The Richardsons

“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?” – 1 Peter 4: 17-18.

God is such a merciful God that He always gives warning before He brings judgment.  The judgment of God is in this land and the church is not exempt as 1 Peter 4: 17-18 clearly states “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?  The message Bible puts it this way “It’s judgment time for God’s own family. We’re first in line. If it starts with us, think what it’s going to be like for those who refuse God’s Message!  If good people barely make it, What’s in store for the bad?  So if you find life difficult because you’re doing what God said, take it in stride. Trust him. He knows what he’s doing, and he’ll keep on doing it.”  The church referred to is not a particular church but the Body of Christ.

God is looking for a people.
•    A people who will pray
•    A people who will be obedient
•    A people who will not compromise
•    A people who will live godly no matter what
•    A people who are loving
•    A people who are forgiving
•    A people who are filled with compassion

For judgment has begun this land and there is more to come.  Escape the coming judgment!

The word judgment in the Greek – kree’-mah meaning a decision (the function or the effect, for or against [“crime”]): – avenge, condemned, condemnation, damnation, + go to law, judgment.  The Greek word for house is oy’-kos by implication a family (more or less related, literally or figuratively): – home, house (-hold), temple.

The church in the book of Acts had all things in common.  In the body of Christ today there is so much division, so much confusion, so much competition and so much strife, so much struggle for power and control of people and things, so much manipulation and intimidation.  Sometimes you have to rely on the spirit of God to tell you who is who.  Sometimes you have to be careful what you share, when you share it and who you share it with.

God is saying that we can no longer afford to live double standards and double lives, playing church.  Some Christians live multiple lives according to where they are and who they are around:

•    They have a church life
•    A home life
•    A work life

You see them in church and it’s a show.  You know the usual, “Hi Sister, Hi Brother, How are you today?” – a fake display of love – kind of like it is the thing to do.  Put a hidden camera in their homes or on their jobs and you wonder if that is the same sister or brother that you know.  Displays of anger, unforgiveness, abuse, hiding to buy lottery tickets, controlling, manipulating, not talking to people, downright unholy actions and attitudes but then Sunday morning rolls around again and its “Oh sister God is so good.”

God is calling all pretenders to change habits, change actions, change conversations, change attitudes.  If we name the name of Christ and live like that we become stumbling blocks in the way of those who have a desire to serve the Lord.  “…but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.”  Romans 13:14b.

But God knows and hears and sees all things.  God is not fooled.  He knows our hearts and all our works will be judged.  “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”  Ecclesiastes 12:14

Exposure is coming in the church and in this land – from the pulpit to the pew.  All that was and is done is darkness will come to light.  In Hebrews 2:3 it states “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.”

Church how can we escape?  How can we escape?  How can we escape?

I cried out to God.  God have mercy on us.  In my spirit I could hear there is:

•    Unforgiveness in the church
•    Jealousy and envy in the church
•    Selfishness in the church
•    Pride in the church
•    Bitterness in the church
•    Sexual sins in the church
•    Gossip and slander
•    Homosexuality in the church
•    Legalism and religion in the church
•    Slumber and compromise in the church
•    Jezebels and Delilahs in the church
•    Witches and Vodoo in the church
•    Adulterers and fornicators, in the church
•    Domestic violence and abuse in the church
•    Sorcery and divination in the church
•    Control and manipulation in the church

But we have people like that in the church – a smile to your face and a knife to your back.  God is not pleased.  God is saying to us as a Body today to REPENT!

“You’re hopeless, you religion scholars and Pharisees! Frauds! You’re like manicured grave plots, grass clipped and the flowers bright, but six feet down it’s all rotting bones and worm-eaten flesh. People look at you and think you’re saints, but beneath the skin you’re total frauds.”  St. Matthew 23:27-28

It is one thing to talk about what the sinner man is doing but if the Body of Christ who should be standing in the gap for this land are not in right standing with God how then can we pray for the land?

(Continued in Friday’s devotional)