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.
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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