I just read this excellent post: The Charisma of the Message by Neva.
You know what? I think it’s time to wake up and smell the coffee. It ain’t gonna happen. Not the way we do it and have done it for 2000 years.
How many times must we go around this mountain before we figure that out? It’s the blind leading the blind, blindly!
I believe that there is a reason generations after generations, 2000 years later are still not able to reach the heights that Jesus said we would reach. We have failed. Let’s admit it. Let’s learn and change and then go on to new things.
We are just like the Jews in our stubbornness. WE CAN DO IT, we cry loudly and we rush forward yet again. I once saw a war movie called “Hamburger Hill” where they assaulted this hill over and over, the multitudes were killed in carnage. slaughtered.
The Jews could not do it
What did the Jews do? God said they should be righteous, so they tried and tried for 2000+ years. And failed. No amount of teaching or trying could make the Jews achieve their goals. The law was a TEACHER/TUTOR to prove that we cannot do it.
And neither can we!
Well in that same way I believe after 2000 years of abject failure in living as Jesus said we should… we have to conclude no new exhortation or new teaching will do it.
What’s the solution?
What would do it for the Jews is God, is what will do it for us. Jesus. Meaning… we need to be filled with Him and to invest into the Kingdom of Love.
But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. – Matt 6:33
What does that verse say?
- Seek FIRST the Kingdom of God – which is love
Nor will people say, Look! Here [it is]! or, See, [it is] there! For behold, the kingdom of God is within you [in your hearts] and among you [surrounding you] – Luke 17:21
- Seek His way of being righteousness – well that is a clear reference to Jesus being the ONLY way to make us righteous by faith
- AND THEN these things are added to us.
If we don’t FIRST go for love and righteousness we won’t achieve anything. And this is pretty much where I believe Christianity is today. Many buildings, few healings, few miracles, little authority – because like the Jews we have not listened to the actual teaching. We’re still trying our various programs. Our programs are like addictions. They draw us away from the teachings of Jesus.
I know in my own life that things took off like a rocket when I entered into HIS righteousness (not mine) and focussed exclusively on love and loving in practical ways.
Yesterday I prayed and saw COMPLETE healing for an animal… but the animal I prayed for was DEAD. Yes. Dead. Yesterday I raised an animal from the dead. I’ll blog about it next week.
Two words: love and (His) righteousness
I’ll leave you with this verse:
For [if we are] in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith activated and energized and expressed and working through love. – Gal 5:6
Faith (righteousness) and love. It’s all that matters. If you’re following any church teaching that doesn’t match up with what Jesus taught, you are free to reconsider and be set free from it.