Summary: In times of difficulty, distress, discouragement and disaster we need to remember and focus on Who we serve and Whose we are for He is ever able to deliver!
But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. Jude 1:17-25 KJV
Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. Revelation 2:1-7 KJV
Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. Revelation 3:3 KJV
Many times we come up against things in our Christian walk that are in direct opposition to our progress both in our personal lives and our fellowship life in the church.
We have to remember that the enemy does not like us and would love to see us crushed into the dust. We have to realize that he will use any one and anything to disarm and neutralize us and the church. He also knows that a most effective way to destroy a church is to turn the members against each other and he’s an expert in doing this in so many ways! A whisper here, an angry thought there, a slander somewhere else all delicately sprinkled with a liberal dose of lies. He’s a master at this and he’s an expert in your personal weaknesses, knowing exactly which buttons to push, which dial to turn, which lever to pull…even more than you do and at the same time making it seem as though you are smart in doing so on your very own!
A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. A church divided is heading for disaster. This happens when members forget who they are and whose they are. This happens when members forget who they serve and who they represent. This happens when members in an effort to hurt another member end up hurting the very Christ for who they are named. We can become blind to everything but our own agenda. We can become caught up in a selfish war in which we become subtly manipulated by the enemy as either willing or unwilling puppets in the hands of the satanic servants of the devil. Men and women who have no real love for the work of the Lord, and who like the woman in Solomon’s days, is willing to have the child cut in half because she had no love for it.
1. WE ARE HURTING AND WE NEED TO HEAL.
We will not receive healing by standing, loitering around in the reception area. We need to get into the room where the healer is. We need to move pass the outer court with it’s natural lighting, pass the cadre of priests tending the artificial light of the lampstand and right into the throne room of His grace and mercy where we can bask in the healing light of the awesome Shekinah
Hebrews 4:14-16 KJV Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.