Being on consecration without purification, is like putting on clean clothes without taking a shower and cleaning your body. Purify yourselves for tomorrow, I will do great wonders among you Joshua 3:5….yes Lord!!! Co-Pastor Goggins
How NOT to Entangle Yourself in the World
Scripture References: 1 John 5:19, Romans 12:2, Matthew 6:24, Galatians 5:7 and John 10:10.
- Distraction and deception will entangle you in the world.
- An unfocused mind will make you vulnerable to the world and the enemy.
- When you become entangled in the world, you lose your identity, authority and influence.
- Finally, if the Holy Spirit does not convict you immediately after an offense, you’re entangled in the world. The Holy Spirit responds quickly.
This lesson was originally taught during Lady T. Goggins Ministries 2014 Spiritual Warfare Conference by Elder Loretta Adams.
We know that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). As believers in Christ, we should also be confident in the fact that God has the final say so in our lives. Compare your life to a story being read aloud. Think about where you are in your life right now. The place you’re in may not feel good but that’s okay. Now consider anything that the enemy throws your way as an interruption during your story. The story is still finished, the author hasn’t changed and the ending is still the same. You just haven’t read that far yet. You may have to pause your story to deal with the interruption, i.e., financial hardships, marital problems, frustration, doubt, loss of job, lack of faith, or death of a loved one, but when you resume reading, the story will end the same way God intended it to; for your good.
Finding yourself isn’t the hard part about life’s journey. It’s allowing yourself to be discovered that renders a challenge. We’re free to take the measures we deem necessary for self discovery but the problem with that is that our resources are limited. Searching on your own leads to dependency on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5), your own logic and your own tools. We dig, we prod, and we experiment but often times then not, we get results that we’ve settled upon; results that don’t quite fit us or results that lead us to more searching. Some of us spend a lifetime searching and sadly that equates to a life of wasted time.
Freedom is wonderful concept. We’re free to live where we want, eat what we want, buy what we want. We don’t need permission to stay out after midnight and for the most part, within reasonable bounds, we’re free to live our lives how we choose. But…that’s also where freedom becomes a concept, an idea of are we really free? The Bible tells us that man makes many plans regarding his life but the Lord is who directs him and makes them true (Proverbs 16:9). So in layman’s terms, we can spend hours, weeks or even years planning and orchestrating our next moves in life but the Word tells us that God’s will for our lives is the only thing that will prevail. So again, we’re free but our freedom comes with a lease.
Fighting against God’s will with your own is a lost battle from its start. However, yielding to God’s will is the start to discovering what He’s already prepared for your life. Man’s will is dangerous when left on it’s own but yielding to God’s will always lead us to peace,welfare and hope in our expected end (Jeremiah 29:11).
The desire to yield stems from pressure to seek results. You normally don’t wave your white flag until you’ve exhausted all your other options. Yet a surrendered will, will produce a harvest. Those desires that are lined up to what God has planned for you will begin to manifest. Your yielding will allow you to discover who you are in Him. It will give you the confidence to declare, not my will Lord, but yours alone . Yielding to God will reassure you of the purpose He designed you for.
I agree that the world would be far less creative and expressive without the entertainment or the industry itself. I suppose our leisure time would be taken up by more productive activities like learning a new language or volunteering instead of buying tickets to a Jay-Z concert or waiting in endless lines at the movie theater to see the next franchise installment.
Yes, entertainment and being entertained by certain individuals or activities is good but when and where do we draw the line in the Christian faith? We’ve slowly inched secular notes into holy sanctuaries. We’ve subtly condoned tighter and tighter garments for our Sunday wardrobe. In some ministries, they’ve even elevated and coveted “good singing” over the Word of God being preached on Sunday. Isn’t it amazing that nowadays we have churches filled with vessels of talent but not power? They don’t have power to cast out demons and lay hands on the sick and they shall recover in Jesus’ name but at least they can put on a good gospel concert! Would we really rather be entertained in exchange for our souls?
The days have long since passed when the saints of God gathered together on one accord: to glorify God. Now too may Sunday mornings are occupied by members judging who wore it best, the latest gossip on the pew or even worse a love connection that doesn’t involve Jesus. Church has been conformed into a club or social gathering. As a whole, we haven’t forsaken meeting together (Hebrews 10:25) as an assembly but I think in many ways we’ve neglected our purpose for meeting together as one which is to honor, and worship the King of Kings.
I recently visited a church that proves the point of this piece. I was only there briefly but I was disappointed by the little time I spent there. I went out on a Saturday night in support of an up and coming Gospel artist so of course I knew it was a service mainly dedicated to display the music. However it was still church. The songs were still about Jesus and as usual during a church service, prayer went forth. Only, not too many people seemed interested in intercessory prayer. Some even seemed bothered by it, uncomfortable even, to have their gathering of music open up with prayer. Their thoughts were almost visible as if to say “I’m feeling more so convicted than entertained”.
So how do we get back to the old way? For starters, we can stop compromising. Jesus didn’t have to sell the gospel to people. It’s a winning product all on its own. As Christians, we don’t have do what the world does to bring others to Christ. Peculiar people (1 Peter 2:9) should have other people being influenced by them, not the other way around. Second, we can do away with ulterior motives. For example, the praise and worship leader could not be promoting his own music during service or a choir member could stop trying to get discovered from the pulpit.
Amen, amen and amen.
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No one’s life is ever perfect. We never truly get all the things want out of it and sometimes not even the things we need. Sometimes we’re short on bill money, and sometimes we have to cut back. The kids may not be able to get the latest trends right now and you may not be able to get your hair done as often as you’d like. The pantry may only contain rice and beans and maybe you’ve had to downsize more than you initially planned. Everything may be going left when you want to go right but that’s okay. No matter what happens, we should always put or trust in Him and praise in or through whatever we’re facing. Because truth be told, with God in control, we will essentially always have what we need to survive. The Lord is worthy to be praised in every aspect of our lives. The hills and valleys, the peaks and plummets and even the backwards and sideways. So, rejoice in Him today 🙂
Though the cherry tress don’t blossom and the strawberries don’t ripen, though the apples are worm-eaten and the wheat felds stunted, though the sheep pens are sheepless and the cattle barns empty, I’m singing joyful praise to God. I’m turning cartwheels of joy to my Savior God. Counting on God’s rule to prevail, I take heart and gain strength. I run like a deer. I feel like I’m king of the mountain!
Habakkuk 17-19 (MSG)
During my time of reflection, I was just thinking why church/ministries feel that the Word of God needs a production in the pulpit to convey His Word. The Word tells us in Hebrews 4:12 that the “Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any two-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart”. So if the Word of God is already alive and working on its own, why would man have to pump it up with fancy clothes, extravagant church service regimes and secular additives? The word of God doesn’t need pyrotechnics, smoke and elaborate light shows to convey it’s power to the people on a daily basis. The Word is the light, all by itself, just the way God spoke it.
If we did indeed need all this in order to preach the gospel, how did Christ accomplish the task of speaking to thousands without the use of a microphone and a stage play featuring the twelve disciples? There’s nothing wrong with having special programs and somewhat adjusting to what works for your audience/members at times but all we really need in order to deliver God’s Word is to “seek the Kingdom of God, above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need” -Matthew 6:33.
-Pastor Thomas Goggins