I just returned from a powerful event hosted by Steve Quayle in Bozeman, Montana. There were nearly 500 people in attendance from all over the country. There are millions who understand that something is seriously wrong in America; and they are frustrated that, for the most part, America’s pastors will not speak up. A show of hands revealed that nearly 90% of the attendees are no longer actively involved in a “local church.” They are believers who believe in standing up, and they can’t find a church that will.
I was having breakfast with a local businessman the other day, who is trying hard to understand what I do. He loves my “confrontational” approach to sin but struggles with the conflict my actions seem to cause. He believes that “showing love” is a more effective way of reaching the lost.
“Let me ask you a question” I said to him. “You are a successful businessman who certainly faces a great deal of competition in the marketplace. Are you successful because you ‘love’ your competition, or is it because you work harder and smarter? According to your logic, you would be more effective if you gave all of your business and business secrets to your competition? If you merely want to show the love of Jesus to them, why would you ever fight them for business? How long would you be in business if you never stood up and fought your competition?”
“I assume you pray for your business. If ‘God is in control’ and all that it takes is prayer, why do you bother with all of the work? Just get in your prayer closet and let God make the business grow.”
“That’s crazy,” he responded. “While I am praying, my competition is working.”
I didn’t have to say any more. He got my point.
Look friends, we are expecting God to intervene in every part of our life; but that is not the way He works. God’s intervention is called a miracle. God’s empowerment is called works. He asked Moses “what’s in your hand?” Prayer is the Air Force that softens up the ground for the ground troops. Neither branch is effective without the other. At some point, we must put boots on the ground.
John Adams said, “Duty belongs to me but the results belong to God.”
Works are a good thing. Works are the fruit of belief. What if John Adams and the boys only held meetings and never wrote the Declaration? What if missionaries only prayed about going overseas but never went? What if football players only prayed about winning but never took the field? What if Donald Trump had only prayed he had money but never executed any transactions? What if our churches only prayed to end abortion and never went to an abortion clinic? What if parents only prayed their children would follow the Lord but never did anything to train them? What if we read that “with God all things are possible,” yet no one ever tested to see if it was true? What if Jesus prayed about going to the cross but never went?
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