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Saturday, December 12, 2015

WHERE ARE YOU GOING?


Have you ever missed your turn and had your GPS unit inform you that it's recalculating? Me, too, both while driving and in life!

For the most part, technology is awesome! Where would we be without it? On the other hand, I have lost a few things because of it. Do any of you know more than five phone numbers by heart? Yeah. Me neither. I have three phone numbers memorized: mine, my wife's, and the church's. I used to know a hundred, but it isn't necessary for me to memorize numbers any more because I have them all logged into my smart phone under the person's name.

I also have no idea how to get any where outside of Madison County. PRAISE GOD FOR GOOGLE MAPS! I follow my GPS. I don't pay any attention to landmarks or road signs. I follow the GPS! Without it, I'm pretty much lost regardless of where I am. That's terrible ... I know.

One of the beautiful things about a GPS unit (or google maps) is it won't allow you to go 127 miles past your destination. Have you ever got caught up listening to music, talking on the phone, or simply zoned out and drove 20 miles past your turn? Yep, me too! I love (and sometimes hate) the fact that when I overshoot an exit, the GPS unit is extremely stubborn. "Recalculating! Take the next left. Take the next left. Take the next left. Recalculating. Take the next left."

I know everyone of us have missed a turn here and there. We set out to achieve certain things, to accomplish certain goals, but we zoned out and overshot our exit. We feel as if we're useless or have lost so much time that we can't get caught up; we can't make it there on time. Although we've missed many turns, God is merciful! He'll RECALCULATE our route.

Many of you feel as if you've dropped the ball with your spouses and children ... maybe you have, but God's not finished with you! Perhaps you've wasted money and time on drugs and alcohol, hurt your family and friends. You've overshot your turn by 100 miles. If you can stop for just a second, you will hear the voice of God saying, "I'm recalculating the best route for you to get to where I intended you to go. RECALCULATING!"

Brothers and sisters, God is recalculating our journey! You may not have been obedient in the past. You may not have paid attention in the past. You may have even intentionally took wrongs turns, going in the opposite direction that God wanted you to, but His mercy endures forever!

The Apostle Paul said:

Php 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Only in Christ can we truly start over. Only through Jesus' mercy can we still make our way toward the mark that God has set for us. If you will choose obedience RIGHT NOW, you can forget the many wrong turns of the past. It may take you a little while to get there, but you can know that every turn you make, every mile you travel, is taking you to the will of God!

Be encouraged! God is RECALCULATING your journey!

Peace, Love, Hope,
David Lamb 

Friday, December 4, 2015

FROM A TROUBLED PASTOR

As I read through several news outlets this morning two things are very clear--this country is going to hell fast and American's are going insane!

Next, as I made my very short stroll down my FB timeline (Twitter and Instagram too), I was reminded that America's churchians don't even care that our country is going to hell. It appears their answer to our community's southward trajectory is to pretend it doesn't affect them.

I hurt for pastors and leaders who are trying to build the kingdom of God with folk who care more about their work, making money, and buying more junk than they do ministry. They toss and turn at night, trying to figure out how to work with nearly nothing while the "church folk" drown in senseless, never ending drama, wasting nearly every dime on the temporal (but can't afford to tithe).

I hurt for real Christians who have a desire to make a difference, but have leaders that care about nothing more than numbers, money, titles, Mercedes Benzes, and popularity.

God, if you don't intervene ...

Church, if you don't wake up ...

And to those that are spiritually alive ... Keep on keeping on! You're our only hope!

A troubled Pastor,
David Lamb

Thursday, December 3, 2015

IT IS ABOUT ISLAM (San Bernardino)

The world is a scary place! The San Bernardino massacre is just another reminder of that. You need to know that this is just the tip of the iceberg. Many more attacks are to follow. We need to wake up!

I read the following message from Glenn Beck and couldn't see any way I could improve upon it. I thought I'd share it with everybody else.

"What happened in #SanBernardino is beyond un American and inexcusable!  

I don't mean the shooting.  I mean the PC coverup.  

Once again we find out It IS about Islam. 

Now we know why the FBI was involved almost from the get go.   Police off the record are saying they identified this as Islamic terrorism within the first hour.

Yet they were telling us even after they had the name and address of Syed Farook they didn't think this was terror.

The state and media bent over backwards to protect the Islamist.  

I don't ever want to jump to conclusions, nor do what the president and the Press does EVERY TIME and speculate before there are facts.  But this is getting sick.

We have murderous Psychopaths that have told us that they were going to do this, they are telling us in their own magazine who, how and most importantly WHY.

But we refuse to listen.  Instead like Benghazi our administration will blame it on any thing but Islam.

How frustrating it must be for the terrorist!   No one will listen to them!  

I feel used and abused.  It feels as though everyone is almost hoping that it is a white Christian doing the shooting.   They seem to just "know" that this is who we really are.  

We now know that a neighbor saw suspicious activity at the house but didn't want to say anything because "she didn't want to be accused of racial profiling". 

Yet the president blamed guns and the media in the first hour was checking to see how close the nearest planned parenthood was!

I found myself yesterday quietly hoping the killers were foreign. 

Not Muslim but foreign. 

I don't want to believe that ANY AMERICAN, left, right, black, white, Christian or Muslim is capable of this.  Yet, I feel very alone when I watch the political and media class. 

I am saddened that this has turned out to be an American citizen but Islamism is not a respecter of passports.

Mr President - screw global warming! 

If you actually believe that global warming is the biggest problem we face with terror all around the world, an 18 trillion dollar debt (9 of which is yours alone), no real allies left that trust us, riots in the streets, race relations worse than we have seen since the 1960s and distrust of our fellow Americans unlike I have ever seen, you are either delusional or the dumbest guy on the planet. 

It IS about Islam.

So was Boston.  So was Benghazi, Fort Hood, half a dozen others that you failed to address, and quite frankly - so was Ahmed the "clock kid".  It was a timer and not a clock.

If the pattern stays true, today you will lecture us about workplace violence and how we should not "jump" to any conclusions and then further the conclusion that you "jumped to" the first hour after the rampage and tell us once again about the evils of the gun and then teach us the history of Christianity as you were taught by Jeremiah Wright.

Mark my words America - this will become about the gun or how our culture has alienated these people somehow, in short order and the Government will fail to do anything about the real threat with in three days.   This will only cause distrust of the media and government to rise.

The way the media and this administration look for every opportunity to blame things like this on white, religious or conservative America is disgusting, irresponsible, unAmerican and frankly I for one am sick and tired of it.

WE ARE NOT THE BAD GUYS!

We are your neighbors, the people who grow your food, work in the few remaining factories and yes, go to church.   Where 99.9997% of the time we are taught to "Love one another"!

Yes, we are the people you fly over in your carbon spewing private jets while regulating us, our business and SUVs because of that invisible gas --- that we were all taught MAKE THE TREES GROW - that you insist is making the planet warmer.   Or colder.  Or whatever it happens to be doing currently.

We are the people you look at with disgust and judgment while you lecture us about how we need to be tolerant and not judge Islamists.  

You bend over backwards to tell us that no mosque is teaching radical viewpoints while you use common core to probe our children to see what is being taught in the home about Christianity and race.

Enough!

This is beyond left and right, republican and democrat.   BECAUSE REAL AMERICANS ARE BIGGER THAN THAT!  

Since when did we decide to be on narrowly defined as simply who we voted for?    I for one am more than that.

I have hopes and dreams and much more in common than different than those who voted differently than me and so do more than 300 million Americans!

When will we stand united and speak the truth?

This president is delusional, stupid or has an agenda that possibly was a "dream from his father." 

We better hurry because there is a dangerous delusion that has spread.  It is insidious and if it isn't stopped many, MANY more will be killed.
#prayforsanbernardino
#sanbernardinoshootings"

Monday, November 30, 2015

GOD, HELP ME! I'M A PASTOR!


PASTORS (AND SPOUSES): I've been gripped with an incredible burden for you. I have a strong feeling that some of you are struggling more than usual right now. I read a couple days ago that being a pastor is one of the top four hardest jobs in America (President of the United States, a university president, and a CEO of a hospital were the other three).

First of all, I know how you're feeling. I know how depressing it can be when the people you've basically sacrificed your (and your family's) life for seemingly don't care-I think every pastor feels that way at some point. It can be frustrating when you pass the offering plate and you know there isn't enough there to pay the bills and you'll be the one that has to cover the difference which means your children go without. That is compounded a thousand times when you know they're spending money left and right on everything else. It can knock the life out of you when you are giving it everything you have to build the church and the people that claim to be members of your church won't even show up to service (much less throw their life into the ministries of the church). I know how it feels to have nearly every person you love and depend on walk out on you. I feel you. God does too.

But I want to tell you a few things that I think will help you:

1. STOP TAKING IT PERSONAL. STOP BEATING YOURSELF UP! People are free-willed moral agents. You can't make them love God. If the love of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit can't inspire people to commitment and faithfulness, what are you going to do? 

HOW ARE YOU DOING? Are you doing your best? Are you living holy? Are you staying connected to God? Are you preaching the Word? You can only do what you can do. Despite your unintentional god-complex, you're not responsible for other people's walk with God. 

Furthermore, for the most part, the people love you. It's God and His Kingdom their hearts are cold toward. They don't want you to suffer. They don't want you to hurt. They just don't understand that your life is wrapped up in the church and when the church suffers, you and your family suffer. They honestly don't connect the two. When they withhold their tithes, you take it personally because it's you that doesn't get paid. It's easy to be angry and even bitter about that. DON'T BE! Again, it doesn't cross their minds that they are hurting you. They just aren't kingdom minded. 

YOU WORK FOR GOD, NOT THE PEOPLE! HE WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU!

2. DON'T BE TOO WRAPPED UP IN THE CHURCH. The church isn't your bride, she's the bride of Christ. You need to concentrate, first and foremost, on your own walk with God. Make sure you're alive. Make sure you're passionate toward Christ. You cannot allow other people to hinder your personal walk with God. When you do that you fall into the same category as the lukewarm laity. Secondly, focus on YOUR family. They love you. They need you. They'll always be there for you, even when others walk out. Don't lose your wife ministering to other men's wives. Don't allow your children to suffer while trying to build children's ministries for other kids. Find a good balance and then maintain it.

3. BE CONTENT WITH WHAT YOU HAVE. A breakthrough moment for me was when I come to the conclusion that I may never be a megachurch pastor. We gauge success by numbers and that's suicidal. Most of us don't have the money an Elevation Church or Potter's House has. We can't afford million dollar audio/video equipment. Most of the time we do without a paycheck ourselves, much less spend $10 million dollars a year on staff. As bad as it crushes our pride, we may never break the 50, 100, 200, etc mark. We have to guard ourselves from thinking too highly of ourselves. We may not be as awesome as we think. Pastoring a church of 2,000 may be the death of some of us and we just don't know it--but God does. Be content with where God has you.

And probably, even more important than realizing you may never be megachurch pastors, you need to settle that even if it is God's will for you to have a large church in the future, it isn't where you are now. So instead of always trying to figure out why thousands aren't coming to the church, focus on the 30, 50,80,100 faithful that are coming. Do your best to teach and equip them. Be the greatest small church pastor you can be.

4. BEING A SUCCESSFUL CHURCH IS ABOUT INFLUENCE. A healthy church isn't necessarily a large church. A healthy, successful church is an influential church. Our churches should affect our communities in one way or another. We should have a positive effect in that we are healing and strengthening our communities, but it should also be known that we stand for righteousness and hate evil. To be SUCCESSFUL is to be INFLUENTIAL. If you only have 20 people, don't hide behind your four walls. Make as much of an impact as 20 people filled with the Holy Ghost can! Trust me! That's a lot! 

5. SUCCESS IS BEING IN GOD'S WILL. Success isn't about numbers. Success is about being in God's will. The "success" of other churches/pastors does not determine your success. And your laity's faithfulness (or lack thereof) doesn't determine YOUR success with God. You can be powerful and alive if NO ONE else is! You can have revival in your home if no one else around you wants it. Study the best you can! Preach the best you can! Sing the best you can! If you have one leader, equip them. If you only have one singer, equip them. Do the best you can with what you have and then let God sort everything else out!

YOU WORK FOR GOD! It's His Church. They're His people. He'll deal with them like only He can. You make sure that you're a Christian before you're anything else. It's hypocritical to lose your victory while watching the lives of all of those that don't have the victory! Live for Jesus. Work for Jesus. Be glad that you get to do anything for Him! We should be in hell right now, but for the grace of God.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

BEING THANKFUL IS A CHOICE



Hab 3:17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

In 1620, 102 Pilgrims had come to this continent to build a new world where they would be free to worship God. Soon fifty-six died due to starvation, disease and the cold winter. However, they did not give up. In 1621, 46 Pilgrims and 91 Indians met to give thanks for a bountiful harvest and for the preservation of their lives.

They had every reason to be depressed and discouraged, but they chose to give thanks. The book of Habakkuk was written against a backdrop of apostasy, judgment and unbelievable hardship. It was written during a time when Jehoiakim, the King of Judah, led the people back into idolatry and away from the Lord. As a result, God is preparing to judge the nation. Habakkuk is having trouble understanding why God would use a heathen nation like Babylon to punish His people. He cannot understand why God doesn't just purge their sins and draw them back to Himself and to righteousness. There are similarities between Habakkuk and Job. He argues his case, but in the end he realizes that God is not to be worshiped merely because of the temporal, material and physical blessings of life, but simply for who He is. Thus he ends his words with a song of thanksgiving to God for who He is and for the unchanging benefits that belong to those who know Him! Habakkuk has reason to fret and question, but he chooses instead to be thankful.

Keywords of these verses include, ''although'' and ''yet.'' Habakkuk is saying, ''I don't understand all that is happening to me and the nation of Judah, but in spite of it all I choose thanksgiving. I want to use these verses to show that regardless of how things may look on the surface, we have a reason to choose thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

FOLLOWING THE PIED PIPER



I felt the Spirit quicken my heart. I had to rise and ask His design. My heart hurts. Oh, the burden!
 
Our young people! They are running hard toward hell. They march like mindless zombies. Their stride is in rhythm with the Pied Piper's, with Satan's hypnotizing melody. It is beautiful, but wicked. It is unlike anything they've ever known, saw, or felt, but it numbs them from feeling the sting of their conscience; the pull of the Spirit, checking them, convicting them over the crimes they've commited against God.

Even many of those that sit on our pews are dabbling in the forbidden. They move forward with a glazed expression upon their faces. They're oblivious to the thick darkness that moves upon our land; of the imminent destruction that looms near. Their eyes are blinded by the god of this world. While their life consists of little more than cell phones and social networks, Delilah rocks them into a deep coma. Like Samson, they will be afflicted.

To the luke-warm; the self-righteous pharisee; the hypocrite; the prayerless mother; the burdenless, Spiritless father: Will anyone try and stop them? Will anyone lift their voices, breaking the trance? Will anyone be alarmed? Will anyone break free from the steely cords that hold them, that have them entangled, making them slaves to this deceitful world and its diabolical ruler, long enough to make an eternal difference? Is there anyone who will pray; intercede for the souls of our youth?

God, wake us, shake us, break us before it's everlastingly too late. In Jesus' name, Amen!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

CAN YOU SING IN THE NIGHT?

CAN YOU SING IN THE NIGHT? 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QobmIuBcBMEWhether you like it or not ... night is coming. I want you to know that you do not have to allow the night to consume you. You can learn to sing through the dark times of your life. You can learn a little something from the nightingale!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

THE PULPIT: PULLING MEN FROM THE PIT



1Co 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

As a preacher, my greatest fear is dying and having won too few souls to the Lord. As Christians, I believe our unwillingness to reach for the loss will be taken much more serious by God than what we think.

Think about it like this: Let's say you and I have been friends for 40 years. During that space of time your grandmother, grandfather, mother, and dad all died of cancer. Let's say I was there at the hospital and funeral homes each time, grieving over your loss. But then you found out that I had known the cure to cancer all along, but did not share it with you or anyone else. What if you found out that I knew the cure to cancer while I stood over the death bed of your mother and cried with you? How would that make you feel about me? Well, we have the answer to this wicked world's disease! His name is Jesus. It is a sad day when Christians carry around the only known cure for sin, yet are too proud, fearful, or lazy to tell the world about it! Judgment will not befriend a man who either doesn't count Christ a valuable enough asset, or doesn't love the world enough to share Him with them.

WHAT IS THE PULPIT OTHER THAN A PLACE WHERE WE PULL MEN FROM THE PIT?

Jude 1:22 And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire;


We must get busy winning souls. That was the primary thing on Jesus' mind!

Lu 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Paul, too!

1Co 9:22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

A friend of mine was delivered from a gross false dotrine that teaches that faith in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ is not sufficient to save a sinner from hell. 

Ro 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

He was told by a preacher that is still imprisoned by that doctrine that he knew he was compromising/backsliding because he had started to preach Jesus and was trying to get people saved! Well, my friend isn't the only one to think the message of Jesus is the most important subject known to man:

1Co 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

Let it be said of me that I was a man who preached Jesus and tried to get souls saved! 

FACT! If you don't have a burden for the lost ... you aren't baptized in the Holy Ghost. The baptism in the Holy Ghost will give you an insatiable desire to see souls saved! (Acts 1:8)

FACT! If you don't care enough about lost souls to tell them about Jesus ... you don't have the love of God! Friends don't let friends go to hell. 

LET IT BE AS IT WAS WITH JOHN WESLEY: LET THE WORLD BE OUR PULPIT!  

Pastor Lamb

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

THE BURNT OUT LEADER IS IRRELEVANT

(Mark Driscoll on Pastoral Burnout)

I've been reading staggering statistics about clergy burnout. Statistics revealing how depression, obesity, hypertension, and diabetes are incredibly high among clerics. Did you know the life expectancy of a minister is much lower than the average person? 1,500 preachers leave the ministry every month. Why? I know what some will say, "They're hirelings. They don't pray. They don't love God. Etc." I'm sure that's true way too often, but that's not always the case. And those that readily say such things usually aren't pastors or (if they are) have a congregation of 8 people.

We are living in a different world than the men of old. Did you ever consider the fact that John Wesley, Charles Spurgeon, Charles Finney, Jonathan Edwards, General Booth, A. B. Simpson, etc, didn't have access to phones, planes, cars, internet, Facebook, email or text messaging? If the congregation got a hold of them it was on Sunday or via horse and buggy. And if your preacher was a circuit rider ... you DIDN'T get a hold of him.
They didn't have to compete with cell phones, ipads, ipods, television, radio, internet or Hollywood. People weren't gospel hardened and entertained to death. People didn't expect the preacher to cater to their every whim because they knew they COULDN'T cater to their every whim. Now, compare that with the hundred phone calls, text messages, emails, and literally thousands of Facebook messages I receive per week! I'm not unique, any pastor worth their salt has a similar story. Today's pastor is on call 24/7! The expectation level is insane. People want them to be at all places at all times having the answers to every dilemma. The minister (and whole family) never fully meet the requirements demanded of them because they haven't yet figured out how to be God! John Wesley attributed his long life to taking naps as often as he needed. If today's minister takes a nap someone rings the door bell and accuses them of being lazy and sleeping all day. (Do I sound whiny? LOL!)

But concerning the men and women of old ... they had revival and we (for the most part) do not. They spent most of their time praying, reading, and preaching. Their greatest stress came from wrestling with God, not men. 
They understood that the church belonged to God, not them. They understood that counseling can never take the place of the unadulterated preached Word. They understood that the hard-hearted and stubborn laity sitting in the pews were lost and in need of conversion and not to be reckoned as church bosses.

The answer? You need to remember that you're a Christian before you're a pastor! Let's spend more time in prayer and the Word, talking to God about men; and less time on Facebook, answering text messages and counseling people to do what we've told them a hundred times from the pulpit.

If you're tired, sleep. If you're on the verge of burning out, shut your phone off, take a few days off, spend time with God and your family. Learn how to say "NO"! If you're overweight and your health is breaking down ... man up! Get some discipline. Eat right and exercise! It'll pay off in the long run.

Don't let your wife suffer because you're ministering to another man's wife and don't have time for her. Don't lose your kids trying to save other people's kids. If you burn out you will wreck yourself and then be irrelevant anyway. You have no business overseeing spiritual business if you can't overseer your own personal business! (1Ti 3:5)

Don't allow anyone to push you beyond your capacity. And ... remember it all belongs to God. He's the husbandman. Let the divine stay up all night. Let the omnipresent be every where at all times. Let Him be responsible for HIS church. You? Just do what you can. You ask what the people will think? The true Christians will understand and be merciful. The hypocrites? Who cares?

Let go and let God!

Peace, love, hope!

Friday, November 6, 2015

DID YOU SAY SOMETHING?



JUST DO IT! From the first day God sent me back to Richmond, Ky to start Revival Tabernacle the gossipers, talebearers, liars and haters began working overtime! At times, it really bothered us, but we started building the Kingdom of God anyways (knocking hundreds of doors every week, feeding hundreds of down and out folk, reaching out to the children and loving the addicts, alcoholics, homeless and abused). One day (a couple years ago), I realized that I wasn't hearing as much gossip and slander as before. It really felt good to think these vicious people were starting to leave us alone, but then God opened my eyes to the truth of the matter. The talebearers and hypocrites were still talking, but we are so busy doing Kingdom stuff we no longer hear it and no longer care. What the enemy says and does doesn't really matter anymore because we're too busy winning souls and seeing people get healed to think about it! God has set us a bountiful table in the very presence of our enemies! 
IF YOU WILL GET BUSY DOING SOMETHING FOR GOD, MOST OF YOUR PROBLEMS AND ENEMIES WILL BECOME MINUSCULE! YOU'LL BE TOO BUSY BEING BLESSED TO BE STRESSED! NOW, GET OUT THERE AND DO SOMETHING FOR GOD!
Pastor Lamb

Thursday, November 5, 2015

WHEN GOD STEPPED DOWN (Hebrides Revival)

Duncan Campbell testifying about 
Hebrides (Heb-ruh-dees) Revival

In the year 1949, in a small cottage by the roadside in the village of Barvas lived two elderly women, Peggy and Christine Smith. They were eighty-four and eighty-two years old. Peggy was blind and her sister almost bent double with arthritis. Unable to attend public worship, their humble cottage became a sanctuary where they met with God. To them came the promise: "I will pour water upon him that is thirsty and floods upon the dry ground," they pleaded this day and night in prayer. One night Peggy had a revelation, revival was coming and the church of her fathers would be crowded again with young people! She sent for the minister, the Rev. James Murray MacKay, and told him what God had shown her, asking him to call his elders and deacons together for special times of waiting upon God. In the same district a group of men praying in a barn experienced a foretaste of coming blessing. One night as they waited upon God a young deacon rose and read part of the twenty-fourth Psalm: "Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in His holy place? He that hath clean hands and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord." Turning to the others he said: "Brethren, it seems to me just so much humbug to be waiting and praying as we are, if we ourselves are not rightly related to God." Then lifting his hands toward heaven he cried: "Oh God, are my hands clean? Is my heart pure?" He got no further, but fell prostrate to the floor. An awareness of God filled the barn and a stream of supernatural power was let lose in their lives. They had moved into a new sphere of God realization, believing implicitly in the promise of revival.

When the movement was at its height Peggy sent for Duncan Campbell, asking him to go to a small, isolated village to hold a meeting. The people of this village did not favor the revival and had already made clear they weren't getting involved. Duncan explained the situation to Peggy and told her that he questioned the wisdom of her request. "Besides," he added, "I have no leadings to go to that place." She turned in the direction of his voice, her sightless eyes seemed to penetrate his soul. "Mr. Campbell, if you were living as near to God as you ought to be, He would reveal His secrets to you also." Duncan felt like a subordinate being reprimanded for defying his general. He humbly accepted the rebuke as from the Lord, and asked if he and Mr. MacKay could spend the morning in prayer with them. She agreed, and later as they knelt together in the cottage, Peggy prayed: "Lord, You remember what You told me this morning, that in this village You are going to save seven men who will become pillars in the church of my fathers. Lord, I have given Your message to Mr. Campbell and it seems he is not prepared to receive it. Oh Lord, give him wisdom, because he badly needs it!" "All right, Peggy, I'll go to the village," said Duncan when they had finished praying. She replied, "You'd better!" "And God will give you a congregation." Arriving in the village at seven o'clock they found a large bungalow crowded to capacity with many assembled outside. Duncan gave out his text: "The times of this ignorance God winked at, but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent." When he had finished preaching, a minister beckoned him to the end of the house to speak again to a number of people who were mourning over their sins - among them, Peggy's seven men!

The Hebrides Revival didn't start with a preacher; it didn't begin with a big name evangelist. It began in the hearts of two elder women who loved God and were deeply concerned with the spiritual condition of their community! It began in the hearts of some working men who were seeking God in an obscure barn. You can move the hand of God too, but it will require more than just an occasional "polly-wanna-cracker" prayer that has no heat and no heart. You may have to do like the Smith sisters and start praying from early afternoon until two and three in the morning, but it will be worth it when it comes!

Let's pray for revival! 

(LONGER VIDEO-FULL ACCOUNT)

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Monitoring Your Motives


For the most part, we do things without really thinking about why. Sure, we think about the how(s), when(s), and where(s), but the why(s) of our deeds are often ignored. Why we do something is called “motive”. The official definition for the word motive is “a factor inducing a person to act in a particular way”. There should be a conscious purpose behind everything we do and say; a particular intent that drives our actions. Nothing is more aggravating than talking to someone who has absolutely no idea why they are saying the things they are saying; they are talking heads, just talking to be heard. And although there are plenty of people like that–people who lethargically drift through life seemingly without purpose–there is always a motive behind people’s actions, whether they take the time to think about them or not.

In most areas of life we can get by with ignoring our motives, but when it comes to our walk with God, there is no escaping it: they are vitally important. Our motives will determine whether we spend eternity in heaven or hell. Motive will determine whether God answers our prayers or not. Really, in the spiritual realm, our motives will determine everything.

Let me get to the crux of the matter. The Bible says in Colossians 3:17, “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”
Why? Because Colossians 1:16 states, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, AND FOR HIM:”

Everything that exists (time, space, and matter) exists for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. The heavens and the earth were created by Jesus and for Jesus. Revelations 4:11 states that even you and I were created for Jesus’ pleasure. 1John 2:12 tells us that our sins are forgiven, not for our sakes, but for Jesus’ sake. That’s right! God didn’t forgive you of your sins so you’d feel better about yourself; He forgave you of your sins because it pleased Jesus. This can only mean that everything we do in this life must be done in the name of Jesus and with Him in mind.

Listen carefully. We must guard ourselves from humanism. Humanism is a rationalistic system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters. You may say, “I don’t attach prime importance to human matters. I’m so heavenly minded I’m of no earthly good.” Well, let’s see about that. I know you want your husband, or wife, and children saved, but why? So your life will be better? So that your husband/wife will be kinder to you? So your child will respect you more? I’m sure that some of you are sick and want God to heal you, but why? Is it so you can feel better when doing your housework; so you can sleep better at night; or is it so you can be a greater soul winner for Christ? Is it so you can be a more effective soldier in God’s army? Now, I’m not saying that it is wrong to want to be healed in order to feel better in your everyday life, but it shouldn't be your only and primary motive. Most people are doing nothing for the kingdom of God and, more or less, want God to heal them so they’ll feel better while continuing to do nothing for the kingdom of God.

I am reminded of a story concerning two Moravian missionaries who were consumed by a great burden for a particular slave island. The slave master that owned the island and the slaves on that island hated Christianity and would not allow a preacher to come there. Two young Moravian boys sold themselves to that slave master in order to preach to the slaves on that island. They went knowing they would never see their families and loved ones again. They went knowing that they would die as slaves. Why do you think they did such a drastic thing? Is your mind thinking upon the slaves right now? Buckle your seatbelt! That’s humanism: a rationalistic system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters! Fortunately, those two Moravian missionaries weren’t humanists. As their boat sailed away, they called out, “May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of His suffering.” Their primary motive for surrendering their lives into slavery was their unwavering conviction that Jesus paid too great a price for those precious souls to allow them to die and go to hell. Their primary motive for selling themselves into slavery was their love for Christ, not their love for people.

Why do we do the things we do? Why do we say the things we say? What motives are behind our actions? Humans can be the most selfish, self-centered creatures on the planet and it is motive that determines whether they are self-serving narcissists or selfless Christians living and breathing to please Jesus.

Would you like to know why so many sinners come to the altar and leave exactly like they came? Motives. They come to the altar for no other reason than they want God to make their lives better. For them to get saved, they must see Christ and the manner in which they have rebelled against Him. Their hearts will have to grieve for transgressing His law. Their hearts will have to be more concerned about how they’ve trampled the blood of Jesus under foot than they are their own predicament. God is no spare tire! Christ will be Lord of all or Lord not at all! All for Christ!

Please, ask yourself: Why do you pray? Why do you go to church? Why do you memorize the Bible? Why have you chosen the friends you spend time with? Yes. Ask yourself those questions regarding every facet of your life. Why do you do the things you do?

If God will grant me the gift of brevity, I’ll quickly conclude this blog entry. Please, pay attention to the manner in which you pray. Do you spend most of your time worshiping God; praying for others; or asking God for blessings upon yourself? When you go to church; do you go with a testimony, a song, a piece of money, etc., to bless others, or do you go primarily to get blessed? Do you even think about it before you go? What was the primary subject of your prayers; the kingdom of God or your own personal welfare?

The reason I write this blog entry–Lord, I pray it’s not humanistic–is Christ wants you. I also want you to draw closer to Christ. I want you to be blessed. I want your prayers to be answered. And in order for you to be truly blessed; and in order for your prayers to be answered, you will have to die to yourself. Your life will have to be wrapped up in Christ and what pleases Him. In Luke 14:26, Jesus said: “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” You must die and live only for Christ. After all, He is worthy.

What do you think will move the hand of God quicker: praying “God, save my husband/wife/child. Jesus died for them and they’ll be a mighty witness for you”; or “Lord, save my husband/wife/child. I can’t take this anymore”?

What do you think touches the heart of God more; what do you think would cause Him to be more willing to heal you; praying “God, heal me. I can’t take this pain anymore”; or “God, heal me so I can go into the highways and hedges to bring souls to Christ; to glorify Him in all I do”?

Now, just saying these things won’t move God, He knows your true motives. Christ’s glory must be your primary concern. Christ’s kingdom must be the driving motive of everything you engage in. Not what’s best for you; what’s best for God.

Monitor your motives. God may or may not move when you call out for yourself, but when you call out for Jesus’ sake heaven will come to attention.

David

Friday, October 30, 2015

A DESIRE FOR A DESIRE (A CALL TO REVIVAL)

(Revival Hymn)

Dear American church:

I have been a Christian since 1994 (approximately 22 years). I have preached the gospel for nearly 20 years of that time period. I have met many different people from many different walks of life and have preached in many different types of churches (independent Pentecostal, Church of God, Church of God of Prophecy, Assemblies of God, Baptist, etc). I am no authority on the subject of revival, but I do know that all of these denominations were started with a mighty outpouring of God's Spirit-a revival of religion. The same can be said of every true born again Christian, they were birthed into the Kingdom of God by a life changing encounter with The One. Unfortunately, the revival fires that birthed these great movements are now merely smoke and ashes; and most would be glad to have even that. Now, I'm not saying that there aren't congregations that are experiencing New Testament level manifestations of Divine power, but I will say I personally don't know of any, and if there are some, they are very few and far between.
 
Some will say, "Well, I know of a church with 10,000 people in it. They have to be on fire with God!" No, they don't! People are attracted to personalities. You want proof? In 2009, a Paul McCartney concert sold out in 11 seconds! That's 40,000 tickets in 11 seconds! Is Paul McCartney on fire for God? Of course not, but he doesn't have to be because people are attracted to personalities. The truth is any preacher (with plenty of charisma) that will go light on sin and will hire some good musicians can fill a church with gullible souls! It also helps if they have good hair and an attractive smile. 
 
Dear reader, the sobering fact of it is there is no revival in America today. Why? What happened? These denominations (and the majority of Christians I know) did not continue doing the things that brought the fire of God into their lives in the first place. Preachers became silvered tongued orators. They quit preaching on eternity. They became politically correct in order to keep from offending lukewarm Christians who might withhold their tithe. Churches forfeited their all night prayer meetings. Fasting became non-existent. Their Bibles gathered dust. The concept of the traditional family unit became perverted (men were feminized, women masculinized, children became head of the house). The end product is a church world full of unregenerate men and women who hate the holiness of God; an American church world that operates quite well with Jesus standing on the porch, knocking, wanting in; a church world that thinks they can build the Kingdom of God with the arm of flesh.
 
Ga 3:3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
 
I'd like to ask you to search your own heart. Can you remember when you first came to God? How your heart was consumed with passion and desire for Christ and the things which pertain to Him? How you sought God day and night for the baptism in the Holy Ghost? How you couldn't get enough of the Word of God? How it grieved your heart if you were hindered from going to church? How you wanted everyone to receive the same life changing experience that Christ gave you? How your heart overflowed with love toward everyone?
 
Now, let me ask you if you presently find that these traits are no longer a part of your every day life? That you are simply saved by association? That you claim to be born again because you go to church and no longer smoke cigarettes? Do you find that the love, joy, zeal, and desire you once had is a thing of the past, a relic of days gone by? Have you become entangled with the affairs of this life? Entangled to such a degree that you go days without visiting your secret place of prayer? Days without reading the Word of God? Months without pushing the plate back? Years without winning a soul to Christ? Are you now doing things (sinning) that you one time would never do? Honestly, have you allowed the fire of God to die out of your life? Have you allowed troubles, trials, heartaches, pain, death, sickness, sin, or something else to get the best of you?
 
The bottom line is this: are you on fire with God or are you lukewarm? Have you become apathetic and disconnected from God? Honestly ... are you walking in the Spirit?
 
For the vast majority of you, I know the answer to that question. So I want to ask you whether or not you still care that you are in this condition? Do you even care whether you get up? Do you no longer "feel like traveling on"? Tell me, do you have a desire to get up?
 
If you are finding it hard to get up; if you are finding it hard to locate a DESIRE to get up; I want you to do something for me. I want you to pray that God will give you a desire for a desire. I know that sounds strange, but it's not. If you're not willing to do right, become willing to be made willing. God will come to you. He will help you. If you can find even an iota of desire He will place a divine spark in your heart that you can kindle into a holy inferno!
 
No matter what, you cannot stay like you are. You cannot stay lukewarm. Listen to what the Bible says about the lukewarm soul:
 
Re 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

You will be vomited out of the body of Christ. You are not going to leave here in the rapture! You must get concerned about your soul. Pray that God will give you a desire for a desire. When the desire comes, the rest will be much easier. You will find that God will send a great fire into your hearts. You must maintain that fire or it will go out, leaving you in the same condition you were in the beginning.
 
God bless!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A WORD TO THE ANGRY PREACHER

 I have always been tenacious; if I believe something, I will stand for it no matter what it costs me; I will fight until there is no fight left in me. Over the last twenty-two years, God has refined this quality (as much as I have allowed Him to) and used it to win souls and steer men to the truth. It has helped me to fight the good fight of faith; to keep on the firing line. For this I am thankful. However, at times, this trait has been a thorn in my flesh; a stumbling block. When coupled with pride, anger, bitterness, or resentment it has been very dangerous.

To my defense, I have had to do a lot of fighting to get to where I am today. I was raised up to believe many false doctrines and my departure from them wasn't easy. My family, friends, and acquaintances did not want me to leave their churches and the doctrines they held so dear. For some, it was because they loved me and didn't want me going astray. For others, it was the pride and arrogance of their hearts. After years of arguing and warring with them, I became frustrated, hardened, and even angry. I started fighting with them in ways that did not represent Christ well. And I did it so often, it became a part of who I was; I started thinking it was proper and even God's way. Because I had war in my heart, I assumed everyone else had war in their hearts. If someone approached me in any manner other than approval, acceptance, or agreement, I immediately assumed they wanted to fight and I would start swinging (verbally or with written words). And, please, don't get me wrong, I wasn't that way every time I dealt with people. If I felt the person I was talking to was sincere, I would be extremely careful with my speech and the demeanor in which I approached them. I would soften my voice; I would be respectful, gentle, and patient, but if I thought they wanted to fight . . . it was on.

It was very easy for me to win the debates; I had the Word of God backing me up and they did not. And, typically, I had a much vaster arsenal of Scripture verses to use in the warfare than they did, so I would try to humiliate them. I would try to smash them. I would try to destroy them. After all, they were the "enemy". The louder they got, the louder I got. The louder I got, the louder they got. The angrier they got, the angrier I got. The angrier I got, the angrier they got. It was a never-ending cycle and was almost always counterproductive.

When I wrote the book Absolutely Trinity! and uploaded the teaching series to youtube.com it happened on an even larger scale. I was engaged by hundreds of angry Oneness adherents. When I responded to their emails, phone calls, comments, etc., I almost always used my "righteous indignation" against them! And very seldom did that approach bring good fruit. It was pretty much a repeat of what I had done my entire life. On a side note: God has used the Absolutely Trinity! book and teaching series to bring many Oneness adherents (pastors and laity) to the truth of the holy Trinity, but I wonder how many more I could have won if my personal encounters with them had not been so aggressive and disrespectful?

Several years ago God began dealing with my heart about this subject in depth. He didn't tell me I shouldn't defend the truth of His Word. He didn't tell me that I shouldn't confront false prophets and teachers. He didn't tell me to stop trying to expose false doctrine, in fact, He has placed a very strong calling on my life to do just those things. He told me there was a more Christ-like manner to do it. He showed me how I had allowed past hurts and conflicts to open the door to anger and bitterness. He showed me that it was the SPIRIT and truth that breaks the hearts of men, not ANGER and truth. He did this by showing me 2 Timothy 2:24-26:

2Ti 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

The word strive means to "war, quarrel, dispute, or fight". It speaks of the spirit and attitude the minister possesses when approaching those he is trying to minister to. God told me to be gentle, patient, and meek when I dealt with people that opposed me because it wasn't really me they were opposing, it was themselves and sometimes ... Him. He reminded me of Proverbs 15:1:

Pr 15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

He also brought 2 Timothy 2:23 and Titus 3:9 to my attention:

2Ti 2:23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.

Tit 3:9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.

God used these verses to show me that I need to try and discern those who want to engage in a productive and godly discussion about the Scripture from those that merely want to fight and "prove a point". Those that want a godly discussion--those that I feel can be won to the truth--need to be dealt with in meekness and love. Those that want to fight and argue merely to prove their point need to be ignored and prayed for, but also treated with meekness and love. This is the way of Christ.

I said all of that to lay some ground work for the testimony I want to share with you now.

Several years ago I posted a blog entitled "Do You Desire a Desire?" A pastor friend of mine contacted me, telling me of a fellow evangelist who had gotten very aggravated at my blog. He had previously shown interest in attending a revival I was going to hold in his area, but, after reading the blog, said he would never come hear me and made some pretty cutting remarks about me (to his defense, he did not submit my name). He didn't know me, so when he read my blog he understood what I was saying to be a slam at the denomination he belongs to. I am from an independent Pentecostal background and he had had some terrible experiences with independent Pentecostal people. He assumed I fit the stereotype and cut me off.

In the past, I would have just shrugged him off and labeled him as a hypocritical devil, but God is changing me. I felt the Lord would have me pursue this brother. God showed me that he, too, was dealing with issues of the past, so I contacted him. I told him that I did not appreciate the things he was saying about me because they were not true. I told him that he was equating me with those that had hurt him without even knowing who I am. He responded. I responded. He responded. I responded again. We went back and forth for hours. We both spoke straight, plain, and openly, but I did not use my "righteous indignation" against him like I always had when engaged in conflict. I was getting weary and felt like I was wearying him, but I knew he was worth any effort I may have had to put forth.

The conclusion of this story is we are very good friends now! We are ministry partners, helping each other carry our burdens. We pray for each other and have made each others' life a little better (at least he has made mine better).

Kindness and patience won me a life long friend. I said a lot of the same things I would have said years ago, but I said it with meekness, patience, and gentleness, and it worked. (My brother also overcame much and learned a great deal about himself, but that's his testimony).

I'll be honest, I have a long ways to go. These engagements aren't easy for me. I have to weigh every word. I have to take a deep breath and think every response and action through before taking them. I have to go very slowly. If you see me engaged in a mindless debate, pray for me. I am a work in progress. 
I am so glad that God is merciful and patient with preachers like myself.
 (Walt Disney - Donald Duck - Self Control)

Friday, October 23, 2015

A BURNT OUT MINISTER IS IRRELEVANT




I've been reading staggering statistics about clergy burnout. Statistics revealing how depression, obesity, hypertension, and diabetes are incredibly high among clerics. Did you know the life expectancy of a minister is much lower than the average person? 1,500 preachers leave the ministry every month. Why? I know what some will say, "They're hirelings. They don't pray. They don't love God. Etc." I'm sure that's true way too often, but that's not always the case. And those that readily say such things usually aren't pastors or (if they are) have a congregation of 8 people.

We are living in a different world than the men of old. Did you ever consider the fact that John Wesley, Charles Spurgeon, Charles Finney, Jonathan Edwards, General Booth, A. B. Simpson, etc, didn't have access to phones, planes, cars, internet, Facebook, email or text messaging? If the congregation got a hold of them it was on Sunday or via horse and buggy. And if your preacher was a circuit rider ... you DIDN'T get a hold of him.
They didn't have to compete with cell phones, ipads, ipods, television, radio, internet or Hollywood. People weren't gospel hardened and entertained to death. People didn't expect the preacher to cater to their every whim because they knew they COULDN'T cater to their every whim. Now, compare that with the hundred phone calls, text messages, emails, and literally thousands of Facebook messages I receive per week! I'm not unique, any pastor worth their salt has a similar story. Today's pastor is on call 24/7! The expectation level is insane. People want them to be at all places at all times having the answers to every dilemma. The minister (and whole family) never fully meet the requirements demanded of them because they haven't yet figured out how to be God! John Wesley attributed his long life to taking naps as often as he needed. If today's minister takes a nap someone rings the door bell and accuses them of being lazy and sleeping all day. (Do I sound whiny? LOL!)

But concerning the men and women of old ... they had revival and we (for the most part) do not. They spent most of their time praying, reading, and preaching. Their greatest stress came from wrestling with God, not men. 
They understood that the church belonged to God, not them. They understood that counseling can never take the place of the unadulterated preached Word. They understood that the hard-hearted and stubborn laity sitting in the pews were lost and in need of conversion and not to be reckoned as church bosses.

The answer? You need to remember that you're a Christian before you're a pastor! Let's spend more time in prayer and the Word, talking to God about men; and less time on Facebook, answering text messages and counseling people to do what we've told them a hundred times from the pulpit.

If you're tired, sleep. If you're on the verge of burning out, shut your phone off, take a few days off, spend time with God and your family. Learn how to say "NO"! If you're overweight and your health is breaking down ... man up! Get some discipline. Eat right and exercise! It'll pay off in the long run.

Don't let your wife suffer because you're ministering to another man's wife and don't have time for her. Don't lose your kids trying to save other people's kids. If you burn out you will wreck yourself and then be irrelevant anyway. You have no business overseeing spiritual business if you can't overseer your own personal business! (1Ti 3:5)

Don't allow anyone to push you beyond your capacity. And ... remember it all belongs to God. He's the husbandman. Let the divine stay up all night. Let the omnipresent be every where at all times. Let Him be responsible for HIS church. You? Just do what you can. You ask what the people will think? The true Christians will understand and be merciful. The hypocrites? Who cares?

Let go and let God!

Peace, love, hope!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

IS THERE HOPE FOR A SLEEPING CHURCH? (4 WAYS TO DETERMINE IF YOUR CHURCH IS SLEEP WALKING)

IS THERE HOPE FOR A 
SLEEPING CHURCH?


*        I AM A CHRISTIAN trying to find a spiritual community to fellowship with and help strengthen my walk with God. I am trying to find other believers that I can team up with to labor in God's kingdom, enjoying the synergistic dynamics of a missional church in community! 

*        I AM A HUSBAND AND FATHER that is responsible for teaching my family about the necessity of having a loving relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ, leading them into a healthy, spiritual environment that will allow them to grow in grace and the Word.

*        I AM A PASTOR that is responsible for feeding the flock of God which He has made me overseer of (Acts 20:28, 1Pe 5:2).  I am to cast the vision that God has for the local church and then empower the saints to bring that vision to fruition.

*        I AM A CONCERNED CITIZEN OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.

I fear that something is missing. There seems to be a slumber befallen the people. The Church shouldn't need revival. We should be awake. We should be alive. We should be powerful in Christ. We should be influencing our cities, seeing the lost saved and the sick healed. Look, I know that there are great churches that are alive and seeing a mighty move of God, but the American church is, by and large, in desperate need of reviving.  Oh, I know they're doing stuff, going through the motions, but look a little more carefully. Their eyes are closed. They are sleep walking!


They're like the gate keeper of a certain city. A couple of men were trying to get entrance in to his city, but the gate was shut. 
 
They rang the bell and the gate keeper yelled, "Coming", but never came. 

They rang it again and again and the gate keeper kept saying, "Coming" over and over. 

Finally, he came and gave them entrance to the city. When asked why it took him so long he said: "I was asleep. I guess I have yelled "Coming" so many times that I can do it in my sleep now."

Have we had so much "church" we can do it in our sleep now? Singing in our sleep? Preaching in our sleep? Going through the motions, but asleep?

How can we know if our church is sleep walking? Glad you asked! Here's four ways of knowing if you're church is sleep walking:

1. PRAYER ISN'T A PRIORITY! If our churches aren't houses of prayer, they're nothing more than a social club. You can gauge the health of your church by the prayer meeting. Do you even have a prayer meeting? Most don't. Most have tried, but they couldn't get anyone to show up and it fizzled out! But ... HEY! Somebody give me G, I have a song on my heart!

Why is prayer important? It's the bridge to the throbbing heart of the universe. Without communion with God, we are impotent. Yes. Even though we're having church, dancing and singing, preaching and hollering "Amen"; if we're not praying, we're straying, playing, and flailing. Where there is no spirit of prayer there will be no revival.


2. WORSHIP IS AWKWARD! "Come on saints! God has been good to us! He's King of Kings and Lord of lords! Let take some time to worship Him!" Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock . . . 10 seconds later . . . Yaaaaaaaawn! "Come on. Let's sing a fast song so we can dance!" People struggle with worshiping God at church because they don't worship Him at home. They aren't really familiar with Him. He's more of an acquaintance than ruler of their life. The reason folk don't worship is you have to be familiar with Him to worship Him. You have to be overcome by His greatness; hungry for His presence in order to worship Him. Worship requires you to seek His face, not just His hand (blessings). Until people get hungry for the person of God, there will be no revival.

3. A BURDEN FOR THE LOST  ... WHAT'S THAT? Our churches should be growing exponentially every year. It should be as simple as 1+1=2! A saved person, filled with appreciation, telling the world about Jesus Christ and His saving grace. ONE BEGGAR TELLING ANOTHER BEGGAR WHERE TO FIND BREAD! But service after service people come to the church with empty seats in their vehicles. What can we deduce from that? Do we not care that people are going to hell? Are we so preoccupied with ourselves that we don't even think about the plight of other people? Have we forgotten what God has done for us? We need an update on our walk with God; a fresh experience that makes us want to tell the world about Jesus Christ. OR IS IT JUST THE PREACHERS JOB TO EVANGELIZE?

NOTHING troubles me more than watching people step over top of a lost man/woman praying at the altar in order to go home to do ... well ... absolutely nothing! Watch some TV? Get to KFC buffet before everyone else? I wonder if that's who they would respond if it was their child being saved?  
Until we rid the church of selfishness, there will be no revival.

4. PREACHING IS A SOURCE OF ENTERTAINMENT, NOT EMPOWERMENT. Things have to be pretty exciting to keep our sleepy eyes from closing for good. If the preaching isn't loud and spit (not Spirit) filled, it isn't anointed. Right? Wouldn't it be a sight if our mailmen were held to the same standard as the preacher? Dude comes flying through the yard, jumps over the bush, climbs the walls, throws the mail into the mailbox all the while yelling to the top of his voice, "Wooo hoooo! Come on now! You're not helping me!" LOL! That'd be a little weird and a lot funny. 

I know that the fake preachers of the world have given good men of God a bad name. I understand that. But we've got to get back to the place where we believe preaching is instruction from God and we desperately want to hear it and apply it! We need to be excited about Bible studies and small group teaching sessions. We're not studying the National Geographic! We're studying the Word of God! Until we fall in love with God's Word again, there'll be no revival.
Isa 51:9 Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old.... 

We must awake from our slumber! Life is about more than our little selves! We must glorify the King of Kings ... Jesus! We must work while it is day; night is coming and no man will be able to.
God bless! 

Do I Have Enough Religion to Love?

Do I Have Enough Religion to Love?

Some people have enough religion to make them hate, but not enough to make them love.

Love should be the driving force of every Christian. In fact, without love we're not Christians.

1Jn 3:14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

Joh 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

We must love God:

Mat 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

But if we do not love men, we cannot say that we love God:

1Jn 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

Being a preacher, demonstrating the love of God is an absolute necessity. If I do not, I have no business preaching in Christ's stead. And that does not mean that the theological subject has to be the love of God, it means that everything taught and preached must be saturated with it. It means that the manner in which I shake the people's hands, hug their necks, the manner in which I listen to their problems (serious or trifle), must be sincere and with the compassion of Christ. God is love and His people are loving.

One of our major problems is pride. I've found myself pushing doctrines because I wanted to be right, not because I wanted men to be saved. The messages were not motivated by love for God and people; they were motivated by a love for myself. May God smite me, and every preacher, when we use the sword as a threshing tool and not a razor sharp instrument of life.

One of the hardest things I had to learn was that those who were trying to convert me over to their false understanding of the Bible were often doing it because they loved me and truly felt I was deceived. So, although they were doctrinally wrong, their motive was right. It softened my heart toward them and made me realize I was attacking people that loved me.

Let us weigh our motives. Why am I saying what I'm saying? Am I trying to prove a point? Will this actually build the kingdom of God? Even if I'm right, will this destroy the weak? Is this the proper venue for such a message? If the love of God and His kingdom are the motivating factors, check yourself again, and then love the people.
God bless!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Home Stretch (America's Days of Darkness)

 The Home Stretch (America's Days of Darkness)
(EXCERPT FROM DAVID WILKERSON'S
"A CALL TO ANGUISH") 
 I write today because my heart carries a heavy burden. I will be brief, but straight to the point.

We are in the home stretch now. You and I are the generation that will see the coming of the Lord. For some, that is a glorious thing, but for the vast majority, that should be the most frightening thing that could be said because they are not ready for what is about to take place in America.

Eschatologically, I lean toward the pretribulation rapture doctrine. This is the idea that the church will be called out of this world into heaven with Christ before the last 7 year period of tribulation and wrath described by Daniel and John the Revelator happens. But this doctrine has seemingly caused men to rest, to be at ease in Zion. They seem to think that nothing tragic can happen in this country. That we will live life in the fast lane and be raptured out of our paradise into God's paradise. This merely reflects the image of their spiritual condition: loose, fast, and not concerned with the eternal. 2000 years ago our Christ told us to lift our heads, watching and praying for His coming, that we would not enter into temptation! The vast majority of people today are not watching and praying for His coming. They are so consumed and have such a love affair with this world, they would probably be disappointed if Christ were to actually take them to heaven to be with Him.

Please, read the words of the Apostle Paul:

2Ti 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that LOVE HIS APPEARING. (stress added by author)

I want to warn you, if you are not loving, looking, and praying for His appearing, you will be caught off guard. The crown is laid up exclusively for those that "love His appearing".

A dear friend of mine, a very humble man of God, told me the following occurence. He and his family are much like myself, they travel from church to church preaching the gospel, trying to stir the hearts of God's people, and trying to bring lost men to Christ. They were staying at a church that had an evangelist's quarter and were sleeping there instead of their RV. About two or three that morning, the Spirit woke him, impressing upon his heart the need to go out to his RV and pray. As he knelt, the Spirit came upon him--he was not sure if it was a dream or a vision. When he came to himself, he heard the voice of the Lord saying, "The church is not ready for what is coming upon America".

David Wilkerson (founder of Teen Challenge) has been prophesying the destruction of America for years. The following is a quote from one of those prophesies:

"AN EARTH-SHATTERING CALAMITY IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN. IT IS GOING TO BE SO FRIGHTENING, WE ARE ALL GOING TO TREMBLE - EVEN THE GODLIEST AMONG US. For ten years I have been warning about a thousand fires coming to New York City. It will engulf the whole megaplex, including areas of New Jersey and Connecticut. Major cities all across America will experience riots and blazing fires—such as we saw in Watts, Los Angeles, years ago. There will be riots and fires in cities worldwide. There will be looting—including Times Square, New York City. What we are experiencing now is not a recession, not even a depression. We are under God’s wrath."

These are just a couple of the many prophesies that have been given concerning America over the past few years.

Do I need to remind you of Furguson, Missouri? Baltimore, Maryland? How about Roseburg, Oregon where at least nine college students were shot in the head for being Christian? On and on we could go!

Brothers and sisters, I am nothing. I am a nobody straight out of no where, but I must warn you. God has revealed to me that a great darkness is coming upon this country. A day like we've never seen before and 99% of the church is not ready for it; they will be caught off guard.

It will require more than living an external standard of Christianity. It will require more than going to church and shouting and dancing and leaping in the aisles. We must repent of our sins. We must put off the world. We must come out from among it and be separate (2Co 6:17). We must burn the mid-night oil. We must fast like never before. We must pray that God rend the heavens and come down. We must see revival.

God bless you,
David Lamb