We are all created in the image of God and by receiving the unconditional love of the heavenly Father we are made complete.
He yearns to reveal His heart to us so we can walk in His perfect will. In John18:37 Jesus says, “Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” A Christian is a follower of Jesus Christ: one who hears His voice, is an obedient servant – yielded and obedient (Is. 1:19) and believes the word of God as the absolute truth.
People need to be taught the simplicity of how to hear God’s voice and how much He desires to speak to them on everything. It’s not God’s perfect will to see people attend church week after week and live a defeated life. The church leaders are responsible to teach and train the people in their care to hear the voice of God so they may live a prosperous life in Jesus Christ.
In their many years of attending Christian institutions, leaders are conditioned to uphold the traditions and principles of their particular denomination. What is needed is more one-on-one loving and intimate mentorship through the Word of God instead of the generic and impersonal instruction. Jesus was intimately involved with His disciples in their everyday life, training them for leadership.
One who disciples must be like a father or mother to the disciples under their care as Paul was to his disciples.
1Co 4:15 For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
1Co 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

Discipleship is God’s divinely ordered instruction for everyone unto godliness and equips the church in Christ Jesus for their service unto Him.

Many of the problems we face in North America today began in the churches. There is a prevalent lack of desire and love for the truth toward one another. This causes disunity and confusion among Christians directly hindering the move of the Holy Spirit.
Spiritual leaders must stand on the word of God, keep His precepts and boldly proclaim the truth no matter what. Holding back from speaking the truth of the Word of God greatly hinders a person coming to a true repentance and freedom in Jesus Christ. Church leaders have become politically correct, afraid to tell the truth by standing on the Word of God. So often success is measured by numbers in the pews therefore you hear words that are pleasing to the hearers. Too many church leaders allow others to tell them how and what to say from the pulpit due to the fear of man and the possible loss of their jobs. Where is the fear of God?
The leaders are responsible to humbly lead and teach the people the reverent fear of God. Then they will be able to discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not as it says in Mal 3:18.
Statistics say that 83% of Americans are Christians. Have they truly given up their own will to follow Jesus Christ? Selfishness abounds and let’s be real; not many are serving the Lord with their whole heart. Christians compromise their faith after they become comfortable and complacent.
God is waiting for the leaders and their congregation to awaken from the state of complacency and the crying out to the living God for help and direction. Rom 13:11 says And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
God is a jealous God and He is drawing the remnant to Himself. As a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ we are individually responsible to lay down our life and give all to serve Him, wholeheartedly.

-Junia Waldner-

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