Posted in Anna Wood, Authentic Christianity, discernment

Called to Faithfulness

God calls us to faithfulness. He doesn’t call us to win, but to stand for truth. He doesn’t call us to make huge splashes, but to do the next thing, and the next, for His glory. God doesn’t call us to change the culture, but to be changed into His perfect image. God doesn’t call us to be useful, happy, successful, or powerful, He calls us to be holy, malleable, and dependent.

We’ve got a fight on our hands, and it starts with me–and with you. What are we holding onto that God despises? What beliefs have we refused to expose to the truth of His Word? What actions are for our glory, not His? As long as there is something in us, in me or in you, that we refuse to let go of so that He can perfect it, we are not useful tools for the Master’s hand.

Things might be horribly wrong in your life in some way or another. So many things are in mine–and I hurt because of it. Sometimes the tendency is to focus on those things to the exclusion of all else but, dear brothers and sisters, we cannot afford to. Those things that are so wrong, just might be the very things that the Lord is using to bring us to repentance, and to force us to our knees in prayer, to bring us to a place of utter dependence on Himself. If that is true, and from what I’ve seen, from what I understand from study, it often is, then those things that hurt us so much are instruments meant for joy. We must trust Him even when the night is darkest.

Perhaps you have failed–I have so many times. It breaks your heart, doesn’t it? I so often feel like the chief of sinners. And I am–but Paul said he was, too. And perhaps you feel that way. That’s God, in His mercy, showing us how far we’ve lived our lives from His truth. Endless regret only goes so far but repentance, real biblical repentance, gets us to where we need to be: at the feet of Jesus. Maybe because of your failure, you feel unqualified to do much of anything for Christ. The crisis is so big, so looming, and you are so small, so weak, so broken. Me, too. We can do nothing without Christ–but that’s the whole point, isn’t it? So often I’ve read that God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. It is so true–look at the apostles, the disciples, the early church, at Christians all through the ages. God made them who they were, He gave them the ability to stand for Him even when danger was all around. He called them, then He qualified them for use, then He used them. It was all God then, and it’s all God now. It’s all about Him, and not about me or you, or anyone else, at all.

The end of our story has already been written. Jesus wins. Heaven is waiting for us. All will be well. Today, it just remains for us to be faithful. Will you join me in repentance, and in obedience?

Soli Deo gloria!

Posted in Anna Wood, Authentic Christianity, discernment

It’s Our Fault

Have you stopped to pray in the wake of last week’s SOTUS ruling? It’s our fault, you know. We, the church, have recklessly stood by for decades as the progressive policies of the left have slowly but steadily wound their ever tightening tentacles around the American people, choking the life out of our freedom, and, worse, flaunting sin-filled purposes in the face of the Almighty. We stood by and let it happen. Oh, we fought, and at times, fought well, but we were also fighting with each other so, in most cases, our efforts went nowhere. We couldn’t agree so we wasted time, wasted efforts, wasted our chances. There are those who would say that anybody who claims to be conservative, no matter what their policies, should come together in a united purpose, and there are those who say anyone who claims to be conservative is ultimately no different from the leftists. The truth is somewhere in the middle. There are conservatives who are conservative only in fiscal matters. There’s a reason the libertarian party is growing and it’s them. There are conservatives who, while holding dear all that a true conservative fights for, cannot and will not, and often should not, agree with the religious beliefs of others on the same side. So the fight goes inward, fighting against one another rather than fighting against our common enemies. Finding conservatives who agree on everything is often not easy at all. So the fight will continue but much of it will be among ourselves.

We probably don’t deserve another chance. We’ve sat back and let the name of the Lord be mocked. We’ve given over so much of American life because we’ve sat by and let the life be drained out of our churches. Therein lies the real problem. We’ve forgotten the Lord, ignored His laws, decried His truths as too restrictive, and compromised with the devil on so many issues. Do we deserve His mercy any longer? Sadly, the answer is “No”. But without His mercy, His grace, His helping hand, we can do nothing. Either we turn to Him in repentance or we go completely down, giving over our churches and our land to the leftists. At that point, there will be little left.

Our churches must wake up. In the wake of the recent homosexual marriage ruling (let’s refuse to call it gay any longer), the churches who aren’t dedicated to the truth of God’s Word will make themselves known. They will celebrate it, change their bylaws to allow it and the left will take notice. God will take notice, also, but these churches of Belial won’t care for now (one day, they will but it will be too late for them). Those of us who still care about what God has said must stand for truth. We must repent for not caring before. Why haven’t we repented already? Why haven’t we taken a stand for truth before? We were continuously assured by our leaders that if we only compromised just a bit, we could be relevant to society and then they would love us, love our God, they would be saved, God would be glorified and all would be well. Well, you know what? Those leaders were wrong. If we truly want to glorify God, we must base our truths, our actions, our stands, on what He says in His Word. Not in what we think His Word says, not in what someone said His Word meant, but get in the Bible and read it for ourselves.

As for our country, if we who love the Lord don’t take a stand for truth, then those who don’t love Him will continuously push their progressive agenda. They will win, and everything that was once good, and true, and great in this country will be lost forever–and our children, our grandchildren, and all who will come after them will suffer for it. Are we willing to let that happen? We may not agree with everything the Republican candidate for President has to say or to offer but he, whoever he might prove to be, will be the only chance we’ve got politically to take a stand against the Left and their agenda. Pray, beg God to raise up a candidate who will honor Him. Meanwhile, let us pray that God brings this country, and ourselves, our families, and our churches, to repentance. I know I’ve not loved Him enough–in fact, I’m not capable of loving Him enough but I do love Him and I long to love Him more. Let’s ask for that, too: for hearts completely devoted to Him. For the chance to bring Him glory through our choices over these next few months. The life of our country hangs in the balance. It’s held in the hands of our churches, of people just like you and me who love the Lord, love our children and our spouses, and who don’t want to be the last generation of true Americans. Fight, will you? And pray before you fight, because that’s where this fight must begin and end. May God have mercy.

Soli Deo gloria!