Friday, August 2, 2013

AUGUST 2 "CHRISTIAN CLICHES"

After years of critisizing Catholics and other Religions, the Christian Church is becoming quite religious itself. We are a church that is full of a people of nothing more than Christian Cliches. Words and phrases that once meant something, are still spurted out, but they have no power in the hearts of those who quote them. Hezekiah in our text makes a phoenomenal quote, which has been quoted since, through out the Church Age, that quote is "He may have a great army, but they are merely men. We have the Lord our God to hlep us and to fight our battles for us!".  It was not just a cliche when he said it, Hezekiah and Isaiah prayed together and the next morning, we learn that the Lord had "sent an Angel to destroy the Assyrian arm and all its commanders and officers. So Sennacherib was forced to return home in disgrace and when he entered the temple of his god, some of his own sons killed him".  When Hezekiah said, "all they have is a great army, we have God", he meant it. 
     We say it today, we hear it in sermons, we quote it, but do we mean it? What battles can you testify about, that you let the Lord fight for you? Do you have any you can testify about.  If you were to ask a congregation to lift up their hands to testify about a battle the Lord fought for them last year, this year or the year before, not many hands would go up. Yes a few would, but most would not.  Why? Because we don't beleive anymore.  I was recently in a situation where our hands were tied, we really needed God to move and fight for us. I entrusted to a few what was going on only to find them all in panic mode, desperately trying to find a way to fix the problem with every human means possible. They did not sleep, they worried and they tried endlessly to think of a way, in their mind, to fix the situation.  Our text today says that Hezekiah and Isaiah got together and prayed to the Lord.  They did not have a pow-wow meeting and try to figure out how to defeat the Assyrian Army.  They did not stay up all night worrying, thinking, contemplating this and that scenario, they simply lived what they said, 'all they have is a great army, but we have God to fight our battles". If I am going to tell my Christian brethren about my problems only to have them fret and be filled with anxiety, then I will keep them to myself in the future. I share my problems, my issues with my brothers and sisters in Christ so that they can pray with me, so that they can beleive God with me, to fight the battle, not to fill them with anxiety and stress.
     Is the Church of Jesus Christ just becoming full of people of quick, Christian Cliches, that go about their lives day in and day out as if there is no God to fight their battles? Will you beleive God to fight the battles that are too big for you? Do you have any recent testimonies that you can testify about, that you trusted God to fight for you and HE DID? We have to be careful of what we mock (religious people) because often, if we are not careful, we will become, just like the ones we mock, if not worse!