Some of you may be connecting with the title of this entry 🙂 It’s a mixture of two old-school church jams of the past by the Winans, and the late Rev. James Cleveland….a mash-up of sorts, but this quirky combination-question provoked thought and I figured it was a good time for a new entry. I know it’s been a while.
Since the Presidential election of 2016, my husband and I over time, have found ourselves engaged in many thoughtful, and challenging conversations; in that, the conversations have resulted in our on-going quest to regularly examine our hearts and sharpen our views on what constitutes as biblical maturity and the issues that hinder a person’s growth in faith. The conversations have also helped us to be more compassionate, exercise wisdom, and lovingly disagree while understanding that we are living as sojourners. We both feel blessed to be living witnesses in a time in history where monumental changes in world structures, culture, technology, and spiritual matters are being disrupted; and like labor pains, these disruptions are opportunities to be used by the Lord God to forge godly character in lives of believers. The way is indeed narrow.
Eras throughout history prove that man’s propensity to become morally depraved is inevitable. Patterns of a moral decline within a society begins with the Faithless, and Idolatrous people of God. We clearly see in scripture. When the “church” rejects God’s precepts and ways, idolatry is not far behind, then the moral decline begins. Society will most assuredly follow. For it is written, Judgement begins in the household of God. This moral decline will continue to rear its ugly head in these challenging times. The weak in faith is in danger of varying degrees of unbelief that could result in outright apostasy. If you are a person prone to the enjoyment of human observation, you’re probably seeing many souls starting display these traits because of a false perception of fear.
My dear sister and brother…what are you fearing? Does it eclipse God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob?
The more we are witnesses to these disruptions in our world’s systems, the more we can plainly see how finite we are. Men’s hearts are indeed failing them and many of us are afraid. As we engage with our neighbors, we must foster encouragement of faith. Some of us have succumbed to join in the sharing those fears instead of sharing our faith. Though we can empathize, it may not produce the peaceful outcome that we ultimately want. When we engage in conversations purely grounded on fear, we agree with the enemy. Fear-based opinions on politics, the world’s economic state, and the future of Western Society has most of us tailspinning on speculation and everyone seems to be expert. Uncertainty acts as the interrogator and raises questions of “how did we get here?” and “who fault is this?’. It looks for the scapegoat to blame for the failures that we fear that could adversely affect many of us for many different reasons. Western Society’s golden calf is the gods of health and wealth, people are happy when they have it, even within the church. A simple disruption of the two creates panic and fear. To add fuel to the fear, we choose to entertain ourselves through social media. Opposite of peace and truth, the medium is and expert at disseminating mis-information and erroneous opinions with wrongful assumptions. Mere opinions are more likely to be counted as facts. Users are content to believe what they read without research or self-examination of personal biases. Both sides of the heathen spectrum; Conservatives and Liberals, feed the beast by emoting this energy of fear, doubt, and hatred towards opposite sides and are eager to do the enemy’s bidding. It’s like the Pied Piper of Hamelin, and as the story goes, the simple and ignorant will follow and even the very elect will be deceived. What should the manner of life be for the Believer? Should it warrant a different response with corresponding actions that display Elohim’s prominence in our lives or should we respond like slaves to the Piper?
Diligence to Pray and Believe
Obviously, mere citizens are not in positions where we can influence or engage elite leaders of politics, economics, or critical issues involving social injustice and it is most likely that things will get worse before they get better, but the power we possess through prayer to God in Christ Jesus can do so much more to help us and others to endure and overcome. He is our help in the times of need. The name of the Lord is a strong tower, where else should we go? When we choose prayer over man-made solutions; social media or otherwise, it minimizes the likelihood of sinful behavior and helps guard us from grieving the Spirit of God. Information in itself is simply that, information. It is autonomous. What one chooses to do with it is up to the receiver. It’s not wrong to receive the information. It’s not wrong to have an opinion. The error arises when we respond ignorantly or out of a sinful emotional state. It is unwise. If we’re not careful, we will be more apt to express our views without realizing that we are also becoming stumbling blocks to others by convincing them “our way” is right and they should respond with some since of urgency instead of praying about it FIRST. In this age of social distancing, which didn’t start with the COVID-19 pandemic, praying for God’s help as a response to an issue doesn’t seem to be as instinctual as tweeting, email-chaining, or posting about it.
My husband and I was also reminded about the value of intentional study-time in the Word. If we believe that the Holy Bible is true, then it should aid us in moving on to maturity and reiterate the importance of a sure foundation of faith. Believers should not allow themselves to descend to a place where we forget the Power of God, His sovereignty, and His self-sufficient role in this world’s systems. They will fail but God is everlasting…. From Genesis to Revelation….. He IS YWH GD!
Our journey in maturing in child-like faith requires a true affection and love for ELOHIM our God. Loving the Lord with all that we have fosters a love for our neighbor and everything else hangs on these two. This is a tier 1 issue that is not negotiable. If we love Him, our desire to please Him will be evident. Our desire to please Him will foster a mature faith (usually produced through trials and tests) that is is totally dependent on Him in everything. It is the only the way one can achieve it. If we choose a life apart from Him, primarily depending on “Kings and Chariots”, i.e., the world systems, we must be prepared to be disappointed.
A New Man Requires a New Song
Mature faith is willing to embrace the new man and putting off the old one while recognizing the battle within. In times of uncertainty one must be keenly aware of the tendency to appease internal issues of fear, faithlessness, insecurity, and discontentment. He or she must also be honest about what feeds it. If your eye causes you to sin, rip it out. This may mean a time away from television or social media. Secondly, he or she must “get real” about their affections toward the Father. Is He truly your all? Do you truly love Him? Do your actions correspond to that love or do they contradict the model and life of Christ? Maturing faith looks like submission. Submission to Him, submission to your husband, and possibly submission to secular leadership. Mature faith knows that every area of uncertainty is covered under the sovereign will and protection of our Lord knowing that He is in control and has provided us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places and here on earth. The Believer’s evolution of mature faith is weighted on whether biblical truths are a daily reality. The greatest urgency in the life of the believer is the exercise of steadfast faith, not faith for the sake of faith itself, but faith in who God’s is the I AM.
Sing: Why This Fear here . Get this in your Spirit and persevere! Selah.