Truly these are the greatest days to be alive!
The world seems to be falling apart around us, immorality is increasing and people are searching for answers in the wrong places. As the church, we have the answer, Jesus! We are faced with a challenge to change the world around us. We must have an influence on the world not the world on the church.
Paul said in Ephesians 5:11, "Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them,"
The only way for the church to expose the light is to shine the light into the darkness. We must stop hiding from the problems facing America and the church. The church was never meant to be isolated from the world but rather to be a part of changing the world. Didn’t Jesus say to go into all the world to preach the good news? We hide in our prayer closet praying and waiting for God to bring them to us. We must compel them to come in. There is no way we can bind the devil unless we invade his territory. Jesus said, "Upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it." The gates of Hell have prevailed against the church in America because we have stopped proclaiming the Word of God to the world. The only way to conquer the devil’s influence on the world and the church is by presenting the truth of God’s Word to a lost and dying world. Only through the Word of God and a touch from his Spirit can this world be changed. We need to pray, but we also have to step outside of the church and take the gospel to our communities. I look forward to the day when the church is what God intended it to be, as seen in the Book of Acts. That whole communities will be saved. You say those things could never happen; it already has. Acts 9:34-35 shows that Peter, through the power of God, healed a man, and when the people of the community saw it, they were changed.
"So all who dwelt at Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord." (Acts 9:35)
We all want signs and wonders, but we don’t want the price that must be paid. To see signs and wonders we have to evangelize. The major problem in the church today is that we have lost our passion for souls. We need to win the lost at any cost. I challenge you; be a light to someone in darkness.