Blaming God For One’s Lack of Spiritual Power

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“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
–2TIMOTHY 3:1-2,5

Not so very long ago, an acquaintance was complaining about the powerless life that person was living–EVEN THOUGH that person was an active member of one of the churches.

What made this complaint memorable was that the person blamed God for his lack of power!

“What’s the deal? We have problems like everyone else. We don’t have the things we need, just like everyone else. We get sick like everyone else. So where’s all this power the church is supposed to have? Maybe I’m from Missouri, but I don’t see it!”

Now, the one doing the complaining seemed to be on a complaining jag and wasn’t in the mood to hear reasoned rebuttals.

HOWEVER, a few counterpoints could have cleared up the complainer’s murmurs, mumbles and grumbles about his lack of spiritual power.

1- There is GREAT confusion among the church folk about the difference between God’s Church of believers and the churches (the buildings which hold Sunday social hours and other get-togethers AS WELL AS the folks who congregate at such buildings).

Believers have experienced the transformation which occurs when a believer is born again spiritually.

“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”
–John 3:5

The church folk experience a lot of pot luck dinners.

One of the most powerful forces is the prayer of the believer.  The believer knows this to be true.

SPIRITUAL WARFARE: The Explosive Power of the Believer’s Prayers

The prayers of the church folk are more like a wish list they would like to see happen if they had any power.

[This is NOT to say that a born again believer could not be found in one of the churches.  BUT, that believer is there IN SPITE OF what the churches do, not BECAUSE OF what the churches do.]

2- The believer KNOWS that he will experience PERSECUTION and TRIBULATION because God’s Word PROMISES those conditions to the believer.

“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
–2TIMOTHY 3:12

“Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
–Acts 14:22

BUT, the believer also KNOWS that experiencing reproach for the name of Jesus is assurance that he is walking the straight and narrow path to eternal salvation.

“Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.”
–Luke 6:22

“And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.”
–Acts 5:40-41

Many of the church folk swap stories about how to avoid various upcoming unpleasantness.

ALL of this is said to emphasize that the BELIEVER has great spiritual power from God. He knows this to be true because 1- of God’s Word (which is true); and, 2- various personal experiences since he became a believer (some which were previously UNEXPLAINABLE).

In fact, some believers are so mindful of God’s explosive power–and their access to such power–they are VERY careful (and sometimes hesitant) to make use of it because it is so powerful (and power can have unintended consequences which the believer may not have considered).

It should be noted that great Godly power does not mean that the believer will suddenly have an expensive car and a grand mansion to live in. It means that whenever something needs done for the LORD, he will find that he has the power to get that thing done. Great spiritual power from God is for God’s purposes, not man’s–although occasionally, the two will intersect nicely.

3- It was telling that the complainer NEVER once raised his own shortcomings or disbelief as reasons he had no power.

It is little wonder then that the third chapter of 2TIMOTHY begins with a highly accurate description of the end times churches and those who populated them.

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
–2TIMOTHY 3:1-5

Although the first few verses of 2TIMOTHY do not say explicitly, those described who have a ‘form of godliness but denying the power thereof’ are powerless.

THEREFORE: in the end times, perilous times shall come.  One of the reasons is because men have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof.

God’s Word is true.

HAS reader ever wondered about disparity between the power in his daily life and the power promised in God’s Word?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: September 2, 2020.]

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