2 MP3 Teaching Download Series
By Jeremy Lopez
Many of you probably remember the popular logo WWJD that stood for those words. We don't see that emphasis as much today as we once did, but we should still be asking the question. A question the Lord has been asking me and I know this will provoke others, is: Did Jesus go around building churches or synagogues?
Here is what the Bible says that Jesus did from Acts 10:38-43....
"38 God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. 39 And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they killed by hanging on a tree. 40 Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly, 41 not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead.
42 And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead. 43 To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins."
God is building His Church, the Bride, all the believers at large. And many will use their discovered ministry gifts to build locales where people can get nurtured and fed. But His Focus was the people more than the organization. We need to get back to the real basics again.
When we let ourselves have permission to be like Jesus, to care and do good outside of "orders" over us, we are free. Not only that, we are not bound to organizations but should honor them with respect because many were started to do us good. We can't forget our past. But when we become entangled with a yoke of bondage over all that someone says we "should" be doing, have we lost our way?
I'm sorry to provoke you and if you feel an anger, you should examine that. Because the Spirit of God has great power to do great things and many in America can see that other forces are working hard to take over and condemn the Body of Christ here.
Hearing from God Ourselves
Organized church can become very POLITICAL. One reason celebrities have so many followers is because they do things "out of the ordinary." They have a talent or skill and perhaps a look that people notice and admire. But why should their opinion and influence go so far, especially when what we call the church is not doing as much? We are putting our stock and confidence in man over God! We are not hearing from Him ourselves like we NEED to!
Can we seek and find Jesus enough to hear from HIM for ourselves? Now we NEED elders, people mature in the faith, who can help us and even train us to hear Him and help us be like Him. But we also need to HEAR HIM, and that takes development. And things that help us need a platform, but are we making sure that the goal is the right and EFFECTIVE goal?
When we become afraid to carry the power, and apparently we are there today, then it shows that our prayer life and social life is weak! Showing people the current flaw can make some angry, but don't you want the REAL and EFFECTIVE Jesus???
We must care for others too, or our love is not real.
When I was 16 years old, I went to go visit my cousin in another state. I was raised Methodist and her family was Baptist and one of the young ministers in that small town jumped me and screamed at me on how wrong my faith was. I was young and had not been challenged by religious spirits this way before and all I could say was, "My pastor said to love people," while he was screaming that my friends, including my personal Jewish friend, was going to hell.
I realized I did not have all the answers for myself and I was being terrorized with no defense! I learned a lot from that encounter and realized I better learn the Word of God for myself, PLUS find the right Spirit for good life and living!
That obviously took some time, but Jesus had already visited me as a child and I KNEW there was more. Did I sense love from this young man? NO! Would I trust him? NO. Would I follow him? NO. But this was a real force coming against me and people I loved. He was no messiah, but I needed to find and have the answers!
When Love Fails, We Become Victims
When people terrorize you like that, especially if it is over your sins, (the above was over my faith, but people will use things to control you), then they feel that they own you and can control you. And the stronghold is even stronger if they can get your money too! CAN WE be real? The Holy Spirit is the real Convictor.
I believe in good works and if you see the political spirit on the news, you see how they manipulate people for their money too. And causes will require funds but WHICH SPIRIT do you want ruling our land? Does the story stay the same or change around?
Our biggest threat and danger is when we lose being able to think and reason for ourselves and don't have a structure to back us. We definitely see that today. We are manipulated and moved about like pieces on a chess board! But what is our best interest has left us. We have failed at Love - for ourselves, for our families and friends and society, and for our government!
When Love fails us, we become victims. Jesus is Love and so when true and pure faith falls in the streets, we are reduced to fighting for our defenses on the world's standards. It becomes a flesh battle.
When churches can't generate funds and votes for our politics, then no one is going to defend our best interest! And most decent people are not going to hustle for a defiled and wicked and abusive destructive cause! Is God's Spirit leading us, or is something else? And what will be the results of that?
Now the government wants to raise our children from the cradle to the grave. The lives of the Chinese and their rulership and dictates has become appealing to the current leadership. Everyone there is to serve their government. People are incidental. Some have spiritual problems with us (like other countries) and some want to set up their own lives with benefits at the expense of others. We need to discern these things, AND defend our faith of Love!
Even though we are in end times, do we have to go out as slaves, or has God given us enough to make a big difference? I hope you know the right answer to that!
How precious in the eyes of the Lord are the deaths of those who have laid down their lives for Him and His people. But death is not the only way we lay down our lives. Acts of service DO make a big difference. Can we get it together and learn HOW to defend our faith? Hasn't God given us all things that pertain to life and Godliness?
It is a personal decision. I hope you find the desire to make that decision and also find the equippers, so that you can become an equipper! Who wins?