Have You Evidence of His Great Exchange
I have a question I want to ask
May we be upfront and personal
If I could I’d like to know
Have you felt His Hand so merciful
Can you say you’re being changed
Has your heart been thoroughly purged
Do you understand what I mean
If I say completely submerged
(Oh Victory in Jesus, my Savior forever, He bought me and sought me with His redeeming blood. He loved me ere I knew Him and all my love is due Him, He plunged me to victory beneath the cleansing flood)
I have a question I must ask
Is your heart being made new
Have you had a life changing encounter
Do you feel like a brand new you
Not another day with different clothes
I am talking now about a burning deep within
Where you sing that old time favorite
I was glad when they said to me come in
(Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, calling oh sinner come home.)
I was glad when they said unto me
Let us go into The House of The Lord
You know that old time chorus
Into His house with one accord
I must ask are we being changed
Or have we forgotten about His mercy
Have we lost our hunger and zeal
So full of the world no longer thirsty
(Living water flowing through, God we thirst for more of You, fill our hearts with one desire)
I have a question burning in me
I must asked are we being changed
Because if we are simply playing church
This is Blasphemy, taking Jesus name in vain
(Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe, sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow)
I have a question I want to ask
Can we say we have really been changed
Have you given this any thought
I must ask, have you evidence of His Great Exchange
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In light of so much controversy surrounding sin, yes sin and “The Church” or a group of some people who hang out and say this is church, I cannot but help feel somewhat ashamed.
Have we any evidence?
Where is the burning desire to be purified from the life of sin? Where is the hunger and the thirst, for Living Water? Have we shown or shared the evidence we have? Or have we like many others decided we don’t want to make sinners uncomfortable, thereby just pacifying them with lukewarm words?
The church is not supposed to be a comfortable lounge atmosphere as we watch the deceived being lured in by Satan while on their way to hell. The church isn’t a coffee break while awaiting a verdict. The ekklesia, the body of true believers, have been called out, and given a ministry and a job to do. As blood bought believers, we are given the ministry of reconciliation. We have been reconciled to God, through His Son, Jesus Christ, and we are called and have a calling. We are called and co-missioned, joint heirs with Christ, commissioned into the work of Jesus Christ, to snatch others out of the fire, hold back those who are going to the slaughter. It is true this isn’t palatable today, but hey, who are we living for? Better yet how did we become alive? Not by buying the lie that sin is ok.
Thank God for Altar calls.
I knew what I was doing wrong. I knew I needed help. I wanted to get into church and get The Spirit of God in me, and come out of sin. Thank God for alter calls that said if you need to be right with God you need to come to the front. Thank God for someone saying, may I pray for you. Thank God for the reading of the word that gave me hope with conviction. Thank God for those willing to confront my wrong behavior and correct my sin. Thank God for the day when it wasn’t, everyone just repeat after me and say this prayer and never making it official.
I pray for Holy Ghost power in the pulpit. I am calling for the revival of our souls. A revival that will get us up out of our pews and that brings and calls others along with us to the altar. Getting us up and going to the altar, why, because we refuse a lukewarm watered down feel good gospel.
We need help, we need hope, and we need The Power of Salvation through the work of Jesus Christ and the baptism of fire to fill our Churches. And that my friends is ekkelsia
The word for Church is ekklesia a noun, Greek word # 1577 in Strong’s Concordance, ekklesia or Ecclesia and has the meaning of the ones called out. The definition is, an assembly, a (religious) congregation, The Church or the whole body of believers. Who do we believe in? Jesus Christ. What do we believe about Jesus Christ and His work on the Cross? That He died for our sins and we can receive the gift of salvation by believing in His death, burial and resurrection.
If others can come into the house of God and be comfortable with sin or engage in sin while in the house, we have something other than the Power of God in our midst.
We have become powerless and are disconnected from God.
As a believer in Jesus Christ we are the temple of The Holy Spirit and we house the Spirit of The Living God within us.
Have You Any Evidence?
How can we be like others? How can we blend in? The answer is simple; we cannot! It is impossible to look like the world and be a Christian.
Anybody can say they believe or call themselves believers, without understanding that in order to believe in Jesus Christ, there must have been a work of repentance. In order to believe in Jesus Christ we must have a change of mind, a metanoia, and then we desire to cast off dead works and sin, and to repent of our sins. It is impossible to believe without repentance.
So my friends Have We Any Evidence?
In order to call your gathering a church, it is widely accepted that you are attending a body of believers; people who believe in the work of Jesus Christ. As believers, we are evidenced by change, and known as those who are denouncing sin, not engaging in sin but are called out of sin. Jesus has quickened us and made us alive to Him.
You He hath quickened, You were once dead because of your failures and sins, stupidity, trespasses, offenses, disobedience, in which you used to walk when you conformed to the ways of the world and of the rule of the power of the air, the spirit who is now at work in the people of disobedience.
So do you go to church? Do you know what church is? If you love your sin and plan on staying in sin, you are dead in your sins and trespasses. You are without hope if you deny the gift of God’s great mercy through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, who died that you and I can be pardoned. Jesus didn’t come for the righteous but for me and you, the sinners who were without hope. But Jesus didn’t die that agonizing death so that we could be pardoned to live in sin, He ransomed us out of sin. No one in their right mind would want to lie in filth and feces.
If this is you, your heart has been hardened and you need to ask God to bring you to repentance. If you have been taught to justify your sin, you need to ask for God to give you a new heart of truth. If you are confused and have bought the lie, then repent and go to a Church where you can learn truth.
A true believer is one who is called out, to come out of the lifestyle of sin and serve The Living God. None of us will ever be perfect, but we do not love our sin or desire to remain in our sinful disbelief. We have received the work of Jesus Christ being made our sacrifice and do not again want to trample underfoot the blood of Christ.
And we as true believers have a calling to help reconcile you to the Cross of Christ and to come out of your sin.
If this sounds like hate to you, you have bought the lie. A loving Father hates what is destroying His children. The purest form of love is discipline, not punishment but discipline.
What agreement can exist between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God and they will be My people.” Come out from among them and be ye separate and I will receive you unto Myself, and I will be a Father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters, say the Lord Almighty. 2 Corinthians 6:16-18
Amen, will you be the Church?
Have You Any Evidence?
God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you.The Lord lift up His countenance on you and give you Shalom.
Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette