Bringing the Cultural Shift Part 2
My last post I ended with discussing three things that we need as a Church to bring the cultural shift. Today I would like to list a few more things. Things that I see the Body of Christ gets stuck on and things that cause us to lose ground. So if you are ready to indulge me again, let us get into it.
Everyone does not have good intentions. This is one that Christians struggle with a lot. We love to see people in a good way, always trying to see the good in them. That is a good quality that I want us to hold on to, but it can also be blinding. Even Jesus did not hold this in action or thought. Jesus both warned and preached that there were those bent on doing evil and He went as far as to say that they were false. For this reason, the Holy Spirit would like to introduce us to a gift called, discernment. If all people were good, we would not need this gift. We have to open our eyes without closing our hearts. We have to, in order to be effective, be willing to hear the Spirit as He leads. Too often we fall in the trap of being nice, not righteous. In being righteous, we are not to associate with any kind of evil.
Eph. 5:8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light
Eph. 5:9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),
Eph. 5:10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.
Eph. 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.
Eph. 5:12 For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.
Eph. 5:13 But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.
This is our role, and we only have two options; say yes or no to it. We need to look for the good, but not invent it to make it seem that everyone wants to do good. Some are bent on evil and desire to do both the Christians and the Church harm.
2. The Earth belongs to Satan so why bother? Nothing can be more damaging than bad theology. The Earth is the Lord’s as I will show, and we will inherit it. If this is the case, we might want to get to work. It seems like an impossible task, but with the Lord on our side it is not. Jesus is the reigning King and He sits upon His throne. Many wrongfully think that when He comes He will conquer His enemies. This is maybe true in part, but not true in reality. The truth is that Jesus has already defeated the enemy. Let us look at some scripture that can better show this. I will list several here and then we will talk about them.
Matt. 28:18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
Matt. 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Matt. 28:20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Jesus received all authority in heaven and on earth. It is a done deal. For that reason, He can command us to go and preach the Gospel of the King. No, we don’t have to wonder if we will have victory, for we already do through our faith in Him. He has won, and we are carrying out the sentence of judgement decreed by Him on the throne.
Heb. 2:14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,
Satan is already defeated. If it were not so you would not be able to go into his home and take his goods. Jesus told us that the strongman needed to be bound first. So He went and bound him. In Colossians 2:15, it mentions making a show of principalities. They have been disarmed and defeated, get over it.
Acts 2:33 Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.
Acts 2:34 “For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself:
“The Lord said to my Lord,
‘Sit at My right hand,
Acts 2:35 Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” ’
Acts 2:36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
Jesus has taken the right seat on the Father’s side. The Lord will come back when all things have been subdued under Him. Even though they have been defeated, does not mean that they are cooperating. Many still give power to fallen angels and demons. There is still a large segment of our society that worships these demonic hordes. We seem to forget that. The Beatles were one such group that relied on the satanic occult heavily and society did not care. The music had a good rhythm. Of course, it was talking about drugs and such. John Lennon once said that they were more popular than Jesus Christ. Society mourned his passing as Satan came for the very soul he was promised.
Matt. 13:41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness,
Matt. 13:42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Matt. 13:43 Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
The tares are taken first, then the sons can shine. We need to stop thinking that Satan is going to be given the earth for any period of time. It is ours and we should make plans that are about restoration, not the departure. Jesus is retained in the heavens until all things are restored.
Acts 3:19 Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,
Acts 3:20 and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before,
Acts 3:21 whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.
What is my point with all this? If we don’t change the way we think, our actions won’t. If our actions don’t then we won’t have different results. So with our hearts set on bringing about a cultural shift we need to set our minds properly on the things of the Kingdom. The way we think determines the way we pray. We shouldn’t expect something we haven’t asked for.