THIS IS A DIFFERENT YEAR…..WE MUST BE DIFFERENT
~Written by Rev. Jeff Arnold
The past year lives no longer….we have now crossed the river of life into new territory with some terrific triumphs and trials ahead. I, for one, am praying for a CHANGE IN ME. Praying that I will become WHATEVER I AM CALLED TO BECOME.
A CHANGE OF CALENDAR is quite powerless to bring INWARD CHANGE: That is reserved for a FRESH TOUCH OF KING JESUS. “CREATE IN ME A CLEAN HEART” must be our prayer.
“RENEW A RIGHT SPIRIT WITHIN ME” must follow.
We must be CHANGED, or we will continue doing and being what we were last year.
Our doctrine has remained correct for a long time, but our CONCEPTS and PRACTICES have hindered us and not helped us. We can no longer wait for the lost to find us…..nor allow the small handful of committed ones to care for and disciple our new babes. I am asking for each of us to begin to SEEK GOD with a PASSION……to EXPERIENCE a FRESH RENEWAL and UNDERSTANDING of what we should be doing.
A “SITTING CHURCH” will birth situations….and they usually are not very pleasant. Come to think of it, a HUNTER does not sit in the house with a loaded gun awaiting the arrival of the rabbit or deer …… nor does the FISHERMAN with rod and reel SIT and wait for the bass to attack his bait. Each one must get out where the desired objects are located.
CAN THE SAINTS DO LESS??? We are all called to be three great things: SALT, LIGHT, AND LEAVEN. Each of these does one, grand job: THEY ALL PENETRATE whatever they are put into. LIGHT PENETRATES DARKNESS …… SALT DOES THE SAME TO MEAT – IT FLAVORS AND PRESERVES …… and LEAVEN PENETRATES THE LUMP OF DOUGH AND RAISES IT UP.
We have been saved and commissioned to PENETRATE this world with the GOSPEL, using our TESTIMONY as a MEANS to convince lost souls. IF we keep SITTING, WANTING TO BE SERVED AND SALTED TO SAVE US FROM A WORLD WE ARE SUPPOSED TO PENETRATE, we can be frustrating the GRACE OF GOD that has EMPOWERED us to PENETRATE this planet.
We have received too much that is too good to keep to ourselves. We must experience a FRESH IMPELLING, which will lead to a COMPELLING to share the SALT, LIGHT, AND LEAVEN.
Let’s get off the pew and out into the lost world now!
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