Some synonyms for paralyzed are: incapacitated, powerless, and immobilized.
While most people think about this in the physical sense, I started thinking about the Body of Christ. When the Church stops doing what they know to do, they are paralyzed. They are not as effective as they could and SHOULD be.
What are some things the Church has quit doing? First, the Church has abandoned the Word.
Psalms 119:11-16 says, “I’m single-minded in pursuit of you; don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted. I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart so I won’t sin myself bankrupt. Be blessed, God; train me in your ways of wise living. I’ll transfer to my lips all the counsel that comes from your mouth; I delight far more in what you tell me about living than in gathering a pile of riches.”
The Church has not hidden the Word in our hearts. Instead of saying what God’s Word says, we complain and whine. The Church doesn’t delight in God. Sure, you might gather at church on Sunday, but it’s just something to do. Church is just another place to go. A check mark on a list of good deeds.
The Church is stuck because we are not listening to God’s voice. Every week, I hear from God through the messenger at my church. And each week, I get to choose whether I am going to do what God’s messenger said.
The Church is stuck because we have compromised the truth. We don’t want the pure Word of God. We want a message that will tickle our ears. We don’t want to be challenged. We don’t really want to change. We want someone to do it for us. Guess what? God has already done everything He’s going to do for us! He paid the price at the Cross for all of our weaknesses, pain, and sins. Because of Him, we don’t have to remain powerless. Through Him, we can be strong.
The Church is stuck because we have been double-minded. James 1:8 says, “Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.” Does that sound like the Body of Christ today? Yes, we have not been pursuing Jesus. We are not firm in what we believe, so our foundation is shaky. Jesus was the Word made flesh. We should be built on the Word. We have to abide in Him. Separated, we can’t produce anything.
Are you tired of being stuck? Are you tired of not fulfilling your purpose with power? Let’s get back to the basics and embrace God’s Word as never before.
~ Madison Sanders
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