Judgment in Godís House
By: Rick L. King
July 31, 2011
First of all let me say that I love the church, especially the church when it is right with God and doing His will. I am not writing to bash the church but we as the church are at fault for what happens in the world.
Whether or not we want to admit this; we do have an enemy. Our enemy is not man. The unsaved or the unregenerate man really has an excuse. They have a real lack of knowledge.
The Bible says in:
Ho 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
Knowledge is the key. People cannot do what they do not know. I didnít know that I needed Jesus until some people loved me and kept crying out to the Lord for me to be saved. Until my eyes were opened I did not even know that God or salvation even existed. It took lots of crying out and prayer by these people and God did answer their prayers. I would not be here otherwise.
We as the church are responsible for what goes on in this world. We have been given great authority through the Holy Spirit. The Bible says in that:
Eph 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.
Our fight is not against man. It is against the principalities, powers, the rulers of the darkness of this world, and the spiritual wickedness in high places. Sadly we have not done what the Lord has required of us.
2Co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
We have tried to fight a spiritual war with carnal weapons and noticeably it has not worked. We have gotten caught up into religious works that have pushed people away. We have walked powerless, as we have not really been sold out to the Holy Spirit. We have served God in the way that we chose instead of surrendering to Him with everything and allowing the Holy Ghost to work through us. Scripture says:
2Ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
We have had a form of godliness and been very ineffective. We must wake up to the fact that sin is of the devil. Yes, there is a devil and he is very real. He is on this earth and in the spirit realm over this earth and we as a church have not dealt with our true enemy. No wonder sin is rampant. The eyes of the church and the world have been blinded.
1Jo 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
2Co 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
Did you know that we have authority given to us by God over all the works of the devil?
Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Have we as a church been using this power? Obviously not or at least to the degree that we have needed to. I was told some time ago that a small group praying together and allowing the Holy Ghost to lead could change the course of the world. Now that is power! That is what is available to the church. Much of the church will not even recognize that there is a devil let alone do anything about him. We are warriors, spiritual warriors for Christ. We are to be possessing this land for the kingdom of God. We have been too busy possessing things for self and this temporal world and put Godís kingdom on the back burner. Since we have authority, do you realize that we can take authority over the blinders of the devil on the people in this world so the light of the glorious gospel can shine into their hearts?
The people of the world are what they are because the church has failed to help them. Once we push back the enemy, the devil has to let go of them and they can get saved and changed by the power of God. If we donít do our job, how can we expect them to be different? They are bound and blinded and deceived just like we were at one time. I say at one time but actually we as a church for the most part are also the same as the world. I firmly believe that since God gave to us every weapon to succeed spiritually and we have not used them, that we are accountable for what is happening in this world. It is not so much talking to people and trying to get them to change their thinking. It is praying through for them that they will be reborn in the spirit and be able to recognize what real truth is.
1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Before I was saved, people talking to me about God was foolishness, so I know that this is true. When the blinders and the weights came off, I was able to see things that I never knew existed. I love this scripture:
Ps 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
The natural understanding cannot understand the things of God as they are spiritual. Their spiritual eyes and ears must be opened in order to handle spiritual things.
Until I tasted of the Lord I had no idea how good that he was. People that have not tasted of the Lord do not know that He is good. We are wrong to expect them to know. They can only know as we as the church do our job. It is not so much door knocking as it is going before the Lord and allowing the Holy Spirit the opportunity to work through us in prayer and spiritual warfare so that the strongholds of the enemy get pulled down. The spirits behind the sins of the people can be bound and not allowed to rule and reign over the towns and countries. These ruling spirits are behind the sins of the people. If they donít know to taste of the Lord, then how are they to learn how to fight off the devil or know that he even exists? We are supposed to be preparing the way for the Lord. It takes preparation through prayer and warfare. God wants everyone saved. God will add daily to the church such as should be saved just like he did in Acts 2:47 if we will do our part. The church has been asleep. The church has left out going to the upper room and being endued with power. The church has gotten fat and passive. It is time for the church to wake up and stand up and do the things that God has ordained so that people, cities and nations may be changed by the power of God. It is time to prepare the way of the Lord.
I really believe this is where we are in the next scripture.
1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
Unless judgment happens in the church and the eyes of the church are opened, then who is going to bring deliverance to the people that are walking in darkness? This has to happen first. The church must come alive and use its God given spiritual authority and take this land back for the Kingdom of God. God gave to us the keys to the kingdom, what has the church for the most part done with them? They have thrown them on the ground and just given them back to the devil. We are without excuse. The world has an excuse, we donít.
Mt 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
We can no longer try to fight a spiritual war carnally. We must stand up in the power of God and allow the Holy Spirit to fight through us. If you donít have any knowledge about spiritual warfare then you need to get some. There are many good books written by Godís warriors that will give you understanding. The church needs to be baptized in the Holy Ghost and use the gifts of power that He will give to you. Maybe you donít believe in this, but you better shake off the deception and unbelief and get tuned in to the power of the Holy Ghost. We are going to answer to God for our passivity.
Father, let judgment come to your house. Clean up your house so your house can clean up the world and bring forth your kingdom on earth. Teach us to war. Teach us how to fight the enemy. You gave us power and authority over all the enemy, so Lord open our eyes and take the blinders off, so that we may see clearly and be used of you to take the blinders off the ones that blindly sit in spiritual prisons all over this world. Father shake us up and wake us up to what really is life and what is important to you. In Jesus name. Amen.
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Hi Rick - Thank you. This is an exceptionally written piece with bountiful truth throughout its content. You expressed, "If we don‚Äôt do our job, how can we expect them to be different?" Major Amens to this, my dear brother in Christ!