The culture of the world and the culture of the church have tried to marry. From secular songs as worship, to compromise within leadership structure, the two opposing sides of living have tried to become one. The world does not need a like-minded church to bring it freedom; it needs the Christ-minded church. We have allowed the warnings of past generations and prophets to go unheard and ignored. We never realized the agendas of the world would infatuate and influence the house of God as it is doing in the 21st century. It is time for us to AWAKE and OBEY the Father like never before.
The church has allowed the world to influence it when it should be the other way around. The church is the light of the world, we are to be giving direction, instruction and purpose to the world. We should not be influenced by the darkness that has penetrated those who are living sinful lives. The church is the salt of the earth, we are to preserve and to season the earth with the glory of the knowledge of the Lord. We are not to be entangled with un-savoured seasoning and calling it "innovative".
We have taken a nap to righteousness and have been awakened to carnality. Carnality deals with all things flesh. God is SPIRIT and He created us SPIRIT. We must have personal and corporate AWAKENINGS to His Spirit and His righteousness. He has called us into right-standing with Him. He has reconciled us through Christ as well as put a requirement of HOLINESS upon us. Until we awake to righteousness, many will not know the Knowledge of God.
We cannot live a life of a little for God and a little for flesh and call it holiness. Holiness is not a denomination but a lifestyle. Holiness is living consecrated for an intended purpose for the Lord. Holiness is more than wearing white on the outside but it is having the right spirit, a clean heart and clean hands before the Lord and His people. Those living a life of holiness unto the Lord should also become a living epistle read of all men in the earth. A lifestyle of holiness is one of obedience, faith, preserving, endurance, love and manifesting fruit of being with the Father. A lifestyle of holiness can be seen by those in the world without opening your mouth. The Father is HOLY and so should His sons be!
AWAKE! GET UP! It is time out for the CHURCH being drunk with sin. Sin is the liquor of flesh. Sin is rooted in control and pride. It makes you feel like you control your own destiny Doing things your own way but it all leads to death. Sin is very prideful. It boasts at how good it is at doing wrong. Sin wants you to be the best at what you do, so it brags about the ability of itself. Sin strives on deception, flesh, perversion and self. Sin is what separated man from God. Now, God is calling men to GET UP from their drunken state and return to sober minds. We are, all men, were separate from God and now have opportunity to be restored and adopted into His family. Many of us have allowed the deception of sin to convenience us that we are no good and of no value to God. LIES! God has always seen value in you or He would have never redeemed you. Redemption is paying the cost for your sins that you would not be punished. Come from that drunken state of sin, glorying in your flesh and living only to satisfy self and receive the promises of the Lord.
Awake to HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS and SIN NOT! You do not have to sin. You can live without sin. Sin is not your friend. Sin is a drug that is killing you daily. Sin has you working knowing you will have to soon pay with your life. But Christ Jesus, our Mediator, is interceding for you. He is waiting to take you in, clean you up and protect you from the dangers of sin. A life without sin is possible just not within yourself. Christ, is PERFECTION, when you receive Him, he deposits Himself within you and He will guide you.
Awake, be revived, be quickened to the Lord and allow Him to make you righteous, holy and perfect. Stop relying on your own strength. You cannot be holy on your own, only in Christ. You cannot be perfect alone, only in Christ. You cannot be righteous own, only in Christ. So maybe the verse is true:
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (Second Corinthians 5:17 KJV)
Notice the verbiage; "any man be IN Christ". This is a literal position. We have to take our place in the "anointed one". We have to take our place in the resurrected one. We have to take our place in the ascended one. For it is only in Him, the FirstFruit of our Father, that we become "the Righteousness of God". Righteousness is not only our way of life but also it is our identity.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (Second Corinthians 5:21 KJV)
Many do not know the knowledge of God because of our napping to our identity. We must now GET UP and fulfill the assignment of the one who sent us. We must be righteous that the world may see a difference in us. A world that sees the church as it sees itself will never be drawn to Christ. This is spoken to our shame.
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. (Second Corinthians 6:16-17)
The Father is expecting each of us that calls on Him and His son to be delivered. We have to be different. We have to be changed. We have to be transformed. We cannot fellowship with darkness. We must impede darkness. We have to be separate, another meaning for holy, unto the Lord and then He can send us where He has graced us with power to BE HIS WITNESSES (Acts 1:8). We cannot claim holiness and still fellowship with sin. Sin and righteousness are not friends. Righteousness should be complying men to give their lives to Christ not compromising for friendship sake.
Righteousness is not stuck up but it is loving. It is with righteous love that the world will be delivered from itself. Righteousness embodies the light of the Lord. Righteousness is a reconciler, a restorer, a healer....This is way we must be awakened to righteousness.
Again, I say AWAKE!