Definition for Manipulate:
- To treat or operate with the hands, or by mechanical means with skill.
- To treat or manage with intellect.
- To control the action of, by management; as to manipulate a convention; also, to manage artfully or fraudulently.
- To force, to rig
We have turned our hearts away from God and in a way have become gods ourselves in our thinking. Many Christians today have wondered off the paths of righteousness and have consumed the ideals of the world. We are indulging in the world’s sinful ways and have grown accustom to their methods.
We invite the ways of the world into the church with the attitude that this will bring the world in and everyone will be saved. The truth is that the world and the ways of it are carnal and destructive, and contrast to the holy things of God.
John 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
The world will hate you if you are truly seeking the Lord’s will in your life, but if you’re compromising the world will find a place for you.
Many are claiming to be believers and followers of Jesus Christ but have forsaken Him in their lifestyles. Many Churches have brought in the things that were once considered to be unholy but now are believed to be the ways that bring the lost into the church.
So we say forget holiness and we make excuses for the sin that has been allowed in the church and the power of God has left because God will not compromise the sin in your life or in His Church.
Man’s ideals without seeking the knowledge of God have never won a soul to the to the Kingdom of Heaven. If salvation comes it’s only by the power of the Holy Ghost. Our manipulating methods and denial of the truth are the evidence against us and we are powerless without God Holy Spirit moving within our live and in the church.
We refuse the truth we are deceiving ourselves, and playing with fire.
Leviticus 10:1-5 1 And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not. 2 And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD. 3 Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the LORD spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace. 4 And Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Uzziel the uncle of Aaron, and said unto them, Come near, carry your brethren from before the sanctuary out of the camp. 5 So they went near, and carried them in their coats out of the camp; as Moses had said.
The Lord will not allow strange fire in His presence. You might say well Dan why haven’t we seen this type of judgment in the churches if they’re so corrupt. I say open your eyes to the truth where is the power of God moving today? Where do you see alcoholics, drug addicts, fornicators, and idolaters running to the altar of God seeking repentance? Do you see this in the house of God today? Why do we find it so easy to hop on the internet and get on facebook, or watch cable television or to smoke and drink without the conviction of the Holy Ghost? Where is the fear and reverence for a Holy God?
We have become preoccupied by the sinful lifestyles that we are comfortable with. We no longer want to hear the truth spoken. Oh sure we’ll gather at the church but to put up with a convicting message from the pulpit to convict our conscience? No way, and no thanks!
Matthew 24:37-39 37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
The church is ignoring the signs and continuing in sin! The message is the same week after week!
John 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
We do not comprehend reality and just like Nadab and Abihu we are bringing false fire into the church and into our lives.
2 Samuel 6:6-7 And when they came to Nachon’s threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth [his hand] to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook [it]. 7 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for [his] error; and there he died by the ark of God.
This man Uzza was killed for placing his hands on the things of God. I assume through his ignorance of the holy things of God death was hit lot. If we are not seeking the Lord in prayer and in his Word then we are being willfully ignorant to the dangers of playing church and manipulating God. Through entertainment and self righteousness we have been blind to the truths once taught in God’s House. Mankind has chosen to rely on the flesh rather than God and the result of this will only bring death to the church and the people who continue therein.
Jesus told this parable:
Matthew 24:44-51 44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. 45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; 49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; 50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, 51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Jeremiah 4:3 ¶ For thus saith the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.