Wake Up Call Trio

The following
is a collection of three
different short messages
calling for repentance
and revival

1) "Broken Spirit" & "Christian" - Synonymous?

Characteristics of a Broken Spirit
  A Christian is one who has to have a broken spirit. If our spirit hasn't been broken, how can we call ourselves Christians? It violates the principal of death to self in Christ (Romans Ch. 6; Galatians 2:20).
  Is our spirit broken? Wouldn't a broken spirit detest things in opposition to God? How can we listen to music with profanity and immorality, and D.J.'s who joke about sexual immorality, if our spirit has been broken? How? How can we joke about doing things that involve iniquity? Shouldn't those things repel us? My spirit cries out to keep those things far from my heart and mind. How can insults "in jest" be from a broken spirit (Eph. 5:4)? How can a wife not honor and obey her husband, if her spirit is broken? How can we seek to hurt another? How can we boast of ourselves and our accomplishments with the hope of showing ourselves better than the one we're boasting to? How can we toy with non-Christian fellowships, dating or otherwise?
  I fear the influence of my non-Christian contacts in life. I pray that I not be corrupted, for I realize my vulnerability.

  12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.   

1 Corinthians 10:12
 33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.   

1 Corinthians 15:33
 If we have such confidence in ourselves, we're not broken. If we don't really care, we're obviously not broken either.

True Religion Must Have A Broken Spirit
  We talk about acts of love such as helping someone in need, or doing something to make someone's  day.  Our  religion may seem fine and well, but what good is it without a broken spirit?  It's a work, but let us not dare call it the product of a broken spirit. To call ourselves by that honorable title that bears His name, "Christian" is indeed a misnomer without a broken spirit.
 26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. 27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.   
James 1:26,27

Priorities To Be The Kingdom of Heaven, Not the Kingdom of This World
  How strange it is, when those who claim to bear His name consider us with an air of disgust if we're ignorant of the current news. Between working a job, spending time with our family, spending time with God, and a number of other necessary things, it's difficult to regularly watch T.V. and the news. I can't help but wonder if contempt shouldn't be going the other way. A broken spirit sets the first things as priorities. It seems peoples' ideas are, "Oh, you know the Bible - impressive! but what, you don't know the news!?" Oh that it were the other way around!

Abnormality? From Who's Perspective?
  In the Church, there's such confusion. The behavior pattern of one with a broken spirit is now considered to be that of the religious zealot. The person you take with a grain of salt, or worse - avoid because their ideas become too judgmental against the life-styles of church members.

  This might be classified along with Lamentations. Jeremiah felt pain and anger over the society of his day. How can we, in our present society, feel otherwise? Is what we see in the life-styles of those who call themselves Christians, the product of these many churches we see around us? We have forgotten humility, we have forgotten a broken spirit.

2) A Bright Future?

A Taste of the World
  I overheard a TV program. This is the second prime-time family oriented show I've seen (or heard) that dealt with the subject of the teenager committing fornication. They espoused the philosophy that it's all right if you really love the person and are mature enough. Not once did they mention God (surprisingly not even in vain), however they did swear. These producers and writers feel they can ignore God and what He says about morality. The act before marriage being fornication wasn't mentioned. The basis of ones "really" loving a person ending, as an evidence of that love, in marriage wasn't mentioned. Real love being willing to sacrifice in vows before God and man wasn't mentioned. Even though I realize how our society believes like these shows teach, I never fail to be shocked.

Fantasies of the Future
  We feel we're zipping along into some futuristic superior society where we've shaken ourselves free from archaic ways: "No more superstitious belief in demons, no more hard-nosed rules of an over-righteous community, no more lack of civilization by having the death penalty for everything from rape to murder. Oh yes, we understand psychological problems, treat these people medically."
  We see wonderful panoramas like those one might see in Buck Rogers or some Sci-Fi program. We stand gazing into the sunrise of tomorrow, while from behind comes the storm clouds billowing overhead. We can't hear the thundering wrath of God that's mounting over our iniquities, not until the lightening strikes. Even then I have to wonder and doubt that we'll realize the storm is because of God's wrath. Judah didn't when they were carried away as exiles to Babylon (see book of Jeremiah). (See the tract "The Coming Storm", on Psalm 50.)

But The Blood Is Still On Our Hands

  12 And they went out, and preached that men should repent.  
 Mark 6:12

  This nation has had such opportunity and has thrown so much away. God's Word is freely available, yet we're so ignorant of it. We don't remove the blood of murder victims from our hands by properly executing the murderers. We forbid prayer in schools and teaching of the ways of the Highest Authority. We slaughter millions of unborn children. Were the Philistines that burnt their children to idols any more barbaric and worthy of condemnation than we are? We force employers to hire homosexuals without discrimination. We might as well force them to hire murderers. Give them a fair break, huh? We think we're the good guys and China the bad guy. Isn't that what Judah thought of Babylon when they carried them away (which was by God's appointment)? Our time of whatever our judgment may be is nearing, and we have no one to blame but ourselves.

3) Do You Care About God?

Questions of Eternal Worth
  So many in our society think so little about God. About those on fire for God, they think, "Why do they have to be so religious?" I have to ask the following, and wonder that their own conscience doesn't force them to this series of questions:

For the Unconverted
  Is there a God? If so, is He the God told about in the Bible? If you accept that He is, then knowing that you will someday come face to face with Him (as the Bible tells us) don't you think, "I'd better find out what He expects of me?" Knowing the Bible tells the answer, don't you consider it worthwhile to examine it to find the answer? If you don't, how do you think He'll respond to that answer? If you don't put full weight upon the words you read in the Bible, then you really don't believe they are authoritatively the Word of God. How can you live knowing He tells you to do one thing and yet do another? Surely you lightly esteem God.
  Apathy and self-deism, these are the ruling factors that determine our response, if we believe the Bible, yet haven't turned to Him. Please, please ask yourself the questions and push through the answers to their inevitable conclusion. Your soul is at stake and a relationship which the world knows nothing of.

For the Converted
  If you think you have responded to God's demands in the Bible, yet you feel that if you say a prayer a day and read your Bible you're going on in a wonderful walk with God, then ask yourself these questions:
  Do you desire to learn more about God? His ways and His demands? Do you enjoy things oriented on God? Do you prefer things oriented on God? Are you always thinking, "What would Jesus do or have me to do?" Are you satisfied where you are in your walk with God or do you want more? Are you seeking more? Do you love God, or just knowing you're on the right side? Are you willing to work to get closer to Him and learn more about Him? Must you be spoon-fed or will you seek more nourishment?
  Your answer to the spoon-fed question shows your desire for God. How would others answer these questions about you? If you're on fire for God, shouldn't it be obvious to others? We know what Jesus said of the lukewarm. If your answers aren't as you know they should be, repent, for that is what's called for. This sickened state is actually called sin in the Bible - Revelation 3:14-22. God loves you, don't throw Him away.

Word's Whose Message Can't Be Denied
  Let God's own words sink deep into your heart:

  9 Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy son's sons:   
Deuteronomy 4:9
4 Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God is one LORD. 5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.            Deuteronomy 6:4-9
 15 I know thy works, that thou are neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.           
Revelation 3:15,16

Psalm 119:2,10,15,16,20,24,36,40,47,48,59, 60,92,97,103,131,140,143,147,148,164 look at the attitude towards God's Word.

(For a study format of this last message, see "Christian Growth Questions" available in tract form for classroom lessons, with a Leader's Guide and a Response Sheet.)

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