Series Title: Pride
Spiritual Terrorist In Our Mist
Evil has always enjoyed the protection of God by hiding in the mist of the innocent.
In today’s world, we regularly hear on the news how terrorist hide behind innocent civilians. Unfortunately, it is much the same in the Christian church were the religious prideful are living among the faithful and enjoying similar protection.
Matthew 13:24-30 NLT
24 Here is another story Jesus told: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. 25 But that night as the workers slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat, then slipped away. 26 When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew.
27 “The farmer’s workers went to him and said, ‘Sir, the field where you planted that good seed is full of weeds! Where did they come from?’
28 “‘An enemy has done this!’ the farmer exclaimed.
“‘Should we pull out the weeds?’ they asked.
29 “‘No,’ he replied, ‘you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.’”
While God desires revival more than our minds can comprehend, it is important to remember He is not willing to hurt those who are trying their best to serve Him. He is not willing to weed out the spiritual terrorist in our mists and hold a revival if it is going to result in innocent lives being hurt.
So what will cause this separation of the wicked from the righteous. I believe it is the same thing that has always caused such separation. Let me ask you a question, “When you committed your life to Christ, did you lose some friends in the process? Were there some old friends that no longer enjoyed your company?” Many of us have experienced such abandonment by those who pretended to care.
I believe something similar needs to happen on a grand scale. God’s people need to humble themselves to the point the prideful will not want to be around them. The spiritual terrorist in our mist will either surrender to God or run for their lives when God walks among His people.
Isaiah 57:15 TNIV For this is what the high and exalted One says— he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with those who are contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.
But don’t misunderstand! I am NOT talking about shoving God in the face of unbelievers to the point you become obnoxious. On the contrary it is love that builds the church and we need to be the most loving, humble people on planet earth.
1 Corinthians 8:1 GNB … Such knowledge, however, puffs a person up with pride; but love builds up.
But we who love the Lord have a problem, while we love to obey the first and great commandment – to Love God With All Of Our Heart – to worship, shout and praise Him with all of our strength, we tend to completely ignore the 2nd greatest commandment to love everybody else in the same manor we love ourselves.
Mark 12:29-31 KJ2000 29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.
ONLY when we become TRULY INTERESTED in the minutia and idiosyncrasies of other peoples lives to the point THEY KNOW WE CARE about them, will we experience true humility and therefore experience true revival.
Please grant me such humility, for You know how guilty I am of not caring much about others. Do what You have to do to break my pride and humble me – and show me how I can participate in humbling myself as the scripture teaches.