These days my thoughts are heavily centred on revival. In order to focus on revival you have to focus heavily on God. Today I was looking at a quote on another matter (actually one that talks about the lack of the Holy Spirit in the church) and came across this one that I thought summed up many of my thoughts on the church today. This person said, “With all the talk of late about being "seeker sensitive"(now missional –mine), here's a daring thought: how about being "God sensitive"? Instead of catering to what people want, perhaps we should consider what God wants? Rather than conducting human-centred surveys to discern direction and mission, shouldn't we be asking the Holy Spirit to lead us? Instead of inclining our ears to church marketing consultants, might it not be better to consider the way of the Lord? Rather than brazenly, openly, and without shame trying to please men, why not aim to please the Lord?”
The church desperately needs a new sense of discernment and a willingness to change. This is an age-old problem. Man wants to do it His way and will plough ahead and then call it Gods plan even though God had nothing to do with it. These words sum this up -Ezekiel 13 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who are now prophesying. Say to those who prophesy out of their own imagination: ‘Hear the word of the Lord! 3 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing! 4 Your prophets, O Israel, are like jackals among ruins. 5 You have not gone up to the breaks in the wall to repair it for the house of Israel so that it will stand firm in the battle on the day of the Lord. 6 Their visions are false and their divinations a lie. They say, “The Lord declares,” when the Lord has not sent them; yet they expect their words to be fulfilled. 7 Have you not seen false visions and uttered lying divinations when you say, “The Lord declares,” though I have not spoken?