There has been a lot of goings on in the church since I assumed the role of “Kids in Motion Ministry Director.” At first, I saw only a disturbance on the team, then in my family, then most recently, in the church as a whole.
Now, as for my personal walk with Christ – it has had its ups and downs. I have experienced pains, troubles, temptations – you name it! Galatians 5:17 “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” Like Paul, my flesh is in a constant battle against my spirit. I war daily! I mean, and lately, *sigh* let me tell you… My flesh has been rising up! No! My flesh has been #winning I ain’t even trying to lie. I have been missing the mark every time. The spirit is willing, but Oh Lawd, my flesh is oh-so-weak! It’s better to marry than to burn. I’m gonna probably burn! No lie! Because my flesh is hecka weak! I ain’t even supposed to gratify… But, dang it, if I ain’t weak! I’m working on it though! I don’t want to be that person that sees the splinter in my brother’s eye, and can’t see the moat in my own… I see my folly. I am working on it. I am weak. To weak. Some people I can’t go out with. I know…. But that’s not what this is about! Granted, immorality is a part of the spirit of the anti-Christ – oh, ouch! That one hurt! Lord, forgive me! Mmmm… Father, forgive me…
1 John 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
I want to focus on the latter part of the verse above: and even now already it is in the world. No, it is not only in the world, it is in the church. It is in church leadership, on our praise and worship teams, teaching Sunday School, on our prayer teams. You name it, the spirit of the antichrist has infiltrated the church. This spirit has most recently sent me, multiple not-so-subtle messages. These began when I took over the Kids in Motion Ministry at our church. I purchased, and implemented curriculum for all age groups – which had never been done before. First, someone stole the workbooks for the students (teens/middle schoolers). They also took crayons, colored pencils, messed with my KidCheck laptop/printer so I couldn’t check students into the system. Broke the vacuum I purchased. Then, more recently, I purchased more items, wrote numbers on them – stole more of them. They changed my password on my computer. They stole a bible.
These things they think they are doing against me are stupid. For one, I have salvation, I know the truth. To try to block me is useless. What they are actually blocking is the work of the Lord in the lives of children, and young people who don’t have salvation. What are the effects of blocking the work of the Lord in lives of the lost?
Mark 10:14 KJV says: “…Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” This means, we are in essence not to be stumbling blocks to children in their journey to Christ. I have to wonder what is the punishment – or consequence for those that become stumbling blocks and prevent someone from being able to have a relationship with Christ. If we do not teach the gospel – salvation, what are we doing? What are the effects? What are the long-term effects? It is not solely the children, or young person effected, but effectively their future children, and families as well. For some, this is their only opportunity. God hates those who sew discord among the brethren, so why is it so widely accepted? Why is it common place in the church?
I am struggling right now to understand how it is that so much destruction has been allowed in the high places of the church (and I use the term loosely). What the church is today is not what God intended. As Paul said, “the love of many would wax cold.” It is ever evident that the love of the church has turned cold. There is backbiting, thieving, the spirit of jealousy and deceit. Their is malice, and hatred, people are lovers of themselves. It was all predicted in the Bible days. And it is evident. And the so-called leaders, “men of God,” are mere men. They are respecters of persons. They view others with natural eyes as opposed to spiritual eyes. They don’t flinch when some fall by the wayside, they let them go – not realizing that they will give an account for their souls on judgement day. They have allowed spiritual wickedness to rule in high places. The spirit of the anti-Christ is here, in our churches, and it is comfortable. And we have allowed it to manifest in our churches, our homes, our lives. How did we get here? What do we do? Oh God, open our eyes!