Deeper Day 202: Thus far and no further

I wonder when the Christian faith became so passive? When I read about Jesus, I see that He was firm in what he believed. He spent time with the Father frequently, so He really knew what was important. He was uncompromising on truth. He was never afraid or deterred by mob rule, even unto death.

When I examine the disciples and apostles, I see the same steadfastness in them. They knew what was true and they were unwilling to be swayed by half-truths and emotions. Truth is emotionless. Feelings are not truths. Where did we lose our way?

Today, as I watch people being bullied by mob rule and churches being controlled by government, I am appalled. Where did we lose our backbone?

It is completely unconstitutional to demand churches close. Furthermore, demanding they not sing is a ludicrous concept. The separation of church and state was in place for the church’s protection, not the other way around.

Now is the time that churches should be thriving and leading the way out of fear and returning to faith, yet here we are with nobody leading the charge, as far as I can see.

Yes, some are leading worship in public places etc, but what about the pastors of these churches affected by this unconstitutional mandate? Why are they silent?

In my spirit I keep hearing, “Thus far, no farther.” I have had enough. My spirit bears witness to a righteous indignation that is building and building within me.

We, as believers, must know exactly Who we serve. We must know why we do all that we do and stand our ground. It is not unloving to stand on truth when the world has gone mad. It’s the opposite of love to cater to fear and false narratives.  I have spent so much time lately paying attention to what the religious leaders that I once admired and followed from afar are doing and not doing.

God is using this time to prune out of my life dependence upon earthly things, more and more. He’s establishing something within me that I cannot yet define, but I feel the holiness of it all burning in my soul. It feels something like the fear of the Lord.

My fear of the Lord must be greater than my fear of man. A deep and penetrating reverence has begun to pour itself over me as I feel my spirit getting set for something exciting to burst onto the scene. Something heavenly. Something sovereign.

Prayer Moment: Lord, I pray You would burst into our current state of chaos in America and bring a refining that is long overdue. God, I want to be faithful to You. I want to walk in lock step with Your spirit at all times and in all circumstances. Prepare me to walk out the season of the great harvest. I see You laying a groundwork for an awesome revival. Stir up the church. Restore our backbone and certainty in You. You are the most powerful. You are the one true God. You are the Alpha and Omega. Come and dwell among us. Lead us out of this panic and restore a sound mind over the church and also American government. We are one nation under God. We belong to You. In Jesus name, Amen.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.         2 Corinthians 3:17