In the 1970’s, during the heyday of the charismatic movement, there was a great hunger for the Word of God. Through this hunger, people went searching for churches that were Word-centered. In fact, this was a time of great realignment in the church, when people left churches that did not teach or emphasize the Word of God for ones that emphasized its importance in our everyday lives.
However, in the hunger for applying the Word to every area of life, many people started ministries that emphasized a Christian marriage, family life, finances, emotional healing as well as just about every subject you can think of. In the process, a lot of information was given that was not necessarily from the scripture. For instance, the Bible has very little to say about raising children, so to fill a book and satisfy the hunger, people often took scriptures and built assumptions upon the truth of the Word. This pattern often led to not teaching truth, but providing information without the life-changing impact.
The compromise of truth really manifested in healing ministries dealing with emotions and other aspects of inner pain. Often, scripture was mixed with pop psychology and no one took the time to notice the difference. Many Christians became disillusioned when they did not find the help they needed and often turned to secular help. Some simply decided that Christianity needed to stay in church as “spiritual” help only. I am not speaking against being Word-oriented because I pastor a church that still utilizes the Word every week throughout our ministries, but we do need to address this situation so we can get back on track!
Time to Experience the Ministry of Jesus Christ!
The problem is that we didn’t understand the power of the Word and the simplicity of the Christian experience. If we will concentrate on our spiritual walk, including a commitment to the power of the Word, it will impact ever area of our life and give us the power to experience His blessing.
What did the prophet Isaiah declare as the ministry of Jesus Christ?
…Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:1, 3)
What more could a person ask for? The question becomes, how do I receive these things? Accepting Christ has been reduced to forgiveness of sin when so much more is available. Receiving Him means accepting His message and becoming His disciples that we would experience His life-giving ministry into every area!
Jesus Christ said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’” If we would make this our goal (instead of focusing on self), we would become amazing friends, loving spouses, and life-imparting parents. If we were to follow the course of perfected love, not only would it make us excel in our relationships, but we would soon see the inner satisfaction we long for! How would that be possible? The God who created us knows exactly what will satisfy us and brings His abundant blessing to our lives. It is only our lack of faith in the power of the Word that holds us back.
The Earth Groans and Travails for the Sons of God!
The nations of the earth desperately need help. I am convinced that the church is the answer, but it will require us to be wholly committed as devoted followers of Jesus Christ. When we see Jesus Christ, the Word of God, for all He is and all He has positioned us to walk in, we will radiate His answers. Will you commit yourself to being the solution through your unparalleled commitment to Christ and His Word?
The world is counting it!