Posted by: peebles | April 26, 2011

Deuteronomy 32:2 (NIV) ~ Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.

Being lover of nature programmes, I recently watched a documentary on the Hippopotamus. When the dry season begins, some Hippopotamuses will travel in search of water holes rather than stay where they are. It is a matter of survival, because if they do not move out and find fresh water holes, they will find that their current water supply will dry up and they eventually die.

It was so sad to see this one group of Hippopotamuses huddled together, each with its head tilted down, stuck in a dry and scorched piece of ground. Where there once was life, there was now just a dry barren bit of ground. They protected their bit of ground where life once flowed, but now there was nothing left. The narrator said, “How sad, they could have moved with the times but instead, refused and now they will die, when all they had to do was go to where there was water to live, but they are stuck in the past and refuse to move on.”

The question I asked myself was, “Can a church be so stuck in the past and refuse to move on? Where there once was life there is there now a barren ground? Where there was once life with a church filled with young people, are they now a church where the average age is over 60 years of age, with a people who have refused to move on in search of more of God, daily looking for a fresh blessing, a fresh infilling? Has it become a church which has no relevance to the world today and is so out of touch, making no effort to reach out to the lost, that the fish just swim past?”

On a computer you will get up dates all the time to help your computer run affectively, however many people will press the sign which says, “Not now” therefore they are not where they should.

God has been trying to update the church over the years with things which will help them reach the lost, but some church have pressed the , “Not now” button as a result they have not move on in the things of God. Their movement has become a monument. The word reform in the dictionary is only a few pages away from the word relic. When you do not embrace reform and change with the updates God has been giving, then the church will become a non-relevant and a relic. Instead of a Life giving living relevant church where Life flows with Living waters from the Lord.

Forgive for me if you think I am speaking out of turn, for I seek not to cause controversy but I am merely expressing a point of view.

The early church sowed into peoples’ lives, they moved with leading of the Holy Spirit and sought a fresh blessing from God. They were relevant and caring to those who were not saved, and not cold and indifferent. They had a well of Living water, a bubbling stream flowing over them touching peoples’ lives. Every day they reached out to God for their daily bread, they soaked themselves with His word and reached out to those who were not yet saved.

My friend, never let the well run dry; never let your enthusiasm for the things of God grow dim. Keep sowing into peoples’ lives and reaching the lost. Yesterdays blessing is in the past, reach out for more of God. Be filled with the fire and power of the Holy Spirit, let His word dwell in you richly and be real and relevant while reaching out to the lost. As our text for today says in Deuteronomy 32:2 (NIV), “Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.” Let your cry from your heart be: “LORD let it rain, pour down on me your fresh anointing, let it rain, oh LORD, let it rain.”

God bless you my friend, Matthew

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