one foot in the world, one foot in the church

Young girl: “I was shocked my Mom was up so early today!”Me: “Oh yea? Why is that?”

Young girl: “Because, she normally is out late partying with friends, and her boyfriend and normally sleeps til noon!”

I wanted to pack this un-churched girls bags up, bring her home, love her, and be there for her.

Sadly behind closed doors, so much of the same stuff is happening right in our very own churches. Why is the body of believers looking more and more like the world? Why are the lifestyles mirroring almost in exactness to the world?

The only difference I see is – one comes and sits in the pew on Sunday, and the other one sleeps in.

Are we as believers in Christ walking in the Spirit? Because if we are – things should vastly look different in our lives.

It’s time for the Church to stand,
It’s time for us to realize we can’t live two lives.
It’s time to genuinely show love, by confronting those we love deeply and calling sin, sin and evil, evil.
It’s time to stand up, and be uncommon – in everything we do.

One foot in the world, and one foot in the church
. It’s becoming a phenomenon, a disease that has been creeping and infesting our churches for years. The only difference now is, it’s becoming acceptable! And sadly the “new normal”.

 

 

The only contrast now, is it’s becoming more and more obvious in our homes. The one foot in, and the one foot out syndrome has stayed hidden for many years almost going unnoticed to the naked “church going” eye. But, no longer is that the case!

We’ve become complacent, and numb to the real hurt of this world, we’re too busy living our own lives, blinded to those who are searching for the purpose of life, our children raise themselves with every possible technology they have available to them. It’s rare to see a WHOLE family outside having fun together. The Television and iPhones have taken precedence over family time, conversation and family reunions. If we are outdoors, our children are competing in Sunday morning games – where we are training them not in word, but in deed that sports have higher priority over God or the Church. Our endless self gratification has filled our homes with everything imaginable from the abundance of clothing, where storage units are just another commodity for the American family. We’re busy purchasing and delving into greatest gadgets, not to mention movies, books, music, games etc… We enjoy take out, far more often then we can afford, we find ourselves dabbling in far more then we ever thought we’d allow ourselves to do. And we won’t even talk about our marriages! Eventually the empire we’ve built our life on – looks right in our own eyes and we start justifying and claiming it all in the name of “Christian Liberty.”

Have we forgotten we’re in a spiritual battle? {Yes, it’s already been won – in the end!} But, that gives us no right to sit and become conceited and complacent. We have generations of Children counting on every action we take and every step we make! Our actions or lack thereof will not go unseen and will most certainly affect generations to come.


Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.  — Exodus 3:6-7 

 

Yesterday I heard on the news of 2 twelve year old girls who ‘stabbed their friend 19 times’ to be accepted as part of this horror meme fictional character group.

 I find this story beyond disturbing and burdens me to the core.And a “fictional character” is an understatement! It’s simple, we live in a dark world that needs Jesus and our lights to shine ever so bright.

When we succumb ourselves to worldly things for instance the new movie {Maleficent} comes to my mind.}::heart shudders:: this movie trailer was rather disturbing to us, while it depicted darkness {all throughout the trailer}And no doubt – it’s rated PG with a Disney label slapped on, to make it “family friendly.” The trailer clearly illustrated evil to be good and beautiful.This will bring millions of families in – including Christians no doubt! Without the thought of evil being made “beautiful” we will fall into complacency once again – “It’s nothing but a harmless film”.

Or is it?

 

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Isaiah: 5:20

 

Are we becoming desensitized to evil, and worldly things?  Have we as Bible believing Christians  forgot why we are even here on this earth? Is it to entertain ourselves? Or make disciples?

And how on earth are we going to make disciples when we are distracting ourselves with the things of the world? And sitting in a pew on Sunday, does nothing for our children if we aren’t living it!

Turn it off, throw it away, open your eyes, walk in the spirit, – and gaze on the world with ‘Jesus Glasses’. Their seeking and screaming out for a Savior. Searching for someone to understand their hurt, to fill their void that nothing but Jesus himself can fill. How are we going to do this, when we ourselves are wrapping ourselves in worldly splendors? How can we ignore the lost?

God has given us the ability to to take charge, and act.

But, are we?

So many Christians are “going with the flow” under the name of you know,…“Christian Liberty”. Whatever we allow into our homes, or enable ourselves to do – it’s important to ask ourselves this helpful and very wise question:

“If I could see Jesus here in person, would I be comfortable doing this?”

Having a friend who came out of the occult {her life almost taken.} She warns Christians to steer far and clear away from evil, and worldly destruction. To remove the darkness and evil from our homes {movies, books, need I say alcohol? And so much more.} The forces of darkness are so very real and we must remember this:



For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alertwith all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,  for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.  — Ephesians 6:12-20

 

When will we rise up? How much evil will it take to bring us to our knees?How much darkness will we endure until our eyes are opened?How far are we willing to fall?

We are fighting our flesh daily, and we often forget who we are really wrestling and fighting against. Those dark spiritual forces are very real, friends! And our eyes become so fogged over with the smog of the world, when we aren’t in His word and in prayer DAILY.

 

Who are you a faithful servant of? “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and {wealth.}  — Matthew 6:24

 

What kind of evil and dark clutter do you need to rid your home of? “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” — Romans 12:2



Evaluate – are you really walking in the Spirit? “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.  For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.” — Galatians 5:16-18

 

Are you rooting and building up your children in Jesus or the world?

 

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority.” — Colossians 2:6-10


Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of GOD abides forever. 
— 1 John 2:15-17

 

Don’t wait…take charge and let God rule your home today in ALL areas of your life! Walking in the Spirit brings unmeasurable blessings!

Let’s strive and encourage each other to be a 7 days a week Christian, not a 7 days a weak Christian.

Our actions speak louder then our words.

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