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Friday, March 17, 2017

HOW CAN WE SLEEP WHEN MEN ARE DYING?



Some years ago, I turned down a particular road, drove about three miles, only to discover that the road was impassable due to a bridge being washed out. I whipped my car around, making a sarcastic remark about how "it would've been nice if these morons would've put up a 'BRIDGE OUT' sign so folks don't waste their time driving down this road. Furthermore, someone could get killed!" As I was making my way back, I happened to notice in my rear view mirror a 'BRIDGE OUT' sign. And then another. And then another. In fact, there was a 'BRIDGE OUT' sign about every thousand foot, all the way to the entrance of that road. They had warned me, but I wasn't paying attention. I felt stupid. I was the only moron out there that day. 

Now, let me ask you this...

If your child was traveling down that road and I had intentionally removed every 'BRIDGE OUT' sign and they plummeted over the edge into a river, drowning, would you blame me? Would you think I at least bore SOME responsibility for their death? 

I know you answered "yes", and rightly so, but this is happening every day in the spiritual realm, yet very few feel they are responsible.

God has basically called us to do two things: 1) Tell the world they are driving on a road toward an abyss called "Hell"; and 2) Tell them about the ONLY altnernative path-Jesus Christ. (Mt 28:19, Mk 6:7-12, Acts 4:12, Acts 1:8, Luke 24:46-49, Isa 61:1-3)

We are God's warning signs, but many of us have removed ourselves from the pathway that sinners walk. When they fall into the horrid depths of hell we feel no pain, we take no responsibility. After all, they're the ones that chose that path; they're the ones that didn't pay attention to the danger ahead. Right? WRONG! 

Yes, they are free willed moral agents who choose their own path, but we are called to warn them of the dangers that path harbors! We are to offer them an escape route! So, yes ... we are also to blame!

I know you're too busy or perhaps too afraid to evangelize, but it won't matter what excuse you offer, there will be a responsibility to bear at the judgment of God. 

So you still aren't convinced? Here's this:

Eze 33:8 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

You're still not convinced because, after all, you're not a "watchman"? I understand. Honestly, I do. 

That reminds me of the woman who was brutally raped in the parking lot of a huge apartment complex. It was later discovered that hundreds of people watched it happen, yet no one tried to stop it or even called the police. He raped her, stood up, and just walked away, leaving her destroyed, lying in a bloody heap on the concrete.

A journalist went door to door asking each resident the same two questions: 1) Did you see it happen?; and 2) Why didn't you call the police? 

Every single person that witnessed the rape had the same answer: "I thought someone else was going to call."

They should've all been convicted of complicity!

Although our system of government isn't always just, God's is. He doesn't overlook or forget anything! He WILL convict the professing church world of being complicit. The hoards of the "so-called" redeemed stand idly by, watching Satan's mass rape and mutilation of humanity. They do nothing about it because they either don't care or expect someone else to do it. And they CAN DO NOTHING about it because they're prayerless, powerless, worldly, and self-centered. Far too many are more dedicated to their employer and kid's professional t-ball-while-synchronized-swimming coach than they are God and the Church. 

Jesus, the Son of the living God ... Pray for us sinners!

I fear that many of the professing Christians I know are going to be shocked when they discover God was serious when He said:

"So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." Revelation 3:16

One night, a preacher and his very young son were coming home from church. They came upon an overpass where there was a great number of ambulances, firetrucks, and police cars lined up as far as they could see. There had been a terrible wreck. 

The man got his son out of the vehicle and walked up the embankment to see if there was anything he could do to help. When he came to the top of the embankment, he beheld, to his shock and unbelief, the mangled, lifeless corpse of an individual who had been thrown from a vehicle during the wreck. He covered the eyes of his son, picked him up, and carried him back down the hill as fast as he could. He tried to explain to his son what they had just witnessed in an attempt to comfort his little heart. Once they got home, the father prayed for him, hugged and kissed him, and then sent him to bed. 

At about 2 o'clock in the morning, the dad got up. He noticed that his son's bedroom light was still on. He opened the door and reached for the light switch, but noticed that his son was still dressed in his suit coat and tie, sitting on the side of the bed, quietly weeping. He asked him why he wasn't asleep. The son replied with these heart crushing words: 

"Dad, how can we sleep when people are dying?"

That's my question,too. 

How can we sleep while people die and go to hell?

God is going to ask us why we have removed ourselves (His warning signs) from the highways and hedges. He's going to show us the faces of every man, woman, boy, and girl that went to hell, partially because we didn't do what He had called us to do. 

That, my friend, should make you tremble in fear no matter how busy or tired you are.

Please, repent of your backslidden condition. Remove every idol from your life. Go to work for God. Souls are counting on it. God is commanding it!

Peace. Love. Hope.
Bishop Lamb


Friday, March 3, 2017

WHEN THE LEADER'S HEART BECOMES ANGRY AND BITTER

The following thought has been on my mind for several days now: You cannot allow yourself to be angry or bitter with those you've been called to love and save (1Co 9:22), regardless of how difficult or disappointing their actions are.

Then Pastor James Coffey posted the following yesterday:

"Ministry has the potential to be discouraging and lonely at times. It is easy to allow that frustration to shine through inadvertently if we aren't careful. One valuable lesson that I've learned about working with people is that they are much more likely to put their faith and gifting into action if they are inspired. Jesus had the same life changing impact on his culture that we experience when reading the scriptures. He spoke truth that was convicting to the core of humanity, yet he did so with a love and compassion that inspired people toward faith and action. If you are a pastor or leader who has become frustrated by the inactivity of others, be careful that you don't allow it to develop into anger or bitterness. An angry leader will not inspire change or increase productivity. You will appear to others as someone who is angry and discontent. You will only push the people following you further from their calling and responsibility as believers. People feel compelled when they see us as leaders finding joy and fulfillment in our calling and purpose. Setting the example will propel others toward pursuing the same. True leadership doesn't dictate, it inspires. Correction and conflict will be necessary at times, but it will be counterproductive 100% of the time if it is done in anger rather than love. If you say you love them but appear to be angry, they will interpret your appearance more often than they will your intentions. Make sure they see your heart and not your frustration."

Then Brother Todd Sloggett posts this quote from Mother Teresa today:

"People are unrealistic; illogical, and self-centered. Love them anyway."

Then I remembered what Paul told Timothy nearly 2,000 years ago:

2Tim 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.

There's a deep, life and ministry altering message here.