Starving in the Wilderness? Not at All.

Yesterday I met with a group of believers from various places via Skype to have a little study time, to pray and get to know each other. Most of us are out of the visible church, some left on our own, some were asked to leave. Imagine, being kicked out of the assembly of believers because you point out the truth to the leadership. It happens.

Will God leave us to starve in the wilderness? No. As crazy as it sounds, the opposite has proven to be true. In the effort and process to reveal the false doctrines of our time, and all that subject entails, the more I have grown in my own faith. It is in the times of study – the chasing after the truth as if it were gold has proven more precious and more valuable than any time I spent warming a pew. Don’t get me wrong. If the pastor you hear every week can present the truth of the gospel without allowing in the wiggly worms, stay there in the fellowship. I am not against church as a whole. I am against the thing it has become – yes “the thing” – a morphing into a shape and sound it was never intended.

So, let me encourage you. If you have come to that place and have found yourself out-churched, please understand that God has led you to this place to teach you who He truly is, and all that He has for you to become. This is not done for your glory, but for His. This is done so that you can effectively reach the lost, those unsaved and those who are still operating under the veil of apostasy, for those who still have ears to hear.  This has been done so that you will no longer be dependent on a person to spoon feed you or so that you will not longer have the  need to follow after another person for the truth. God never intended for one man to rule over another. In the same way He never intended for His child to be spiritually dependent on another. Consider these words of Jesus –

John 14:16-17 (NASB)

“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;

17that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.

You have not been left alone.

Remember, we have been called to lay down our own lives and pick up the way of the cross. It is not found on a comfy cozy pew while holding a steaming cup of coffee. No. The cross and the choice we have made to follow Christ is a place of suffering, a place of agonizing death. It is the narrow path that few find. The upside of that position is that none of us will walk it alone because our God will never leave or forsake His own.

I believe the following verse refers to Paul’s suffering in his body but hear his words in where he places his hope. Let us also be so convinced.

2 Timothy 1:12 (NASB)

For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.

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15 thoughts on “Starving in the Wilderness? Not at All.

  1. Hi There!
    You have made the right choice by leaving the man made religous system my wife of 45 years and I left it years ago and have never have looked back but look forward to sharing the scripture together at our bible study.
    Let me give you an example of the church today! While walking my greyhound a young lady ask questions about my dog after awhile she was telling me about her Quadraplegic son who is thirteen and needs 24 hour care anyway me and my wife met her son his name is Dylan and she is a single mom raising two other boys that are ADHD and her source of income is Social Security with little help from the state. The home is in need of much repair which will take much time. She said Dylan wants to be baptised but her local church won’t do it at the church due to his respirator or some legal issue but they will be generous to baptise him at there home if they get the pool cleaned which has been sitting green for a year due pump failure. I contacted a pool company and they are providing the labor and bought the parts but it still requires alot of work and expense we can’t afford but it will be done in stages.
    The church knows about this no help here well if i ever seen anyone in need this family is it. A fund raising starts
    in a few weeks sponsored by a local foundation to help with the cost of care and the family needs her electric bill is over $ 30,000 and interest alone is $500.00 a month. So where is the church? where is the help needed for this family? Oh! I know, the church is spending alot of money on Praise equipment or to repave the parking lot etc.
    God will judge these so called pastors some day for the neglect of th poor.
    Yes, I will be there on the Baptism Day and be sure to thank the pastor for being so generous for his time.

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  2. Mkayla
    Rev 12:6
    and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God.

    I believe it was always God’s intention that the woman [ congregation] take to the wilderness. Reading through the account of the 40 yrs that the Isaelites were in the wilderness reveals much of what it is that characterises this place , and two things come to mind immediately, they were led by God and they were fed by God.There was much more besides this.

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  3. Good post Mkayla!

    We’ve been fellowshiping like this for over 20 years now.

    So many believers waste their life being part of “the audience” : the dead sermon-audience thing (rather than 1 Cor 14) and we only grow if we use the gifts we are given, and always listen to hear the voice of God.

    In a Spirit-led fellowship ( 1 Cor 14) we have to learn to hear the voice of God, otherwise nothing happens, so, by really waiting on the LORD to hear Him, and seeking His word – in that communion with Him we grow, and we become effective among the saints we are in fellowship with.

    Whereas the traditional format doesn’t engender any of this, hardly.

    http://ianvincent.wordpress.com/

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  4. Well said friend. And yes I have missed you too! Spring is trying to arrive here (right!) and garden work to be done. LOL

    I am emailing you some notes from something I did on being in the wilderness. It is as you say, not always a desolate place. It can be a place of immense beauty and tremendous growth. I encourage all to embrace it.

    Blessings!

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  5. Well said M’kayla, I’ve been out of church now for about 3 years. It’s been a long and lonely road and I have had a lot to search out in God’s Word. At times I felt He has forsaken me totally, then I met people like you and others who have been an encouragement to continue. There are some things I still miss about the church structure, however, I’m resolved to never return. Unless it is God’s will I will continue as I am right now. The wilderness journey has been very rewarding, it has just taken a while to get here.

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  6. M’kayla:

    Was there some time ago too. My family and I met in our living room for several months for Bible study and praising God through singing of hymns, after we left the institutional church. After a while God banded us together with other believers looking for the same thing – life in Christ without the 21st century American cultural trappings that obfuscate and dilute what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. We eventually planted a new church and God has blessed us tremendously. Keep running well today sister!
    Mike

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