Sunday, July 10, 2016
Man's trash is God's precious treasure.
Humans love flashy things. Humans really enjoy pretty things.
Many have been the young people who have struggled with their self worth because they (in their own mind) do not measure up to the standards that Hollywierd, magazines, and the music industry say that they should.
Many are the husbands and wives who hang their head in shame because their spouse doesn't think they are pretty enough, successful enough, or whatever other arbitrary standard they may expect them to meet.
Most of us are aware of these situations, but how about this one?
MANY are the Christians who are truly Acts 2:38 born again, but were not raised up in Apostolic truth. They have sorted events in their past, but they lose the joy of their salvation because the Apostolic church looks down on them for the very pasts that Jesus died to forgive them for!
They are told "We love you. God loves you. He wants you to be born again and become a part of his bride." All of this is true!
Yet, somehow, after their new birth, they begin to receive subtle signals from the "in crowd" of the church. They are accepted as long as they show up to church, support the church with their money and physical efforts, and do as their told. But, when the spirit really begins to move on them, watch out! When God begins to call them to sing for him, teach for him, preach for him, all of a sudden they are told, in essence, "you ain't good enough!"
Rather than being encouraged to follow the leading of the Lord, they are discouraged because they don't have a spotless past. Therefore, the religious Apostolic establishment looks down their long noses at them and tries to make them get back in their spot and shut their mouths.
They soon realize that the only thing the established church really wants them for is to be a number on the pew, financially support the "work of God," and be a worker ant when something needs to be done around the church building. They are to leave the "work of God," to the truly holy people of God. Their testimony is not needed or wanted by these people that supposedly love them. Their gifts and callings are not wanted unless the all knowing "leadership" decides to call them out.
I have a word for the church. YOU WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR YOUR MISTREATMENT OF GOD'S LAMBS. The ones you look down on (with your attitude) as being less than you because of your long line of Apostolic pedigree, are the very ones Jesus died for to make them spotless!
You've become so caught up in "your holiness," that you cannot see the hurt and pain you cause. You are so caught up in who you are, that you look down on those that you claim to minister to.
If some of them leave your church (due to how they've been treated), you call them backsliders. If they try to start another work to help others who've been wounded like they were, you do everything in your power to destroy their reputations and call them a cancer. And you use the very past that God redeemed them from to do it!
Shame on you! You have become a pit of vipers! REPENT, before it is too late!
And a word to the masses that have been wounded.
God does love you! God WILL use you! Start looking for others like yourself. The Apostolic doctrines of One God, Acts 2:38 salvation, and holiness are true. Don't throw out the baby with the bath water. Hold on to the truth. Find each other and do what the organized church refuses to do: love each other and help to heal each other.
And once your sufficiently healed from your wounds, reach out to a lost and dying world with the love of God. Reach out to others who are in the same boat the church put you in, and help to heal them, too.
Remember, Man's trash is God's precious treasure.
He chose Israel because they were THE LEAST, not because they were the greatest. The word of God is FULL of people who were truly bad people and God changed their lives for the betterment of millions of people!
Moses was a murderer, but God used him to deliver a nation.
David was an adulterer, but God used him to slay the evil nations around him and solidify his kingdom.
Matthew was a turncoat and a tax collector for an evil regime, but he left it all behind to become one of the Apostles of Jesus!
Saul was a religious zealot who ordered the deaths of multitudes of Christians, but he became the greatest evangelist in history when God met him on the road to Damascus.
John Mark left the mission field, but came back and wound up writing the gospel of Mark!
The list goes on and on.
Don't let folks tell you that you are not good enough for God to use! When you are born again, the scripture declares that "ALL things are made new!"
The past that the religious elite tries to use against you is GONE! It has been washed away by the blood of Jesus!
If you've fallen since you were born again, the scripture declares that if you repent, he will "cleanse you of ALL unrighteousness." So repent, get up, and go on for Jesus.
Don't let the organized church grind you to dust. Get up and BE the church.
The end time revival won't come from the organized church. Instead it will come from the true church that simply loves and let's God use them how he sees fit.
You are NOT trash! You are God's precious treasure!
You are bought with a price. Let your owner use you how he sees fit.