This post is Day 4 in a series of studies about “Habakkuk”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Habakkuk – Day 4
The church has failed in its mission to convert the world to Christ, and now we are reaping the consequences. The devil has had too much influence on the church, past and present in making too many christians think that we just have to go to church on Sundays.
Their horses are swifter than leopards, fiercer than wolves at dusk. Their cavalry gallops headlong; their horsemen come from afar. They fly like an eagle swooping to devour; they all come intent on violence. They mock kings and scoff at rulers. They laugh at all fortified cities; … they capture them.
These verses read as though they are from a modern novel rather than The Holy Bible! Where is the God of peace, joy and love?
Where is Jesus who died to save us?
The fact is that too many of us as Christians forget that “The battle is not yet over”. Yes Jesus won the ultimate victory on the cross. Yes satan was defeated there, but he has not accepted that defeat, and is continually fighting back.
The people and the kings of Israel and Judah, as we read yesterday had not obeyed the Lord. Sadly that is the story of much of the Old Testament, and it is still the story of much of the world today.
The church has failed in its mission to convert the world to Christ, and now we are reaping the consequences. The devil has had too much influence on the church, past and present in making too many christians think that we just have to go to church on Sundays, be good and then go to heaven when we die.
That was NEVER God’s intention, or Christ’s message to His followers!
Read again the closing verses of Matthew’s gospel and of Mark’s gospel and be encouraged to obey the last instructions of Jesus to his followers. If you count yourself as one of those, ask Jesus to show you what to do or say today. Be bold to obey Him, knowing that He is with you… “always to the end of the age!” (Matthew 28:20).