What our generation of preachers has managed to do. We’ve failed to make sin diabolical. We failed to make sin offensive.Leornard Ravehvill, 1980’s quote
And we’ve failed to make Christ attractive.
For some time, the Holy Spirit has been speaking to me on how this great spiritual war we are in – the kingdom of God against the kingdom of darkness – is also a war of words and the life or death importance of the words the church shares with the world.
Jesus is the Word, and we know by it that the Word is a seed, Spirit, and has the power to change our circumstances. When it’s planted in a heart that receives it with gladness, mixes with faith, and speaks it in Christ’s name, it becomes a MIGHTY devil works destroying weapon.
Let’s look at an example in the Word. Matthew 8:16 says, “When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick.” He cast out spirits with a what? A word!
Precisely why the evil one violently perverts and attacks the Word that he may uproot it from hearts, rendering God’s people ineffective for His kingdom of through unbelief, causing them to instead embrace his lies and give him place for their destruction and their children’s.
Going back to what Ravenhill said.
By the Word, we see that the only way the church could fail to make sin diabolical and offensive and Christ attractive is because the true, undiluted Word of God is NOT being taught. Because when it is, the Word shows us that the powers of darkness are cast out (Matthew 8:16; Matthew 4:1-11).
A great many in the church have moved far away from the Word of God, the simplicity that is in Christ, and have embraced another Jesus, a more palatable one that won’t affect members and incoming donations. They preach a different gospel of a different spirit, and a great many have put up with it. (See 2 Corinthians 11:3-4).
We must speak plainly as Christ spoke plainly and does so today through His Holy Word. We must define all things as the Word defines them so the dividing line between good and evil is absolutely clear for conviction of sin that leads to repentance.
Church, if our hearts are passionate about obeying the Great Commission to preach Christ, heal the sick, cast out demons, raise the dead, that we may boldly say to the world, “The kingdom of God has come near you,” (Luke 10:9), then we must get back to the Word of God, make sin a stench in the nostrils of the church that it is a stench in the nostrils of others.
Do you want people to see Christ? Hebrews 12:14 tells us, “Without holiness no one will see the Lord.”
Therefore, we must diligently seek holiness by seeking the Lord in His Word. By it’s Life and Power, the powers of darkness will be driven far from our lives, our minds renewed that we may be those cities on a hill that glorify Jesus Christ and show Him to the world for the saving of the lost and setting free of captives.
Father, we pray that You blanket the church in every nation with the fear of the Lord, with the greatest conviction of sin this world has ever seen. By Your Holy Spirit cause sin and this world to be an utter stench in our nostrils. Cause us to hunger and thirst for You and righteousness alone. Put a fire on mothers and fathers to walk the narrow path with You and teach our children to walk by Your ways alone. To live sanctified, set apart lives that will not bow to the world, the antichrist spirit nor yoke itself with any of its darkness and lawlessness. Have mercy on us and our children, Father. In Jesus’ name, we pray, amen.