I’m so glad the Church is not a building; instead, it’s comprised of each individual believer who accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. What a terrifying thought to think that the only way we can get prayers answered, receive blessings, or get instructions from the Holy Spirit is by entering into a church building. Nevertheless, Satan has deceived a lot of people into believing just that. His delusive lullabies have put many believers into a comatose state—they’re just waiting for the church buildings to reopen after this coronavirus; overlooking the fact they are the Church.
Arise sleeping giant!
Of course, I’m not saying all believers that make up the Church are sleep; however, too many Christians have taken on a laid-back stance; and Satan is taking full advantage of it. A lot of us are waiting for God to change this broken world, but His job was done at the crucifixion; it’s on His people now. Am I saying we as Christians are the reason why the world is in the state that it’s in? Yes, I am!
Second Chronicles 7:13-14 is resounding throughout the world today; I’ve quoted it myself several times in the past few weeks.
If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turned from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and forgive their sin, and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:13-14).
Notice, in verse 14, God is talking to His people—not sinners. Sinners cannot turn things around—so, who’s left? Are we doing what God mandated in order for the land to be healed? Or are we just shaking our heads in dismay at all the evil that’s happening?
We must ask the Holy Spirit to put the spotlight on our hearts like David did in Psalm 139:23-24—then answer the question: Does my lifestyle satisfy the requirements stated in 2 Chronicles 7:14?
If your answer is depended on the actions of others, rather than on yourself, then I must say, you are part of the sleeping giant. Each believer must take responsibility for their own life when it comes to that verse.
Believers cannot turn things around while sleeping.
When I think of the Church as being a sleeping giant, I have mixed emotions. On one hand, I’m saddened, because God has equipped her with immeasurable power—yet she is underperforming as demonstrated by the diminishing reverence she once had in the world. Then on the other hand, I’m angry; as we sleep, Satan is taking corruption, immorality, and wickedness to unrecognizable levels.
Whoa! When the giant wakes . . .
Imagine for a moment how things would be on earth if the Church would take control through the power of the Holy Spirit. If God is for us who can be against us? (See Romans 8:31.) We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (see Philippians 4:13); Greater is He that is in us, than he that is within the world (see 1 John 4:4). God has already empowered us, but He needs us to use our faith and walk in that reality.
The devil knows the power of the Church. He’s going to do whatever; we allow him to do—that’ll keep the giant sleeping.
Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. 3 Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you (Revelation 3:2-3, NIV).
Are you sleep?
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