We’re living in a pandemic.
I don’t speak about a crisis of health, but of a pandemic of self-righteous attitudes and misplaced faith is what we have found ourselves in.
In times past, catastrophes has placed us on our knees, sent us through the doors of worship, and had us cracking open our Bibles. People fled the scenes of chaos and sought the Lord for answers, direction, and hope.
Today, people claim to have outstanding numbers of views on their virtual church services. Some churches boast about the people who have accepted Christ over these last weeks. The numbers of on-line orders for stay-at-home parent devotionals may have even doubled.
All good things, but out of the mouth, the heart flows. Maybe it should be: out of the fingers, the heart types.
Despite virtual church numbers and declarations of faith, people complain about so much. Complaining is the result of a sick heart, a sin-riddled organ that will never be fulfilled until it truly opens itself up and dumps out all the nonsense, admits its sick form, and allows for Christ to come in. If numbers are true, and the churches are revealing, why are mended hearts not on the rise?
Ezekiel 36:26 ESV
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
God wants to give us a new heart. He doesn’t want us to continue to wallow in the ways of the world, especially for those who claim to belong to His kingdom. No one who wears the badge of Christianity should be online bashing people, complaining about their children being home, spreading mis-truths, and yelling out how much they love Jesus as they spread profanity through the air.
You would think that in a time of history when we are given the opportunity of an extended Sabbath that people would be able to connect further with their faith and families. Instead of be willing to do so, they look at themselves and only see to their stubborn noses. They can’t look past to see the lesson of endurance being taught.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
This is why we need to look to God in all things first. FIRST!
Cry out to Him: Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
For over two years I have been praying for the Lord to place His fist down on our country. I prayed that in a way He would bring us to our knees in order for us to place our eyes and hearts on Him. I have asked Him to show Himself like never before in modern history and to show the people who He is.
…And here we are. Along with my voice and others, we continue to see Him shining through the trials of life, the truth of faith, and the twisted up world. He is further separating the chaff from the wheat. The Lord is preparing for His second Advent. He is calling us to prepare as well in this Sabbath time. We should stop wasting time in our complaints and dishonoring attitudes. We should wear the new hearts that He placed in us when we believed.We should not lean on the opinions of man, and the fear that they try to shroud us in. Keep distant from them and draw near to the Lord. Click To Tweet
I came across this meme on social media recently. It truly describes where the Christian heart should be. Despite all that we have faced, not just over the last month or so, but our entire lives, we should be trusting in the faith that have in the Living God. We should lean on the truth of our Savior Jesus Christ. We should not lean on the opinions of man, and the fear that they try to shroud us in. Keep distant from them and draw near to the Lord.