1 Corinthians 7:17 (NLT2) Each of you should continue to live in whatever situation the Lord has placed you, and remain as you were when God first called you. This is my rule for all the churches.
24 Each of you, dear brothers and sisters, should remain as you were when God first called you.
We have church hoppers everywhere. They go here and there trying to find the place they feel good in. They go to a particular church and when they find something wrong with that one they go to another one, and another one. God says, I called you to a a particular place , you stay. You do what you are called to do. Bloom where you are planted. Church hopper and never happy.
This is from my journal :
I am afraid that God has shut the ears of some among us that they may not be able to hear nor understand what God is trying to say. They come, they sit, and nothing changes. They still live their futile, empty lives hoping tomorrow will be better but it will not. I pray, I preach, I plead and nothing seems to change. Is it me ,Lord? Am I not sounding the trumpet of Your Word clearly? Is it me ,Lord, who needs my ears cleaned out and my heart tender? Am I wasting my time, energy and effort?
Ezekiel 11:18-20 (NLT2) “When the people return to their homeland, they will remove every trace of their vile images and detestable idols. And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart, so they will obey my decrees and regulations. Then they will truly be my people, and I will be their God.
God is describing to Ezekiel what revival looks like. There is repentance, a turning away of the old life, things and attitude. Then there is a change of heart. There is a joy unspeakable. There is a passion to follow and obey Christ. We need a revival!
I have been praying for revival to break out in the church I have pastored for 17 years. As of yet, we have not seen that happen. Today in my Bible reading I came on this verse: " None of my words will be delayed any longer but the word that I speak will be performed, declares the Lord God." Ezekiel 12:28
I asked," Father is this a promise that you are going to send revival soon? oh, do so! I believe so. How desperately we need revival.
Luke 12:19-21 (NLT2) And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’ “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’ “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”
"We need a revival! We need a revival of consecration to death, a revival f happy abandonment to the will of God that will laugh at sacrifice and count it a privilege to bear the cross through the heat and burden of the day. We are too much influenced by the world and to little controlled by the Spirit. We of the deeper life persuasion are not immune to the temptations of ease and we are in in grave danger of becoming a generation of pleasure lovers." A.W. Tozer