SHILOH MESSENGER - February 2012


 Social In-ept'ness

“Behold, I will bring health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth” (Jeremiah 33:6 ).

Everyday that I live on planet Earth, I try to observe life with a Heavenly perspective. When I have this perspective, then life becomes purposeful. We live in a world that pressures us into competitiveness, where we are self-absorbed to be the best. It is a world that the bibles says, “lies under the sway of the wicked one”, ( 1 John 5:19).  In an  environment that demands success, comes the fruit of man’s fallen nature (selfishness, envy & pride; Gal. 5:26). Those that lag behind in the achievement department get angry & frustrated, because someone else is getting all the breaks in life. It is this environment where the door opens for demonic influence to breed jealousy. Then one is deceived into believing  that it’s OK to lie, cheat & steal. After all only the strong survive, right? Isn’t life about self preservation & am I not justified? Who needs a moral code, no body lives by them anyway. So man justifies his behavior by perceiving that everyone is cheating in life. Humanity will never change & man will not evolve into a blissful state of nirvana or utopia (Webster dictionary: a state of mind as a place of ideal perfection or an impractical scheme for social perfection). The reality is we need an encounter with God. He is the only One that can heal us of our “social in-eptn’ess” (being without skill or aptitude for a particular task or assignment). In Genesis 6:5; “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually”. I can only imagine how God felt in His heart about the depravity of man & how far he has fallen from perfection. He never intended man to be without purpose & behaving like an orphan. He created him to be a son & to be the crown of His creation. “What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet” (Psalms 8:4-6). So when man was created he had in him the tremendous  capabilities to rule & reign from his delegated position. We all know that he failed. But God did not stop in His relentless pursuit for restoration by reconciliation (2Cor.5:18). Christ Jesus came to restore man back to his position of being a son of God (Gal.3:26). The greatest of all privileges is to know God intimately as Heavenly Father. The way that He has established to know Him is communion in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit brings us into fulfillment. There is nothing that surpasses the privilege of encountering Him in the Spirit. In John Chapter 4, Jesus describes the invitation to the true worshippers.  “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him”, John 4:23.  Notice, that Jesus says, it is the Father,  who is seeking us. When we respond in loving Him, we  feel His Heart towards us & for a world He desires to be reconciled. When we have His Heart we will have a strong desire to help others. We all have in us a capacity to Love what He Loves & hate what He hates. One of our greatest privileges that we have is to be a co-laborer with God. The way that God has chosen for us to change society is for the Church to pray. We have at our disposal all the arsenals of Heaven to push back darkness, obtain deliverance, receive healing & have heavens windows open for our prosperity. I could go on & on about the benefits of prayer that I have experienced in daily communion. Some may ask why do I feel as though my prayers have hit a brass ceiling & fell to the ground? Could it be you are not allowing the ministry of the Holy Spirit to usher you into Gods presence? This is where you experience the Holy Spirit like a “Heavenly Fount”. Our spiritual life should be like a flowing fountain. Jesus encountered the woman at the well in  John 4:14, He said, “whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life." Most of us know that the woman in this story was being deprived of her relationship with God. But Jesus gave her truth about past lovers that disappointed her & that they could never meet her true needs. She needed an encounter  with God by the Holy Spirit. The truth that He gave her at the well was symbolic of dryness of her soul. She needed to drink from a Heavenly well  that would spring up in her to encounter the Lord. It is a heart of gratitude that expresses a yearning for others to encounter God likewise. It is in this place where we are confident of bringing Heaven to Earth (Matt.6:10) for others to benefit. E.M. Bounds has written many books on prayer. He was able to teach & write effectively on prayer because he lived it & experienced it. One of his quotes from his many books on prayer says; “Prayer must be broad in its scope—it must plead for others. Intercession for others is the hall-mark of all true prayer. When prayer is confined to self and to the sphere of one’s personal needs, it dies by reason of its littleness, narrowness and selfishness. Prayer must be broad and unselfish or it will perish. Prayer is the soul of a man stirred to plead with God for men. In addition to being interested in the eternal interests of one’s own soul it must, in its very nature, be concerned for the spiritual and eternal welfare of others. One’s ability to pray for self, finds its climax in the compassion its concern expresses for other’s.”
This praying for others finds it’s fervency in knowing God & receiving His Heart for dying humanity. I do not believe that God expects less from us than from others who have entered into their prayer closets & changed the course of Divine judgment. We cannot sit passively by & let others pray while we sit on the side lines of life & have a prayer-less life. I’m convinced that when we get to heaven & rewards are given out we might be surprised at God’s reward system. It might not be the fire brand preacher that preached his fiery message that gets the greatest reward. I believe it might be the one who was actively engaged in the ministry of prayer. It is this selfless life of praying for others that we get fulfillment in seeing chaos replaced with the Light of God’s countenance on the faces of people fulfilling a Divine Purpose

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