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Monday, April 16, 2012

Jeremiah 18:15"Because My people have forgotten Me, They have burned incense to worthless idols. And they have caused themselves to stumble in their ways, From the ancient paths, To walk in pathways and not on a highway,” (NKJ)

Jeremiah 18:15
“But my people have forgotten me; they make offerings to false gods; they made them stumble in their ways, in the ancient roads, and to walk into side roads, not the highway,” (ESV)

We are facing an unusual dilemma in the Christian world these days. It seems that there are at least 4 camps of people that make up the “church” in today’s world.The first camp is made up of those who are in a “Spiritual Coma”; nothing and no one is able to wake them up. Spiritually they are officially “out of it,” totally unaware of anything of a spiritual nature. Some may still be “dead in trespasses and sins” and others may have had some measure of awakening, but soon fell into a prolonged coma out of which they have never recovered. These folks believe that somehow everyone is going to get to heaven, so there’s no need to be concerned about anything or anyone.

The second camp is made up of those who are “Awake but Unaware.” These folks go to church on a regular basis; do their Sunday thing and live the rest of their lives like the rest of the world. They may even pray occasionally and give in response to some crisis situation out of emotional pains, but for the most part, walk by sight, live by pure common sense and know little or nothing about “walking by faith” or having a serious commitment to Jesus Christ. They have “been saved” or at least think they have because they walked down a church aisle or came forward during Bible School, filled out a commitment card, prayed the sinners prayer and got baptized and that’s enough for them. All they desire is “just a little cabin in the corner of glory land”; just get into heaven by the skin of their teeth with their coat tails smok’in. Just so long as I get there is all that matters to me.

The Third camp is made up of those who have seen that the first two have left the highway of the Christian life and run into the ditch on the side of the road. They want something more – none of that dead Christianity – they want life! Consequently they have overcorrected and run into the ditch on the other side of the road. They have somehow been convinced that the cure for apathy is epilepsy, so they meet together, throw doctrine to the wind and act as if they have a chronic case of the Saint Vitas Dance. They believe that all the gifts of the Spirit are theirs, all their sicknesses are of the devil and death is a lie that can be overcome by the truth. Many of these folks have become so enamored with the gifts of the Spirit that they have completely forgotten the one who gave the gifts in the first place. They believe that if they believe enough, have faith enough and refuse any negative thoughts that would creep into their heads they can live healthy wealthy and wise for the rest of their lives and then be translated into glory.While these wallow in the ditch, or take their detours down side roads, the ancient paths are wide open and it is there that the Lord Jesus stands and beckons us to take up the Cross and follow Him.

Then there is the “remnant.” God has His “remnant” in every generation. They are the ones who are sometimes hard to find in the morass and madness of the other three, but they are there just the same; quietly going on with the Lord, walking by faith down the narrow road that leads to eternal life. They are the praying ones, who are so in love with the Lord Jesus that they aren’t swayed by the things of this world, nor are they infatuated with the exercising of spectacular gifts. They just exercise the ones that the Lord has given them and walk by faithfully day by day.

Keep praying!

12:23 pm edt 

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