Saturday, May 31, 2014

Born again or Bored again


Boredom: routine, meaningless, repetitious, mindless work that results in fatigue.
Ever heard these expressions? “bored to death,” “bored stiff,” “bored to tears,” “bored silly” and even “bored out of one’s skull.” Surveys indicate that up to half of North Americans are either temporarily or permanently bored.
Studies are showing people are bored with their marriage partners, bored with school, bored with christianity, bored with work, bored with television, bored with church, bored with prayer, even bored with the thought of going to heaven.
Boredom is an absence of feeling, emotional flatness, lack of interest in anything.

To not be bored with Christianity you must “get into the meaning of what you are doing.” Attend to people, things and situations in a more complete way

Boredom is a symptom of a breakdown in our love relationship to God.
Boredom occurs when we lose sight of the rewards. It occurs when we lose connection to God and the passions of God.
Boredom leads to drifting, and drifting leads to backsliding.
We lose sight of heaven. Answered prayers. Soul winning. Deliverances. Healings. Miracles.
People can become bored when they treat church as a hobby, and expect the church to entertain, and excite them.

The spirit of God is not an expresso or energy drink simply here to provide you a quick “lift”

People expect the “Spirit” to wake up their boredom, and provide goose bump religion and experiences.
Christianity is not a hobby, and Jesus is not an accessory.

When Jesus called the disciples, he stretched them beyond their own natural capabilities.
Don't you think fishing would get boring if that’s all you ever did?
God called those fishermen to do something bigger than they could ever imagine.
And God calls you and I to  “bigger” things too but he empowers us to do what He calls us to!

Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the world.” 
If we are walking in the spirit we will not fullfil or satisfy the flesh.

A good indicator of boredom
is not walking in the spirit.

Boredom, can be expelled by recovering our passion for God.
How could a burning bush experience be boring?
How could watching water turn to wine be boring?
How could witnessing the feeding of 5000 be boring?
How could observing blinded eyes being opened be boring?
How could mountain top experiences be boring?

The way of Apostolic Revival is anything but boring!
One never knows what God might do…Where God might show up…Who He might be reaching out to…

If we find our self feeling bored with church, prayer, bible reading, witnessing. Soul winning…then the problem is spiritual and internal. It’s within us.

Christians are "fervent in spirit, serving the Lord" (Rom. 12:11).

"Fervent" means is to be hot. Sometimes we say a fervent person is on fire, and that a fervent Christian is on fire for the Lord.
If the Lord sets you on fire, you won’t experience burnout or boredom!
Apollos was a man described as fervent. Notice what Luke says about this man who was on fire for the Lord:
Does it sound like Apollos was bored? How could he be? He was a believer zealous for the good things of God.

  • "Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good" (1 Pet. 3:13)?
  • Jesus "gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds" (Tit. 2:14).
"Zealous" means "having a strong devotion for a person, a cause, or an ideal" Synonyms for "zealous" include enthusiastic, eager, fervent, intense, and passionate.
What happens to the Bored Christian?
           They Fall Away
Christians who aren't fervent and zealous no longer repent of their sins, and soon fall away.

Ephesians 4:19 (Amplified Bible)

19In their spiritual apathy they have become cold hearted and past feeling and reckless and have abandoned themselves [a prey] to unbridled sensuality, eager and greedy to indulge in every form of impurity [that their depraved desires may suggest and demand].

Perhaps this was the case with Demas, of whom Paul says, "having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica" (2 Tim. 4:10).
If you're bored going to church, worshiping God, studying the Bible, and doing personal work, this should be a wake up call.
II Tim 1:6 Stir up the gift that is within you

Jude 1:20  But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

Galatians 6:9 Do not be weary in well-doing…

How do we remedy being bored in our prayer life? Change the way we pray! Write out your prayers. Journal. Walk and pray. Pray at a different time. Pray with a partner.

How do we remedy being bored with church? Get more involved. Volunteer in some capacity, clean, help with kids church, get involved in outreach, soul winning…Bible Studies

How do we remedy being bored with routine service? INVEST! Put more into a service -you will get more out of it!  Come early…pray…expect more of the service you invest in!

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