Relationship, Faulty Belief Systems, and The Road Ahead...

As we notice the events taking place all around us, the loss of jobs by the thousands every week, the fear gripping consumers and the unrest throughout the Earth, I can't help but notice as I ponder all this, how much of the present day church has been duped. At the same time as these trials unfold, I am experiencing some of the closest fellowship with my brothers and sisters that I have ever known.

This scripture comes to mind:

Job 15:12-13
"Why has your heart carried you away, and why do your eyes flash, so that you vent your rage against God and pour out such words from your mouth?"

This scripture brings me to my point in this post. Because I believe the American Church has been taught incorrectly and bought a bag of goods so-to-speak, it rests on a shaky foundation. This judgment on America that we see being poured out will devastate those who's faith is built on sand. The Lord never promised us riches. He never promised that if we gave thousands to our church we would be millionaires. He never promised us that we would inherit a cosey life and remain out of the wake of judgement's ripple effect. His promise is that HE is our inheritance and that HE has covenanted with us by our faith to provide for us...be our God, our Comforter, our Savior.

This is the message that we have to give to the rest of the world. To those who don't yet know Him. That though they lose everything, though their dreams be dashed, though their hope seem trampled, we as followers of Christ have somethign far more priceless. We have the peace that surpasses all understanding. We have the loving God and Father of all creation. We have access to purpose and meaning and hope and joy.

But if we be built on the wrong foundation, where our comfort plus Jesus equals fulfillment, we will be in for a tragic surprise. My son was telling me the difference between tragedy and catastrophe. Catastrophe is when something happens that is devastating but is out of one's control. Tragedy is when devastation happens that is the result of a person's actions or beliefs. It would be tragic if as in the verse above (Job 15:12-13), we don't process what is going on around us and to us properly because of incorrect beliefs and faulty foundations, and we become bitter with God for letting us down, shake our fists, and shipwreck our faith.

Now is the time for God's people to arise to their true calling. God will take care of us. But we will not avoid suffering. We will comfort those with the same comfort we ourselves have been comforted with. I encourage you more than ever to draw close to a family of believers who can encourage you and walk with you and your loved ones. A family who will love and accept you and share your burdens with you as you share theirs.

As in the church of Acts, having all things in common, it may come to the place where we can support each other and help each other through the tough times. The family of God is a powerful thing. But through this deep love and commitment to Christ and one another, God will change lives like never before. It's not about the programs. It's not about the relevance, it's not about the outward facade and the gimmicks that will change our world. We are truly coming into a time when the people of God will be known by their love for one another. And this love will change America...once again.

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Comment by Mark Barlow on January 27, 2009 at 5:05pm
Indeed. Jesus said that how we love one another is how others will tell that we are his disciples. There will be hardships and suffering, the bible tells us to expect it. But as you say, if our lives are built on the firm foundation of a relationship with God and a love for each other and the lost, our peace will come from God not from feeling comfortable.
Comment by Brian Cooney on January 27, 2009 at 5:11pm
yes..AMEN! I know many people who are questioning why so much is happening to them by a loving God. The truth is, they have put expectations on God that he never promised. We need to remember the early church and our persecuted brothers and sisters in other countries and know.. We belong to HIM. He owns us. How will you use ME in this hour LORD? God help us all to transition into a place of power. It's the best of times and the worst of times. May Jesus be glorified in the Earth!
Comment by Mou Rani Das on January 27, 2009 at 5:34pm
Brian this is very much true.....His promise is that HE is our inheritance and that HE has covenanted with us by our faith to provide for us...be our God, our Comforter, our Savior.Praise the Lord.
Comment by Brian Cooney on January 27, 2009 at 5:43pm
Thanks Mou.. Amen.
Comment by Elizabeth ; Baruch Hashem Adonia on January 27, 2009 at 6:08pm
Thanks & Amen
Shalom Elizabeth
Comment by Joseph Roth on January 27, 2009 at 7:06pm
It's nice to know that someone is not afriad to stand up and say it. If you were Hindu or Muslim and converted to Christianity you would find yourself without family or means. I have read and seen many who stayed true to their belief even though they lost everything they loved. Going into the field to work has opended my eyes to what is ahead, and like you say Brian we need each other and a strong realtionship with our wonderful Messiah to make it through. Shalom.
Comment by Brian Cooney on January 27, 2009 at 7:08pm
Yeah Joseph. Its the only way.. Look at the jews how they stuck together over the centuries and made it through tough times and even thrived...
Comment by BRENDA HATRIDGE on January 27, 2009 at 8:16pm
have been on both sides of the fence, have learned to be content whether the Lord has blessed us with much and there have been times we had little, He is our source, not our jobs, not material things, He promises to supply our needs, whatever comes our way, our trust should be in Him and continually search our hearts, so we can be sure we are lifting holy hands. and that we are ready at all times. Yes! better be sure where you are anchored, but most of all stretch forth our hands to others in love.
Comment by Debbie DeCillis on January 27, 2009 at 9:34pm
What a timely topic! I agree, too, Brian. But still, even for many who may agree with your words, I'm afraid nothing will change. I believe the doctrine of "political correctness" has come straight from the pit of hell. It claims to be "inclusive" but it is just the opposite. It prevents us from sharing ideas, ideals, beliefs, experiences ... because it might offend someone. It greatly limits what we are allowed to speak out loud about.

Who would want to do this? Who's agenda would be best served by keeping people from exchanging ideas? I believe the enemy of our God and of our souls benefits the most. And we lose everything if we allow it.

Jesus, our example, did not stop speaking the Truth, no matter what the consequences. Sometimes He spoke in anger. Most of the time He spoke in love. He spoke Truth in open daylight. People were free to listen or walk away. Threats did not silence Him. Physical agony did not stop Jesus from speaking Truth. From the cross he told the thief that he would enter paradise that day because of his confession of faith. Even death did not stop Him. He has commissioned us, His disciples through the ages, to go and spread His Truth.

There are whole denominations today that have abandoned God's Truth and traded it for lies. "The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds." Jeremiah 14:14 These people, who claim to be part of the body of Christ, are becoming “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God-- having a form of godliness but denying its power.” (2 Tim. 3:4-5) They are “always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth.” (2 Tim. 3:7) It’s frustrating and sad and scary to me.

I am grateful for the body of true believers, anywhere I find them … at my own church, in other Christian circles, online (like here!) We DO need one another. We were created to be in relationship with the Lord and one another. I pray for God to move in His church in a powerful way. I believe we need to be willing and empowered to let go of our old ideas of what the church should be and allow the Lord to form us into the church He has always intended.

“For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.” 1 Tim. 4:3-5
Comment by Michael Blue on January 28, 2009 at 1:12am
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
13 "No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it."

No where in this verse does it tell us God will keep us from experiencing the storm. No, instead He tells us that we will only experience what we can endure, and that He will provide the way out, so we "can stand up under it".

Right on, Brian!

~M

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