The Ultimate Solution

In the face of all that is happening around us in the world – terrorism, injustice, corruption, moral decay – many of us are left hopeless, looking only to protests to the government & defeatist prayers as the way out.

I posed this question to God: in all this, what is my ultimate role as a Christian? In these trying times, what should my response be? Here’s the response I got.
The issues that are facing us today are issues that are deeply rooted in the hearts of men. Many terrorists operate with a false conviction that their actions are backed by God. Tribalism is largely as a result of fear and long-held stereotypes. Corruption thrives because of a people who have been consumed by the love of money. Injustice persists because people are concerned more about themselves than they are about others. Whatever the ultimate solution for all this is, it has to be one that deals with the root of the matter: the heart of man. For there is only so much that ranting and protesting can do. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results has been described as insanity. Here is where I believe the true solution lies:

Romans 1:16 NLT
“For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.”

It is the Good News about Jesus Christ that will ultimately change this world. The reason some may read this and think “Yeah, right” is because for years the true message of Jesus Christ hasn’t been accurately preached, hence the seemingly ineffectiveness of the church & its message. For fear of encouraging people to continue in sin, the message of God’s love & grace has been subdued, so much so that people are told that “Yes, Christ accepts you just as you are”, but then once saved, are told “Here’s the list of things you need to do to sustain your salvation, to get God to answer your prayers, to move God in your situation,” basically saying that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross wasn’t enough, that our salvation was not a free gift after all, that we still need to DO things to be accepted before God, that we still need to DO certain things (e.g. pray) to CONVINCE God to move in our lives/situations, as opposed to BELIEVE that Christ did all that needed to be done to make us acceptable before God. We fear that the love of God on its own is not enough to change a person.

The world is yet to see the church as it’s meant to be – consumed by the love of God. The Book of 1st John in the Bible states that God is Love. That is His true nature. That is who He is at the core. But for many, love isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when we think of God. Holy. Mighty. Judge. Great. That’s what first comes to mind. All those are true, but Jesus came to reveal God to us as “Father.” That’s a very intimate term, one that must have been very strange for the people in Jesus’ time to understand God by, for it was a side of Him that had not been revealed to them before. Jesus came so that we may get into intimate relationship with God – the true meaning of eternal life (John 3:16, John 17:3). And it is as we grow in this intimate relationship with God that we live the abundant and victorious lives that God designed for us to live; that once a human heart comes into contact with the amazing love of God, that life is changed at the core, forever.
The reason why we believers in Jesus have not been as effective as we should be, is because we haven’t fully understood the love of God. We know it in our heads, that God loves us, but that truth is yet to sink into many of our hearts. We seek to learn more about prayer and prosperity and faith and every other thing, & assume that we understand God’s love. The Bible states that faith works by love (Galatians 5:6). Could the reason for our faith being as ineffective as it has been against the evils of this world be that we are yet to understand the love of God/that it lacks the foundation of a proper understanding of God’s love towards us? You see, it’s easy to say, “I know God loves me,” but what happens when God speaks to me and asks me to leave my job, that there’s something else he has planned for me? Fear grips my heart! Because I’m worried about tomorrow: what shall I eat? What shall I drink? What shall I wear? And yet the Bible tells us that perfect love (God’s love) casts out fear (1 John 4:18).

If God’s love is so amazing, why do I find it difficult to tell others about it? Why do I find it easier to tell others about a great business deal I discovered? Could it be that God’s love is not really that amazing to me yet?

Over the past few months, I have had this growing conviction within in my heart: majority of the world is yet to experience the love of God, & this is largely so because majority of the church is yet to fully understand and experience the love of God. We, the designated disseminators of the Gospel of Jesus/the Message of Christ/the Gospel of Grace, are yet to adequately understand this Gospel. We have many people getting saved every week, but not much change taking place in the world around us. Could it be that we have yet to fully understand this amazing love of God? I put it to you that this is the case.

This is my admonition to you, my fellow believer in Jesus Christ: let us seek to grow in our understanding of God’s love for us. Don’t feel condemned by the statements made above. Take it as an indication that there’s more of God that we are yet to discover.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 gives us a description of who God (Love) is, a description that need not just capture our minds, but our hearts as well:

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 AMP

“Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]…”

It is when we are consumed by this great love of God that we are able to express this same love to others, not by our own strength, but as an automatic response to experiencing this great love of God.

Think through the above passage of Scripture again and imagine this:

Imagine a terrorist consumed by this great love of God.

Imagine our political leaders leading us as being led by this great love of God.

Imagine tribal and racial biases tumbling down in the face of God’s amazing love.

Imagine a society that is consumed by this great love of God.

The world at large is yet to see a people totally consumed by the love of God, & it is these people that all creation eagerly awaits (Romans 8:19).

God’s love for us is best revealed through this: while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16).

Here is what I believe is the ultimate solution to the issues facing us today:

Romans 10:11-17 AMP

“The Scripture says, No man who believes in Him [who adheres to, relies on, and trusts in Him] will [ever] be put to shame or be disappointed. [Ps. 34:22; Isa. 28:16; 49:23; Jer. 17:7.] [No one] for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek. The same Lord is Lord over all [of us] and He generously bestows His riches upon all who call upon Him [in faith]. For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord [invoking Him as Lord] will be saved. [Joel 2:32.] But how are people to call upon Him Whom they have not believed [in Whom they have no faith, on Whom they have no reliance]? And how are they to believe in Him [adhere to, trust in, and rely upon Him] of Whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher? And how can men [be expected to] preach unless they are sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of those who bring glad tidings! [How welcome is the coming of those who preach the good news of His good things!] [Isa. 52:7.] But they have not all heeded the Gospel; for Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed (had faith in) what he has heard from us? [Isa. 53:1.] So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself).”

Romans 1:16 NLT

“For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.”
It is as this message of the love of God, expressed in His Son Jesus Christ, is shared across the world, that we will ultimately see the change we desire to see in our world.

If God’s love is something you would like to discover or learn more about, I’d admonish you to listen to this sermon series by Andrew Wommack. It’s titled: “The True Nature of God.” – http://www.awmi.net/extra/audio/1002

Here’s what some of my friends have had to say about the sermons:

“…How are you? …thanks for these. They are life changing! Really enjoying listening to them.
God bless you!” ~ Lady friend

“…PS I am loving the sermons so much already…” ~ Lady friend

“I have always wondered why, especially here in the western world, SOME people, not saved, seem to be having a sense of peace, more than a few long-time saved friends I know. The sermons give me some answers…quite liberating…Thanks for sharing this.” ~ Guy friend

” (In a Whatsapp group message, I wrote) Hey guys. This sermon series is changing my life! Have a listen, I’d love to know your thoughts. It’s called “The True Nature Of God”. They are free for download: http://www.awmi.net/extra/audio/1002
(A friend in the group copy pasted the above in the same Whatsapp group then went on to say) “I had to echo Mike! Doing the sermons for QT [Quiet Time], must get this & listen . Thanks Mike .” ~ Guy Friend

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