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This nation is full of compromise. The Christian church is full of compromise. And I have a question for you today:
Are you walking before the Lord with clean hands and a pure heart? Are you 100% loyal, faithful, and obedient to His inerrant, infallible Word? Or is there compromise in you, too?
Who is praying on the wall?
Every one of us has to ask ourselves this question: Are we disciples of Jesus, or merely fans of Jesus?
I hear a lot in Christian culture about church growth and success—and I’m all for those things. Those things are contained in the Word of God. However, I don’t hear a lot about purity and holiness. I hear even less about adherence to God’s Word. Instead of the message of holiness based upon the Word of God that used to thunder from our pulpits, we have so-called spiritual leaders advocating for abortion and drug use, and who are themselves operating in sexual sin—and leading their followers to do the same.
These things are not the Spirit of Christ.
Jesus is, and was, 100% pure and holy. And if we are to be like Him, naming Him as Lord and Savior, that means He becomes our Boss and Master.
In other words, whatever He says goes. Naming Jesus your Lord is not a matter of praying a prayer and thinking you just received “fire insurance” that will keep you out of hell. No; naming Jesus your Lord means that you give Him 100% total control of your life, doing whatever He says from that day forward without exception.
That means that, if Jesus is your Lord and Savior in truth, you cannot possibly espouse abortion—for God’s Word says that He hates the shedding of innocent blood.
This also means that, if Jesus is your Lord and Savior, you cannot find homosexuality nor even heterosexual sex outside of marriage permissible—for 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 says:
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”
Yet, we have Christians every day who claim the name of Christ who walk in fornication, homosexuality, and who believe these things are all right!
Friend, we have to wake up. If Jesus is not our Lord OF all, He is not our Lord AT all.
The realm of politics and of political preferences cannot be independent of our spiritual practices and beliefs. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” This is what Jesus said straight to the devil himself in Matthew 4:4, and this is what every Christian in every place today needs to stand up and declare as well.
You exist only by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
Hebrews 1:3 tells us that Jesus upholds all things by the WORD of His power. That means His voice, His Word, is holding the cells, atoms, protons, neutrons, and nuclei of your body together right now. With that being the case, how dare we as Christians forsake His most holy Word in order to compromise and please our own flesh?
It’s time for a purging, and it has to start with each one of us individually—in our own heart, before God.
My continual prayer before the Lord is, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts. And see if there be any wicked way in me—and if there is, get it out!—and lead me in Your way everlasting” (see Psalm 139:23-24).
We cannot rest on our laurels. We cannot assume that we are saved or right with God in any way unless we have truly made Jesus our Lord—and that Lordship requires, by definition, that we believe what He says and do it.
Friend, are you living in holiness as defined by God’s Word? Or, is there compromise in you?
Either way, I urge you today to do what the old revival pioneer, Gipsy Smith (1860-1947), did. When asked how to start a revival, he told the listener to go home, get a piece of chalk, kneel down alone with God, draw a circle around himself on the floor, and ask the Lord to start a revival inside that chalk circle.
And Gipsy Smith was right. Revival begins with you alone.
Is there compromise in you today? Ask the Lord to reveal it to you if so. Ask Him to deal with you and discipline you as much as He needs to in order to purify your heart and life.
I leave you with the words of Joshua the son of Nun, leader of the Israelites after Moses, who spoke to the Israelites after the Lord had taken them into the Promised Land—but they still walked in compromise and sin. This is what Joshua said to them:
“Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:14-15 NKJV, emphasis mine).
Choose you this day whom you will serve. And I pray with all my heart that you will declare, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”—and that you will let that Lordship permeate every aspect of your life; for, again, if Jesus is not our Lord OF all, He is not truly Lord AT all.
Is Holy Spirit speaking to you today about this topic? If so, we encourage you to bow before God and repent for any compromise He is showing you in your life. We each have to do this; you are not alone! Ask Jesus to help you walk in His ways in that area, and to fill you afresh and anew with His Spirit. Then, dedicate yourself to seeking Him first today and every day, asking Him to purge your heart as He sees fit on a daily basis!
Please leave a comment below if you need prayer in this area—and pray for the person who commented before you.
Jamie Rohrbaugh is the author of 7 Prayers to Pray Over Your Character: Contending for What Matters Most. She is the founder and CEO of From His Presence, a ministry dedicated to equipping God’s people in prayer, the prophetic word, living supernaturally, inner healing, and Kingdom wealth. Her writing can be found on YouVersion Bible Plans, Charisma Magazine, The Elijah List, Spirit Fuel, and various other ministry outlets. Download her free prayer tool, Praying the Names of God: 555 Biblical Names of God and How to Use Them in Prayer and Worship, here. Photo Credit: Canva.
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Amen a thousand times over. Thank you.
AMEN AND AMEN, WOMAN OF GOD JAMIE ROHRBAUGH!!! THERE IS NOTHING MORE TO SAY. YOU HAVE SAID IT ALL!!!!! PRAISE OUR LORD FOR EVANGELISTS LIKE SISTER JAMIE!!!!! MAY THE LORD BLESS HER MINISTRY TO THE FULLEST AND THAT HE CONTINUES TO USE HER ALL AROUND THE WORLD IN THIS LAST GREAT HARVEST OF SOULS BEFORE KING JESUS’ IMMINENT RETURN!!!!!
Thank you, Jamie, for your much needed message about living a holy life. God is love and full of grace, mercy and compassion. He is also a God of justice and His holiness requires that we also be holy. Praise Him that He has provided a way for us to be holy by faith in Jesus and all He has done for us. If we seek Him first and His Kingdom, all these things will be added to us.
1 Corinthians 1:7-9 TPT says: “So now you aren’t lacking any spiritual gift as you eagerly await the unveiling of the Lord Jesus, the Anointed One. He will keep you steady and strong to the very end, making your character mature so that you will be found innocent on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is forever faithful and can be trusted to do this for you, for He has invited you to co-share the life of His Son, Jesus, the Anointed One, Our King!”
Help us, Lord, to be Holy as You are Holy! In the Name of Jesus, Amen!
Another good verse is one I haven’t heard quoted lately, 2 Corinthians 6:17. Here is the whole passage: 16What agreement can exist between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.” 17“Therefore come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” 18And: “I will be a Father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”…
I believe that is is our theme for our Nation Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And walk humbly with your God?. I am lead to do a 4th Sunday Prayer, Praise and Worship service at New Hampton Christian Church in New Hampton Missouri from now Lord willing till December 2023. The theme is Miach 6:8. Praise the Lord! Please pray for us. This service is to minister to church leadership so they can get refreshed and receive directions from the Lord as the Holy Spirit leads amen
Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new… 2 Corinthians 5:17…. Purify me Lord, cleanse me, wash me white as snow removing all my iniquities far from me,wash me with your blood Jesus… Amen
True words in the message above by Jamie Rohrbaugh. This message immediately brough to my mind hte picture of a narrow path and gate. In Matthew 7:13-14 Jesus said “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
In Matthew 7:13-14 it is Jesus Himself who is the narrow gate. It is Jesus who is the entrance or the only way by which anyone can enter Heaven.
Jesus also refers to Himself as “the door”.
1 Peter 1:15-16
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15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
1 Peter 2:22
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22 “He committed no sin,
and no deceit was found in his mouth.”
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10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
2 Chronicles 7:14
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14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
Father, I thank You for Your great faithfulness. You are righteous all together. Jesus, thank You for being our High Priest and Advocate before the mercy seat. Holy Spirit, thank You for Your power to live a clean and discipled life. In Jesus name. Amen.
I believe the trials that come that are passed bring growth to those in the persecutions ( being made in Jesus image) giving us eyes to see in the spirit to the culture around us to bring the problems out from the pulpit with TRUTH and BOLDNESS and only then can biblical truth applied SHOW the hurt and wounded they need God. The unsaved are watching us hoping we bring TRUTH in they’re understanding of admitting true problems in the world that free them FIRST from Puppet Master then on a major scale will we see the exit from the system.
Beautiful Word, so need it today in our pulpits all across of America.
We are all contending for revival in the church which I hear all the time. But I dare any pastor or preacher to start preaching the truth with compassion and love and watch revival start! We have a whole audience of people that are waiting for someone to preach the truth not some watered down, seeker sensitive, feel-good message that has no anointing and change never happens. The days of compromise are over and it’s the power of His Word that will bring revival to the church… it’s only the truth that will set us free!
The church we go to preaches straight from the Bible in purity. We are growing in numbers as well as spiritual maturity. Our Pastor was asked by another Pastor in the community what CBC is doing that they are growing – he told him that we preach the Word straight from the Bible. There are so many seeking truth not the feel good stuff. May more churches teach the Word in truth & purity, then we will see revival.
I was just reading Joshua 24 this morning. Thank you Lord for a great word Carvel truth may spread revival and me, and throughout the body of Christ in Jesus name.
Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman is an excellent study.