Slower Traffic Move Right – A Word From the Lord

Posted on October 26, 2014

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Being a commuter five days a week I have been so frustrated in recent years how people get in the fast last and form a single file line completely blocking the way for anyone traveling faster than them. Seldom does one of these people move over to let you by any more. Often the slow lane is the place to get around them all and make some time.

This past week during one of my commutes, the Lord spoke to me and said this same thing is going on in His church.  This is a word for the church today. People have moved to a position, a mode of ministry that they believe is the best way and are lining up with similar behaviors, fooling themselves that they have got it all together and the group of them stand in the way of those that wish to and have the ability to move faster and accomplish more.  As on the freeway, the slow lane may be the fastest way to get somewhere.

Matthew 23:13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

Who Are These Fastlane Road Blocks?

As revivalist and those that are moving in the gifts and power of the Spirit, we like to hand the title of Pharisees on mainline denominational churches and their people. The truth is a new generation and flavor of Pharisees is always being created. Since Jesus walked the earth, moves of God have taken place and religious traditions and the will of man have turned them into Pharisees or those that block up the fast lane.  Look at the words of Paul describing his life as a Pharisee.

Philippians 3: 4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: 5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; 6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

The Apostle Paul give a list of his accomplishments that set him apart and we do the same today. I personally could get caught up in this naming all the powerful ministers that have laid hands on me and prophesied to my, naming all the conferences I have been to, and the pastor’s advances I have attended. Like Paul, none of us headed this way intentionally, we truly are/were zealous for the Lord but it is so easy to get in the fast lane and blindly follow the minister ahead of us not realizing we became part of another system we were trying to avoid.

There Will Always Be Pharisees

Since there will always be Pharisees, we have to work around them and be diligent not to become one. GET OUT of the same lane and travel as the Lord leads you. There are always times for being mentored, by a good mentor won’t park you in the fast lane to be part of a blind heard.  So important is the life of walking with the Lord, having such a close relationship that we by faith take every step He gives for us to take whether alone or with others.

Pharisees Don’t Like You Passing

Pharisees think they are the ones, so when you pass them in ministry, say in the slow lane, they think you are out of order, maybe even rebellious. Just as the Pharisees apposed Jesus and his disciples they will oppose you today. If you feel you are blocking another from moving ahead, seek the Lord but move over and let them excel in their ministry.

How Can Traffic Be A Sign?

The Lord is has just not given us his written word the Bible but the earth is groaning trying to get our attention in anyway it can. Often signs of revival and what the Lord is about to do shows up in the natural first.

I Corinthians 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.

God has always shown his people signs from the earth. Behaviors on the freeway are a direct reflection of the temperament of our culture and certainly over my life time driving behaviors have changed greatly as well as the temperament in the church.

Joining the Line

Often in smaller communities the only way is to get in line. When I was pastoring, people from out of town would often say, “If I lived closer I would come to your church.” These people often did not have a revival minded church close by and were forced to get in the line with the more traditional people or do without. It is certainly better to be in their line than give up, just don’t forget the passion that brought you to Christ and let your light shine in the place you are for now.

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