I first want to thank each of you who have been praying for my family’s and my recent trip to the USA. I hope and pray that this next small series of blog entries will be an encouragement to each of you, especially as I believe God is calling us all to a deeper commitment in our walk with Him.
As I was praying prior to my trip, and seeking God for His direction as to what I should speak on, He gave me two questions: Do you know Me? If yes, then what does it mean on a practical level?
I believe that these two questions are the two most important questions anyone could ask himself. The sad reality is that we live in a day and age where a “watered- down” gospel is preached; faith in Yeshua has become very much about us and less about Him. So many people are looking for a gospel that will tickle their ears and make them feel good… about themselves and their lives. All around us there are those who give these kinds of messages from the pulpit, and congregations are full of people living with one foot in the world, and the other in faith. In many congregations in America today, the crux of the message is, “It’s all about you”. Even most of our contemporary worship songs are self-focused! I believe that this self-focused movement in the Body of Messiah is the main reason that those two questions were sitting so strongly on my heart. They were actually what my messages were centered around.
One of the most encouraging things I saw, however, is that many people were hungry for the truth. I feel very strongly that I cannot compromise on the word that God gives me, even if it offends people. But very few people were offended; actually, many were grateful. People were repenting and choosing to turn their backs to sin, and turn their face to God.
Yeshua said that we would know the truth, and the truth would set us free. The basic truth of our faith is that if we truly know God, then our lives will reflect that in our daily submission to His will, because we desire to honor Him. Following Yeshua is the total opposite of self:
“And He summoned the multitude with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” Mark 8:34
For the past few years, I have been pleading to God to give an extra period of grace to the United State of America. I dearly love America; it is a country founded on very strong values, with a strong foundation in the Lord. Sadly, America has walked away from its values and has uprooted itself from its very foundation. I was blessed to see a hunger for the truth that I have not seen in many years traveling and speaking throughout the USA. I think it is a sign of the times, as we near the time of tribulation with each passing day.
With that, I would like to leave you with an exhortation:
“And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain —for He says, “AT THE ACCEPTABLE TIME I LISTENED TO YOU, AND ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU”; behold, now is “THE ACCEPTABLE TIME,” behold, now is “THE DAY OF SALVATION” 2 Cor 6:1-2
Let us not walk focused on self, but on Him who gives us the grace to endure and be victorious in Him!
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