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Don’t Shrink Back From Participation

September 12, 2016


“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.  You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.  For in just a very little while, “He who is coming will come and will not delay.  But my righteous one will live by faith.  And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.”  But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.”  Hebrews 10: 35-39

Confidence in Jesus is a very important thing to have.  If we believe in and trust Him, He will carry us through any circumstance or situation.  We can and will persevere if we hold on to the truth and love that He has revealed within us.  This is not at all about self confidence or self perseverance.  It is all about Him and what He has promised.  If we hold on to Jesus through the trials of this life, we will overcome all obstacles and be rewarded by Him now and in the next life.  Jesus is returning to this earth very soon, but when He does will He find us faithful?

So please hold on to Jesus tightly, my sisters and brothers, and He will see us through all the way to the very end.  Do not fear or shrink back from current circumstances or problems my friends.  Because He will make right all things and keep our feet on the correct pathway even through many bumps, twists and turns.  If we remain in Him and do not turn away, our confidence in Jesus will not be destroyed in any way, shape, or manner.  Through our sincere belief in Christ alone; we will overcome in this life and the next.

We can choose to live in victory in the here and now.  We do not have to wait for His return to be overcomers.  Although some have already given up in this life and now look only to the future.  2 Peter 1: 3-4 tells us that, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may PARTICIPATE in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”

So the question is…. are you going to be a Participant or just a mere Spectator?  We can all walk and flow in The Spirit now and participate in Him together or we can sit on the sidelines as a mere spectator and wait for the end of this age to come.  Problem is that much of the modern “church” has programmed its members to be spectators only and to just sit and watch a Sunday morning show.  When it is totally clear that Jesus wants us all to participate and share His truth in love with one another and others along the way in this life now.  Being IN Christ means we will be like Him, and Jesus was very vocal and open in sharing the truth in love with all those He encountered.  Please don’t shrink back from your calling to BE someone who shares their portion of Christ with others in His Body and those yet to know and experience Jesus in His fullness.  In the end we will be with Him, but you do not have to wait until then to experience His precious presence and share it with others each and every day until He does return.

Love and …..

Kirk Out !




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  1. Amen Bro! If we consider the way “church normal” is set up; that is with the pews lined up for spectators, and the “pulpit” where the so called leadership holds forth, that is the outline of what church is NOT supposed to be like….as opposed to the circle of ekklesia that the Lord Jesus created His people to function in collectively as a harmonic unit. What power and blessing it would be for all Christian churches to gather in such assemblies.

    • Yes Scarlett, I agree 100%. Every member of the Body of Christ needs to be free from the bondage of being a spectator instead of a vibrant participant when the church gathers.

  2. peterhorvatin3gmailcom permalink

    yes, how can we be a body working in harmony and sharing our lives and burdens together if we are looking at the back of someone’s head. Where is the spirit moving in that? and How can we build up the body as well?

  3. I hear you Peter. Where there are Pastors (Big P), platforms, pulpits and pews or chairs set up in rows facing only the front..WE can’t build up one another or mutually make disciples together. Beyond those physical obstructions WE NEED to ditch the institutional mindset as well. WE need to be face to face and heart to heart. So that WE can grow up together under Christ alone.

  4. Mercy fulgencio permalink

    Stand fast to becoming a spotless, loving and obedient Bride of Jesus Christ …
    He is not comng again for an idolatrous harlot Bride.

  5. Sue heumann permalink

    Diggin deeper in the bible and with each other we can hear the Spirits voice as we live and move in Him. They go together don’t they…’s BEST to have input from members of the body in our lives. God is amazing how he has orchestrated how this bodylife works….it beautiful when we see it in motion. More please!…. Trusting Him….thanks for reminding me of this perfect body.

    • Sue you are right. When we dig into the bible together We get deeper revelation and insight. It is really amazing to experience the unfolding of His truth in love together. When we blend our voices together WE hear HIS Voice more clearly. It is wonderful and grand. True fellowship is definitely a team activity.

  6. Dan permalink

    I’m with you that we all need to participate (but it sure can be hard). One of the companies that I worked as a salesman for was run by a tough old hillbilly turned millionaire. In training meetings, I had actually seen him slap someone in the face who had not answered one of his questions to the group to his liking. We all learned to sit in the back row if possible, keep our mouths shut, and avoid being hit or humiliated. (One night he sucker punched me in the chest in retaliation for something that I did earlier that day that he didn’t like). During my 40 years in IC, there were many such experiences. Not actual physical slugging but plenty of verbal smack downs. We learned over those years to keep our heads and extremities inside our tortoise shells lest we get smacked for perceived rebellion, elitism, extremism, or just plain being wrong. Now that we’re out of IC land and out here in organic land, there is still a lot of trepidation involved in sticking our necks out. I have witnessed near savagery on organic Facebook pages as well as first hand personally in a so called organic church group. While I am all for jumping in, it is not without much sense of personal risk and possible wounding. I know that is the potential price we are told that we must pay for true fellowship but the thought of it is still very uncomfortable. Oh, for safety. Safe people to share safely with. Even debate good naturedly with. People we can truly spill our guts to and not have them stomped on. A family who will love you through your unloveliness as you heal from a lifetime of harm. After all, it is true that hurting people hurt people. And I am one of them. One who has been hurt…and also hurts others.

    • I hear you Dan. I am so glad Jesus allowed me to avoid much time in the IC at all. Since 1976 all I have known is relational, simple, organic, fellowship..except for several excursions into more traditional fellowships for the sake of friendship or education.

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