“For men will hold to a form of Godliness, although they have denied its power.”
There are a lot of people in the church today searching for power. There are people in the world today that are doing the same thing. The whole world is about who has the power. But how does true power come to someone? That is the question for today?
A good study would be the life of Daniel. Why was it that God gave Daniel such extraordinary wisdom to interpret dreams? It was because of what Daniel did first. Daniel obeyed God. He walked a Holy life and would not compromise God’s Word. Even though he was in captivity, he was totally submitted to God. That’s why God used Daniel so greatly. That’s why God used all the people who He used, and all the people He will ever use mightily.
My point today is very simple but so lost in the church today. Everyone wants to be somebody or wants to operate in the power of God, but not a lot will do what it takes. It takes a Holy separated life, nothing more, nothing less! So if we want the power in our lives and in our churches today, we must preach the uncompromising word of God. And even more important, we should live the same way!
I’ve preached in some churches that are using everything the world can offer to bring people in. Every gimmick and new trend is put in the church to grow the church so that we have more power. Everyone likes a church that is “seeker friendly” and has all the latest things that the world can offer. “Come to our church, we have the best music in the world. And you can get a sausage biscuit and coffee to eat while you’re enjoying. We have the latest lights shows and the kids will love it!” I’ve had the opportunity to visit a lot of churches to give the Word and I’m constantly amazed at what I see. The problem is that when I get to minister to the people, I’m amazed at how little of the power of God is in their lives.
So what is the point? It’s simple. A God fearing life, fully submitted to God will bring power to the church. When the power of God comes, there is no need for the latest trends, hurting people will come. Forget about how big your church is and how many people are coming every Sunday. The real question is, “How many people are truly getting healed.” I’m talking about Salvation (spiritual healing), Deliverance (healing to our soul) and physical healing to their bodies. How many people are getting free from all the bondage in their lives? We don’t need bigger and more beautiful buildings and the latest high tech. If we used the church’s money the way God said we should, there would be no poor and destitute in our communities, but that’s quite a different topic, isn’t it?
I believe that when God’s power comes back to the church, it’s going to come to those who are living god fearing lives before Him. And when He comes, all forms of godliness that we have placed before Him will have no value. The church will come together and not worry about anything but seeing people get saved and healed! What a day that will be! So, if you want to get ready for the coming revival, let’s concentrate on godliness and forget everything else. That’s what will draw Him to us, nothing more and nothing less. Amen!