Archive for May, 2011

Dear Chosen Generation,

I write to you out of deep conviction and a burning in my heart. Right now I’m up, unable to sleep and burdened with the brokeness of this generation. It is time for us to raise up and proclaim the Love of the Gospel boldly!

Let us ask ourselves…

Why are our priorities so messed up? How can we be angered by someone using the “N” word but not get angry about the 4,000 babies being killed every single day in the US? How do we not get angry about the genocide happening in Africa or our Christian brothers and sister being murdered for their faith in China? We got more upset when Lil Wayne got put in prison and we started campaigns saying “Free Weezy.” How about we start a fathers be fathers campaign?  That’d be something worth getting behind.

Why do we get more angry when someone insults our favorite team or politician, yet we see the name of Jesus blasphemed daily and don’t feel anything stir deep within us?  We wear cross necklaces as we lust and curse and sell our souls away to pleasure. Do we know how powerful a symbol the cross is?

Most of us probably don’t because of how much its been perverted and we don’t read our Bibles. Musicians, rappers, athletes, movie stars, and even some pastors are defaming the name of Jesus Christ and mocking His sacrifice by doing everything He hates and then accepting awards for it in His name. He doesn’t want their false glory. These people we make idols have made the cross into a symbol of hypocrisy, not sacrifice and Love.  Jesus didn’t die for us to be able to freely sin. He didn’t have chunks of His flesh torn out so you could look at porn or send naked pics of yourself to your boyfriend . He didn’t die so we could take part in the very things that drove nails through His wrists. I tell you, He didn’t die so that we could sit in a church and pretend. Really, He didn’t even die so we could accept Him and sit in a church. He especially didn’t die so that we could claim His name and then listen to someone like Lady Gaga that openly blasphemes Jesus, even releasing her song Judas right before Easter.

It’s time to repent…

Jesus was murdered as a sacrifice for the sins we’ve committed. He took God’s wrath so we could experience His Love. He saved us so we can lead others to safety. We aren’t to be confined to once a week worship, all week paganism. You and I have both taken His Love for granted. The Jesus I serve, the Jesus of the Bible, doesn’t just overlook sin. He let’s us pick. You cannot serve two masters. That’s what the Jesus said in Matthew 6:24. He let’s you choose. You either repent and He changes your heart or you continue to sin. If you choose sin, regardless of if you claim His name, you have chosen the wrath of God. True repentance is hating the sin you turn away from.

Now ask yourself…

Do you truly hate sin with everything in you and do you Love Jesus with your whole heart? Does your heart burn to see souls saved? Can you attend a concert, go to a sporting event, or even walk down the street without your heart breaking?

When we are passionately in Love with Him, that Love will burn in us for the lost. Ask God to make you hate sin. Ask Him how it makes Him feel to see one of His creations standing on the edge of Hell. Ask Him to break your heart for what breaks His. He will, but be warned you will no longer be able to use not knowing as an excuse. If we truly understand His heart and the reality of Hell, we won’t be able to not do anything.

Let’s be the generation that’s unafraid of presenting the Gospel with selfless abandon, praying without ceasing and walking in the authority of the Holy Spirit! We have been chosen for such a time as this!

Your brother in Jesus,

Ryan M. Rhodes

P.S. Please pass this on to all believers. The term Generation does not necessarily mean a certain age. It means the people alive in this hour. Thanks! Be blessed!

Jesus said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

-Mark 16:15-18

9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

-1 Peter 2:9

 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 

-Romans 8:28-31

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To God Be All The Glory!

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