by Pastor Tim Burt
In the early 80’s I was given an audio tape of a great man of God - David Ray Wilkerson, best know for his book "The Cross and the Switchblade." He was speaking at a large national conference to Pastors and ministers. He preached what was considered then a controversial message that I was told, many of those in attendance did not like. He preached a message about what America would look like in the future. God had spoken to him about it. He was a powerfully anointed man of God—a true world changer! He preached in detail of the violence, sexuality, and craziness of our future society. He described pornography and what would be on television with precision—and this was over 35 years ago. Many thought he was crazy and preaching doom and gloom. The truth was, everything he said and described is exactly where our society is at today. He hit the nail exactly on the head.
The carnal temptations of today's society, make it more and more difficult for most Christians to live the moral Christ-like walk God's Word instructs us to. Can a Christian grow stronger and live functionally in the midst of it? Absolutely! Though I've seen the destruction of Christian values and of marriage being only between a man and woman, and though I've see the abomination of homosexuality and perverted sexual lifestyles forced on society through political manipulation and the utter degradation of media at every level, I refuse to become discouraged. Though pornography can now be accessed on demand and men are continuously seduced into viewing it, I will not be discouraged. We must read God's word and remind one another daily of the need to live out godly behavior and godly relationships. And we must pray!
LORD your God with all your heart, with
all your soul with all your strength..." Luke 10:27 (NKJV) We are also instructed to recognize the devil's devices and know that we have an enemy that wants to “sift us like wheat.” We are to strive to become disciples of Jesus Christ and to be "Iron Sharpening Iron—helping others learn of and grow up in the instruction of God's Word. And we are to pray for each other. We are to engage in the building of God’s local churches—committing wholeheartedly to serving others. We are to walk in forgiveness daily—laying down our pride minute-by-minute. We are to be the kindness and love of Jesus in all our doings. We are to reject sin and instead let integrity and truth in “the reverential fear of the Lord” guide us in all our decision-making.
Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might! Draw that Might through prayer! Stay focused on God's will for your life. Stay the course! Prevail, not only for your sake, but for the lives of your loved ones and those God has allowed you to influence. It is your calling! It is who He has created you to be!
Luke 22:32 (NLT) Jesus said, "But I have pleaded in prayer for you... that your faith should not fail... strengthen your brothers.”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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