Lazy Christianity, a call to arise
In any sport, or game the last minute is always a mad rush, as teams try to score more points. The losing team tries to cause an upset on the winners. There is a great scuffle. This seems to be the case when you look at those against the Lord. There is a great increase in onslaughts on the Lord’s people. Persecution is on the rise. The secular media is daily increasing the garbage that they pour on the world against God’s agenda. Pornographic and other such ungodly industries are seeing billion dollar growth even during these times of recession. However for some reason, this is not the case with Christianity. We seem to be so relaxed to watch each day go by, shout halleluiah and amen on a Sunday and be back to our daily lives. We know we are the winning team, however on a daily basis the enemy is causing more and more upsets, drawing more and more people to hell and away from God. Yet we seem content to just watch, well as long as we are going to heaven? Is that right?
The word of God in Acts 2:17 says, “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”
In case you haven’t realised we are in these last days. Why then do we still marvel at healings? The Lord didn’t say that he would pour his spirit on some man, he said on ALL people. Yet our generation has become so comfortable in being mediocre. We are sleeping on the Lord!! His wonders should be widespread and common. The hand of the Lord should be evident and followed by signs and wonders. The answer is here, in Mark 16:17 “And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” Our generation has grown so comfortable that we call our un-belief, belief. We say Lord with our mouths but our hearts are from him. As a result of this, we deprive a dark world of his marvellous light.
The Amen Generation:
t cut it! That is lazy Christianity. The end times are times for war, there are not times to sit and wait for the soldiers to return home to us. We need to be on the frontline in prayer and supplication.
The “I decree and declare” generation
I don’t know if I got this quote right, I may amend it in the near future if I got it slightly wrong, “Private prayer cultivates public prayer.”- I can’t quite recall who it was who said something to that effect. Our generation of pastors has constantly encouraged us to be authoritative in prayer, which is great. Boldness in prayer is a winning formula. However while they taught this they neglected to teach that decreeing and declaring will only bear results of your labour in prayer. What do I mean by this? Well, true boldness comes from a greater faith in God. And faith comes by hearing and hearing of the word of God. Romans 10:17. Consequently, to hear the word of God you would need to spend time with him. To spend time with him you would need to commune with him in prayer and by reading his word. When you spend that much time with the father you become in tune with him, so in tune that when they wake you up to a stormy situation you speak a peace out that is already in you. Mark 4:39. When you are in tune with him it is he who declares and decrees through you!!
A declaration is a call to war. Some of us have declared their situations better, only to see them turn for the worse. Acts 19:11-20, speaks of our generation. The sons of Sceva had not been in communion with the Lord. If they lived today, they would have heard about him on their iPod just before skipping to a sexual track, perhaps watched someone speak about him on television before switching to catch their favourite tv show. These guys declared and decreed demons to leave someone, and these demons came to war. It says they were beaten so bad they ran away naked. They did nothing wrong here, except for declaring in public what they had not backed up in private. This is lazy Christianity!
Jesus always saw instant miracles because of what he did in private. He came in union with the father. He spent time in his prayer closet, building up spiritual muscles to walk in the miraculous as he did. It is time for YOU and I to take action, to take control.
Take action take control
Do not wait for your pastor or prophet to tell you when you should fast or when you should pray. It should be natural, just as natural as breathing is to you. In the same way that at times you need to exercise running up to the big games in sport, that’s the same way that you need to always be equipped spiritually through prayer and fasting. Yes we are victors, but that does not mean we sit back and not fight. Moses had to raise his hands even though the Israelites had already been declared victors. Exodus 17. Verse 11 says, “As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.” In the same token, as long as your hands remain lifted up to the Lord you will walk in victory.
Make a decision right now. I will not be the same, I will consciously walk with the Lord. I will consciously seek his face. Let us abolish lazy Christianity
Take a knee:
Dear heavenly father. All Glory and honour we return to you for this message you have given us today. Thank you for each and every heart that will be moved by this message. May hearts of many more be drawn to you today. Give us a sense of urgency in our spirits, for we are in the last quarter. Awaken us from our slumber. We ask this in the name of your son Jesus Christ. Amen.