Distractions Preventing Church from Being Ready for the Lord’s Return

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The church. The church. The American church. There is a cancerous quandary, within you. This problem is none other than the many forms of distraction.

I was given a dream in the wee hours of the morning of December 3 2016. It was my wedding day for me and my wife. (Now, I am currently married to my wife for a year and half.) My wife, in the dream was already at the venue where we were getting married, in her beautiful dress, waiting on me to arrive. In this dream, I knew I had to be at my wedding at a certain time, or I wouldn’t be allowed to get married. The guests were also waiting for me to arrive.

The dream shifted, and I was in my car running my errands to get ready for my wedding. The first thing I did was get my haircut. As I was getting my haircut, I found myself getting caught up in some foolish conversation, which set me back even more. I was too busy chatting with the boys cutting my hair. I knew I had gotten side tracked, so I started to get frustrated with myself, and I began to pick up the pace.

Next, when it was time for me to get dressed, I began to get side tracked again. I couldn’t decide what color I wanted to wear so I kept talking to different people, arguing over it. (In my real life wedding, I wore white and gold.) When I finally decided what to wear and got dressed, I knew I was running really late, so I hopped in the vehicle, being even more frustrated with myself. I knew I had only a very short time to get there.

Now while I was driving in the car, the dream shifted to where I could see my wife and the guests standing at my destination waiting on me. While driving, I decided to take a short cut, because I thought I knew a faster way. Many of you married women reading this can relate because your husband does this too. The short cut involved going down a back street behind the wedding venue, taking an elevator, and getting their fast.

When I pulled my vehicle into this place, I could see through the walls, so I could see my wife on the other side, but I also saw the elevator and the building layout. The elevator did not go anywhere near my wedding. As a matter of fact, it was owned by a company who had nothing to do with my wedding. I realized I couldn’t go through the front doors or anywhere in this building to get to the venue because I couldn’t get to my wedding this way. I now had to turn around, and go the long way, through busy traffic. As I turned my automobile around, I saw my wife put her head down. I knew I had missed my wedding. I instantly woke up.

A Call to Action, Not Distraction:

The first thing I said when I woke up. “Lord, I am sorry for not being ready for the wedding.”

God said to me, “Many in the church are not ready for my Son’s return, because they are too easily distracted.”

In the dream, I started off with plenty of time, but as the dream went on I wasted time. Foolish division is one of the biggest distractions in the body. God said he would separate the sheep from the goats, but many of us have separated ourselves. Division is rising in the body of Christ and causing a civil war to brew. Many of us are going to miss the wedding, because we have become argumentative stumbling blocks to the Body of Christ.

We are not doing God any service when: 60% of pastors watch porn (Rick Wilies Radio), 50% of professing believers believe in some sort of abortion (Bill Bunkley Raido), 66% of professing Evangelicals base their morality of their feelings (Barna Group), churches have openly homosexual, adulterating, fornicating leaders, we don’ t know what bathroom to use, we have naked cowboys sing in the church, along with worship leaders acting like strippers, folks chasing Pokémon instead of Jesus, …etc, and our response is: round Earth vs flat Earth, celebrating Christmas vs not celebrating Christmas, Saturday worship vs Sunday worship vs Tuesday worship, Jesus vs Yeshua…etc.

We spend hours arguing the shape of the earth, but won’t put this same effort into demanding an end to abortion from our leaders. We will argue and demand other believers accept false doctrine such as The Mandela Effect (the idea that Satan went back in time and altered the Bible), but won’t demand our pastors discuss relevant issues, such as “Spirit Cooking,” let alone sin.

I was also distracted by trying to take a short cut. We cannot take short cuts. Many want the same level of discernment and gifts other believers have, but they don’t want to put the work into achieving it. We cannot read the bible and meditate on God’s word for five minutes, and then turn around and complain because we don’t have what other saints who have spent consistent hours studying and meditating with God. God is giving us test after test to get us where we need to be in our relationship with Him, but many are failing because they are too easily distracted and taking short cuts.

We don’t have much time left before our Lord and Savior’s return. The Lord said to me, “You can be replaced. I will have the rocks cry out if you do not praise me.”

God also says, “I have people ready to go for Me. The time Joel spoke of is here, and more is to come. These individuals have passed their test, and they will do great things for Me. If you squander your opportunities, your talents will be given to those with more.”

Let’s not waste the time or opportunities given to us. It doesn’t have to take a mushroom cloud over a U.S. city for us to be about the Father’s business. This is a time for action, not distraction. I believe we are on borrowed time. We need to make the best of this time before Barack Obama comes to full power as the Anti-Christ and hunts us Christians down like players on “Call Of Duty.” When that day comes, I don’t think anyone will care if the Earth is round or flat.

Matt Smith

Author: Matt Smith

Matt Smith received the Lord in 2011, then ran from Him for a few months before returning and has not taken his hand off the plow. Today he is a church musician, minister, and husband. He believes in the saying “Get right church, and lets go home.” He enjoys making others laugh and smile saying, “I don’t need medicated happiness, I come naturally happy.”

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Expat gal
Expat gal
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December 5, 2016 6:27 am
Matt – Thank you for this important & timely Word. It resonates with me because I had a conversation yesterday where a friend & I were discussing how much “news” is truly fake where the Elites are putting it out to manipulate our minds, emotions, thoughts & beliefs to program us for the cashless society, the chip/Beast system, one government, one religion, one currency, vilification of anyone that goes against these goals, etc. If I know where things are headed, why am I wasting precious time getting the “play by play” details? It doesn’t matter. I can skip the daily tragedies, terrorism, arson, global economic fragility articles, efforts to depopulate people & animals from our planet, efforts to control the world’s water & food supply to enslave us, lies to set us up for the Great deception with aliens & a fake Rapture, etc, & put my energy towards SUBSTANCE – reading Scripture, praying, interceding, tapping into my Spiritual strength & spending time drawing close to our Father. If I fast forward a year from now, I will not care that I missed 15 news stories that are examples of what I know is coming but I will regret not being closer to the Lord while in the midst of what I & many believe, will be the test of our lives. Additionally I realized that by giving time to THEM, the Satan-worshipping, dregs of society, power-hungry, greedy, morally bankrupt Elites with their propaganda posing as “news”, this is TIME & ENERGY I can not give to God. Does that not make it a MUCH EASIER choice of where we SHOULD be spending our time? This is confirmation for me to make the shift I discussed with my friend yesterday. Thank you & many blessings to you. I appreciate you… Read more »
Matt Smith
Matt Smith
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December 5, 2016 8:07 am

I have recently made a commitment to myself, to try and learn as many Psalms by heart. Thus far I know Psalms 1,2,11,15,23,27,29,100, and121 by heart.

Sandra
Sandra
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December 5, 2016 1:19 pm

I’ve also been focusing on the Psalms recently and it’s amazing how applicable they are for today. I keep getting reminded to focus on God’s promises and keep them close to my heart. I have been listening to them when I am unable to read them. Here is a great playlist of his spoken promises.

Bible Promises Spoken: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL53CAC42FBD15202E

Carol
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December 6, 2016 12:17 am

I’m thinking adding Matthew 25: 1-13 would also be a good idea since I woke this morning to the phrase, “Time to trim your wicks and get your lamps ready.” Message delivered by Michael. I was struck by what an old-fashioned term “trim your wicks” was and instantly knew this referred to the wise and foolish women waiting for their bridegroom (Jesus). We do indeed need to stop arguing over small points of doctrine (like the logs in our eyes which need to be removed) and draw close to our Lord for all time and pray that we are worthy with clean hands and a pure heart of love for those around us — both the lovely and unlovable.

Helen
Helen
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December 5, 2016 8:02 am

Amen!

Jeff Byerly
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December 5, 2016 5:35 pm

Amen Bro Matt! Christians need to get their priorities right. The Lord gave me this word this morning: http://holyspiritwind.blogspot.com/2016/12/america-you-will-be-burnt-from-end-to.html
America, you have seen large fires recently first in the middle and then on each coast.
None of these fires are accidents.
Do you not find this troubling?
Did you hardly even notice?
Maybe it doesn’t it bother you because these tragedies did not affect you personally?
These fires are symbolic of what will very soon happen to your entire country.
America, you will be burnt from end to end.
What is coming WILL affect your life and you will no longer be able to ignore
and stay complacent in your ease and comfort.
You will have to rely on Me for your daily bread or you and your families will starve.
Peace and safety shall be no more!
My bride shall be protected and provided for if she stays close to Me.
I AM the Prince of Peace that America has rejected
Turn to Me in repentance and I will forgive your sin.
Whoever calls upon My name, Jesus, with all of their heart will be saved!

When these things happen will you care what people are saying on Facebook?
If not ,then you do you now?

Jeff Byerly
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December 5, 2016 5:42 pm

last sentence should read “If not then why do you now?”

Guild
Guild
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December 5, 2016 10:24 am

Praise the lord!!! I want to caution everyone… Over and over again. I read he who endures to the end. He who overcomes. I know what I’m about to say is controversial… I say it with a lot of love. Understanding we know in part and look through the glass darkly. If things don’t play out as you’ve been taught or understand. Are you ready to die for your faith? He who try’s to save his life will lose it and he who loses his life will save it. The 5 wise virgins had not just oil in their lamps but extra oil to sustain them through the long night. There’s a long night ahead. Maybe part of that extra oil is being armed with the truth of his word and willing to die for it or stand for it in the face of death. Not being disillusioned if the rescue mission(rapture) doesn’t play out the way you believe it should. Or when you think it should for gods ways are higher than our ways and his thoughts higher than ours. I think we live in exciting times. And scary times. But we will overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony. Great article Matt!

Mike M
Mike M
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December 5, 2016 5:19 pm

Guild, just this past Saturday night I was having some prayer and Holy Spirit fellowship time with our 13- and 15- year old son and daughter and we discussed the parable of the virgins, and how it applies to the times we are living in…and what it takes to keep our lamps filled with oil so that we are not turned away from the feast. Thanks for your post it encourages me!

He who overcomes I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name. Revelation 3:12

Guild
Guild
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December 6, 2016 12:44 am

Mike thank you you just encouraged me! Bless you and your precious family!

Matt Smith
Matt Smith
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December 5, 2016 6:12 pm

America does have backwards priorities.

Bob Adolph
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December 5, 2016 1:25 pm

It is simply a false narrative to say time is running out for the believers to leave the country and that all Christians will be martyrs. This message of fear is not what Paul preached who said we are not appointed to wrath. Even Jesus said, Watch ye therefore and pray always that ye may be accounted worthy to escape ALL these things that shall come to pass and to stand before the Son of Man, Luke 21:36. For God hath not appointed us to wrath but to salvation…Comfort yourselves with these words. I Thes.5:9,11.

Bridget B
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December 5, 2016 6:35 pm

What about those being martyred all over the planet right then? Is that a message of fear. It’s truth! They crucified our Master so what will they do to us servants?

It’s a lack of sensitivity and knowledge of those being horribly raped, tortured and murdered in Muslim countries as we speak.

Wrath is from God. Persecution is from people. Learn the difference.

Bob Adolph
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December 5, 2016 7:43 pm

Bridget, it’s a matter of proportions. Some have said the doors are closing and we might not be able to leave the country in a year or two. First of all that’s a very American-centered point of view. What about the people of other countries who want to migrate to the US? How many families have the resources to start over in another country or even speak a foreign language, 1%? What percentage of the Christian population over the past 2,000 years have been martyred, 1%? Dumitru Duduman who wrote the book Going Through the Fire Without Burning said God will protect His children just as He protected the three Hebrew boys in the fiery furnace of Daniel.

Cie
Cie
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December 5, 2016 5:10 pm

Bob, it seems a common thing for believers to get the two words ‘wrath’ and ‘tribulation’ mixed up. As believers, we all must endure a degree of ‘tribulation’. And many will have to go through part of this great tribulation, because they took shortcuts in the time they should have been enduring trials. Matt 24:29 says and ‘immediately after the tribulation of these things’ the wrath of God comes.

Also, you reference Luke 21:36. I spent some time on that verse just the other night. The meaning of the word ‘pray always’ means to ‘bind oneself to’ or be ‘knit to’ in the sense of marriage.

In other words, it is a committed life of being bound to the Lord in continual (always) fellowship with Him. We actually have to LOVE the Lord with ALL our life.

It so applies to Matt’s vision, because the majority of Christians only ‘bind to’ the Lord for a couple hours on Wednesday and Sunday, which is not enough to qualify for the promise of Luke 21:36.

But we can all avail ourselves of that promise. Obey the words of this vision, don’t waste your time with this life – it will be done soon.

Bob Adolph
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December 5, 2016 7:55 pm

Yes, Cie, many are the trials of the righteous but the Lord delivers us through them all. If I ever found myself in THE tribulation I would expect the Lord to deliver me through it because He promised us He would and the chastisement of my peace was upon Him. But I don’t expect to even smell the smoke of the tribulation.

Cie
Cie
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December 5, 2016 9:14 pm

Praise God, you know the Lord in this way, Bob!

Paula
Paula
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December 5, 2016 4:27 am

I am in total agreement with you , Matt, but it is not just the American church, it is the church of Jesus Christ the world over! To me, the biggest distraction of Christians today is Facebook. For the life of me I cannot figure out what is so attractive about Facebook. If believers were to spend as much time with Jesus and in the Word as they do on FB their lives would be different. Even pastors have fallen prey to this distraction. Social media on the whole is a tool of Satan to distract us.

Many of us are not ready for the return of the Lord, but we must all work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. I always say we major on the minors and minor on the majors. What is not important to God is of the utmost importance to us and so we miss what God is really saying to us and the direction in which He is leading. For instance, so many are caught up in who the antichrist is and are not concerned about who the real Christ is and what He requires of them.

The church is in a sad state but God always has a remnant and He is coming back for a church that is without spot or wrinkle.

Matt Smith
Matt Smith
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December 5, 2016 8:01 am

Even though Facebook can be used for Good, Facebook has become a breading ground for these arguments.

michelle gibson
michelle gibson
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December 5, 2016 7:05 am
Matt, I had a similar dream this past year where this couple were getting ready for their wedding day. I was there helping the bride prepare everything as she wanted it to look. She had me outside putting down brick pavers like a path, she was barking orders to do this and to do that, at one point I went inside the church and all the guest were seated and the music had started and the groom was waiting on his bride I went back outside and told her she had no more time left to fix anything but she was still trying to anyway. I went back inside and she had told this kids to give the guest some hymn books, but the kids were just throwing them at the guest in a hurry. I went back out and told her they are ready, it is time. You see the bride was on the outside of the church and could not see what was going on inside the church even though I told her it has started she still was wanting to decorate, that was more important then making the groom wait and her guest. God showed me the groom here is Jesus and the bride is the church. God showed me we have no more time for moving chairs on a sinking ship. The church is all about show even the music a lot of time is not about him. The bride is so concerned about what things look like on the outside that we completely forget about what is going on, on the inside. It should be about the heart of God our relationship with Christ. The brick path the bride was making me work so hard on is just the church thinking it needs all these… Read more »
Matt Smith
Matt Smith
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December 5, 2016 8:14 am

To many churches have become entertainment factories looking for ratings.

Wendy
Wendy
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December 5, 2016 9:44 am

Excellent word of confirmation Matt. God showed me a similar dream where I re-married my husband (we were already married in reality). I was getting ready for my wedding, checking in with my husband as to what he desired in our intimacy. I was receiving gifts of precious wines and oils (reminded me of Revelation 6 – where it reads don’t touch the wine and the oil). Meanwhile in the dream my sister was being very laid back about my wedding day. She kept saying we have a lot of time…what’s the rush. My mom (who seemed to play the role of the Holy Spirit) kept warning my sister to get ready, it may seem like we have time but there is a lot to prepare. Come on get ready!

When I awoke the Lord shared that it takes time to prepare yourself for marriage. You just cannot wake up one day and say I’m getting married. You must make all the special preparations, look at Esther. We must prepare our hearts, minds and spirits to receive our Bridegroom. He’s returning for a church without spot or wrinkle. This preparation takes time…we must be processed into His image and likeness – AMEN.

Expat gal
Expat gal
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December 5, 2016 6:32 am

This post is not related to Matt’s dream but I must share it with The Z3 community. A biblical pillar of clouds protects Israel from ISIS over Golan Heights! How Great is our God! “Most incredibly, the mysterious cloud ended precisely at the border without entering Israel’s Golan Heights region, seeming to afflict the Syrian side while not harming Israel.”

Read more at https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/79560/biblical-pillar-cloud-appears-golan-proving-hand-god-protects-israel-isis/#FVBkwXo77vS2O1D4.99

michelle gibson
michelle gibson
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December 5, 2016 7:33 am

Expat gal, that is awesome. do not touch the apple of God’s eye

Diane Boneck
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December 6, 2016 10:43 pm

Hello Dear People who Love Jesus! I got most of my dreams and words in Obama’s first term. A dream of encouragement from 2009: I saw a spirit dressed in white. She looked at first like my deceased sister from a distance. She said; “You will be a light in the coming darkness, see? it is coming” She then motioned her arm to direct me towards black, black horizon of dark ominous clouds coming across the earth. I felt scared. Then it appeared to be Jesus. He said,”When your oil runs low, all you have to do is ask, and it shall be given. Keep your lamp full; for the oil is the light and the light is my love.” Praise our Lord Jesus who is truly with us!

Matt Smith
Matt Smith
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December 8, 2016 3:55 pm
Here is a word from Gwendolen Song (Rix) Via FaceBook. Gwendolen Song Yesterday at 12:27pm · At His Feet Messenger Gwendolen Song December 6, 2016 My eyes are barely opened this morning, but because of the revelations that were poured out to me through out the night I had to just get up and write. “Write,” the LORD JESUS said to me; “Write.” “Write everything that I tell you to write and do not stop unless I tell you to stop writing.” So here I am writing. Coffee at my right side and some very serious spiritual warfare music playing softly in the background. I don’t know about you guys, but I try to get on my knees as soon as my eyes are open in the morning. I run to the restroom if I need, but I try as soon as possible to be on my knees in front of the Throne of God. There is POWER in sitting in the presence of God. There is a special blessing that is delivered to those who begin their day at Jesus’s nail scarred feet! I know it. I feel it. I just don’t want to begin my day any other way. It takes discipline too, friends. It takes discipline if you have a DIFFERENT morning routine. If you are one who goes straight to the coffee pot and pushes the DRIP BUTTON, then you have to go and scan your phone for the morning headlines, I caution you to ask Jesus to help you get a new routine. THERE REALLY IS A BLESSING FOR SEEKING HIM AS SOON AS YOUR EYES OPEN! Just try it for 2 weeks and try and prove me wrong. ☺ Today I want to share 3 simple things that I learned while I was in… Read more »
Mary
Mary
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December 8, 2016 4:24 pm

Thank you Matt. I’m 42, born again since 9…….I feel like I have just recently learned more in the last 2 years, than the last 33…sad. I so appreciate everyone on this site; I have learned so much! God Bless you!

Peggy A.
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December 8, 2016 5:44 pm

Mary,
I truly believe that revelation knowledge of the Scriptures and the things of God is being poured out for the End-Time “Army.”

Onward Christian Soldiers!

Sujit Thomas
Sujit
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December 9, 2016 12:17 am

I can second that belief of yours, Peggy.

Matt Smith
Matt Smith
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December 9, 2016 3:32 pm

I agree Peggy. When you discover something in the scriptures you have never noticed, or had knowledge of, oh is it a marvelous feeling.

Danielle Patton
Danielle Patton
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December 9, 2016 3:11 am

I feel the same

Sujit Thomas
Sujit
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December 9, 2016 12:24 am

Thank you for sharing this, Matt. It is very edifying.

Bob Adolph
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December 8, 2016 7:47 pm

Matt, Gwendolen wrote, “… and begin to speak the name of the Father of Truth and that person is Jesus Christ our King Eternal!!!” The name of the Father is Jesus?

Matt Smith
Matt Smith
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December 9, 2016 3:44 pm

Bob, I did not catch that, because when reading it, I understood and thought she was referencing St.John 14:6 KJVS

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

I know she has sound doctrine from what I have read of her in the past. I will do more research.

Jesse Terrelle
Jesse Terrelle
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December 5, 2016 11:18 am

Brother Matt, your dream is at once comical—the way the bridegroom got distracted on the way to his own wedding, and even got lost taking a shortcut, which I can relate to—but of course it is very sobering. The main thing of course the church getting ready for the LORD’s return. And I confess I recently got caught up in one of the things you mentioned—Saturday:vs:Sunday worship. I should not have, but we often want to defend our cherished beliefs. But the main thing should always be the main thing, and we should SOMEHOW maintain the unity of the faith, especially since the judgments are about to fall. This is definitely no time to be arguing about things that do not pertain to our salvation. GOD bless you. brother!

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