-by Darren Smith (RevivalSchool.com)

About a month ago during a time of great trial in my walk, Jesus
the Lord spoke to me about being a true follower of Him, not a
nominal believer but a true follower. The word I heard was that
America is the hardest place in the world to be a believer. This
came as a shock to me, for I had often thought and commented on
how easy we have it here. But what the Lord opened to me is how
hard it is to walk with Him in this land of comfort. It is so easy to be
distracted by the cares of this world in our nation, in fact so easy
that we have created our own American doctrine to make us feel
better about our lack of devotion to Jesus.

If you need Jesus for every meal it’s far easier to trust Him, and if
meeting with a body of believers puts your life at risk, commitment
would be easier. Lets face it – we have built a "what’s in it for me"
doctrine to fill our buildings and programs. What’s amazing is that
we even believe that God has blessed us with all these distractions.
We’re even taught to pray for them. After all, surely God wants us
all to be rich and happy. This very notion causes us to max out
credit cards and other credit, so we can look the part. Even our
churches fall for the "bigger-newer-nicer" lie!

If we go back to the basic Gospel we can’t teach the American
doctrine because the words of Christ dispel it completely. Even
when Jesus gave us a model of how to pray He taught us to be
dependant upon Him. "Give us this day our daily bread" is a simple
request, isn’t it? Can you find a prayer for riches or possesions in it?
Think about this – how can the Lord provide our daily bread when
our cabinets, ice boxes and freezers are full? Do you get the point?
Being a follower of Christ is almost impossible in our nation. So
many of the things we say God blessed us with are distractions
given to us by our adversary the devil designed to turn us away
from Jesus. This is why we don’t see the power of God in our life,
we simply don’t need it, or, in fact, want it. It would mean an end to
our way of life and sure death to the American doctrine of feel-good
religion – a bloodless, powerless conviction-less, and (last but not
least) God-less faith.

The condition of the body today is sickening. We can’t even call sin
"sin" anymore. I am ashamed of myself and other leaders who have
let our walk slide so far. Starting with me I repent for the half
hearted service to the Lord and struggling with sin that should be
put away. Help me Lord to walk worthy of your calling. In the last
few days I have seen men that once walked with Jesus struggle
with the world and struggle over issues that should not even be a
consideration for a true follower of Christ. God help us to return to
you with a pure heart, break us Lord, open our hearts to you.

In the next few days we will be conducting prayer and repentance
meetings through our network of churches and house churches as
well as out in the public arena… We must repent and cry out to
God for our nation. We have slept long enough.

Time is short – we must not wait. We must charge forward into the
nation preaching only Jesus by actions as well as words. We must
plant true New Testament Churches meeting on every block,
building the body of Christ, making disciples and tearing down
strongholds. People whose only agenda is Christ and only fear is the Lord.

-Darren Smith.

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