I couldn’t find any milder title for this post, all the other ones that came to my head would have been deemed offensive if I wrote them the way they came.
I can’t just help but wonder… What is really wrong with us? Where did we miss it? Was there a vital Information that was failed to be passed from generations past in the faith? Why are we not getting the same results as the early church? Who’s to blame? Has YHVH changed his modus operandi? What then is the matter?
All these questions came rushing into my spirit with such vehement alacrity. I didn’t know where to put them. So the best place I could share my pains was during our Friendship Center meeting (others call it House fellowship/cell meeting) on Sunday. Before the meeting commenced, I couldn’t help but scan through the book of Hebrews chapter 11. Funny how many people like that chapter but the truth is that they are so far from the least person in that chapter. I started reading from verse 33, the BBE bible version really brought this to light to me, I could relate to the words better than the thou, thus and thee of the KJV.
Hebrew 11:33 – 40
33 who, through faith subdued kingdoms, worked out righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, (Dan 6:22-23)
34 [by faith] quenched the power of fire, (Dan 3:1-30) escaped the edge of the sword, (1Ki 19:1-3 2Ki 6:31-7:20) from weakness were made strong, grew mighty in war, and caused foreign armies to flee.
35 [acting by faith, some] Women received their dead by resurrection. (1Ki 17:17-23 2Ki 4:32-37) Others were tortured, not accepting their deliverance [offered on the terms of denying their faith] , that they might obtain a better resurrection.
36 [ because of faith] Others were tried by mocking and scourging, yes, moreover by bonds and imprisonment.
37 They were stoned. (2Ch 24:20-21) They were sawn apart. They were tempted [to renounce their faith] . They were slain with the sword. (Jer 26:20-23 1Ki 19:10) They went around in sheep skins and in goat skins; being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated
38 (of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts, mountains, caves, and the holes of the earth.
39 These all, having had testimony given to them through their faith, didn’t receive the promise,
40 God having provided some better thing concerning us, so that apart from us they should not be made perfect.
NB: ALL THE […] WAS ADDED BY ME FOR EMPHASIS, WITH REFERENCE FROM THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
Reading this Scripture almost brought tears to my eyes. I realised how much faith was practised in the aeons before ours. The fact was that, during those times, the people had no idea of what faith was, they were just been sincere and obedient in their devotion to God. But coming to our time, we know what faith is, it’s been preached to us everywhere but we are not doing half of what these guys of old did!
So what’s happening? Has Christianity been this diluted?
Hebrew 11:40, tells us that we have better promises in our days, but why don’t we have a better life to show for it (and better ethics) than people of old? Where did we miss it?
Many professing Christians are just making a huge joke of salvation.
How many people can stand in faith in the midst of persecution?
How many people can give away all their possessions for Christ sake?
How many can choose to stand up for Jesus publicly in their place of work?
How many will deprive themselves of worldly pleasures and achievements just to stay consecrated to God?
How many will pursue God so much that all they need and hunger for is God?
How many can afford to be burnt alive or sawn in Twain to maintain the holiness and purity of the Christian faith?
Have many have the courage to go forth and subdue kingdoms and territories even if you are not sure to make it out alive?
How many can stand on the ressurection power of Jesus to ensure that no one dies around them?
How many have faith in the virtues of the Kingdom to enforce it everywhere they go?
How many will boldly speak in tongues in public of affirm to be known as a Christian?
How many can stand on righteousness so much without wavering that they put foreign (alien) armies and strongholds to flight?
I can go on and on but I believe you can feel my pains right now.
We are the last piece to unleash the Kingdom of God but we are so lackadaisical about many things! When will we wake up? When will we realise that the supernatural ought to be so natural with us, as natural as the air we breath.
It is time to trace out the ancient path again and follow it with reverent obstinacy.
Let us know what Christianity is? Christianity is not a haven you run into when you are confused about what you really want. You need to be BOLDLY CHRISTIAN
Live the faith, living the supernatural is not just for the pastors or the apostles, it is for every Christian.
Let’s know that we will all give accounts in heaven for what we do… and for what we fail to do but God expects us to have done.
We are better than Moses, better than the Elijahs and Elishas, we are better than John the Baptist. We have what they didn’t have,
We have the written word, we have the Holy SPIRIT in us, what else do we need? By all standards we are to surpass their achievements but many people still use them as standards of which they have not even attained.
Jesus Christ, who surpassed all these people in the old Testament (put together) in achievements and deeds told us that we will do greater works than he (Jesus) did. So what’s stopping us?
I guess we need another revival.
That revival can start with you. The great cloud of witnesses in the heavens (angels and saints) are counting on you. Remember you have been armed! So FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH!
1 Therefore let us also, seeing we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him who has endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, that you don’t grow weary, fainting in your souls.
May you always walk in the faith of the Lord. Amen.
The voice of one crying in the wilderness,
Harkheindzel Kenny O.