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The Chief Danger of 21st Century

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Author: UEC Team
Date: February 6, 2017

Bible Meditation

[ecko_quote source="Luke 18:8"]“Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?”[/ecko_quote]

Devotional Thought

Our faith in Jesus has been tested so greatly in this 21st century than any other century. People are much focused on what they see, hear and perceive than looking at and putting the trust in the Lord (Hebrew 12:2) They are fully convinced in what they could see are true and based their decisions on this. I believe with all my heart that the call needs to go out today more clearly than ever before for Christians to keep the faith.

William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, said, “The chief danger of this century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and Heaven without Hell.” We are but one generation away from paganism. If this generation doesn’t keep the faith and pass it to the next, there will be no faith.

In the Old Testament, Moses sent out 12 spies to spy out the land of Canaan to see what the land is like, whether the people who dwell in it are strong or weak, few or many. They departed and came back to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel in the wilderness. They told that it truly flows with milk and honey and people who dwell in the land are strong. There we saw the giants, and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight. So, all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night.

Now the question comes into our mind whether the above report was true or false. There was no doubt what they reported back on what they saw and perceived. However, Joshua and Caleb saw it not only what other ten spies saw and understood but also, they could see clearly with the power of God’s hand they could nullify the effect of what their physical senses (five senses) perceived and possess the land at once. Therefore, the Bible says the ten spies report as “evil report/ bad report”( Numbers 11:32). Their report may be true in physical senses, but that report was not “ULTIMATE TRUTH”. Joshua and Caleb said to the congregation that (without denying the fact) “do not rebel against the Lord nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread, their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them” (Numbers 14:9).

We need to be like Joshua and Caleb denying what our physical senses observe, and live in a spiritual realm where our faith would take control of it…..because we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor 5:7). Always bring our Heavenly Father into the equation then only we could receive impossible things; because our Heavenly Father is a specialist in impossible things.

Action Point

Are you passing the faith to the next generation? Here is your commission from the Lord: “Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” Deuteronomy 11:18-20

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Pastor Jonah Ravinder- United Telugu Church- Auckland, New Zealand

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