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Ministry Moment #8

Posted on February 6, 2016 at 12:40 AM

Ministry Moment #8

2/3/16

Hard wired to God

 

How many times in your lives have you met someone who has not gone to church in a very long time, but all of a sudden, decided that, after having an epiphany, that they needed to return to church and fellowship? I can recall several such instances, but one in particular stands out. One day, I was attending a predominantly African American church on Long Island, NY, and a young Caucasian woman came in with her young child. When making the introductions for first time visitors, she indeed stated what was mentioned in the preceding statements: that she had been out of fellowship for a long time but there was just something that compelled her to return to someone’s church and get involved again.

It is very much understood that with the state of the world, and of many churches today, many people withdraw and leave the church due to feeling spiritually unfulfilled and mentally drained. Admittedly, I have done this as well as I grew weary of so called Christian brothers and sisters who seemed to attend service simply for entertainment, kept constant drama going on due to animosity and, just totally seemed to disregard the principles of love and fellowship taught in The Bible. We have to be aware that the enemy is mostly responsible for causing division within the Body of Christ, and that the sinful nature of man makes us susceptible to be swayed, giving in to fleshly desires, hard heartedness, envy and becoming as The Bible says, “puffed up” (1 Corinthians 4:18). Non-believers, as well as believers, tend to look at these situations and recognize that there seems to be no difference between the church and the world, which is in stark contrast to the sanctification that the brother and sisterhood of Christ should strive to achieve. Remember that we are to be in the world, but not of it (John 17:16, Romans 12:2). When we adopt to and accept the things of this world, we do a great disservice to our spiritual health and well-being.

 

With these things being said, there is always hope. I’ve worked in the sciences almost all of my life and I made an observation many, many years ago that whenever something is created, the creator leaves his or her signature on the creation and knows it better than anyone else be it a new product, device, or business. It was God almighty who formed the first man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, making man a living soul (Genesis 2:7). No matter how far away we may stray, and the ancient Israelites were perfect examples of this; God has placed His signature on us from Adam to the present, to the future, and is always ready and willing to accept us back when we come to the end of ourselves, and realize that apart from Him, we are unable to cope with the world’s troubles, and need Him as our stronghold (Psalms 9:9, Psalms 50:15). Since we are God’s creations, we have a mental and spiritual “hardwire” to him and will always have that small, still voice beckoning us to return to where He can use the gifts that He gave us.

As always, I could go into a full length sermon on my writings, but I will end with these questions and an exhortation. Are you listening? Are you one who has gone astray? Take some quiet time to meditate and hear the call of The Lord upon your life. His desire is that no one should perish, but have everlasting life in Him, so if you have drifted, come back and draw close to Jesus. (2 Peter 3:9) Shalom!

Minister E. Lionel Perry

2/3/16

Draw me Close-The Katinas

https://youtu.be/CS2uPwKSeDo

 

 

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