It’s time for believers to accept the responsibilities that befall them as believers.
John 16:26 – At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:
Since the first failure by mankind in the Garden of Eden, apart from God, man will seek to avoid the heavy responsibility for their own failures and failing decisions. Adam blamed the woman. The woman blamed the serpent. Sports teams blame the coach. Industry blames the CEO. Churches blame the pastor. And all those who are blamed generally find someone else toward whom they attempt to direct blame.
Sadly this attitude has entered Christian life to the extreme. Today it almost seems rare to find a believer who fully embraces his/her authority as set forth in the Word of God. Almost everywhere I travel, I hear believers asking the Lord to cause demonic attacks on their life to stop, praying for God to bind Satanic and hellish operations, asking the Lord to cast our devils, and asking God to provide things for them that the Lord has already said are in their own power to receive and possess. And there, of course, there are those who still call on Jesus to answer their prayers, when Jesus has said that would not be the case in the church age. And how many are the prayers that conclude with the statement, “if it be Thy divine will,” while the person praying has take little to no time to discover what the Word says about the will of God in that matter. Such praying is absolving one’s self of personal responsibility of knowing the will of God through study and meditation of the Word of God, and is therefore faithless praying. In such the Father is NOT pleased.
My friend, it is well past time for the church to rise up and accept its responsibility as the salt of the earth, the light of the world, ambassadors of and joint-heirs with Christ, as those who have been sent into the earth to do the very works Jesus did, and greater. Yes, Jesus “ever lives to make intercession” for the saints according to the will of God, but His intercession in NO WAY takes the place of our own study, prayer, confession, and exercising of the works we have been commissioned to carry out. When we have done our job, He intercedes for us in our daily walk that we might live pleasing to Father, and it is through His intercession that He calls for supernatural intervention when we are not even aware that such is needed. Sadly, it has been the failure of the church to embrace its responsibility that hinders His work as Intercessor on our behalf. If we will know His grace in our lives, we must first exercise faith toward Him through our lives. You see, it’s still true, GRACE COMES THROUGH FAITH.
Manna for Today – John 16:25-33; Mark 11:22-24; John 14:12-14; John 15:7; John 16:23
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