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Feb.20 Devotion:Watered down Christianity

WATERED DOWN CHRISTIANITY

Psalm 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.

Genesis 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

1 Peter 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

Leviticus 11:45 For I am the Lord that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.

Today we are reminded in God’s Word that sin and iniquity should never have dominion over the life of a child of God. Every step we take should be led and ordered by the hand of Jesus! We are living in a day where seemingly everything spiritual has been WATERED DOWN so that Jesus and Christianity are not so offensive. In America, if the name Jesus is ever mentioned, HE is presented as a watered down, (WEAKER) VERSION. Our churches today are void of the presence and power of God due to watered down preaching and singing, so that people will feel good about coming to church and MAYBE they will come back NEXT SUNDAY morning. If you walked into the average church in America, you would hear a watered down gospel preached, little would be mentioned about the blood of Jesus Christ, and you would most certainly NOT hear about repentance. Since there is no power on our preaching or singing and no Holy Ghost conviction in our services, churches have just decided to stop having Sunday night or Wednesday night services. With all these changes, comes a very slack and watered down view of how we as Christians should live our lives in this world. My friend, man has changed his opinions and VIEW of God, BUT God has not changed HIS view and position on sin and Holy Living! God’s Throne is still VERY HIGH, right where it has always been and will be for all eternity! HIS ways and character are still Holy and pure and HE commands us in HIS Word not to try, not to strive, BUT to BE holy in this world!

God’s pathway does NOT accept or make allowances for sin. HE declares of Himself, “I Am the Almighty God”; HE is not a weak God. HE declares HIS strength for us because HE knows our weaknesses. It’s easy to excuse away our sin when we throw our flesh under the bus of blame. However, because we do not serve a weak God, we cannot use our weaknesses as an excuse for our lifestyles and behaviors. HE is greater than all of our weaknesses and HE is stronger than any power that comes against us. It is possible to walk blameless before HIM because HE is able to order every step we take. When we acknowledge who HE is, then we can surrender to all that HE IS. Our walk will be determined by this surrender and submission to God’s hand. My Christian friend, if we want to hold onto our sin, then we will have to let go of the power of God in our lives. At some point, we have to make a life changing decision; do we want our sin, or do we want God’s power and touch in our lives and in our churches?

Blameless living is only found when we stop blaming something or someone for our lifestyle. Taking ownership of who we are will allow us to give ownership of who we are to God. I truly believe we miss so many blessings and mountain top experiences with Jesus because we would rather have our sin. We have a Heavenly Father who wants to open up the windows of Heaven and pour out REVIVAL on us, our homes, our children and our churches! Hallelujah! HE created us to live holy and blameless because this is where true living is found. Whenever we try and seek to find life through a different pathway, we will only find our search is in vain and utterly disappointing. My friend, who wants to live like this? We really only have two choices before us every day: To live or to die. We can live in our flesh and have our sin, and we will DIE spiritually, and there will be NO life or revival in us or the church. These are the same choices that have been in place since the very beginning, all the way back to the garden.

Christian friend, please stop believing the LIE that you can NOT live holy! Because HE IS…YOU CAN! I refuse to believe that there is NO hope for revival in our churches today. It’s my heart’s desire to see the church once again ALIVE, and on FIRE burning with Holy Ghost power! Where sinners come, NOT to be entertained or feel good about living and wallowing in their sin, BUT they are there because a power like they have NEVER known drew them there! They are there because the presence of God is ALL OVER HIS house and they come to see it, and Worship HIM! Today, will you submit yourself to God and let go of your sin that God’s power would be on your life? Are you willing to consecrate yourself to Christ and do whatever it takes to see revival in your church and in our nation? Oh that the Holy Spirit would open our eyes to see all the blessings we are missing when we choose our sin over HOLINESS and the POWER OF GOD in our lives.

Bro. Lawrence Longworth

Isaiah 61:1 “the opening of the prison to them that are bound;”

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