We live in times that are very discouraging for the believer in Jesus Christ. The darkness that has covered the land seems to have dimmed the light of Jesus Christ in the world. Many believers are discouraged and overwhelmed with what they’re seeing in society today, and even within the houses of God.
Many believers have become comfortably numb with the state of the church and the condition of their environment, and even their own relationship with the Lord. I know what I see going on hear in America, churches filled with entertainment and the doctrine of anything goes!
I hear the cry of many wanting a leader to lead them and challenge them spiritually! I tell you to wake up out of your slumber and self-righteousness, and look to the only One Jesus Christ. Lift Him up in all things!
John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
Lift up the Lord Jesus Christ in all things and conversations! Stop looking for vices, stop looking at regulations, and religion to satisfy your burdened soul. Stop giving in to temptation! Pick up your cross and follow Jesus Christ! Do you realize that He is coming soon? The modern day church is filled with the world and has no power of Jesus Christ! We have taken God and His Word out of the Church and, out of our lives.
Once again we have looked to the world for our council. We’re seeking advice from the world. We have considered the ways of the world to replace the standards of God. We have taken our time of prayer, and studying the Word of God, and have replaced it with the new thing that we feel is effective and it feeds our flesh.
Many have become so engrossed in there religion that their eye’s have become spiritually blind and their heart’s have become hard and cold as ice. Many have become worse than lukewarm and they are cold and their hearts are hardened from the truth. The conviction of the Holy Ghost no longer affects them.
These things can be very disappointing and discouraging to the true believer in Jesus Christ. Walking in the truth and choosing to separate your self from the evils that are consuming many believers will bring persecution from many.
The truth is hated and despised by the majority. Because the truth is convicting and the revelation of reality is brought forth like a mirror to reflect your true image and state of being. It exposes the sin that is in your life!
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Your sin is killing you! You might say Dan I’m fine! God’s Word is final and your sin is killing you, sometimes hard and sometimes softly. It’s time for Christians to wake up, pick up your cross and follow Jesus Christ. The time is soon coming when you will be faced with a decision to stand for Jesus Christ or to deny Him.
In all truth a life filled with self will instead of God’s will is binding evidence against you for denying Jesus Christ already. The problem is that many have turned away to return to a life they once lead or to just follow the world.
John 21:1-25 1 After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself. 2 There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples. 3 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.
If the Lord Jesus Christ is not the center focus of the Church and the Holy Ghost is being restricted from operating because of sinful barriers, there will be no power nothing but Ichabod. ( the glory of the Lord has departed!)
God will give the increase not the ideals and devices of mankind!
John 21: 4 But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.
When we have severed our communication from the Lord through willful sin practice, we will not be able to recognize the Lord. When we begin to doubt the ways of the Lord and to look to mankind for the answers we will be disappointed every time. Sinful practices not repented will cause the Lord to not hear us.
Psalms 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
Those are not words that I made up those are the words that the King of Israel David spoke. The King that killed the Giant Goliath, a King who had committed adultery with another mans wife, a King who had a man murdered, a King who was a sinner just like you and me but he knew the Lord enough not to ignore Him or to hide his sin from him.
We must not and cannot regard the sin in our life that we know is wrong. We will not get away with it forever! There is a consequence for your sin and if you are not written in the book of life then you will go to the lake of fire.
John 21: 5 Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No. 6 And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.
If we are outside of the Lords will for our life how then can we win souls for the Lord? How can we share day to day testimonies of the power of God working in our life? The world will see you as the same as everybody else, and you will have nothing to offer them.
We must remain in Jesus Christ to be daily filled with His wisdom and discretion to be ready to give life to the walking dead of the world. By doing this he will keep the nets filled with the souls of mankind.
John 21: 7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea. 8 And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes.
The bible says that the disciples were coming with the net of fishes that they had caught with the help of Jesus. Many will be the souls of mankind that are won from those who were obedient to the call of Jesus Christ.
John 21: 9 As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread. 10 Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught. 11 Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.
The body of Christ is like the net that was not broken but still strong and in the way of the Lord to bring in the lost. The Lord will strengthen His people.
John 21: 12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.
When we stay in repentance and commune with the Lord daily we will recognize Him.
John 21: 13 Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise. 14 This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead. 15 ¶ So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. 16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
Have you gone fishing? Have you forsaken the ways and will of the Lord? Do you Love Jesus? Have you forsaken the cares of this life? Do you love Jesus? Have you picked up your cross and followed Him?
Do you Love Jesus?