The Battle For Relevancy

“How much is tradition affecting our mobility?” “Are we carrying old paradigms limiting us in this new era?”. These were the questions that were asked in a recent conversation I was in, I did more of the listening than talking. Finally leaving the comfort of the restaurant in which the discussion was held. I walk toward my car contemplating those questions. It forced me to ask new questions. Are “we” as the church relevant? Are we even supposed to be relevant? Does relevancy play a crucial role in the propagation of the gospel? Realizing it or not, these questions enlisted me on the proverbial battlefield many have fought on: the battle of relevancy.

Before we start I’d like to state that the rest of this post presupposes that you’ve settled core doctrinal tenets. In our defense for truth we can sometime engage in friendly fire, causing spiritual casualties because we become trigger happy. Quick to discredit and destroy someone with genuine questions and concerns because we perceive their questions, as doctrinal retractions. Let’s get this clear. There is no question about the doctrine. Apostolic principles and doctrines will forever maintain their relevance. They transcend culture and time. In fact, that’s what makes them apostolic. I’m not talking about attempting to hide heresy under the disguise of relevancy. In most discussions dealing with relevancy, the central concern is not the message, but methods.

Methods and boundaries act as extensions to apostolic principles. It attempts to take the universal truths of scripture and give them specific cultural application. The issue occurs when we can no longer distinguish the extension from doctrinal truth. Then what once served a purpose, has the possibility to become a hindrance. It is comparable to the serpent that Moses erected to bring healing, but years later brought about idolatry. This occurred because the medium to God became as important as God Himself. The opposite can be just a detrimental. When men with week spiritual eyes attempt to remove traditions not realizing that they’re grasp has extended beyond old boundaries (now current tradition), and into truth. It’s the “Eve syndrome”. Eve touched the fruit before she ate it. The “touch not” was established by the man of God to inhibit the “eat not” settled by the word of God. Adam understood that connection would validate consumption. Those inflicted with the Eve syndrome ignore the fact that boundaries acknowledge that the external touch will affect internal desires, causing relational damage, with God and others. Both the veneration of the serpent and the underplay of boundaries can have enteral impacts.

It has been the uptake of numerous cultural and sub cultural groups that has brought relevancy to the forefront of discussion. Consider that for years culture took time to adjust and change. But now culture is constantly adjusting and perpetually segmenting. Because of the fast growth and diversity of culture, we are forced to adjust our presentation of the Gospel. If we fail to acknowledge cultural variance in age, ethnicity, educational status, and geographical backgrounds, we can see very little results in place where there should be success. Not because of WHAT we communicate, but HOW we communicate. I understand that there must be a sense of individuality when reaching people. But culture is the door in which you walk through to reach and deal with the individual.

So, how do we keep the balance of trying to be culturally relevant yet not lose our identity. The answer might be in the scriptural scenario. Jesus making His way to His greatest triumph has an interaction with Simon the Cyrene. Simon is from a different location but possibly a different race. Simon’s encounter with Jesus would cause him and his family to believe. Jesus impacted someone who was from a different place and race. What allowed Jesus to be relevant and still effective? What made his reach beyond what cultural background affective in someone else’s? The cross. The cross allowed him to pull outside other close to Him. The same will be true for us. The cross will allow us to hold on to doctrinal truths, while adjusting our methods to reach various cultural groups. It’s the ONLY avenue that allows us to love God and others at the same time. The cross allows us to both do whatever necessary to reach people – at the same time doing whatever asked to please God. It is the cross that keeps us suspended beyond the world and its desire while allowing us to reach for those condemned to die.

Paul found this invaluable truth while attempting to find relevancy in the cultures he reached with the Gospel. And He listed the result of his finding to be: I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. The cross allowed Paul to fit their cultural context to transform their spiritual state. He only did this because he was cross centered. The cross adjusted Paul so that God could reach others. Paul became broken to become flexible. God’s love for others will break us.

The battle of relevancy is not fought between liberals and conservatives. Rather, it is fought by saints who conserve the truth handed down by the ages, to bring liberty to the captive. Young minister, your battle is NOT against your elders. As long as your sword is faced the wrong way you will always lose. Rather your battle is for the lost around you and the greatest tool you have in your arsenal is a cross. It is the catalyst to any method you could use. Be relevant but make sure you’ve find a cross to die on before you make adjustments. Make sure your desire to please God and love for the lost has brought you to your conclusion. Only then can we win the war of relevancy.

Dealing With Accusations & Confidence in Ministry: Part 2

Fellow Young Minister,

Thank you for your welcoming response regarding my previous letter. I wrote to you concerning the challenges we face through envy and accusation as we grow in ministry. These influences are birthed from the kingdom of darkness and are the roots of the spiritual resistance, tempting our passions by challenging our character, that we may become distracted and take our eyes off of God’s mission.

Nehemiah is our prime example.

He distinctly had 3 men oppose him: Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arab.

In the heat of our character being challenged, we will face these 3 spirits. Remember, their ultimate mission is PARALYSIS BY DISTRACTION!

First is Sanballat, the Horonite. His name means “strength” from the lineage that means “two caves” (Strong’s H5571 & H2773). Through accusation, this spirit tries to remove the vigor and strength we apply towards the vision God has given us. If it is successful, our spiritual vision is left cavernous. Second is Geshem, the Arab. His name means “rain” from the lineage that means “sterility” (Strong’s H1654 & H6152). Through accusation, this spirit tries to discourage us by having us think that God’s blessing in the mission will end up becoming unfruitful, because our character cannot “hold up”. Third is Tobiah, the Ammonite. His name means “Jehovah is good” from the lineage that means “tribal” (Strong’s H2900 & H5983). Through accusation, this spirit tries to dampen our passion with complacency, that we may focus only on the status quo of our own unit. The temptation is that we don’t have the character through Christ to push the envelope.

Be aware. When the letter was sent to Nehemiah after the fourth wave of opposition, the Bible says that only Sanballat and Geshem spoke in the letter. Tobiah is silent, because complacency is almost always a feeling and not a voice.
These three spirits were calling Nehemiah to come out to the plain of Ono (Nehemiah 6:2). Ono was the valley of craftsmen and holds the significance that these spirits want to take us to the place where we are only focusing on our own “craft” and not on the bigger picture of the kingdom of God (Strong’s H207). Their strategy is to paralyze us from growing in leadership because we will begin to question our character and ability to lead others in God’s direction, so we ought to stop trying.

These are critical points of strategy that are operating when accusations come our way. We must recall that the enemy is a spirit, not a person. These spirits may follow us to an altar call, to the platform, to the pew, to our cars, to work, to wherever. We must endure like a good soldier of the Lord Jesus.

The Bible equates our enemy as the accuser of the brethren. So we must learn to not only protect others from falling prey to these pressuring accusations, we must find safety in loving brethren who will speak against these accusations with us. There are prayers that we cannot pray over ourselves, because God wants us to lovingly pray for one another (Ask Paul). We must come to a place where we say, “I am my brother’s keeper!” The adversary knows that we are focused on becoming who God wants us to become, so the wedge he tries to insert is between each other, by having us fall prey to these accusations – either in isolation or cooperation.

I must say, I have another letter for you next week to elaborate on some final matters regarding accusations and confidence in ministry. It took me awhile to just digest Sanballat, Geshem, and Tobiah. But some others come on the scene as well, to compromise our confidence in ministry. Remember, EVERY evil work is at hand. Though we are dealing with demonic wisdom as James would say, God has made us “wiser than our enemies” through His Word (Psalm 119:98).

Love, Fear & Vulnerability

If I would ask an individual what the opposite of love is, it’s likely they would say “hate”. Although, I would contend that hate is only a fruit of love’s antonym and not the root. The Scriptures state that “there is no fear in love; but [complete] love casts out fear; because fear has [punishment with it]. He that fears is not made [complete] in love” (1 John 4:18, Strong’s G2849/G2851/G5046).

While love does not room with fear, complete love confronts and casts out fear, wherever it is. It appears that it is possible to have God’s love operating in our lives, but not possess maturity in God’s love, causing us to not confront and cast out fear. Hence, a mature flow of God’s love in and through our hearts causes a third party to become involved. For the sake of this writing, I will be using “complete”, “wholesome”, and “mature” interchangeably. Here’s an example of what I mean: let’s say Alan possesses love that is given by God – two parties. Since Alan is not operating in mature love, he does not confront and cast out fear. On the other hand, let us meet Alan operating in COMPLETE love. He is compelled by God’s complete love to confront and cast out fear, which was not resident with Alan since the beginning. Alan must be drawn to Brian (3rd party), in order for God’s complete love to become evident and impact Brian and his challenge with fear. God’s complete, mature love is only achieved when a third party is involved. I believe this is why John said that if a man does not love a fellow believer whom he has seen, how can he love God, whom he has not seen (1 John 4:20). John sets the foundation in verse 12 stating that “if we love one another, God [actively] dwells in us, and His love is [continuously MADE COMPLETE] in us”. So in order for us to grow from God’s love to God’s complete love, we ought to simply exercise the initial love of God we receive, as a seed sown into the lives of others – because the process of giving, is the process of maturation in God’s love.

Now why bring vulnerability into all of this? I believe vulnerability is the human experience that acts as the middle pivot point which holds the seesaw of love and fear. How we handle our vulnerability is what can cause us to go further in God’s love or further into fear. Consider the moments where you have felt vulnerable. Why did you hesitate? Why did you feel the call to insecurity? Why did you begin to open the invitation to hide? Why did you feel fractured? And seek to become disengaged?

I believe it was because you began to feel the spirit of fear begin to beat its drum on the side of fear and not allow the Word and Spirit of God resound the beautiful tempest of truth on the side of love. I would not be afraid to say, that God’s love is terrifyingly beautiful. The terrifying portion being a product of the fact that God’s love meets us at the degree of our EXPOSURE – whether mental, spiritual, emotional, or even physical. God’s love is first manifested as a response to our exposure. This is a reason why the Scripture states that God demonstrated His love towards us, that while we were yet sinners, Jesus Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). Jesus shows us His love at the highest degree of human exposure: the point where a human corrodes in their sin. Now let me quickly and simply define sin: “missing the mark” (Strong’s G266). I sin whenever I miss the mark. It could be a simple request from God, but me still miss doing it how He asked, by His means, not my own.

I define sin because even when dealing with our weaknesses and vulnerabilities, we can sin by insisting on hiding from God. God is the epitome of patience. Yet, if we refuse to come before God with our vulnerabilities, we sin in His sight; for it is a good thing to come before God with our weaknesses (James 4:17, 2 Corinthians 12:9).

So we get to choose what we do with our vulnerabilities. Many people teeter and totter on this seesaw of love and fear, trying to bear some vulnerabilities with the love of God and others with the fear of exposure. When the truth is, vulnerabilities ought to be cast everyday, not carried (1 Peter 5:7). We must cast our vulnerabilities at the feet of Jesus, where we can walk towards the side of His love, to grow unto complete love and cast off fear behind us.

That is love, fear, and vulnerability in the context of Jesus and us. But here’s the additional layer that God uses to challenge us into growing with complete love.

The people closest to us.

These are the individuals that learn what makes us tick and what makes us ticked. And it’s possible that we would have more trouble being seen of others than being seen of God. It is possible we have more trouble being exposed to those closest to us than being exposed to God. There are many reasons why this can occur – whether it is a childhood experience, lack of effective communication, unhealed wounds, conflicting perspectives, and much more. Yet, God uses these relationships to produce COMPLETE love in our lives, because a third party is now involved. This is the valuable characteristic that God wants to produce in us: complete love.

So, on this weekend when many celebrate Valentine’s Day, remember to thank those who, with God’s complete love, have helped you confront fear in your life when you were in a vulnerable place.

To My Fellow Worship Leader

Dear Fellow Worship Leader,

I’m not a singer-worship leader like you, although I have seen others lead worship without singing. Anyway, for the sake of this letter, we’ll adhere to a cultural definition of worship leading: the person who sings, typically at the center, and directs a song according to the leading of God’s Spirit, encouraging the congregation to get involved. Quite a mouthful. But in many places, that’s a close definition. This letter is not to criticize your role. I really do sympathize with you, via all of the memes about leading worship and the pressures you face. But, I am writing (ranting) to you today because I am tired of your excuses.

Yes. You heard me right. I’m tired of your excuses.

Look. I’m a musician. I get around to discovering a lot of different types of “Christian artists”. Many of them write phenomenal songs and others are just plain unbiblical and self-centered. They have nothing to do with focusing on Jesus and it sometimes KILLS an album for me. What gets me too, are the songs that are just AMAZING, and the person who released it just RUINS the song with excessive runs and flashy display of their talent. I only end up remembering their over-the-top singing ability and not the heart of the lyrics. Ever ask yourself why some songs skyrocket in popularity when someone else besides the original songwriter sings it? It could fall either of two ways. Either the person who made it popular is talented, or they’re anointed. I know which one characterizes you more.

So what am I tired of? I think you’re getting the idea.

I’m tired of you not writing and developing the songs God gives you. Are you not provoked to jealousy, love, and good works when you hear a BOMB song from X-Y-Z “Christian artist” and yours sits, possibly in some notebook, for no one to hear? I know much of the Psalms were birthed in deep prayer and God was the first one to hear them. But let’s just forget blessing the Kingdom, right?

Can you tell my tone is very sarcastic?

WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR SONGS. I’m writing to you in such a manner because I REALLY BELIEVE IN YOU. I want to provoke you unto love and a good work by writing the songs God puts on your heart and blessing others with them. Publish them on Instagram or Youtube or something. I don’t know. It’s gotta get out SOMEHOW. And no. You don’t need some crazy record deal in order for it to be published. Ask David what kind of record deal he had before he started sharing his songs. ALL OF ISRAEL WOULD SING HIS SONGS. We need songs that are BIBLICAL. Colossians 3:16 clearly shows us how we need songs and spiritual hymns that produce wisdom, a spirit of teaching, and admonition. But these songs aren’t separate from the word of Christ. I heard a worship leader, one a lot of people would not consider “close to Jesus”, recently state that too many people feel the pressure of having to spur up a congregation by the use of their own words and motivation. He said this, “Don’t try to get God to endorse your words. God will always endorse HIS WORDS. If you want something supernatural to happen, minister His Word in song.”

I’m not writing this letter to you because I think you’ll get a big head with doing this. I really believe many of my songwriting friends don’t deal with pride, they deal with discouragement. They think nobody wants to listen to their songs, or feel like they need some weird ethereal approval for a song to just be put out here. Why aren’t you giving yourself to that gifting God has put in you? I’ve heard it said it takes more work to bury your talent into the ground, than to actually invest in it. The Parable of the Talents shows us that the man who considered his talent insignificant was called “wicked” (Matthew 25:26). I know who you are. We ought not to fall into this temptation.

You’re frustrated, already. I know it. You’re frustrated because you’re passionate about God’s role in His kingdom, but you’re distracted by the pressures you face in having to succumb to a certain type of “worship leader role”.

You are a WORSHIP LEADER. I know you feel the Holy Spirit leading you into areas of the Spirit when you are leading and you hold back. I see right through you. I know you want to speak more things into the atmosphere of the Spirit, yet you feel like you did not lead a song well unless you got EVERY SINGLE RIFF AND LICK HIT “WELL”. I’m not here to debate praising the Lord in a skillful manner and what the Bible says about it. Since when were we called to hold instruments of praise, whether a voice or guitar, and forget BEING an instrument of praise?

I know who you are. The Kingdom needs your worship leadership. I know what you do in secret. I believe in your God-given ministry. You’re not Benita Washington. You’re not Fred Hammond. You’re not Kim Walker-Smith. You’re not Bethel. You’re not Tasha Cobbs-Leonard.

You. Are. You.

So please stop trying to be like them. Don’t you know you’re called, chosen, and forming into further faithfulness? It’s better when you lead worship. I’ll just be real plain – for X, Y, & Z reasons that you and I have discussed in private, it’s better when you lead worship.

Turn loose. I believe in you so much. Get out of your own way.

Thanks for listening to my rant. I trust you hear my heart. Let me know when you release your songs.

Provoked Unto Love & Good Works

Dear Fellow Young Minister,

I want to make a confession to you. I have worshipped next to you during song service at youth rallies, conventions, conferences – I have sat by you in young ministers’ sessions and seminars to come to this conclusion.

You make me jealous.

Not envious. But jealous.

I have seen the manner in which you worship our God. I have observed the way you speak of others. I have seen the way you tarried for altar calls. And I must say, I have been deeply impacted. You have provoked me to jealousy and a hunger to magnify the Lord. Quickly, I think it is important for me to differentiate between jealousy and envy, because I see jealousy characterized by a sense of selfless possessiveness of Jesus, while envy is simply selfish possessiveness. The Lord presents Himself as the jealous God (Exodus 20:4-6). Therefore, I believe jealousy is a positive characteristic to be inspired of you, while any negative connotation of jealousy we read, in KJV language, of the New Testament is really envy.

Anyway, I’m glad to have you as a dear friend, because I have learned the importance of provoking one another unto love and good works. A lot of people quote Hebrews 10:25 as the main reason to “go to church”, when I believe it is a gross understatement as to why we should gather. On a brief note, not only is verse 24 the real focus, but it is biblically inaccurate to say “I’m going to church”. Pardon me, that’s for another time. Because friend, I have had legitimately deep moves of the Spirit gathering with you and other friends outside of a church service setting. Frankly, I have ZERO motivation to assemble myself with other believers if I’m not going to provoke or be provoked unto love and good works. I believe that if we are not careful, we can sin by gathering with the people of God, by simply having the wrong attitude and approach. The Scriptures state in Romans 14 that “whatsoever is not of faith, is sin”. Not to mention that whomever knows to do good, and doesn’t do it, commits sin, too (James 4:7).

I believe we ought to be mindful of what atmosphere and provocation is cultivated by our closest friendships. I understand that some people get into a competitive mindset at times, but the love and good works you provoke me to, cause me to want to become competitive with myself. That’s what I want in a close friend. I hunger to become more like Jesus, than I was yesterday. For today truly is the best, opportune day to serve the Lord. I proudly blame you for contributing to that. I have had friends that provoked me to compromise and even discomfort, for simply wanting more of God. This became painful at times because I love my dear friends, but the atmosphere conflicted with the direction I wanted to go. I know I’m not the only one that feels this way.

Mark told me once about a time he was at Senior Camp, and one of his best buddies, Sam, who was in town from bible college, came up to him after making some rounds with old friends. Sam told Mark that Mark’s name was being tossed around, but in the context of “this guy thinks he’s all that”. I remember Mark told me the story and broke down weeping at the pain these accusations caused him. Mark told me he didn’t know how he had carried himself in such a way to make others feel inferior. It was never the intention – and possibly never the reality.

Truth is, some people don’t want to be provoked unto love and good works. While many do. It can be a difficult course to navigate because people vary in their responses, yet possess the same desire. Some people are comfortable in their relationship with God, while many have a deep sense and longing for more. I partially wish I could write today that ALL of my friends want to be provoked unto love and good works. But my ambivalence proceeds from the fact that the pain that comes from these “unequal yokes”, has provoked me to seek those that are going in the same direction.

Here lies another challenge. What becomes of my attitude, towards those whom I have had to create some distance with? Do I then fall into becoming a Pharisee? Am I excused from provoking at a distance? I must answer these questions for my own sake. Paul said he “always [strove] to have a conscience without offense toward God AND men” (Acts 24:16). I did not know this at first, but leadership is highly characterized by the manner in which we deal with pain, especially when others are involved. Can we still retain the momentum of provocation unto love and good works, when the current of compromise beats against us?

It comes down to this.

People are watching.

That in itself can paralyze many. But to know that Jesus is watching, is all the more motivating. Although, I did want to let you know that watching you has been a blessing to me. I want to be guilty of being a match in God’s kingdom. I heard a minister once say, “I don’t desire to be a bonfire. I just desire to be the match. The match that starts the bonfire gets consumed by the bonfire. Nobody even remembers who the match was.” I pray that God help our motives in provoking others unto love and good works, resulting in Jesus becoming the bonfire – while we are consumed in Him.

Thank you for being a match in my life.

The Believer’s Battle With Abortion

Beloved Fellow Young Minister,

There has been such an uproar of political heat and moral decay in these last days. The adversary and the kingdom of darkness are becoming more manifested in their agenda and sin is more outspoken. The world system is becoming more vocal about calling good evil and evil good. Our generation wrestles with the onslaught of not only the natural battles that occur as a result of these last days, but we wrestle with the spiritual battles, as well. So much of what happens in the natural realm is a product of the spiritual realm acting behind it. Even so, the Bible makes it very clear that the invisible things are understood by the visible things (Romans 1:20). For example, a seed and how it grows into a tree, relates to how the Word of God manifests itself in a person’s life (1 Peter 1:23). Similarly, critters like frogs and parasites give us insight to how devils operate (Revelations 16:13-14).

In confidence and vulnerability, I am trusting you with what I am about to speak of. But I have wrestled with the fact that my hands may be just as bloody. That is, abortion occurs in the Church.

I believe abortion has manifested itself in such an awry manner, because it has already passed a certain threshold in the spiritual realm, where the same sin is committed. What do I mean? I believe abortion is not only a natural sin, but a spiritual sin. I write to you with a heavy heart today, because as easy as it may be to be angry with the uprising of natural abortion, I believe we must be just as angry, if not more, with the sin of spiritual abortion. I am urged in my heart to not only become like Jesus in loving what He loves; but, to also hate what He hates.

Millions of living babies have been aborted, having their lives prematurely taken, for centuries now. For the sake of this heartfelt letter, I will define abortion as that exactly, selfishly taking the life of a baby, for reasons of convenience, while it is in the womb. While this is a sin that is propagated by the spirit of the antichrist and is indicative of the fact that lawlessness shall abound in these last days (Matthew 24:12), I believe it is just as urgent that we ought to make a case for not just natural babies, but spiritual babies, too.

Because, I too, have participated in the sin of abortion. My guilt places me in the same position that many of these mothers and fathers have entered. My heart and soul grieves for them. The Scriptures are very plain that perilous times shall come in the last days; and sins that manifest themselves in the world naturally, can exist in the Church spiritually. So how have I participated in this sin? I trust you to pray for me in this regard, as I will for you, too. I have had times where I deterred the development of spiritual babies, that were yet in the womb, because taking care of them was an inconvenience to me. To be more clear, I have refused to want to nurture an unborn believer, through the love of Jesus, because I did not make time for them or believe in God’s purpose and plan for their life.

How can I make such a grave statement? Is this really my heart? Are those deeds a true representation of my faith? I pray they aren’t. I know the Scriptures say that “the heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). It must be guarded (Proverbs 4:23). I do not want to vehemently speak against natural abortion, turning a blind eye on the sin of spiritual abortion.

I confess that I have had times where I lived in a lack of involvement, urgency, commitment, and burden for the Great Commission of Jesus Christ, wanting babies to come out of a womb, or be “baptized by water and/or Spirit”, to then carry on my own agenda of not having to take care of them – or should I say, not care about their discipleship. I hope you hear my heart. We have been exposed to a time where demonic spirits have tried to tempt the Church to participate in spiritual reproduction, but then introduce to us the option of aborting the babies, so that they never fully develop to what God wants them to become. These spirits appeal to the convenience that our flesh seeks after, telling us that we ought to just be “concerned with our own lives, figure ourselves out, or that we are not equipped to train up a child”. The temptation is consistent, naturally and spiritually. Though it may not be widely published, millions of women bear the shame of having committed natural abortion. Many even do it with sincerity, but their flesh secretly authored it’s own self-preservation. I believe the same can be said of believers who commit spiritual abortion. They may have even lived their own religious lives, with sincerity of heart, but were really authoring the preservation of their own flesh.

What are the consequences? We end up with spiritual babies that may come out of the womb, but never live out their God-ordained destiny – simply because no one committed to that particular baby and exercised what Jesus exercised, MAKING DISCIPLES.

It takes a lot of work to nurture a baby. Sleepless nights. Time. Money. Sacrifice. Much training. Much more repetition. And most of all, vulnerability and learning from mistakes. The spirit of this age is appealing to the self-seeking flesh of men and women in this generation to commit natural abortion, all the while also appealing to the self-seeking flesh that the bride of Christ battles everyday, so that the Church would commit spiritual abortion. Are we as committed to the life of spiritual babies as we are to the life of natural babies? I have repented and continue to find more room to repent, concerning the vigor in which I commit to the Great Commission. I want it to consume my life.

While a natural pregnancy lasts around 40 weeks, Jesus dedicated three and a half years to unborn world-changers.

Unborn? Yes. Unborn.

The disciples did not receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, neither were baptized in Jesus name, until AFTER three and a half years of being nurtured IN THE WOMB. Then, receiving the born-again experience on the Day of Pentecost. Jesus did not give up on them even when they abandoned Him in the garden of Gethsemane. Jesus still returned to them after He resurrected and they had stopped preaching the gospel. Jesus did not abort these unborn babies. He did not live in such a manner where He considered Himself too busy to invest in others. Jesus did not consider it an inconvenience to vehemently pray for 3 hours in a garden, while His unborn babies fell asleep on Him. Jesus did not consider it a waste of time to invest in disciples who had not received the Holy Spirit or were not baptized in Jesus’s name. Jesus poured into them, whether or not they believed like He did. Jesus did not abandon these unborn babies because they “didn’t have anything to offer Him”. Instead, He gave His life for them, that the plan of God would be fulfilled in their lives.

My friend, I pray we consider the perilous times and guard our hearts from sins that are committed naturally and spiritually. If I am too busy for unborn babies, I am busier than God intended me to be. Please pray for me, as I will pray for you, too. This is the mission that Jesus trusted us, equipped us, empowered us, and prayed for us to live out. Just like the natural representation, spiritual reproduction is not for entertainment, it is a holy communion between Jesus and His bride. All life is sacred, naturally and spiritually. Take a look at the emphasis the Spirit of God is placing on discipleship to the Church all around the globe. God is positioning His Church to spiritually combat the kingdom of darkness. We must make whatever accommodations are necessary to give birth to the unborn babies that come with end-time harvest. If it means to repent, I will repent. If it means to pray 3 hours, I will pray 3 hours. If it means to bear a cross, I will bear a cross. I believe that if we, as the Church, would humble ourselves and pray, seek God’s face, and turn from OUR wicked ways, then God will hear from heaven, forgive OUR sin, and heal OUR LAND (2 Chronicles 7:14). I realized that if we would truly combat the spirit of this age regarding abortion, we would not just pray and vote, we would disciple.

2 Corinthians 10:4-6 King James Version (KJV)
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;