Ever since the time of creation, God had a “back up” plan, if anything or anyone would try to tamper with His perfect creation, and it happened, God would make a way for us to commune with Him. Satan, the father of lies who tried to overthrow God in Heaven had been casted out onto the Earth and his angels with him; had slid his way into the garden of Eden to tempt Eve, and the story is evident in every human. Man has fallen, is in need of a Savior, Christ came to fulfill God’s plan of Salvation to all who would receive Him. Still though, we are vulnerable to sin and will be until those who are in Christ will be raptured on that great day of the Lord. The closer it gets to His coming, the battles that we face will get more intense, “But those who endure to the end shall be saved”- Matthew 24:13. The end is coming, man in all of his worldly knowledge has tried and tried to estimate the coming of the Lord. Books have been written, articles and writings to depict the timing. “No man knows the hour or the day”- Matthew 24:36. Satan’s demonic spirits are out trying to falter, devour, confuse, corrupt, instill the human life with lies of deceit. Trying to rock the Christian asleep into slumbering and into a life of complacency. So how is the Christian not to find themselves in this state?
STALE adj. (def.) – Having lost interest; no longer fresh.
Stale, is a word that is best described of a person who has lost the flame, the passion from the very moment Christ entered into the heart of the Believer. The urgency of souls have been replaced with momentary pleasures that make the person to dwindle away in a spiral down hill slope which will leave them in a place of paralization of the boldness that the Holy Spirit strives to perform in their life. A quiet Christian is what the enemy wants.
EXAMPLES OF STALE CHRISTIANITY
Signs of stale Christianity:
- Lack of desire to assemble or participate together in worship.
- Lack of desire to pray passionately. Prayer becomes a ritual.
- Lack of desire to read the Bible.
- Lack of the faith that expects answers.
- Lack of a desire to share with others.
- A lowering of our previously held morals and values.
Dangers of stale Christianity:
- Isolation from the Body of Believers makes one vulnerable to temptation and sin.
- Lack of meaningful prayer leads to poor choices and not being led by the Spirit.
- Lack of Bible reading leads to error and false religions.
- Lack of faith negates expecting answers and miracles — God ceases to be real and meaningful.
- Not sharing leads to blocked blessings and Spirit led encounters.
How to overcome stale Christianity:
- Do not give up meeting together with believers whether two or two thousand. ( Heb.10:25)
- Encourage one another with positive exhortations (Heb.10:24).
- Realize God hears our prayers even in our weakest times. (1 Cor. 12:7-10 / 13:4) (1 Kings 19:3-12)
- Always make decisions carefully knowing that you are not totally in tune with the Holy Spirit at these times.
- Offer a sacrifice of praise when you feel weak. (Isaiah 61:3 / Heb. 13:15)
- Strive to remove the focus off of you and get involved with helping others.
- Realize that Christianity isn’t entertainment, it is a lifestyle. A sporting event may be boring to watch, but to the athletes involved, winning or losing is all that matters. (1 Cor. 9:24-27)
We are Salt and light of the Earth.
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet”. – Matthew 5:13
Salt is a preserve, and light is to be seen in the dark. Christians are these two things in which we were created to do.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. -Matthew 5:14
~ Staying broken ~
“A heart that is open to God is a heart that is more receptive to His voice, therefore eager to do His will”.
Whenever we are off our watch, we lose ground. That’s when we become stale.
“There is power in poverty that breaks principalities, brings the authorities down to their knees. There is a brewing frustration in the ageless temptation to fight for control by manipulation.
The God of the kingdoms & God of creation, the God of the nations had sent this Revelation through the homeless Jesus, the Son; the poor will inherit the kingdom to come.
And where will we turn when the World falls apart & all of the treasures that we store in our barns won’t buy the kingdom of God.
And who will we praise when were praised all of our lives, man who build kingdoms, man who build fame, but Heaven does not know their names?
And what are we going to fear when all that remains is a God on the Throne with a child in His arms and love in His eyes and the sound of His heart cry.” – Jason Upton
Their is power when you become so broken that your wants are pushed aside or better yet evaporated by allowing God manifesting in you so much that He is all you think about, total consumption.