Wednesday, July 15, 2009

For my friends in Redcliffe

"Moses saw that the people were running wild and that Aaron had let them get out of control and so become a laughingstock to their enemies." (Exodus 32:25)

A simple study of Exodus 32 (the golden calf rave party) reveals that we have learned little from our past.

"As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool returns to its folly." (Proverbs 26:11)


Jesus said, "Be careful, or your heads will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and THAT DAY WILL CLOSE ON YOU UNEXPECTEDLY LIKE A TRAP." (Luke 21:34)


I don't know about the "anxieties of life" but much of the church today, like those "in the camp" are weighed down with "dissipation and drunkenness."

Watch out.

"So then let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled." (1 Thes 5:6)


Dr. Michael Brown wrote in 1994:

"This is not party time for the Church. This is the time for holy watchfulness. This is the hour to be alert. While the world gets caught up with the lusts of the flesh and deceptions of the devil, dazed by drugs, bound by immorality, enslaved by greed, hypnotized by entertainment, stupefied by alcohol, paralyzed by fear, WE WHO DRINK THE SPIRIT'S NEW WINE WILL BE SOBER. We will not be deceived."



True revival involves the preaching of the Word. We mock God when WE bring in the excitement, the fleshly manifestations, the faux-drunkenness and dissipation. We chase after "the glory" when we should be chasing after the Saviour. Jesus himself gave himself to "preaching and teaching."


Dr. Brown again:

We must never forget: Revival is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit (not the Happy Spirit - although he brings great joy...He is the Holy Spirit) I have heard Him described as "wild," "exciting," and "creative." But have we forgotten
that He is holy?"

But holiness will not be attained by spiritual excitement alone. It is not an abstract, nebulous "something" existing "somewhere," no more than God Himself is just an abstract "something" existing "somewhere." Holiness does not float in and skip out. Holiness means definite, concrete, radical change. It means a whole new way of living. And it is grounded in the word of God.


Don't be taken in by things that claim to be of God but are hollow when it comes to real change within. Real change within can (and must) happen, but it will NEVER happen by "tokin' on the Ghost" or suckling on the so-called multiple breasts of whatever god man invents.

No. Real change comes with the preaching of the Word. That will never change. Allow the Word to penetrate your heart. Allow God to bring conviction and change. These are serious times. You snooze - you lose.

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  2. >ur blogsite title is "beyond >grace". sadly, i dont see much >grace expressed in much of these >blogs. actually, i can see more >condmening words expressed than >grace. :)

    Thank you Esther,

    Was there anything in particular in this article that you would like to discuss? Because that's what this is all about - to open up dialouge. Come let us reason together.

    Why the name "Beyond Grace"?

    "In the Christian life, holiness is not optional. Many Christians seem to think about holiness as if it is like something added to a car, such as fancy leather upholstery instead of the normal kind of plastic. But that is not true. Holiness is an essential part of salvation. In Hebrews 12:14 the writer says, Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no man will see the Lord. What salvation do we have that does not bring us to see the Lord? But without holiness, no one will see the Lord. We have in our contemporary Western Christianity a very incomplete picture of salvation. 'If I get saved and born again, and then I want to go on and be holy. I can do it - but it is an option.' I want to tell you that your salvation depends on your being holy. And holiness comes only from the Holy Spirit." -Derek Prince

    The extravagance of God (His "surpassing grace" 2 Corinthians 9:14) is so unmeasurable that it takes us "beyond grace". It is this extravagence that allows up to live a life that is holy and pleasing to Him - this is our reasonable act of worship (Romans 12:1).

    Thank God for grace.
    It's time to move "Beyond Grace."

    Blessings on you.

    -Bill

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