Guest Blogger – Worth Reading Twice

Let’s Face It!

We avoid. We run. We refuse calls. We are silent. We are avoiding the obvious. We ignore the elephant in the room even though it is huge and smelly.

Problems do not go away just because we pretend they are not there. In fact, the problem gets worse when ignored. Disobedience is emboldened, rebellion is encouraged from tacit silence.

We have been pretending that it is business as usual, even though we are in the midst of some drastic changes. The Charismatic movement is over, emphatically over. Let’s face it, it is gone, done, caput. It is time to put it in the history book and move on. We can celebrate the history and the joys, but, come on, it is over.

The young people are hungry for a move of God NOW. As long as you live in the past, you cannot embrace the present or the future. The emerging church of 20’s and 30′ need the impact of God in a move for their generation. I need the move of God to stay with the cloud of His glory and present-ness.

It is time to be bold. Forget the Obama’s and Pelosi’s and remember God! Concentrate on God, not on politics. Look to God’s economy, not the world’s.

Lee Grady in the latest issue of Charisma Magazine put it quite well. “1. The charismatic movement as we know it has ended. I celebrate what God did in recent years to bring the Holy Spirit’s renewal to the church. My life was totally changed by it. But the cloud is moving, and we cannot pitch our tents around the revivals of the past. While we embrace the eternal things He gave us in those days, we must discard the styles and methods that are no longer fruitful so we can advance. That doesn’t mean we throw the baby out with the bathwater. We cling to what is good. But we must leave behind the excesses, extremes, and flaky doctrines that give us a bad name. The one-man show is over. The prosperity circus was a failure. We must abandon the deceptive hype of the past. People today are craving authenticity-not shallow words and empty promises.”

So, let’s face it. It is over, it has been over for a long time and we have been ignoring the elephant in the room. Quit longing for something that is gone, lest we be as Lot’s wife and turn into a pillar of salt staring back at what was.

This is a time for bold pursuit. Pursuit of what is not known, pursuit of God who is ready to continue His labors with willing vessels. Looking at the moves of God beginning with the Book of Acts, we have some dimensions of His move missing. We no longer have the house to house daily excitement. People are dependent on the weekly meeting to sustain themselves. The house to house dimension during the week is missing; yet I find that some of our young people are almost daily with each other, talking of what God is going to do. (That is the seed of revolution).

Biblically, prophetically, there is going to be a great falling away and at the same time, a great in-gathering. So, that means that the falling away part has to be those who were with God and the in-gathering has to be with those who have not known Him. If you are the church goer, you are the one in danger of the falling away. You are the one who may look back. You may be the one who says the giants of the present are too much for you. Woe unto you. Hebrews talks of those who once tasted of the glory of God who fell away. Woe to you if you fall away from lack of interest. Do not say, I am not a sinner. Jesus talks about those who prophesied in his name and healed in his name, these he told depart from me, I never knew you. Take heed.

Let’s face it. The old is over, the new is coming. Are you in for the new? If you let the circus of the past, the people of the past who hurt you, keep you from God, how sad it will be.

Bill Lewis is an apostle with ATM and ATMi centered in Celina, Ohio. I will be with him and a number of apostles from his network July 25 to July 29, 2009 for an apostolic roundtable.

2 replies
  1. Sharon Kuhn
    Sharon Kuhn says:

    Sounds to me like the new is actually the old, just in a different generation. I have said this for nearly three years now.
    As far as I know God has not changed, and has no intention of doing so, or He would be a liar. There is one thing He wants from His children, trust and obedience. I don’t care how you color it and which book you take it out of “old” or “new” testament. The God in the Old Testament is the same God as in the “New” Testament. A circumsized heart is what He is looking for. You shall fear the Lord your God and you shall serve Him and Him only. In Deut. 10:12 we read, “And now, Israel, “what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to “love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good! This repeated in the New Testament when Jesus is asked which is the “greatest commandment” His response is Love the Lord your God with all your soul, your mind and you strength and your neighbor as yourself. Pretty straight forward if you ask me.Why are we complicating it to read or mean something it doesn’t. Then God further goes to say in 2 Chron 7:14 “if My people (those of us who call ourselves Christians, disciples of the Lord Jesus, followers of Christ)who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive thier sin and heal their land.
    Again why are we making it into something it is not.
    We were bought with a precious price, we were redeemed by the blood of the sinless lamb, the Son of God. All we are asked to do is repent (turn) away from out old ways because the old man is dead and buried and the new creature in Christ should be reigning. If it is no longer we who live but Christ lives in us then we take up our cross daily and walk like Jesus did. We would then imitate Jesus. We would be true servants of the Most High God. There wouldn’t be any problem because we would truly believe that the old has passed away and all
    things are new. therefore when our spirit man was reborn, we then should be taking the old thoughts and fleshly desires and bringing them captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ.
    God is raising up His end-time army and He already has a remnant preserved. god offers everyone the same deal, believe in My Son, repent of your sins, make Jesus Lord and forsake your old ways.
    There is something to be said about when Jesus spoke with the disciples and asked them how much longer would he have to be with them before they got it.
    the message will always be the same, there is only one way to theFather and Eternal life and that is through Jesus Christ.
    I guess I better quite before I actually start to preach.
    Sharon
    PS I think we would really like for there to be a “new” move of God, but there is only one message and it hasn’t changed so why do we continue to look for different ways to say it.

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  2. Ralph
    Ralph says:

    Hi Sharon,
    We look for new ways or different ways to say it because times change, society changes, the focus of people change and technology has changed.
    Times change – if you said “gay” 50 years ago it meant “happy” and now it refers to an alternative life-style.
    Society has changed – once people had a “Christian Memory” because they grew up with some understanding of church and even attended either regularly or at least at Christmas and Easter. Now the younger generation has no reference point when it comes to the Christian faith having never been to church and never having owned or read a Bible.
    The focus has changed – people are now interested in spiritual issues and experiences but no longer look to the church for answers to these spiritual needs.
    Technology means we can now reach the world in one generation and this has never really been a possibility over the history of the world. Now with the internet, daily flights around the world, Pod Casts, MP3s and other wonderful advances in communicatiopn technology we can actually see the whole world come to hear about Jesus in one generation.
    I could go on – but I think you see my point. The message never changes – Jesus saves – but the methods, which are not sacred, must constantly be changing because society is changing. Otherwise, we would still be making hand copies of the sacred books of the Bible instead of translating them using computers and printing them using modern fast print technology.
    So, the message never changes but the methods certainly must constantly be adjusting or else we will no longer be speaking in a way that will be understood or listened to.

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