Happy Friday to you all! I thank God for literally carrying me through another work week. This has been a week that stretched me mentally and emotionally, but I’m so glad that I didn’t have to race the challenges alone. God is always with me and I felt Him carrying me on each and every day. Enjoy your day and remember to give Him praise for EVERYTHING!!!
TFTD: Sad state of affairs
Jude 1:24-25 (NKJV)
24 Now to Him who is able to keep you[a] from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, 25 To God our Savior,[b] Who alone is wise,[c] Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power,[d] Both now and forever. Amen.
It is a sad state of affairs when children of the Most High God live a defeated life. When hopes and dreams are squandered because of fear. It is a sad state of affairs when believers put more trust in what they see on TV than they do in God. Their sense of reality is skewed and misguided with lies, destruction and sin. It is a sad state of affairs when our youth are penalized for the sins of their parents all because of stubbornness and pride. Parents would rather allow their children to die spiritually instead of repenting and making things right. It is a sad state of affairs when the motives of the preachers aren’t to win souls, but to gain an audience of paparazzi and groupies. The message of truth is diluted with rhetorical rhetoric and pageantry. It is a sad state of affairs when worship is ostracized from the church in order for a feel good concert to take place. Where Psalmist forget the purpose of their call in order to show boat and show stop. It is a sad state of affairs when forgiveness is a messaged that is not lived. The souls of people are destroyed due to unsympathetic hearts of people who refuse to make things right with their brother and sister. It is a sad state of affairs when true ministry seizes in order to feed the insecurities of a power-driven people. Leaders are misplaced in an effort to feed their ego instead of feed the hearts of the people. It is a sad state of affairs that churches no longer are a safe haven, rather have become a reality TV series filled with gossip, backbiting and hatred.
Perhaps you have experienced some of the things mentioned above. Maybe you attend a church where you feel more lost than found. Have you been hurt by someone in the church? Maybe you have lost sight of the reason to go to church for corporate worship. No matter what you are going through, we serve a God who is able to keep each and every one of us from stumbling. No church is perfect; however, we can work to make it better. Our children are depending on us. The unsaved need our help, but we have to make some changes. We have to change the heart of the church. We have to present ourselves faultless before the presence of God. We must restore worship to what it is supposed to be. Remember WE are the church. If someone looked at your life, what would your story be? Would it be the things mentioned above or would it be different? As the church, we have to take our call serious and seek God to help us serve His people properly. Your life doesn’t have to be a soap opera. The church doesn’t have to look like a three-ringed circus. If each member took responsibility for their part in becoming better than we could have a better church.
Please understand the church is not a building and the church doesn’t have denominational lines. If you believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior then you are the church. Let’s change the sad state of affairs to an opportunity to advance the kingdom of God. I don’t know about you, but I serve a GOOD God and I hope to give Him glory and I hope to help edify His people.
Are you willing to do your part to make the church better?
Have a blessed day and a wonderful weekend!
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA
Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.
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