Rick’s Reflection’s- 1/24/2016

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America’s greatest need is a spiritual awakening. That will mean admitting the nation’s foolishness for replacing our traditional Christian foundation with a “religion of secularism.” Like Martin Luther’s Protestant Reformation in the 16th Century, an explosion of faith that can rock the world for generations is needed.

But this movement likely won’t come into view until the church returns to the priority of prayer, establishing righteousness above sacrifice and the priority of ethics over ritual. God’s name has been brought into contempt, but like the prideful Philistines in 1 Samuel 5, Secularists have misinterpreted their victory. The only reason that they had defeated Israel was because God was using the Philistines to discipline His people. How much better it would have been for His glory to be revealed on the battlefield, but He couldn’t give victory to a disobedient people. The living God cannot be used, manipulated, or managed. God allows Himself to be humiliated and exalted. But through it all He will not compromise His holiness or integrity. In the church, God often appears to be losing because Christians refuse to submit to His lordship. The Lord longs to show up in a powerful way, but He is waiting for us to be holy as He is holy (1 Pet 1:16). The Lord’s church must not be anemic, lethargic, and irrelevant, we are to be “salt & light”.

A special thank you to the fellowship team for the great movie night  Saturday. The War Room is a powerful motivator.

Blessings,