|Who Are the Saved?|
Psalm 50:22, 23
The Story: God is not impressed with the mere form of godliness; He is looking for the power of true salvation and godliness, which leads to repentance and good works (2 Tim. 3:5; Eph. 2:10). Israel learned the hard way that it cannot play fast-and-loose with sin and expect to know the favor of the Lord. Asaph’s burden as a prophet of God was to speak Truth into a self-deceived community. On the outside, things may have looked good in Jerusalem of Asaph’s day. But hearts filled with thanksgiving and lives patterned after the holy Law of God were decidedly on the decline. Would his words be too little, too late? Whether they were or not, Asaph preached them, leaving the results to God and His Spirit. So must we.
The Structure: The great need in the Church today is for preachers to call the people of God to repentance before the wrath of God falls upon a people who too easily accommodate the ways of the world in their lives and worship. We live in the times of revival, renewal, awakening, and restoration, and our calling is to embody the powerful converting and transforming work of God’s Word and Spirit. Where we will not, wickedness will increase, we will become used to it and presume on God’s holiness as we indulge all the more, and thus we will continue to set ourselves up for a visitation of judgment from the Lord (1 Pet. 4:7). We may fool one another for a season, and may even succeed in attracting large numbers of “seekers” to our compromised worship and lifestyle. But without gratitude and repentance the true salvation of God will not be found among even the most ardent confessors of faith in Jesus or the most active members of any church.Is the Lord leading you to speak to your church’s leaders about any sins of compromise that may exist in your congregation?
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