While there’s a reformation taking place right now, there’s also subtle falling away occuring from the sure foundations that were layed in the Book of Acts back to structured churchism. What’s more, there’s a spirit of apostacy working in some Christian circles seducing them into worldliness. God wants the Body of Christ to awaken and rise in the power of the Holy Spirit to bring in the harvest that is so plentiful. There’s much work to be done, the hour is now so let’s not waste any more time.
Some time ago while traveling to the Netherlands God put me on a mission of Truth and Sanctification. It was a strong word in my spirit to tell the Body of Christ in Holland to pick up Truth that was fallen on the streets and declare it again. Still today I sense this message still urgent and strong. I want to share it with you again through this teaching article.
Please read the entire chapter of Isaiah 59 before you read this as we expound on it.
The Prophet Isaiah in Chapter 59 shows us an able God, who is willing, and is eagerly reaching out to a nation. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is still offering hope and salvation through His Son Jesus Christ. However, in Isaiah 59 something is terribly amiss, because sin has created a gulf between them and God. A separation that is necessary because God is holy. Unless they confess their sins and return to Him He cannot restore them to Himself.
God’s Arm Is Not Short.
God’s arm is not short. All the blessings and promises of God are yes and amen. They are available to us. Still many fail to see God move in their lives. We don’t see a lasting move of God in our lives and lands. God’s arm is not short, His limitless power is available to us, yet it seems it doesn’t reach us. What could be the cause?
God’s Ears Are Not Deaf.
God’s ears are not deaf. Every prayer that is prayed from a sincere heart of humility, God hears and also answers. The problem is neither God’s ears nor God’s arm. It is us, the people of God. All the turmoils happening in the world today, it is not all the sinner’s fault. We must lay the responsibility on us, the people of God. If the church doesn’t experience true reformation of restored New Testament truth, the world will plunge into further chaos. We will not see lasting fruitful revivals until we experience a true reformation. God does not revive structures, traditions and beliefs of mere men. He revives people and His work. (Habakkuk 3:2)
God is more than able, willing, and ready to pour out His power and blessings upon us. God is eager to hear and answer our prayers. We cannot, however, ignore the core issue of why we don’t see lasting Kingdom victory in our lands.
In Isaiah 59 God speaks to His people who are looking for victory and deliverance from Him, but they aren’t able to connect with God. He seems so far away. Have you ever felt like that? Does it seem He doesn’t hear you when you pray? A wise preacher said, “The only prayer God hears from a sinner is the prayer of repentance from sins.” He dwells with those of a broken and contrite heart.
Here’s what God does with them, He sends the Prophet Isaiah to tell them that He cannot reach them, because their sins have separated them from Him. Immediately one would think, “Ah there it is, sin is the problem.” Yes, sin is a problem, however God was intending to penetrate much deeper to the root of the issue as to why sin was increased in the land. So He addresses the surface issues first. Then He shows them the consequences they’ve been experiencing as a result of those sins. They had abandoned righteousness, truth, and the fear of the Lord. Upon hearing Isaiah, their spiritually blind eyes opened to see their true condition. They saw that they cannot save themselves and began to confess their sins.
These are the sins God exposed in them, from verse 3 to 8:
Speaking hurtful words among each other
Failure to correct wrongs and injustices in society
Hatred and bitterness among each other
Dishonesty and deception
Reprobate thinking, conceiving evil ways. Their thought-life wasn’t pleasing to God.
Verse 8 records the terrible result: “Therefore there is no peace.”
Remarkably, in sincerely confessing their wicked deeds, the root cause of all the problems in their land comes to light in the following verse, which is the purpose of this prophetic message.
“…And justice is turned away backward, and righteousness standeth afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and uprightness cannot enter. Yea, truth is lacking…”
Truth is fallen in the streets of the city
Can truth fail? Can truth fall in the streets of a city? The answer is yes, and I’ll explain why and how in just a moment. But first let’s declare the burden of the Lord.
Truth is fallen, when there are as many churches as there are bars and nightclubs in a city, yet the city is not changed.
Truth is fallen in the streets when keeping our church traditions, programs, and protocols are more important than obeying Jesus and following the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Truth is fallen in the streets when those with a reprobate mind can redefine marriage, while the people of God remain spiritually asleep and unable to turn the tide.
Truth is fallen in the streets when more and more young people fall away from the faith while we compromise the true Gospel of Christ for seeker-friendly motivational philosophies that tickle the ears.
Truth is fallen in the streets when the church is riddled with false prophecies from teachers that use manipulating gimmicks on believers to empty their wallets to fund their ministry and lifestyle.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Truth dwells with those who have the fear of the Lord, who would rather obey God than please men. When there’s no fear of the Lord, truth is fallen in streets.
Open your eyes right now so you can see why walking in God’s truth is so important. I’m sure you can discern many more reasons why truth is fallen as you’re being awakened in this word.
Truth Falls When We No Longer Hold It Up
Can truth fall? As if truth is likened to a man that stumbled, who is not able to get up and walk, and no one is there to help him rise. If you see somebody fall on the street, do you help them up or do you ignore them and keep walking as if nothing happened? It’s undeniably real that truth is fallen in our streets today, we can see the signs of this in our cities, our families, our culture.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” It’s Him we are neglecting folks! He should be our first love, nothing else. When we preach and teach our own trumped up spiritual technologies other than Him, then truth is fallen in the streets. He is the way the redeemed walk on. He is the truth of the Gospel that we believe and obey. Jesus is the Christian lifestyle, full of glory and power. Jesus is the New Wine and hopefully we are the new wine skins He can fill.
Philip was sent by the Holy Spirit to Samaria and he “preached Christ unto them,” and what Jesus preached concerning the things of the Kingdom of God. When we preach Him, the resurrection life in Him transforms a sinner to a saint, and changes cultures and cities.
The Father Speaks of Him.
The few times where God the Father speaks in the New Testament He has but one message: “This is My beloved Son in whom I Am well-pleased, listen to Him.”
So according to the Father, the one thing we should do better than anything, is to hear the words of Christ and obey Him. Many today have itchy ears longing for eloquent speakers to motivate them. It is not about searching for which popular preacher you should listen to. When we look to Christ and receive Him as the actual functioning Head (not a symbolic figure head) of His congregation, the Body of Christ; we will put away our religious traditions, denominational divisions, beliefs that aren’t Scriptural, and everything else that Christ didn’t command us, and listen to Him.
Can truth fall in a city? As if there is a people that carried truth on its shoulder—and there is. Paul of Tarsus wrote to Timothy that the Body of Christ, God’s people is the pillar and ground of truth.
“…but if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how men ought to behave themselves in the house of God (family or household of God), which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” (1 Timothy 3:15, Emphasis Mine)
Note not to make the mistake of thinking the house of God to be a building, and church to be brick and mortar. Paul is not referring to a hierarchical religious structure either, He is speaking of a people, the family of God, the household of faith, a royal priesthood called out of darkness.
So if truth is fallen in the streets, could it mean that we were once carrying it and then let it slip off our shoulders and dropped it on the streets to be trampled on by the wicked? If our cities are sliding deeper into sin, could it be it’s because we are not speaking the truth of the Gospel, but our own selective proof-texted topics of misapplied Scriptures?
Are we so concerned about our personal success and prosperity that we forget the responsibility we have to manifest the Gospel of Christ wherever we are?
After Repentance God Moves
After Isaiah’s hearers honestly confessed their sins, the Lord Himself steps in to bring salvation, righteousness, and pours out His Spirit upon them.
These things always come before an outpouring of the Spirit: Repentance, faith and sanctification.
Continually walking in repentance, faith and sanctification is how we keep truth from falling in the streets of our cities.
Continue in My Word
Speaking to those that believed in Him, Jesus said, “If you continue in My Word then you are my disciples indeed, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make and set you free.” John 8:30-32
It is knowing, obeying, and abiding in the truth of His Word, that sets us free. The Word that He is speaking of is not what Moses said, although that is important. It’s not about what Elijah said, although that is also important because the Law and Prophets speak of Him. When Jesus said, “Continue in My Word”, He literally meant everything that He said for us to do. And that is exactly what God the Father said also, “Listen to Him.”
Notice Jesus is addressing those that believed on Him. He was telling them, that it’s not enough to know Him and believe, they needed to also continue in His Word. In other words, they needed to become obedient disciples. Is that you, are you an obedient disciple of Jesus?
Truth is The standard
So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west and His glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him. Isaiah 59:19
We love to declare this Scripture without understanding that the standard that is being lifted up against the enemy, is truth. The context of chapter 59 is that truth is fallen, and as they turned to God the Spirit of the Lord again lifted the standard of truth.
I submit to you that…
Without truth we have no standard.
Without truth we have no strong foundation.
Without truth we have no faith.
Without truth we have no holiness.
Without truth we have no righteousness.
Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them through your truth, your Word is Truth…” John 17:16-19
Jesus spoke only what the Father taught Him to say. So letting the Words of Jesus abide in you, is how we abide in Him that we may bear the fruit of the Kingdom of God. John 15.
The Spirit of Truth
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. He was sent from the Father to be our Teacher to guide us in the Word of Truth. Through Him we are carriers of the Truth.
But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. John 16:13
If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that 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. John 14:15-17
These Scriptures speak clearly for themselves. From what Jesus taught about the Holy Spirit we can draw seven things our Teacher of truth will help us with.
- He proceeds from the Father
- He testifies of Jesus
- He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment.
- He leads us into all truth
- He shows us things to come
- He glorifies Jesus
- He reveals and imparts the will of Jesus
John 14:15-18, John 15:26-27, John 16:7-15
What about you? Are you going to allow truth to stumble? God is looking for those who stand in the gaps proclaiming the truth in love. When we do, There is a promise of God that still remains in Isaiah 59 verse 20:
“A Redeemer will come to Zion, And to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,” declares the Lord.
“As for Me, this is My covenant with them,” says the Lord: “My Spirit which is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your offspring, nor from the mouth of your offspring’s offspring,” says the Lord, “from now and forever.”
What a great promise! It takes a courageous person like you to hold up the standard of Gospel Truth in today’s world. A lot is at stake and we are the only ones able to represent our Savior in this present world. This is why the Holy Spirit is here to help us face the test of our times. He is calling the Body of Christ to pick up truth that has fallen on the streets of our cities, and testify of it again like so many reformers before us did. It’s our turn now. Let’s Go!