What the Church Must Do?
God has a divine response to every demonic plan. Since the days of Christ’s crucifixion and glorious resurrection, the devil is the ultimate symbol of defeat. He is just a puppet to those who are not ignorant of his devices. It is only through the weapon of deceit that he holds the world in bondage. We who know his true state continually exercise our authority over him. This marks one of the chief differences between the true church and the carnal, compromising church in this hour. Believers must maintain two positions in these evil days: Lay low before the Lord in consecration and prayer, and stand up against the forces of darkness in the authority of Jesus Christ.
- The first order for the church is to be in agreement with God. Sadly, many professing believers are on the devil’s side. You cannot walk in the authority of Christ if you’re living in sin and walking in darkness. Remember that a house or a kingdom divided against itself will not stand (Matt. 12:25-30). The church cannot tacitly approve abortion, same-sex marriage and remain silent against all the evils that have infiltrated and are now dominating American culture. We cannot ignore and live in the politically correct zone concerning the dangers of radical Islam and the anti-Christ agenda in America. Silence in such an evil day is grief to the Holy Spirit and a certain impending judgment.
- The second order for the church must be to forsake church growth-ism and popularity, and actually restore and nurture kingdom culture. Simply put, attendance on Sunday morning is great, but the kingdom encompasses a lifestyle. The awakened church is transitioning from an image-based, consumer-driven enterprise to a relationship-based, kingdom-consumed army. What this means is not just receiving people into our church buildings but receiving them into our hearts, lives, and even homes. This will cost us everything but joy and peace will fill our hearts as we labor in the harvest fields of humanity.
- Thirdly, the commitment to love and the increase of the manifestation of the supernatural power of God is what will catapult the church into far greater effectiveness and fruitfulness in the coming decade. Believers will learn to live Spirit-filled lives, and a holy love and devotion to one another will mark their walk with God. I am seeing this love and honor growing among the remnant wherever I go. Ministers are preferring one another before themselves. Local shepherds are reaching out to other local shepherds and cultivating relationship and prayer with them. This is actually a move of the Spirit that will quietly mushroom and affect entire economies as this unity prevails. The true church will be a place of refuge for multitudes who will find true peace and fulfillment within its embrace.