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The Midst of Confusion

Posted: December 22, 2012 in Identity, Kevin West
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The Midst of Confusion
Posted by Pastor Kevin on December 22, 2012 at kevinwest.org
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As I reflect back on this past Friday’s events, I can’t help but think of how painful it must be for the families of the young children that were killed.

As we begin to know more about the mental state of the young man who committed the murders, our hearts are even more burdened with how the enemy used his disorder to harm these precious children and their caregivers. It would be easy to just point the finger at why this happened, but the reality is, this situation is complicated. It is reflective of the state of confusion and turmoil this nation is in. Politically, socially, and unfortunately spiritually, the nation has been in confusion and decline, and it seems like the enemy has used these horrific situations to spin us around in circles for last several years.

The Bible says God did not give us the spirit of fear, but of power, love, and of a sound mind. There was a time when there were clear voices speaking on behalf of morality or even the church, but in recent years some of these voices have become so confusing that we aren’t even sure what voice is speaking and for whom. In times like these, we see the need for true, sober spiritual leadership with a clear vision to arise within the body of Christ and, with the power of their focus, make these circles of confusion disappear – laying clear the path to a righteous destiny for the kingdom of God on the Earth.

We are in desperate need for a clear prophetic voice to speak life into this nation again – one that accurately represents Christ and who His church is within Him – her power, her security, her righteousness, mandate, and above all, her glory. The confusing streams of our new covenant reality mixed with what seems to be obligations to an old covenant performance has caused delusion, confusion, and despair in a land where people are crying out for sanity, hope, and grace. It has caused the bride of Christ to carry an air of hostility, politically and morally, and to cloak herself in this imaginary self-righteous garment that is turning away an entire generation and offering no solutions for the lost.

I am praying for a call that will cause the bride to turn her face to the bridegroom – for the dormant believer to awaken and accept responsibility for this nation – not just for our generation – but for the generations to come. It’s the goodness of God that leadeth men to repent. When we throw off this cloak of confusion and self-righteousness, this nation will begin to see the bride for Whose she is. And it will be Him.

And He is glorious.

And He is sanity, love, and power.

And He is our King.

Let God arise and His enemies be scattered.

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None but Jesus.

Posted: December 7, 2012 in Faith, Trust
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I think Charles Spurgeon said it best “None but Jesus.”   What a statement!  Yes, you all shake your head and say Amen!  I can hear it now as the congregation begins to stir.  Some say COME ON!  Some say PREACH IT PASTOR!  Ah yes, we all love our Jesus.

Lately though, I’ve been hearing something that sounds nothing like Jesus.  I recently received a revelation of pure Grace from the Holy Spirit, and now when I listen to those same sermons I hear something that I hadn’t noticed before.  The pastor is still preaching from the bible, the message still tickles the ears, and it still sounds pretty good, but there is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death (Proverbs 14:12). 

Before this revelation, I would sit in church and hear a little bit of Law and a little bit of Grace; a little bit of Moses and a little bit of Jesus, and I didn’t mind at all (or usually even notice).  Now, with my heart so desiring to hear pure grace, the mixture of the message in this way is no longer tolerable.  These little bit o’ this, little bit o’ that-style messages come across as harsh, glaring, blatant legalism that bring nothing but the death mentioned in Proverbs and the curse Paul talks about in Galatians (Chapter 3, verse 10).

I realize that the flesh often just wants to stay in its comfort zone.  It wants to know what rules to keep.  It sometimes seems simpler to just do A and avoid B, obey the rules and God will be happy with us, than it is to rely upon the completed work of Christ.  This is exactly the sort of thinking that is “what seemeth right unto a man” and we’ve already learned where that leads.  Death.

Personally, I think following the leading of the Holy Spirit is a much better choice, as it leads to Life.  I understand that walking in faith, rather than by sight, can be challenging and even frightening at times, but when Jesus is preached it all sort of just falls into place.

Which brings me back to Spurgeon’s “None but Jesus.”

Let me explain;

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)

I think we can all agree that John was speaking here of Jesus.  He is the Word of God.

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)

Paul says that faith comes by hearing the Word of God.  The Word of God is Jesus Christ.  Thus, faith comes by hearing Jesus preached.  So, let’s build our faith and preach “None but Jesus.”

It’s really simple math.
Grace + Law = Law and Law = Death and Curse.
Grace + zero = Grace and Grace = Truth and Life.

In closing, I’ll leave you with the great Spurgeon quote I’ve been using:
“I sometimes wonder that you do not get tired of my preaching, because I do nothing but hammer away on this one nail. With me it is, year after year, ‘None but Jesus!’ Oh, you great saints, if you have outgrown the need of a sinner’s trust in the Lord Jesus, you have outgrown your sins, but you have also outgrown your grace, and your saintship has ruined you!”

Grace and Peace

Chad