Sick of the Name it and Claim it Generation


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I don’t know what is more upsetting to me, the wing of the church that seems to be totally insensitive to the move of the Spirit or, the name it and claim it crowd?

            I am growing increasingly frustrated with the Charismatic Movement in all levels because they continue to neglect the reality of Scripture. If you listen closely to these charismatic preachers, they are saying that, everybody should enjoy perfect health and everybody should be rich; so if you are not healthy and if you are not rich something is wrong with your faith.

            Beloved, somebody has to tell you the truth! Not everybody you pray for is going to be deliver, not everybody you pray for will get saved and not everybody you pray for will get healed. True be told, many of your prayers will not be answered.

            Some marriages will not get any better, some of our children and love ones will endup in hell, some will never recover from cancer, some will never experience a breakthrough and, in case you don’t know yet, all of us, with the exception of the generation of the rapture, will experience death. Not everything we claim will come to pass and not everybody will be a millionaire.[1]

            David prayed and fasted for God to save the first son he had with Bathsheba, nevertheless his son still died.[2] You may say, that was the result of God’s judgment over David’s sin and you are right. However, how can you explain that out of that awful relationship God gave Salomon to David? Salomon was not the first-born, but was the chosen one to inherit his father’s kingdom. Not only that, but Salomon is part of the genealogy of our Lord Jesus Christ. Who understands the mind of God?[3] David knew the glory of having Salomon as his dear son, but not without the pain of loosing another.

            The Apostle Paul prayed three times for a thorn in his flesh, he called it a messenger from Satan; nevertheless he never received his deliverance. The man who pray for so many people; even brought people back to life, could not pray himself out of his own affliction, but he concluded that God’s grace was sufficient.[4]

            Hebrews 11 is known as the Hall of Fame of Faith; however, none of the folks mentioned there saw the promise they believed God for. Hebrews 11:39 tells us, “And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise,” (NKJV)

            So what is wrong with our charismatic preaching? We are making people stumble because we are preaching a Gospel with no pain and no suffering; a Gospel where everything we want can and will come into fulfillment. But that is not true. That is the reason why many on our side fall apart over every little affliction; that is because is not included in their theology.

            The Bible tells us that many are the afflictions of the righteous.[5] God will indeed deliver us from all of our afflictions; that is the promise; but nobody will escape the afflictions, that is also a promise. The Bible tells us in First Corinthians 13 that love is longsuffering. If you are walking in love, you-will-suffer.

            Could you agree that our ultimate deliverance will not take place on this earth? Revelation 21:1-4 confirms this statement,

Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John,[a] saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (NKJV)

                  Jesus is our maximum example and He took the time to prepare His disciples for suffering[6] why are we not doing the same? I am afraid that we, in the charismatic movement, are preaching carnality focus on me, my self and I and what I can get here and now. We are totally ignoring the fact that this life is just a vapor.[7] This life is not our ultimate destination. I am not preaching that we should be miserable, but our hope should never be place on what we can get on this life.

I conclude with the words of the Apostle Peter,

But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 1 Peter 4:13 (KJV)

 

 

[1] Matthew 26:11

[2] 2 Samuel 12

[3] First Corinthians 2:16

[4] 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

[5] Psalm 34:19

[6] John 16:33

[7] James 4:14

Your Talent is not Enough!


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Everybody has the potential to do something in life; that is because everybody has a gift, provided by God, to be able to make a living and to be able to minister.

         Proverbs 18:16 tells us, “A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.” (KJV) The question is, if everybody has a gift, how is it that some are able to take that gift to a higher level and some others, even with a greater gift, never do?

         I want to propose four elements to you, 1) Natural Abilities, 2) Hard Work and Dedication, 3) Attitude and 4) Passion. Each one of these ingredients is key to success.

  1. Natural abilities: This means that you don’t have to do much of anything for those abilities to flow. You run faster, you learn to shoot the ball faster than others, you have better than normal reflex, great coordination, eye sight, you understand math better than the average person, remember dates, etc. Natural abilities are the God-given gifts; nevertheless, they can only take you so far; they do have limits. I have seen some kids that are great track and field athletes back home at the local or regional level, but as soon as they step into the State level competition, they fall apart. There is an explanation for that; they are lacking other elements for success.
  2. Hard work and dedication: If God does it all He will be promoting laziness. Hard work and dedication are so powerful that it can take somebody with less potential and make him better than somebody with all the potential in the world, but consumed with pride, laziness and lack of discipline. One thing that we must understand is that God has nothing good to say about laziness. Proverbs 13:4 tells us, “The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.” (NKJV). You may say, well that is Old Testament stuff; but the New Testament echoes the same message. Colossians 3:23 tells us, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,” (NKJV)

         You can win locally with your eyes close; it so easy! You can continue doing that same job for 20 more years. But many will never even try to go to the next level, that is because the next level requires hard work and dedication.

         As I said before, natural abilities can only take you, but so far. Soon or later those natural abilities will not be enough to take you to your full potential. That same lazy kid will never be able to shine at the State Level competition because, even as his natural abilities are amazing, his dedication is sloppy.

         So the kid that did not have as much potential, but busted his butt in the gym, who study his sport and who constantly work on improving his technique beyond the time with the coach, will indeed become that State Champion, get that promotion and enjoy a breakthrough to the next level. The higher the level, the harder work and dedication is required.

         Hard work and dedication is what I like to call the level field. Here you can actually see the kid with less talent totally dominate the one with all the talent in the world, but no dedication. It is the soul of the diligent that makes him rich,[1] in other words, makes him prosper; it is not the soul of the talented.

  1. Attitude: This is the magic ingredient that brings everything together nicely. A good attitude is a teachable spirit manifested in humility. The Bible tells us in James 4:6 “…“God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” You can be good and you can be dedicated, but your attitude may close or open doors for you. Nobody likes to work with a jerk! That good attitude will enable you to leave behind a greater legacy.
  2. Passion: If you do not have passion, you need to desperately pray for it. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” Do you have a dream? Do you have direction in your life? Are you working on something? Passion is the engine God gives you to go after what you want with all of your heart. Passion will cause you to practice that extra hour, to wake up early to train hard and to work on your technique; to work on that degree or that certification, etc. Passion takes no excuses; passion will make the time and will drive you to the top. Without passion you are wasting your time and everybody else’s. Without passion your are a dead man walking; without passion you are actually destroying yourself.

         So, what are your natural abilities? What are the talents God gave you? That is just the beginning; talent is not enough!

Recommended Reading: Matthew 25:14-30

 

 

[1] Proverbs 13:4