Family Matters Conference
An excerpt from the Dave Young Evangelistic Team Newsletter written by Micah Self:
I was reading through 2 Timothy 3 last week and was surprised to see how many evidences of powerless religion are found in my own life and in our churches. If you read this list and honestly consider yourself it is convicting how many of those sins are in our homes… lovers of their own selves, covetous, proud, unthankful, without natural affection, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. Could it be that in our conservative churches we read these verses thinking of a church down the road when most of these sins are found in our own? Could it be that for all of the righteousnesses found in our positions we also lack the power of God in our services? Could it be we have so lost the power of God that we think He is pleased with us just because of our standards; while pride, envy, anger, impatience, lust, ingratitude, gossip, lack of compassion, and jealously reign unchecked and unconquered in our hearts and homes?
Could it be that with all of our dedication to the Word of God we still get more pleasure out of hours of March Madness, TV shows, movies, sports, hunting, fishing, shopping, and hobbies than we do our time with God and the preaching of His Word (although we would never admit it out loud)? Could it be that we have a form of godliness with our ties, suits, hair, dresses, choirs, and haughty Christian verbiage, yet we don’t have the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace etc…? Could it be that Christians in the most prosperous nation of the world are unthankful for multiplied blessings while continually wishing we had better cars, more clothes, nicer homes, and bigger TV’s? Could it be, that with all our religiosity, we only have a form of godliness but have never seen the leading of the Holy Spirit, the love of God, and the power of the gospel in our own lives?
It seems that this is the case… so how do we bring back the power? We must be humble enough to admit we have a problem (James 4:6-10). We must realize that what God wants is for us to love Him with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, and not just check off Christian duties (Matthew 22:37-40). We must reject anything that steals your affection from God (Colossians 3:5). Compare with Scripture and not with the church down the road (2 Timothy 3:14-16). Be like Christ and not man (1 Corinthians 1:29-31) and let the Holy Spirit have control of your life and services (1 Corinthians 2:4-5). I hope to see an outpouring of God’s power in my life and my generation. Do you?