“For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17).

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Vintage engraving of Miracle of the Loaves and the fishes, by James Tissot

I ask myself, “What use am I to God? I’ve made so many mistakes,” and it doesn’t take a prophetic gift to recognize that I’m going to make more of them. Not merely God’s ability, as with Him, I know all things are possible, but God’s willingness to work through the cracks and the brokenness, perhaps, is what most, leaves me in awe.

“For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17). I fear that we have all fallen into the devil’s snare, myself included. I pray, not just for our sake, but the sake of the world, that God’s patience brings forth a great repentance, and that His judgement cleanses His household, for we have become like that whore (Revelation 17:1-18). We’ve gotten ourselves so entangled in civilian affairs that we’ve lost sight of our primary mission (2 Timothy 2:4) and turned from our first love (Revelation 2:1-7). Only the gospel of Jesus Christ can bring light into this dark world, and all the answers we need are contained within its pages. Jesus IS enough.

So, if it were not for my brokenness, how might have I known God’s grace? If I had not stumbled, then Christ would have had no reason to lift me to my feet. If I had not transgressed, then I would have had no occasion to need a Savior. What a Divine paradox!!! (Romans 2:4; 3:1-8; 5:20-21).

When I stood in the presence of Jesus that night, there was no sin. He saw me as I am in Him, not as I am now in this flesh. That night was a turning point that set my life on a trajectory. It was amazing! He is amazing! I’ve written about the encounter, and I’ve tried to share it with anyone willing to listen, because the revelation of His goodness wasn’t just for me. Click/press to read about that night here: The Night I Met Jesus (24-Hour Fasting and Prayer Event Message, November 2, 2018).

I pray for prophets of God to be released, but I’m hesitant, because I know the enemy sends his servants too; those oracles and fortune tellers may be difficult to distinguish. And what does the Kingdom of God need with hyper political activism, civil unrest, and armament? Christianity overcame the mighty Roman Empire with evangelism and martyrdom, not the sword. Surely, if we live by the sword, then, in turn, we’ll die by one too. Jesus’s ministry to Israel took place under brutal Roman occupation, yet the kingdom Christ came to conquer was sin, not the Romans. To truly live as Christ, or even the early church, for that matter, what an excruciating transformation that would most certainly entail; a transformation of ones who are already supposed to be transformed. With this in mind, may we all continue to work out our faith, and strive toward the finish line, just as Paul instructed. This world is not home.

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