1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came! 2 Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; and from thence go ye to Hamath the great: then go down to Gath of the Philistines: be they better than these kingdoms? or their border greater than your border? 3 Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near; 4 That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall; 5 That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David; 6 That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.
The Devil has been preaching from many of the pulpits in American and has been seated in the pews for too long now! It’s time to kick the Devil out of the church.Christians are too relaxed with the sin in their lives and have placed their trust in the devices of man, and the systematic form of mans religion, and they have placed their trust in man and country.
There’s no word on the judgments of God that are taking place and are increasing daily. There’s no concern for the eminent return of Jesus Christ. There’s no fear of God. The only fear that can be found is the fear of not having enough luxuries, comfort, entertainment, and self recognition.The world is ripe for the Day of the Lord, but I’m talking about the people of God!
The people of God have become self absorbed! The church is a sleep in the hour of chaos. The Church is filled with those who are not concerned about those who are addicted to the vices of this world.The Church is a sleep to the judgments of God that are threatening. The Church is filled with sin and corruption. The Church is lost in the abundance of idleness. The Church is drunk with sins of the world and has become non-effective in a time that it should be a beam of light shining in a world that has become dark because of the evil that has been penetrating society because the lack of witness that the Church has failed to provide!
Matthew 5:13 ¶ Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
The Church has been trampled on because we have not equipped ourselves with the armor of God. We have once again taken it upon ourselves to come up with our own ideas and plans to save the world and to fill the churches.We have strayed away from the foundations in the Word of God. Why have we strayed?
Revelation 2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
The enemy has crept into the churches and has infiltrated the hearts and the minds of God’s people.Satan has entered into the pews and teaches from the pulpit. Compromise is king in the houses of God today.The glory of God has departed from the churches of compromise and they are under the power of the Devil.
There is a famine in the land and the eyes of many Christians have been blinded by the wants of this world. We have been silenced by our sins and we have been held captive by the enemy by our own free will.
Proverbs 5:22 ¶ His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.
When we choose to not read the Word of God and when we choose to not seek Him in prayer, we are choosing spiritual death in the Churches and in our lives.
1 Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: 2 And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes. 3 And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard. 4 What could have been done more to my vineyard that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes? 5 And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down: 6 And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.
What more can the Lord do at this point? He has blessed America as a nation. He has given us mercy as far as the east is to the west. We have been given over 200 hundred years of freedom to preach, teach, and read His Word freely.We cannot say that we haven’t been given a good vineyard and every opportunity to bring glory and honor to His Name.
Daniel 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
Knowledge has increased and man has become more vein, self centered and dangerously distracted in a time that is critical more than ever for the souls of mankind to be saved.We have taken two of the simplest tools that the Lord Jesus Christ has taught us and we have thrown them out of the churches and our lives.We choose not to read His Word and to not pray to Him.
Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
John 6:48 I am that bread of life.
Mr. Shown was my old music teacher in junior high and He was a God fearing man. He taught us GIGO (garbage in garbage out).
When we choose to feed off the things of the world that will be the fruit in our lives that we produce, but when we feed off of Jesus Christ we will bare the truth and the fruit of righteousness and will bring glory to Him.The church has become impatient with the Word of God. They have grown board with waiting and as I have said before their just like the children of Israel in the desert crying “We what not of this Moses? Where is he? We want something to worship! The church today has silently cried the same thing today we what not of this Jesus! We want something to worship!
Matthew 13:25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
Through lack of faith and disobedience to God’s Word the enemy has been allowed into the churches. He has been whispering in the ears of the pastor’s and congregations.Just like in the Garden of Eden the Devil influenced Eve to question God’s Word and has given Christians a push to question God’s Word.
John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
The Devil has been spending most of his time in the houses of God trying to destroy the people of God. The world is his hobby, but the Church, the people of God is his goal, his desire, his main objective.
Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Church has been invaded by those who want to see the Kingdom of God destroyed. The devil has brought in those who appear to be Christians, but are witches and the enemies of God.They attend the churches every time the doors are open, and are at all of the prayer meetings and church function, but in darkness they are seeking to devour the House of God. They are seeking to destroy the Christian, through gossip, curses and spells.
Jesus told us these things and if your reading your bible you will find it has been done time and time again. The enemy functions this way, all kingdoms and lives are destroyed through this method. Why would the church of Christ be in denial of this happening?
Amos 6:1 1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!
God’s word tells us. We have placed our trust in mankind and our methods of survival.
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
How do we know that the Devil is in our churches?
- Compromise of God’s Word
Psalms 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
- Worship changes to the sound of the world
Jude 1:23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
John 10:13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
Acts 20:28 ¶ Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
- Preaching against sin/Alter calls
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
- Religious Spirit
Matthew 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
- Fear of God
Romans 3:18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 ¶ Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
The Devil needs to be kicked out of the Church of Jesus Christ!
Christians need to wake up and repent of the compromise that has been welcomed into their lives. The time is short and the day is upon us that the Lord Jesus Christ will soon return.
1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
This is what is missing in the Churches today!
2 Corinthians 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
We need to be fully in Jesus Christ!
16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 ¶ He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
That’s how you know a true Christian because you can see the light of Jesus Christ in them.
1 John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Jesus Christ paid the price for the sins of the world from the beginning and until the end!
At the cross at the cross where I first saw the light and the burdens of my heart rolled away! It was there by faith I received my site and now I am happy all the day!
One of the last temptation made by the enemy was when they said in:
Mark 15:30 Save thyself, and come down from the cross.
Jesus knew what the cost would be to save mankind and that in alteration to God’s plan would not work. It would only bring death,That is where the churches today are that are allowing the methods of man and the entertainment of the world and the Devil to rule in the place and will of God.
The book of 1Samuel 30 tells a story of how David and his men’s wives and family, and possessions had been captured by the Amalekites. David and his men were vexed and angry with him and they were in great dispair. They wanted to stone David. While David and his men were off and distracted by other things, as we so often are distracted. The enemy crept in and planted bad seeds, took captive the things set aside for the Lord and stole away leaving dispair and confusion. Just like the Church today, no power now revival, no presence of God.
The bible says in:
1 Samuel 30:8 And David enquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.
The Lord will recover all that has been lost Church! We have to kick the Devil out of the Church!
Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.