I don’t think God is surprised by the number of Christian bloggers. I think He’s the reason.
I opened my home to a Bible study last night. It was nice seeing all of my friends; but when the study started, I quietly went back upstairs. I had some writing to do.
When it was over, I helped clean up and said goodbye to all of the women. I also walked my new friend, Michelle, to her car. She has the spiritual gift of prophecy, and she told me many of her stories about ministering in the spiritual realm. She has had visions, dealt with evil spirits, prayed for healings and much more. She obviously is gifted, but I could tell she was uncomfortable talking about it. She didn’t want me to think she was weird.
On the contrary, I was excited to hear about her experiences. The Bible speaks so much about the spiritual realm, but it seems that Christians say so little of it. Paul says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6.12 NIV). I’m sure most Christians have had some experience dealing with spiritual forces, but like Michelle, they fear being labeled as “weird.”
Then Michelle went on to share some of her prayer request to me — one of which was to journal. For several years God has been calling her to journal, but she didn’t understand why and she never took that step of obedience.
From my perspective, I could easily understand why God would want her to journal. God calls us to teach our children the ways of the Lord (Deuteronomy 11.19 NIV), but I fear the current generations have dropped the ball. There is a new crop of Christians that have the Bible and the Holy Spirit, but they are completely lost about how to draw closer to God, serve their purpose and live victoriously.
Don’t get me wrong, I know the Holy Spirit will teach them and the Bible will form their foundation, but the Bible says that “many advisers make victory sure” (Proverbs 11.14 NIV) and that “A matter becomes clear after two or three witnesses give evidence” (2 Corinthians 13.1 NIV).
How much easier would it be to confront the unknown when you have many Spirit-led Christian experiences to glean from? We have to remember that God uses the Bible, the Holy Spirit and others to achieve His perfect will. We are designed to need each other. We can’t expect to be victorious if we isolate ourselves. We each make up a piece of the Body of Christ (church) according to our design and purpose. We have a much better perspective of God when we can see Him through the eyes of a multitude of Christians.
I finally told my friend, “You need to journal so you can empower the next generation. You can provide them with a tool that will help them to battle against and with spiritual forces.”
She was shocked by my reply. She had also told the Bible study about her prayer request. She felt like God was telling her that if she didn’t journal, she would be harming herself and others. The women didn’t understand. How could Michelle harm others if she didn’t journal? Without her journal (brimming with amazing victories in the spiritual realm) many Christians will be facing battles without “advisers.” God wants to make sure His children are prepared.
I’m discovering that God is calling Christians to produce media that will empower and teach the following generations how to live for Christ. The line between what is holy and common is dividing, and lukewarm will disappear. Christians are going to jump over to the holy side, but they are going to need help. Some day the church will be called away from this earth, and all that will be left of us is our music, movies, books and blogs that we felt called to produce. It is imperative that we leave as many bread crumbs leading to the cross as possible.
So continue to diligently write on your blogs. You will never know how many people you will lead to Christ.
“Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?” (Romans 15.1-2 The Message).