There is no greater word that can describe the state of the modern day American church than compromise. The root of all the fruitlessness is compromise. Somehow we let the heretical doctrine of a perverted grace message infiltrate the church and today most people think the church should look like what they see on “Christian” television rather than what in the book of Acts. The grace and salvation we receive at conversion is a doorway to a new life, but it is not always viewed that way. The Romans had heard the Gospel message and came to the conclusion that since they were now under grace, they should sin all the more, so that grace might increase. Paul replied in Romans 6:2 by saying: ” God forbid! How can we who are dead to sin continue living in it?” They tried to use the grace of God as an excuse for sin, but it is precisely because of the grace of God that sin should not have dominion over us (Romans 6:14).
|This problem is often perpetuated by people who make up their own definition of grace. Their definition may sound beautiful – it may even seem to exalt the Lord – but it is a deception, nonetheless. This is a sad state of affairs, but we shouldn’t be surprised or caught off guard by it, as Jude saw this and wrote with great urgency and conviction:
“I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once and for all entrusted to the saints. For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are Godless men who change the grace of God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ, our only sovereign Lord.” Jude 1:3-4
Titus 2:11-12 teaches about the grace of God:
“The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say no to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled , upright, and Godly lives in this present evil age.”
God does not grade on a curve and He will not change the standard because He has a hard time finding people that can meet it. Genesis 6:9 Noah found grace but God did not change his mind because He couldn’t find more who could meet the standard.
He also will not change the standard because you can’t put down things of this world and get into an intimate relationship with Him.
I am going to show you that most of us are content to set up camp just out side of Egypt and far from the entrance to Canaan, and are content to live free of bondage but not in the land flowing with milk and honey.
Numbers 32:1 Now the people of Reuben and the people of Gad had a very great number of livestock. And they saw the land of Jazer and the land of Gilead, and behold, the place was a place for livestock. 2 So the people of Gad and the people of Reuben came and said to Moses and to Eleazar the priest and to the chiefs of the congregation, 3 “Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Sebam, Nebo, and Beon, 4 the land that the Lord struck down before the congregation of Israel, is a land for livestock, and your servants have livestock.” 5 And they said, “If we have found favor in your sight, let this land be given to your servants for a possession. Do not take us across the Jordan.”6 But Moses said to the people of Gad and to the people of Reuben, “Shall your brothers go to the war while you sit here?
Compromise is a leaven that when it hits a movement it does not only affect the ones in compromise but it permeates to the point that a little leaven, leavens the whole loaf. Jesus talks about this when He is sitting with the disciples talking about the doctrine of the Pharisees. Matthew 16:6
What would we do if we truly believed that we have a bread multiplier on our boat?
What would we really do for God if we stopped thinking our name was Jireh and the provider and stop putting our faith in the NASDAQ,,S&P500,stock market,etc.
If we could ever catch the revelation that God lives in a realm that money is not relevant what could we do for Him?
We are not to look at “Christian Television” as a guide on how to be the church, it has so mismanaged money ,I think God has completely removed his glory from it until someone has the guts to stand up and say you can’t rape the bride to pay for things that God never told you to build in the first place. Stick another adulterer up there and its ok we need to get our stuff paid for, stick another homosexual up there and its ok because we have to pay for our stuff. They are manipulating and making statements like “we need 700 seeds for $700 in the next hour and you will be blessed 7 fold.” Stuff like that makes God vomit, the lukewarmness of it. I believe He would rather them be cold in the world doing everything they can to worship, serve and raise mammon than to be in the church doing things that violate every principal of the word of God.
The litmus test for good theological prosperity is not what am I gonna aquire with all this money. It is what am I gonna do for the kingdom with all this money, end of sex trafficking, buy the babies from the women at abortion clinics, build orphanages,etc.
Then the disciples though revelation got it that He was talking about the teachings of the Pharisees that was a teaching of compromise. Do enough to follow the rules but don’t really respond appropriately out of the heart. This is what Jesus was primarily concerned about talking with the disciples.
Going back to Numbers, they have livestock that God gave them, the land they were in was suitable for livestock but they weren’t where God told them to be. It is subtle example of comprise. The problem with compromise is it is always pregnant with logic. We have fallen into a logical western way of thinking and have birthed a heretical thinking that God is logical. God is the most non logical being there is.
Numbers 31:32-35 Now the plunder remaining of the spoil that the army took was 675,000 sheep, 72,000 cattle,61,000 donkeys, and 32,000 persons in all, women who had not known man by lying with him. All given to them from God all from the spoils of war. They didn’t have to get together for meetings asking how they were going to acquire all those cattle and sheep. God gave it to them in the most illogical way.
The issue with them was not that they were or were not blessed it was that they were about to make a grand mistake by letting the blessing dictate their position.
Perversion is when we apply the principle without applying the purpose. The enemy has no power to create only to perverse what God has created. Like sex, God created that to be a wonderful gift between a man and a wife but the enemy perverted it into something nasty. The perversion does not negate the purpose. God’s purpose for prosperity is not trumped by a person’s greed to acquire wealth. They had thousands of sheep,cattle,donkeys and its about to be the worst thing that happened to them.
In the story when Peter is fishing with the other disciples and Jesus is on the land and they had been fishing all night and haven’t caught anything. Jesus tells them to throw their nets to the other side of the boat and they caught so much fish the boat couldn’t contain it. Then Peter realized who was on the bank and jumped in the water and when he got to the bank Jesus had cooked some fish. Everything that Peter worked all night for was in the boat yet he left it all to be in the presence of the Lord. Who enabled him to catch the fish? God did and when God enabled him to catch the fish supernaturally that which he could not catch on his own,he left the blessing to get back in the presence of the one who instigated the blessing. . Because he knew that presence is more valuable than material. What’s important in this story is that he leaves a boat full of raw fish and when he got to the bank there was cooked fish. Cause whatever you have wont taste right unless you have presence. You can have a lot of it but it doesn’t taste right unless you in the presence. What’s the difference between the fish on the boat and the fish on the bank? FIRE, when you live in the fire you understand what the increase is for, when you live in the fire you understand what the favor is for, you have an understanding that prosperity is God’s idea of winning the lost though the gospel of Jesus. People try to aquire stuff without going to the cross ”God wants me to be rich” sure He does but it’s not for you to buy a $750 watch. The problem is people try to get stuff without going through the death, burial and resurrection. Because when you go through that the only thing you care about is seeing people on their way to Hell not on their way to hell anymore.
Prosperity only make sense in the light of winning souls, it’s not about you getting stuff God did not give them cattle and sheep and donkey because he did not want them to have milk and honey. Do not miss milk and honey because you are counting sheep and cattle and donkeys. Like all comprise there is enough reason in it to be logical.
Don’t think the devil wont try to give you everything you desire to keep you from your purpose. He can only tempt you with what you can be tempted with. He knows if he can get you to compromise in worship, then he can get you to compromise in church, then in your prayer time and eventualy you will fall way. If he can’t get you to do that he will keep you busy with work chasing the American dream to keep you from your purpose. Don’t think he won’t make taking that job away from home, stepping down from ministry, missing your wife and kids and forfeiting your purpose is of God.
He tried it with Jesus Matthew 4:1-11 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written,“‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple 6 and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,“‘He will command his angels concerning you,’and“‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written,“‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’”11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.
Notice Jesus never left the mountain..He used the devil to bring him to a place that he couldn’t have gotten to within his human body. The mountain that he went up was not an earthly mountain , there is no mountain on earth that you could see ALL of the kingdoms.
The first thing you lose in comprise is not the anointing, the revelation or the gift it’s the intimacy. You stop spending time with God. Intimacy with God is where supernatural things are produced. Spiritual reproduction is a result of intimacy with God. God made Adam from dirt and Made Eve from Adam. We all know that men are women are different physically. God had everything he needed to form Eve from Adam. God could’ve just made another person from the dirt or give Adam the ability to form people from dirt. But it wasn’t God’s will to reproduce without intimacy. The problem with the modern church is that we have so compromised that we are no longer intimate with God and we are trying to reproduce things without presence.
We are producing a Babylonian culture because we are reproducing without presence, we are so called outreaching without presence, we are building buildings without presence, building multi campus without presence, multiple services without presence, were becoming Rock Star huge “success” without presence writing multi million dollar selling books on how we learned to procreate without intimacy.
Abraham even at 100 knew that he could not reproduce without intimacy with Sarah. At 100 he still believes, not that God will do it another way but that intimacy is still relevant to reproduction. Abraham is a man of enormous faith who refused to stop believing God. Regardless of the mistake he made he was still unwavering in the promise that God made him. What God spoke to him at 75 he still believed at 100.What God spoke to him at 75 that he made a huge mistake of getting intimate with something that should have been serving him. Hagar was supposed to serve Abraham but when you get in bed with things that are supposed to be serving you like your job, your career, materialism, secular humanism, philosophy, intellect, whenever you get intimate with them you end up producing something that will fight against your promise. Later on Sarah looks out and sees Ishmael picking on Isaac and says to Abraham get that bondwoman and her son away from my Isaac. If you never separate them your mistake will begin to mock your miracle. Isaac was the miracle and Ishmael was the mistake and Abraham wanted them to live together but God is showing us that there must be a place of consecration and disconnection if there is going to be a real elevation to the next level. Whatever God is asking you to get rid of, whoever he is telling you to disconnect from is not because he wants to see you in pain or suffer its because you cannot elevate to the new level with that amount of baggage.
What happened here is Abraham stepped in and took a matters into his own hands not because he didn’t believe its because he compromised and when you compromise you lose intimacy. When you compromise you diminish the role of the bride and you start partnering with stuff you should be communing with. God is not looking for partners, He is not looking for friends, he is not looking for buddies, He is looking for brides. Sarah was the bride but her role was diminished when Abraham turned to self management. When we compromise and move into self management we lose our bride status. We become busy, sensible, reasonable and practical and just getting things done seems much more easier than just waiting in prayer.We move into busy but we don’t labor for him anymore. We lose the intimacy that marks us and our ability to reproduce and any thing coming out of us isn’t of any divine consequence because we spend our lives like hamster on the wheel running round and round and never accomplishing anything worthwhile for Him.
The church is in the state it is in because the church leaders have lost their intimacy. We have worship leaders who can sing and entertain but would not know the glory of God if it came in like a bulldozer. Preachers who have great skill and great gifting but would not know how to shut their plan down for the glory of God if their life and ministry depended on it. What it going take is for you to recognize you’re a leader and you have got to maintain your commitment to His presence and stay in the intimacy if we are going to become the bride that God has intended us to be, the warring governing bride of all mighty God representing on the Earth the great groom who has never lost a battle in the history of all mankind. But its going to take intimacy to get us back to the place he called us to be.
Matthew 7:21-23“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
Luke 1:34 And Mary said unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man
That word know, “ginosko” in the Greek, refers in this context to an intimate relationship of union and approval. That is the kind of relationship a believer needs to have with Christ. Paul said, “But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him.” (1 Corinthians 8:3). Jesus will not say those words of condemnation in Matthew 7:21-23 to someone who truly loves Him. God recognizes, approves and truly works together with those who love Him. If we love the Lord, we will be looking to Him for power to overcome sin before we look for miraculous displays of the power of signs and wonders.
If we have lost intimacy then we must fight to shut everything down, repent of what we have compromised and partnered with. We must fight to get back what is of any worth in this life and it is the presence of All Mighty God. Deep is calling to deep just as shallow is calling to shallow. We must get so deep into intimacy with God that we can no longer hear the calls of shallow. We must stay the course that God put us on when we first came into His presence, we must stay in His presence and stay in intimacy with Him. We must remember that God timing is not our timing. If god told us to do something we must do it until it comes to fruition and he puts us on another task.