Chapter 7 – WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF?
What would happen if the church was on fire for God, full of faith, and full of anointed power from God? Full of Holy Ghost power! Can you imagine with me? Imagine if the church took its call and commission very seriously. Imagine if the church boldly proclaimed the good news of the gospel throughout the world, not wavering, not doubting, not adding anything to it or taking anything away from it. Imagine the impact the preaching of the gospel would have on the world: lives would be forever changed. Men and women would be convicted of sin, and turn to God with a repentant heart. The unbeliever would become aware of God’s existence through the preaching of the gospel, and the signs that follow the gospel.
Now imagine if the church was full of the Holy Ghost. Imagine if when God fills a believer up to overflowing with His Spirit, there is no room for pride, because, when we come in contact with the true and living God, we become aware of our insignificance before Him, and are immediately humbled and stripped of all self-righteousness. When we become filled up with God, there is no room for pride in our hearts because pride cannot inhabit the same space where the Holy Ghost dwells. Nor is there room for hatred in a heart that is filled with God. When we are full of the Holy Ghost, the love of God floods our hearts and we become changed in His presence. Our disposition changes, making us more like God. Love now becomes our signature trait, which is reflected in our good deeds, acts of service, and our love shown toward our fellow man.
When the church is full of faith in God, doubt cannot come in and control our lives, causing us to believe a lie over God. When we are walking in faith, the devil cannot put a wedge between us and God. When we are walking in the fullness of faith, we believe that anything is possible to the one who believes, and that nothing is impossible for our God. When faith rules our lives, we are no longer the servants of doubt. Doubt no longer enters the picture. And where there is unwavering faith in the power of God, miracles happen, which cause even more faith in God.
Imagine a world where everyone served God, and no one rejected Him. A world where everyone was obedient to God’s laws, which are designed to keep peace and harmony with our fellow man, and with God. A world where everyone believed God’s laws were more superior to man’s laws. Under this system, there would be no murders, thefts, hatred, rape, child abuse, terrorism, gang violence, adultery, or spousal abuse. We would love and respect our fellow man and treat others the way we want to be treated. Our days would be filled looking out for our neighbors, serving others, lending a helping hand to those in need: the poor, the widow, and the orphan.
What would happen if Acts 13:44 became a reality in our city? “And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.” If an entire city could drop what they were doing and make their way to the house of the Lord, God’s kingdom would be greatly multiplied, as souls were added to the church daily. There would be no room for the devil because Satan has no place in God’s kingdom. Satan has no power to deceive and blind the hearts of men when the word of God is flowing in their hearts and minds. Satan’s kingdom is destroyed when God’s kingdom is elevated. If the entire city made their way to the house of God, what a glorious day that would be!
This may all sound idealistic on my part, but this is the world God originally created. This is the world He envisioned when He spoke the world into existence, causing the dry land to appear, the sun, the moon, and the stars to take their place in the sky, and when He formed man out of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. This was God’s plan for the earth when He created the heavens and the sea, giving space for His newly-created animals to fly and to swim, in their new habitat.
God envisioned a world where there would be love and peace and sweet communion between man and God. His new world would grow and prosper and never become dead and barren. There would be plenty of food for man and his furry friends to eat, with neither ever experiencing drought or lack. Everything would run smoothly and everyone would be happy because everything God created was good.
But, then sin entered the picture and destroyed all the good that God had created. Everything you see going on in the world today, all the bad and the evil, is a result of man’s disobedience and sin against God. Satan has taken what God has created and turned it into something wicked and twisted. But, the good news is that God will one day, soon, have an earth again that operates according to His original plan. For, He will soon destroy sin, removing its destructive force from the earth. He will also destroy this old sin-stained earth, and create a new earth, where Jesus will reign forever with His holy laws once again governing the earth.
1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
Amen (so be it). Comfort one another with these words.
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