Have We Been Serving God With Lip-service Only, or Do We Truly Trust Him?
We are the church, not the building. I want to clarify that from the very beginning. We do not need to go to a building to pray, or to be heard from God. He can hear us anytime, anyplace, and anywhere if the prayer we pray is sent up wrapped in faith.
However, just as is a Capital to a country, so is the church building symbolic to the nation and body of believers. The church body should be seen on the move and on the attack during times of crisis, not paralyzed by fear. We are to never show or convey to our spiritual enemy any sign of weakness. We were never designed to be passive, scared, or timid; who panic and run just like the rest of the world. We must Bridge the gap between God’s idea of the church, and the actual present state of the institution itself. That bridge can only be re-established by unwavering faith, bold belief, and absolute trust in God.
Here’s the current truth, nature, and state of the modern day church, which consists of both the leadership and congregation:
We as the body of faith will usually serve, trust, and worship God, up until the point it actually starts to costs us something. Running up to today’s world crisis, Sunday service had turned more into a meet up group, social gathering, and entertainment complex than an actual true house of faith preparing for spiritual war. We struggle now to regain our balance across the world, due to the fact that we as the church, were not prepared, nor were we on a war footing befitting of the magnitude of this crisis. I’m not referencing or attacking any particular pastor, church, or denomination, I am merely addressing the MINDSET and state of the body of believers across the globe.
The ancient prophets, disciples, teachers, and true soldiers of God, who wrote the scriptures we read in theses church buildings that have now closed all across the globe, they put their life on the line every single day for the same God that we say we serve. Many of them were under constant persecution, jailed, outcast, tortured, fought the plague, died in the arena mauled by lions, sent to nazi concentration camps, were crucified, decapitated, hung on a tree, or burned at the stake. Many of them gave their lives to help establish the church that we close the doors of today. Many of the brave believers, and champions of faith, fought and died on battlefields for us to have the freedom to have service on Sunday’s. They were able to do these heroic feats not by their own ability, but because they trusted God all the time, not just when it made sense, not just when it was convenient, not just during peace time, or when it was popular. The heroic fighters of faith did not ask the city/state/federal government if it was ok to worship together, nor did they run it by the world health organization first to see if they could gather for prayer. They did not check the wind of public opinion to see if they should hold service on Sunday or not, they just boldly trusted God with their lives, their families, and their congregation.
Now the secular world is asking us the question, have we as a church body been serving God with words only, only when it was easy to do so, when there was no real test or threat for us having faith? Have we been selling to the nonbelievers something that we ourselves as the church have yet to fully embrace? Or do we really truly trust in that God that we sang those beautiful worship songs to, the one we sent up those poetic prayers to each and every Sunday?
To go against the ways of the masses, to not follow the sheep to slaughter, will provoke them to all call us crazy, to call us ignorant, and to call us religious fanatics. They will say we are selfish, reckless, and even out of touch with reality, but attempting to fight a spiritual battle, with earthly understanding, is a recipe for disaster. TRUST GOD!
Yes we are to be wise, yes we are to sanitize our full bodies before worship as it is commanded to do so in scriptures many times (Mark 7:1-37, Exodus 30:17-21), but we are to do it without any fear, doubt, and anxiety. Fear should have no place in the mind or heart of a true believer. Every time fear shows it’s ugly head, we are to confront it head on.
It is God’s will that we seek him diligently, to gather in worship, and to not forsake assembly. It is written, “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:25).
Faith was never designed to be passive, it was created to usher in the power of God. Unwavering belief will manifest heaven upon earth, as it is written: “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” (Mark 16:17-18).
As believers, we must unleash unimaginable havoc upon the prince of darkness, by way of aggressive acts of faith. By doing so, we will derail, disrupt, and eradicate his plans of spreading mass hysteria, panic, and fear across the world, and in it’s place we will re-establish divine peace and order.
Closing the church doors during a time of crisis makes not only darkness visible, but magnifies it. The time has come for us as believers to prove that our worship, our love, and our faith for God is real! I leave you with this verse, for it seems so befitting of today’s times.
It is written:
If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
The people answered and said, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD to serve other gods; for the LORD our God is He who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and who did these great signs in our sight and preserved us through all the way in which we went and among all the peoples through whose midst we passed. “The LORD drove out from before us all the peoples, even the Amorites who lived in the land. We also will serve the LORD, for He is our God.”
Love God. Serve God.Trust God!
Dr. Billy Alsbrooks
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