LOOK BEYOND LEGALISM TO AWAKENING – Ray E Horton
“If you want to be made holy by fulfilling the obligations of the law, you have cut off more than your flesh—you have cut yourselves off from the Anointed One and have fallen away from the revelation of grace!” (Galatians 5:4 TPT)
Much of religion is legalistic, even within Christianity. As a friend wrote, many “can only tell you how bad one is and how angry God is.” And, even if they believe in the spiritual gifts, most don’t appreciate and use them, even though they are the God-given tools by which we can effectively reach out. As Paul writes to the Galatians, they are in danger of falling from grace.
Focusing on the Awakening
There is a powerful movement of God in progress, returning believers to the Good News basics of Grace through Faith, and the Word and Spirit of God
But there is a powerful movement of God in progress, returning believers to the Good News basics of Grace through Faith, and the Word and Spirit of God, allowing Him to reveal ways to impact the world rather than the ineffective man-made programs.
There is a great remnant church of spirit-filled, grace-believing churches growing fast. That’s where my focus is. God wants to pour out His Spirit on the other churches, and I pray they will receive and come along for the ride into destiny. Some will, some won’t. I refuse to badmouth these churches. I’ll give grace to the ones that are on the way, even if they aren’t there yet. God honors right hearts willing to change. As transformation progresses, He is drawing us together to pray for our culture, bring in the harvest, and impact our community and beyond.
I don’t look at all the apostasy around us. While I recognize it is there, rather, I focus on and believe for what God is able to and is doing in our midst.
The Increase is from God
The synergy of unity brings the power for change and the increase for the harvest
Just like the many members in the local church complementing one another and bringing about a synergy for the advancement of the Kingdom, so, of the diversity of Bible-believing local churches in the community, let it be said that “the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love (Eph. 4:16). Then together “holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God” (Col. 2:19).
That is the unity that Jesus prayed for in John 17 and that has the power to effect change for the better in this darkening world.