Congress at Temple Baptist Church is officially over, and the three services I was able to attend were such an incredible encouragement and blessing. Seeing so many young people flood the altar each night, singing for the Lord and eagerly learning about His word is so refreshing, and something that this world desperately needs. Each night was fantastic, and my mind is flooded with things that I’m so excited to post about and touch on a bit here. Pastor Sexton gave a message titled “A Very Small Remnant” on Wednesday night, and I’d like to share a little about it. I think the thing that jumped out at me the most this week is that God has never needed a majority, only a minority. All He requires is a small remnant of people to rise up and serve Him. But how are we supposed to be a part of this remnant? What do we have to do? What is required of us?
1.) The Remnant Must Be Remembered.
The remnant is about what God can do, not what we can do! Our goal is to glorify God, not ourselves, and be like Him so He can be remembered!
“It isn’t how we seem but how He seems through you.” Clarence Sexton.
The Bible tells us to “Remember thy creator in the days of your youth.”(Ecclesiastes 2:1) and it is good that we remember this. If we want to be part of God’s remnant, we have to remember Him, remember Who we are living for, and remember why we’re able to be a part of it. We aren’t battling for the same reason others are, we are fighting for God, through God, like God. We are to remember Him and act like Him, to fight sin and Satan in a way that brings Him glory. We have to stop comparing ourselves to everyone else around us and start remembering that Jesus is our example, not other people!
2.) The Remnant Must Be Righteous.
In Genesis 18, God said that He would save the city for a very small remnant. If there was a small group of righteous people, it would not be destroyed! What are you burdened about? What are you doing for God? He will save this country, this world, if there is a righteous remnant! We must be righteous as He is righteous, not by our own works but by Him living in us.
“I believe He is coming but that does not give us a license to sin and live unrighteously!” Clarence Sexton.
This isn’t a popular opinion in the world today; we are in love with the idea of grace and God’s love, and those things are wonderful (and real!) things indeed, but we are still called to be righteous. Grace is not an excuse to live sinfully. God’s remnant has to be seeking God and His holiness. We have to be chasing after His righteousness. If we blend in with the world and are stuck in our sins, we can not impact the sinners who are lost and need God! Sometime in the next couple of weeks I’ll be posting about our baggage, and how it weighs us down and makes running the race for Christ impossible. Sin is our baggage. Unrighteous living is our baggage. We can not be a part of His remnant and make a difference if we are holding onto our sins and refuse to lay our bags down at the altar.
3.) The Remnant Must Remain.
Romans 11 verses 4-5 talk about a remnant of 7,000 that refused to bow down to Baal, would you be a part of the 7,000? You can’t pray and ask to be a part of be remnant of you aren’t willing to rise up and do it!
4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.
5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
“If God came now and said He would save this country if there was remnant, would you be a part of it?” Clarence Sexton
God is searching for a remnant of Christians to rise up and refuse to bow down to the idols of this world. Sex, drugs, money, jobs, even friends and family, can become idols. Social media, music, television, can all become idols. We need to examine our lives and make sure there are no pet sins, no idols, that we are bowing down to, so that we can remain. This remnant remains because God is in control, God is protecting them and God is steering them in the way that He needs them to go. Satan can not destroy this remnant because God is in charge of them.
God always leaves a remnant of Godly people, and this world needs a remnant now more than ever. We are seeing more killings every day. We are seeing sexual perversion become the social norm. We are seeing Satan taking over the throne in America, in this entire world, and it is time that we fight him. It is time that we rise up and are willing to say enough is enough, God is going to take back that throne, and do something. If you are simply sitting there, weeping about the murders, the perversion, the sin, and not doing anything about it, you are failing. Lead others to Christ. Be a bold witness now. Stand up for Jesus and be set apart. Be different than this world. Learn that we can not effect this country or the people in it without being different. It is high time that we wake up from our slumber.
There is a remnant in America right now. I saw this at Congress. I saw young people, middle aged people, senior citizens, rise up and be a part of God’s remnant. I saw them lay their bags of sin down at the altar, praying and crying and RISING for God. Be a part of His remnant. Don’t get so discouraged looking around the world…God is still in control, it’s just time that we Christians realize that, and realize that the battle is on, and it is time to fight. No more sitting down and weeping and doing nothing. No more living in fear. God is in charge, He’s still on the throne, and He’s waiting for us to put on the armor and fight with Him.
Romans 11:5 – Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.