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An Underserved Title

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An Underserved Title

I call it staying in the middle of the river, the Scriptures say it is being filled with the Holy Spirit, perhaps another good analogy would be that of being in constant communion with God. It is praying without ceasing, (1 Thess. 5:17) and it is where we are all supposed to be.

I use these statements today in this letter to you because far too many have determined that there is a specific time, and in many instances, a specific place where we are to seek fellowship with the Lord, and in many cases, there is even a specific pattern that must be adhered to.

“Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.” (Daniel 6:10) “And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.” (Luke 4:16)

How often should we seek the Lord’s guidance in our lives? “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Prov. 3:6) That’s pretty clear, and that was just one verse, all the time, in everything, because we can do nothing without Him. (John 15:5)

Christianity has devolved, has deteriorated greatly from what it was intended to be, from what it started out as, as I have stated before, the first century believers would not recognize most people who say they are saved today. The fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23) in many are there because they are supposed to be, the works are done out of obligation, not love, churches are filled with individuals who do not understand what the word “worship” means, they just know that it is Sunday morning, and that is where they are supposed to be. Songs of adoration and praise have been replaced with repetitive words and music meant to invoke an emotional response, as are most of the messages.

The prayers in the lives of most of these individuals far outweigh the praise they offer, and those prayers are most generally self-centered, based on secular, or again, emotional wants, and not for the ability to be able to submit more fully in joy. Church is a pattern, it starts and ends within the appointed times, the messages are rarely if ever expounded upon in-depth and detail, they may be concise, to the point, but not for the edification of the body of Christ present, but because of a preset time limit imposed mostly by those who are impatient to get back out into the world. Sad, but true.

Which is more important, to pray without ceasing, or to enter into your closet? Which shows more conviction, to attend church regularly and without tardiness, or to continue in His presence, to seek His face continually?

Serving Christ is an attitude and action of the mind, it is not an option, it is not set aside for certain times and seasons, it is not what most people believe it to be today, it is not a lifestyle, it is life itself.

One of the greatest factors of serving the Lord for what I term here the “average Christian,” is need, when the need is low, the praise is low, and prayers are modified to a degree that they could possibly not even be called prayers. When the need is high, the prayers are fervent, usually self-centered because of the adverse circumstances, and praise will become virtually unheard of. The contentment of the average Christian today is in direct correlation to his satisfaction of the world around him, how he perceives his life to be going at the present time. That is not joy, that is the continuous search for elusive happiness, that is praising God when life is going well, and questioning Him when it is not.

“What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” (Job 2:10)

We put too much stock into this world, we look with our eyes, but we do not see, we pray to be released from the negative aspects of our lives, not to find the Lord in them, we fear the valley of the shadow of death, when it is there that we are at many times closest to our Lord. Today’s Christian wants to live up on the mountaintop, not the valley, he no more desires the fellowship of His suffering, (Phil. 3:10) than he does to praise Him in that valley. The title of “Christian” is not deserving of many of us.

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