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Why I no longer attend a megachurch

I’m not at all trying to say that all megachurches are bad. But, there are reasons why I left a particular megachurch. This may not be reflective of all megachurches, but I believe it is a reflection of many churches, even small churches.

The major problem most megachurches have is their size. It becomes more difficult for people to be involved, even though they have a huge number of volunteers. Some churches do it well, I hear, and most struggle to keep everyone plugged in.

But here are my reasons for leaving the particular megachurch I did.

Reasons I left

The Gospel isn’t the center. This is probably the biggest reason why I left. When I was woken up by a man of God who preached about my sin, I began to read and study the Bible like never before. As I read and studied I saw that the church I attended didn’t seem to preach about the Jesus I saw in the Bible. It took a while, but I slowly recognized that the church had a semblance of the gospel, a truncated and watered down version, and that their center wasn’t the gospel of Jesus Christ and their commitment wasn’t to the word of God. Instead, I saw a commitment to make people feel welcomed and to preach a message that made people feel good about themselves.

I have met, over the years, people who attend the church and yet don’t even know who Jesus is, what He did, or why it’s important. I always hear these attenders talk about how big the church is, how welcoming, and how good they feel leaving. I’ve almost never heard them talk about how they realized their sin, how God desires all honor and glory, and how we ought to bow down and worship Him forever because that is our greatest joy, why God’s love is so amazing, and how can God be good and the justifier of the wicked.

The Bible isn’t preached. Since the Gospel was neglected, and people became the center, there was more stories in the message and more talks about being a leader, with occasional Bible verses tacked at the end. As I read the Bible and study these verses that were hanging onto the sermon I saw that most of the time these verses were never explained. After a while, I saw more truly that the verses were never fully understood by the preacher, and while they were used in such a way to turn the emotions and emphasize the preachers point, what the verse was actually said was ignored.

It would be similar to isolating the words “what the verse was actually saying,” and then telling everyone that I was saying how the megachurch preached what the verse was saying; when I wasn’t. To handle the word of God with little care for what God says… says something.

There is little transformation. Even with all the emphasis on transformation, and the boasting in the number of baptisms, hands raised, and money they donated and things they did, ultimately there was little transformation. If you took all the numbers of “salvation’s” and baptisms, most of the area surrounding them would be Christians by now. The entire area I live in would be overrun with God fearing people. Yet, nearly a mile away from one of the churches satellite campuses, a strip club opened up. I’m not saying this is the churches fault, but there is something of a disconnect from what they’re saying and reality. I don’t doubt at all that God can use even the most muddied gospel presentation to draw some to Himself, but wouldn’t it be better if there wasn’t all the mud?

I love the body of Christ

I want to end with the major reason why I write this: I love the body of Christ. I write this because I am jealous to see Christ’s body honored, loved, cared for, and nourished. And sometimes that means pointing out the obvious. Many non-believers saw through the megachurch rather quickly and easily. And sadly, their assessment was correct. The obvious was this: the church cared more about commitment to their organization and money.

It’s why the Gospel isn’t preached. It’s why the Bible is used for their own purposes. It’s why the whole counsel of God isn’t taught. It’s why there’s little true transformation. It’s why I left.

I hate to see the body of Christ used, abused, and ignored. And that is what happens at churches where the Gospel of Jesus Christ isn’t the center. That is what happens at churches where the Bible is treated like a book of inspirational quotes.


Laziness

One of my own besetting sins is laziness. It’s a killer of many things. It’s a form of selfishness. Many people think it’s a lack of drive or ambition, but that’s not true. Laziness is a desire for something unproductive. Instead of doing what needs to be done, laziness makes you do what you want to do. Sometimes that’s laying around being on the phone. Sometimes it’s watching seventeen episodes on Netflix. For me, it usually is scrolling through Facebook, reading a book when I ought to be working, or before it was playing video games.

Laziness I believe is one of the besetting sins of many Christians in the past few decades. No Christian I have met hasn’t said they want to see change. But many Christians I have met want to see change but don’t want to cause change. They continue to entertain themselves and not think through the important things that God has laid out for us in His word.

Parents of the previous generations have given their children to be educated by others, never once thinking about the education of their children. They have successfully given over the arrows in their bag to an enemy. The parents feel exhausted and feel like they have to struggle just to put food on the table. But we are told to spend our lives, no save them.

I was a lazy child and a foolish one. I am in some of the financial problems I’m in, not because I spend too much, but because I never thought about saving. And if I thought about it, I didn’t see and understand it’s importance. The Bible talks all about gathering little and the slow progression of wealth. I wanted to get rich quick.

I may be wrong, but I see our lack of thinking through our future, and the future of our children and our grandchildren lazy. A wise man leaves an inheritance for his children and his children’s children. Are we thinking through the future of our families, our communities, our countries?

We often don’t because we feel overwhelmed. However, we may have a lot going on, but God has given us all the ability to learn more and seek after the wisdom from God. Let us now grow weary in doing good. Instead, let’s work diligently in patterns of thought and mind. Let’s make it a priority to seek after wisdom, and to think about the future of our families, children, and children’s children.

Don’t be lazy in your thinking. Plan hard. Think hard. And give up yourself unto the Lord to be spent.


Trying to Word it

Imagine a boy alone on a boat out at sea. The wind is pushing hard and driving him too and fro. The waves are pushing him around as well, and he only has a little control of the direction with his oars. The boy knows the direction he has to head, but he doesn’t know how to get there with all the beating and all the blowing.
 
Now the boy could just not do anything because he doesn’t want to make a mistake in putting his oar down in the wrong place at the wrong time. He could let the wind and water take him wherever, even though he ought to head in a certain direction. That’s one option.
 
Another option is the boy could only wait until he felt it right to place his oar in this spot or that spot.
 
Another option is the boy could make every effort he can to steer the boat in the right direction, careful not to tip over, and at least do what he can as everything pushes him around.
 
I realize more that when I know God’s love, I want to do more, try more, and not afraid to fail more because God is with me. Unless something is blatant sin I have no fear, because I know God will direct me.
 
This world is too sinful to try and figure out if this or that is God’s perfect will. I am too messed up to believe that I have to clean myself up and my situation before I move forward with what God has declared good and right.
 
We’re too fallen to make any decision on our own, but as Christians we are also too redeemed to believe that we ever make any decision without God using it for our good.

Ephesians 1:1-10 and Adoption

Last time we focused on the predestining work and action of God. We did a brief overview of verses 3-5 and understanding that this is the work of God and that we cannot boast. I want to now look at a whole passage together.

Ephesians 1:1-10

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,

To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. (ESV)

To summarize the passage, Paul is telling the saints that they have been given tremendous blessings. Those blessings include: 1) being chosen in Christ, 2) predestined for adoption, 3) redemption, 4) forgiveness of trespasses, and 5) teaching us the mystery of his will.

I have already written previously about being chosen in Christ, and I touched upon predestination, both of which are foundational to us being Christians. Without God choosing us or predestining us we would not be Christians. Which is why we set our hope firmly in Christ because it is the plan of God for us to do so.

What does it mean for us to be adopted? I think we can simply say that we become adopted because we once weren’t in the family of God, and God brings us in by taking us in. Being adopted means we are children of God. Children in the sense of being one with the Father, not children in the sense that every human being is in a sense a child of God, since all mankind has the image of God upon them. As children, we have access and direct connection with the Father.

There are some people who accept and believe this truth but never meditate upon it richly enough. We live in an age where it is easy to become quickly distracted. We cannot hold two thoughts together for more than thirty seconds before our minds are on another topic. We have lost the depth of many doctrines because we have give up meditating upon such wonderful truths. We enjoy sound bites and quick phrases that get directly into the matter so we can think it and move on. This shouldn’t be so with children of God. Children desire to be with their parents. They depend upon their parents. They seek love, attention, and affection from their parents. My son always wants to play with me, and I am often convicted when I’m on my phone and my son comes, grabs my phone, and pushes it out of my hand, and then leads me to where he is playing.

God is never distracted. It is us who gets distracted. We forget our place in the world, in God’s family, in history, and in Christ. We do not need to meditate hours upon God for even God does not command this, but we need to meditate long enough upon God’s word for us to savor the sweet taste of the wisdom of God.

As Christians, we are adopted by the greatest Father anyone could have. He is a Father who is so generous that He is even kind to the enemies of His children. And He is kind to them so that His glory may resound, and that we may become like Christ, in loving our enemies, though not being friends with them. Our elder brother, Jesus Christ, demonstrates how we ought to live within our family. Jesus said that we would have wells within us that will never run dry. Often we feel dry or like we have nothing left to give, but Christ tells us this is not true. He tells us to keep pouring, even when it seems empty, because more will come out.

To have a Father we can pray to anytime, who will quickly forgive us, who gives to those who ask according to His will, and who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. If you feel alone, know that there is a family in Christ. If you feel ashamed or weak, know that Christ has given you a new identity and He is our strength. If you feel guilty, then repent and turn to Christ. Remain in your adoption.

The family of God is a beautiful family.


The Bible (1)

At the church I attend we are having a program called Antioch. It is where the elders and teachers of our church gather to discuss different topics. Yesterday they discussed The Bible.

As Christians we believe the Bible to be the word of God. We believe that the words are divinely inspired. We believe that the Bible principally teaches  “what man is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of man” (Westminster Shorter Catechism quetion #3).

Yes, we believe the Bible is the Word of God, but what does that mean?

 

It doesn’t mean that it was written down by God. What it does mean is that men wrote down what God said. You can clearly see this in Genesis and many other places throughout the Bible where God is quoted.

However, that’s not all that it means. It also means that the words surrounding God’s direct quotes are words inspired by God.

Before I dive into that I want to say on the outset that I blog because I want to learn. So what I am going to write about the Word of God will utterly fail in many regards, but I hope I can continue to clarify my thinking and writing in this.

Back to the topic. So it is fairly obvious that the words quoted as God having said means they are direct words from God. However, we also believe that all the surrounding words are also the Word of God. How so?

Well, we call this inspiration. We believe God inspired this text. By the power of the Holy Spirit, God, when men were writing down what they wrote down, God was carrying them along as they wrote.

No. God didn’t take over their thoughts and used them to write. If God did that then why even use men? He could have wrote it down himself. What it means that God carried them along is this: As the men wrote their ideas, thoughts, and the information they had down, God was with them, writing with them, using their ideas and thoughts, weaving His very spirit into what they were writing down.

This is why I’m not a “Red letter Christian.” I believe all the words of Jesus, as well as all the words surrounding Jesus’ words. Why? Because someone wrote down Jesus’ words, and that same person wrote down the words surrounding Jesus’ words. If I chose to believe the words of Jesus only and not the surrounding words then I’d be ignoring the fact that someone wrote both down. There are some Christians who like only the words of Jesus and not all the “other” words. I simply laugh. Who wrote down the words of Jesus? Was it a man or was it God? If it was God, then why did God allow all the other words to be added?

This is why our understanding of what the Word of God is is important. These aren’t words written down by God, but they are the very words of God, which He used men as they were with their thoughts and beliefs, and weaved His spirit into them, authenticating them and giving His stamp upon them.

This is vital to our understanding because we believe God does the same thing throughout life. God doesn’t force men to do what He wants, but God uses men as He pleases, orchestrating it all, in control of it all, using the wills of men to accomplish His Will.

So the Word of God is God’s Word, written down by men who were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:21)


Hypocrites

This is a true story. Names are not included, and I took a little bit of literary liberty. I wouldn’t remember them anyways because it wasn’t a story I was involved in but someone I know. I write it mostly because I liked the witty response of the pastor. There’s truth to what he responds with.

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Anxiety, Depression

At some point in our lives we all will experience some anxiety and depression. It’s what happens. It’s a part of being human and it happens in our lifetimes. How we respond to our anxieties and depression is what is key. What we do with our anxiety and depression is key.

I often have to tell myself that there isn’t anything inherently wrong with feeling the way you feel. Your feelings and emotions fluctuate. They go up and down, side to side, and twist. They come and they go. Feeling something isn’t sinful and isn’t wrong, but our response in those feelings is wrong.

This needs to be pointed out because I know that some of us view emotions as bad things, or that we shouldn’t feel a certain way. But that is plain false. God never said don’t feel something. In fact, God has a whole book in the Bible dedicated to feelings. It’s called the Psalms. You’ll find anger, depression, joy, fear, anxiety, and longing there.

And the Psalms demonstrate something: our feelings ought to cause us to prostrate ourselves before God and seek Him.

So I want to tell you that if you are depressed, or are constantly depressed, then know that the way you feel is exactly what God wants to use to get you to throw yourself before Him and seek Him. If you are feeling anxiety, then you are in need to throwing yourself before God and seeking Him. There is only one being that can aide us, and that is God. And He uses our feelings to call to us, to get us to fall before Him and recognize how helpless we truly are.

I believe some of our emotions are what God uses to get us to realize we aren’t in control of everything. We don’t have it all together and that we are all in need of God to save us from ourselves. We need renewal in our minds. We need renewal in our spirits. It is in our emotional states that we need to recognize that this is exactly where God wants us to be because He desires what is best for you, and sometimes you won’t recognize that until you are in a situation where you realize you have no control, or that you can’t control the outcomes, or that you don’t know what may happen.

Our God is powerful enough to handle your emotions. You don’t need to feel better to fall before God. Instead, you need to go to the Good Counselor, the Good shepherd, and seek Him shepherding and guiding hand; listen to his voice of counsel, and place yourself in a position of humble recognition that He is God and you are not.

So for my anxious and depressed brothers and sisters in Christ. For the family who is being built into a dwelling place of God, don’t think you know how you ought to feel or should feel. Instead, seek God and ask Him how you ought to feel, and ask Him what you ought to do. Seek His face and pray for His wisdom, and don’t pray for something to be removed, but for God to reveal to you what it is He requires of you.

Because God isn’t going to remove something when He is using it for your good.


Christ’s Return

The majority of Evangelical Christianity believes that Jesus Christ is going to return any moment now. They believe that we are living in the “last days” and that His return is soon. They look around the world and see all the evil rising and cannot help but think that Jesus is going to return any moment now.

I once held to this view. However, there is a danger in believing this view that I experienced in my life. A danger that robbed me of joy, robbed me of obeying God, and robbed me of seeking His honor and glory. The reason why this view has dangers is because if Jesus Christ is going to return any moment now, then there is no point in doing anything but surviving until he comes.

But if you believe Jesus Christ is going to return soon, then you should be working harder, not less. Remember what Jesus said:

Matthew 24:45-51

“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants and eats and drinks with drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (ESV)

One thing is pretty clear from this passage: be busy doing as the Lord wants before He comes. Make it your aim to obey the Lord in all areas of life before He comes. If Jesus is going to return soon, then don’t be lazy like the wicked servant. Don’t think you don’t have to worry and don’t have responsibility. That is sinful.

We ought to occupy ourselves with obedience to the Lord. Notice that Jesus didn’t say to be occupied with waiting for His return. No, be occupied with doing as He commanded. That means caring for our families. That means loving our spouses. That means caring for the church. That means working hard. That means saving up for our future generations.

But why? Why save up for future generations if Jesus may return in 10 years? Because this world belongs to Christians, and the wealth you gather up now may be used in the New Heavens and New Earth.

In 1 Corinthians 6:3 Paul tells the Corinthians that they will judge angels. In 1 Corinthians 3:21-23 Paul tells the Corinthians that all things belong to them, the world, the people, whether it be the future or the present, whether it be life or death. So do things out of faith. If Jesus returns in a year, work in such a way as to make the world prepared for His return. If Jesus returns in a month, save up in such a way as to have something in His return that He may use.

We often simply believe about the End Times what we are told in Church. But study the scripture for yourself. As I have studied I find it difficult to say that Jesus will return in a year or ten or a hundred or a thousand. But I do know that Jesus Christ told me to obey Him and do as He has commanded, so I will do that, regardless if He returns now or in the future.


Defending your faith

When it comes to defending our faith, Christians make it too complicated. We try to figure out all sorts of arguments to convince someone God exists. We try to figure out ways to prove to someone Jesus was a real person. We try to figure out ways to get people to begin to believe in Jesus. We try all sorts of things. And honestly, I believe most of them fail.

I believe most of them fail because we are trying to argue a way in which scripture doesn’t tell us to.

Here is what the scripture says:

1 Peter 3:13-17

Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil. (ESV)

 

 

 

I provided more of the context because we want to get our bearing on the text. If you read over it you will see that this passage is mostly about doing good and not worrying about suffering for doing good. Right in the middle is a portion that says that we must honor Christ the Lord as holy. This is key to doing good and to defending our faith. Why?

When we grow in our love for Christ and see Him as Lord over all, and as we separate Him in our hearts, making sure He has proper place and we desire to please Him and love Him above all, then defending our faith is easy. Then doing good is easy. Why? Because then we aren’t worried about pleasing man but God.

Now, there’s also a sentence that says “always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” I want to point out a few things: 1) we must always be prepared to make a defense. 2) We must always be prepared to make a defense when someone asks. 3) What we are prepared to make a defense of is the hope that is in us.

The third part is so central to this. Remember, the context is about doing good for the sake of Christ even if you suffer for it, because you are blessed if you suffer for doing good. This means, people are asking what is your hope for when you’re suffering for the good you are doing? You see, in making a defense of the faith, we are not defending God, we are defending our hope. We are defending what we know to be true. We are answering the question, “why do you have hope when you’re suffering?”

The answer is: Because Jesus Christ is Lord. He suffered and died for doing good, and so I am blessed to suffer for doing good. Jesus Christ has all authority, and he knows my situation, and He will reward me for continuing to obey him in the midst of the evil I am suffering.

Now, I want you to see something. I want to apply this generally. When we speak to someone who doesn’t believe in Jesus Christ, when we speak to an atheist, or an agnostic, or someone who believes in some other God, we don’t need to defend God. We don’t need to argue with people and prove to them God exists. We don’t need to prove to them the Bible is true. We don’t need to prove to them that what they’re doing is wrong. We simply have to speak the truth.

Remember, it is God who changes hearts, not us. Remember, it is the Holy Spirit that convinces people, not our arguments. So all we need to do is defend our hope. All we need to do is proclaim what is true.

I hope I have been clear because there is one more thing I want to point out that we forget as Christian or might not know well.

In Romans 1:18-29 it reads:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (ESV)

What I want to point out in this text is something key: unbelievers know God exists. Why is this key? Because often, when you go out and start talking to people, they will raise objections about God’s existence. And this passage says they do this because they suppress the truth that they know. They know God exists, they know He is real. It is clearly seen and perceived. This why when they die they have no excuse. They won’t be able to say, “But God, you didn’t give me enough evidence that you were real.” Why? Because Romans 1 says the opposite.

However, just because they know this doesn’t mean they know this. Huh? Now I’m confusing you. Well, yea, because the unbeliever is confused. You see, the passage says that they suppress the truth in their unrighteousness. This means that they may so hold the truth down that they no longer see what is plain to them. It’s like when someone repeats a lie enough they start to believe it. That’s the same thing here. They push away the truth so much and so often that they have put themselves in a state of confusion. They know the truth, and they hate it, and don’t believe it.

What does that mean for you when you talk to friends, co-workers, or people on the street? It means that God has clearly demonstrated himself to them. They know He is real. So don’t let them play you by saying “they don’t believe that.” The truth is, not that they believe God is real but that they hate God and don’t want to know Him. They don’t want to follow Him. Because of their sin they want nothing to do with God, and so they will either make their own God, or disbelieve in God. But deep down, because God has revealed Himself to everyone, they know He exists.

This means you don’t need to know any arguments for God’s existence. You just need to know God.

Now let me use an example to bring all this together. I borrow this from Sye Ten Bruggencate.

Say someone who doesn’t know you or your spouse well comes up to you and tells you that they saw your spouse out walking the streets at night, selling themselves for money.

How do you respond? Do you respond by proving your spouse is in bed by 9pm and wakes up at 6am? Do you respond by saying, well that could be true, but you might be wrong? Do you respond by finding evidences that your spouse doesn’t do that?

No. You don’t respond by trying to demonstrate your spouse doesn’t do that. You respond by saying, “Not my husband,” or “Not my wife.”

So don’t do the same with God. Don’t prove He exists, because you know He does. They know He does, as Romans says. Instead, you tell them the truth. “God is in heaven, and you will have no excuse when you are judged.”

Love the Lord more. And don’t fear man, but fear God. You don’t need arguments, you just need to know your Lord.


The Presence of God

Something that I falsely believed as a younger Christian was that I needed to call down God’s presence from the sky. I would pray more fervently, asking God to show me His glory, His presence, and manifest himself around me. I would sing praises, lift my hands, and shout, wanting God to just come down upon me and fill me with Himself. I called to the sky, looking for an answer, and one never came.

God didn’t answer my prayer. Why? Didn’t God love me? Didn’t God see all that I did, how much time I prayed and waited for Him? Didn’t God know that I desired Him?

Why wouldn’t God answer me?

Over the course of time God showed me why: Because His presence is always with me.

This is sort of a cliche in the Christian world, that God is with us. However, we really do forget this simple truth. We ignore it and then do exactly what I was doing, trying to call down God from the sky, as though I was a prophet of Baal who could get his attention by slitting my wrists.

The truth for a Christian is far simpler: God dwells in you. He is always with you. The fact that I prayed for more of God’s “presence” demonstrated my disbelief in Christ. It demonstrated that I truly didn’t believe God that He will be with me. It demonstrated that I didn’t understand what it meant that the Holy Spirit lives inside me. And this simple truth doesn’t stagger us Christians. We say it and move along.

I mean, who else can say, “Yea, the maker of the heavens and the earth, who formed the planets and the stars, and holds everything in His power, dwells within me.” I pray God will cause us to humble ourselves at the fact He would choose us to dwell in.

When I began to meditate upon this truth I knew that I was praying, singing, and sitting silent for hours for all the wrong reasons. I was doing this because I believed that God didn’t give me enough, and how sinful is that? How sinful is it to tell God He didn’t give me enough?

I was literally, telling God, that it wasn’t enough that He dwelt within me. It wasn’t enough that Christ died for me. And it wasn’t enough that God kept pointing me by His Word to His glory that was revealed in Jesus Christ. I wanted more.

I did what I know many Christians do. They read the passages where Moses asks to see God’s glory, and they then take that and pray and ask God for Him to show them His glory. But we ignore what this passage was demonstrating. Moses knew that He didn’t see God’s glory in the cloud, or on the stone tablets, or on top of the mountain. Moses didn’t see God’s glory in the tornado of fire that protected them, or in the cloud that went with them.

No, Moses knew God’s glory was going to come in Jesus Christ. Moses knew that Jesus Christ was the glory of God. This is why Moses in Deutreonomy speaks of another prophet God was going to raise up after him. Moses knew that Jesus would come, sooner or later. And that is the glory Moses wanted to see. But he believed God, and knew that God would fulfill His promise, and Moses would see His glory.

How many of us Christians take for granted the glory of God revealed in the Word of God in the character and person of Jesus? Paul knew of this and spoke of this. Which is why Paul, while in prison, wanted the books to read more and know more of Christ.

It is time for Christians to stop trying to call God down from the sky when He already has come in Jesus Christ, and has left us Scripture to meditate upon, and has given us the Holy Spirit.

I no longer pray to see God’s glory, but to know Christ more. The Holy Spirit’s role is to point us to Christ and teach us the love of Christ. He guides us in all truth, and we know that truth is Jesus Christ, for Jesus said he was the truth, the way, and the life.

The Truth is a person, and that person is Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit gave us His Word for us to meditate, and He guides us to meditate upon His Word.

As I have stopped praying to know God’s presence, and started praying to know Jesus Christ more, I have been broken far more times than I ever did when praying for His presence. I cry much easier now at the wonderful work of Jesus Christ, and I am angered by Christians who try to prevent brothers and sisters from turning to the true source of hope, Jesus Christ.

I plead to all my fellow believers, to stop praying for God to show His glory to you, because He has demonstrated it in the person of Jesus Christ. Pray instead, that you would know Christ. I call for Christians to repent of their unbelief, and continue to rest on Christ.

We live lives of continual repentance. Jesus Christ is sweeter to me today that yesterday.

Taste and see that the Lord is good, for Jesus Christ has revealed the Lord to us, and has given us the Holy Spirit, who goes with His people everywhere because He dwells within them.


Short Clip for Men

Men, Lead Your Family from Desiring God on Vimeo.

If you dislike Vimeo videos like I do, you can find it on YouTube. I simply couldn’t find out how to embed a video from YouTube onto WordPress.