amen.
Evil people have their feet on the ground and as a Christian you should to. Its God’s responsibility alone to carry you to heaven. So, enjoy earth and be about the Father’s business. It is our responsibility to do so. Remember, it is the joy of the Lord that is our strength.
It has been brought to my attention that some people are in fact praying. They have been praying for God to move in their family. Break generational curses, heal sicknesses, remove cancer, remove anxiety, worry and depression. What they fail to do often is fast the Biblical way. Prayer is easy. It doesn’t cost you much. You throw it up and oh well I did all I could. Also, in the book of James laying hands on the sick is seldom done with the addition of faith and time. We rush God, but will watch a 3 hour movie. Hours upon hours of television or internet, but refuse to spend time laboring with someone in prayer.
I also find that people will work to abuse those who do work to fast and pray and labor with God. One Christian connected to Jesus is enough to heal their family. Just one. One prophet prayed and stop time. One prophets shadow healed the sick. Are they better in God’s eyes than you? What does God respect? Obedience and Faith. Also, keep in mind God has his own will and may not desire that persons healing.
I remember casting out a demon and did not find someplace suitable for the spirit to go and deciding to cast it into an animal for which I was forbidden, God had another place for the evil spirit to go. Seek God’s will on family matters.
Ask yourself before you send out that prayer list? Did I fast and pray? Did I speak with them about Jesus and did I offered to place oil on their heads and pray like the Bible says in faith? Did I work and use my resources before asking others to use theirs? The first line of defense in everyones family according to the Bible is the immediate family. From there we branch out and if that is not sufficient than seek the elders of the church or one who operates in the gifts of healing, if that is the need.
P.S. Every Christian has gifts from God and if you do not know your gift. You should ban yourself from every form of play until you do. If your soul and your families souls is not that important, then why should it be to someone else? Of course, every Christian is called to love their neighbor and their enemies, but keep in mind that we all have a responsibility in this fight against evil.
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD (Joshua 24:15).
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful (Joshua 1:8).
First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity (1 Timothy 2:2).
Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; – 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man (Ecclesiastes 12:13).