When did Church Turn into a 3-Ring Circus?

The church has become a place of entertainment.
Not a house of prayer, nor a source of salvation.

I had a dream recently, and in it, there was a party, to honor a special guest that had come back from the dead. To get to the guest, to pay your respects, and sit at His feet, you had to go down a narrow path. It was a long path, plain and simple. But, everyone wanted to stay where the entertainment stage was, with all the flashy lights and amazing music. They all sat there with their eyes wide open, watching and eating food. So sensually satisfying, but yet, so very empty.  When I began down the path, I called for others to come with me.  They could hardly hear me above the music, they looked like zombies, but when they did hear, they just waved me away.

I realized that the church is becoming more and more like that. Sometimes I go to churches and I just shake my head. Seems people are more into the music, or their experiences, than they are really into just sitting at Jesus’ feet. I hear story after story of encounters, but rarely hear the Word anymore, or hardly ever see someone get saved. Dare I say, that I believe, the love is growing cold too?

People want to see gold dust or teeth appear. Oil dripping from hands, portals, angels, healings, manifestations…etc.
They want to hear good, entertaining, speakers, and amazing music.  The cry of their heart is, GIVE US GOOSEBUMPS!!!

People are also striving to be seen, like the “super-stars” that come in and do all the amazing miracles…they are willing to step on others to get to that stage.
But, don’t they know, that it is Jesus Who promotes?   And He promotes those that usually do not want it…because they know it is a position that requires much responsibility, yes, they know they will become servants of all…and that requires much love and death to self.  Do they not know that the Word says, seek first the Kingdom of Heaven?

Yes…these people, want all these things…
BUT, do they,
or have they,
even humbly sought Him that week?

I am not a bible scholar, but it seems to me that signs and wonders were mostly to confirm the Word…so that people would get saved. I don’t think Jesus wanted it to be entertainment for the church or something we seek over Him. Worship is supposed to be for God…not for our pleasure, to distract us from seeking Him.

When did church turn into a 3 ring circus?

I believe Jesus wants His church back.

Keys to the Kingdom

This week I emailed a friend, and asked her to pray for me, her pastor just happened to be walking through her door so they called and all prayed for me. The pastor kept talking about the Key of David, authority and about doors being opened to me. After the call, I read a little bit about the Key of David and I got kind of excited about it.

Then today, I was with the Lord and He kept saying, “it will cost you everything.” I didn’t know what he meant, but then He was standing before me and He had this beautiful gold crown on; I just wanted to stare at it. I could tell that God really wanted me to notice his crown. When I see Him, He is not always wearing it.

He turned to his right, stretching out his hand, and behind him was a beautiful kingdom.

He said “I want to give you this.”

Then He reached out and in His hand were keys.

He said, “These keys unlock the doors in this kingdom.”

Then I saw him take one of the keys and put it up into the heavens and turn it; when he did, things fell from heaven to earth. It looked like glory just raining down, as a ray of light from heaven., but there was substance in the Glory! He did that a couple of times as I watched.

Then he showed me I can even take the keys and unlock things in people’s hearts, even my own heart. I saw Him put the key in a person’s heart and turn it. When He did, light came forth just like it had from the heavens.

Then He told me these keys can also lock up bad things on earth; evil, wicked things could be bound.

He told me I could have the keys but…

“it would cost me everything.”

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth must be what is already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose (declare lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven. (Matthew 16:19 AMP)

“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found, and hid. In his joy, he goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field. (Matthew 13:44 WEB)

And I will clothe him with your robe and will bind your girdle on him and will commit your authority to his hand; he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. And the key of the house of David I will lay upon his shoulder; he shall open and no one shall shut, he shall shut and no one shall open. (Isaiah 22:21, 22 AMP)

Matt5:3 “Happy are people who are hopeless, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

“Happy are people whose lives are harassed because they are righteous, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

Our Ultimate Undercover Boss

MV5BMTgzMTk5ODMyNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDU3MTAwNA@@._V1_SY317_CR4,0,214,317_Watching a recorded episode of Undercover Boss…and I just love it. It is such a positive show, always makes me cry. I love how the leaders get in the trenches with the employees and get a taste of what life is like for them…and at the end, how they always promote and bless the good employees, and deal with the bad ones.

A good reminder that God is watching us too, you know, He is the ULTIMATE Undercover Boss. Like the leaders in the show, He too humbled Himself, came from the Kingdom of Heaven to live and walk among us. So He understands.

Makes me think of Joseph, how hard he worked, was promoted and demoted…but eventually was blessed to become a blessing. We too, if we do not grow weary in doing good, in due time, will also reap a harvest.

Many are called, but few are chosen.
Let’s be the type of “employees” our Undercover Boss can and will desire to bless and promote!

Employees, do what you’re told by your earthly bosses. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your the Ultimate Boss, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Boss you’re serving is Christ. The sullen employee who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work.