♥ Heart Issues ♥ - a Devotional for Women

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.  Proverbs 4:23
Heart Issues is a collection of devotional teachings straight from the heart of God, given during those quiet times of fellowship, to share with you.  It is our desire that, through them, you will experience God’s love and His purpose for your life.            

BROKEN CHURCHES

  

Yesterday I opened the last box of our Christmas decorations.  In it were two churches.  One had belonged to my grandmother, the other I purchased when our girls were little.  Both are made of hard plastic   The years and handling have taken their toll.  Once white, they have become yellowed.  Both had crosses on top of their steeples.  One of those crosses is now broken and other has come up missing.  One church is cracked; the other no longer plays music.  Their lights are dimmer and replacement bulbs are hard to find any more.  Their state of disrepair makes me sad.  It’s time to see it they can be fixed.

 

As I took them out of the box and began to unwrap them God said, “They are like My Church.  Broken.”

 

Before we go on, you need to understand that, first of all, God is not talking about a literal physical church building.  He is talking about the “universal” church, the body of Christ as a whole.  Nor is He talking denominations or any particular congregation.  However, if you see your church body in this teaching, I pray rather than get offended you will use this word from God as a call to prayer.

 

Having said that, let’s look at what God means when He says we are broken.  Two Scriptures immediately come to mind.   2 Timothy 3:5 talks of those who “hold to a form of godliness but deny its power.”  And in Isaiah 29:13 God says “(they) draw near with their words and honor Me with their lip service, But they remove their hearts far from Me, and their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote (memorization).”

 

The years have taken their toll on the church body.  People have become disillusioned, discouraged, and disappointed.  They have “become yellowed” - complacent.  Many attend service, not out of a godly desire, but because it's “tradition.”  Less and less churches are preaching God’s power.  We are more concerned with man’s rules rather than the Word.  And the message of the cross is missing from so many pulpits.  Worship has become "lip service."  Music is sung out of rote. Christ’s light is dimmer. Churches are losing members, but few are willing to go out and seek the lost.

 

Imagine how sad it makes Jesus to see the state of disrepair His Bride has fallen into.  IT IS TIME TO FIX THE BROKENNESS!  It starts with repentance, asking His forgiveness for taking His power so lightly.  Then we pray.  Pray for revival. Change.  We must turn back to the message of the cross if we are to be of any affect in God’s Kingdom.  Let Christ’s light shine bright once again!

 

From God’s heart to ours…..

 

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