No time for Complacency
Preached by Apostle Aje Pelser
Harvester Reformational Church, Cape Town
Zep 1:12 “And it shall come to pass at that time That I will search Jerusalem with lamps, And punish the men Who are settled in complacency, Who say in their heart, ‘The LORD will not do good, Nor will He do evil.’
While reading this prophecy I heard God’s Spirit say to me: “This is not a time to be complacent.”
Doubt and fear paralyzes but faith activates you.
Here are some self-tests that will eliminate complacency in your life.
A quick summary of the prophet Zephaniah’s work:
He was prophesying to the kingdom of Judah when King Josiah was still young. It was evidently before the reforms because after Zephaniah’s prophecy, King Josiah purged out the corruption on every level in the kingdom of Judah. There was a spiritual and political reformation in the land. That is something we sorely need right now in South Africa. It’s not a time to be complacent.
What does it mean that God is “searching Jerusalem with lamps?”
The Light of God is searching through our cities and see who are complacent in their thinking and actions about God.
I have heard a backslidden prophet say to me: “God knows where I am.” He was almost daring God to punish him. Be careful of doing that.
What made God angry with Jerusalem?
Sin and corruption. Forsaking God’s ways and following pagan practices.
Who loses out on all their accomplishments and face God’s wrath?
Those who are complacent:
Complacency is: “marked by self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies.” (Merriam Webster Dictionary)
Do a self-check and ask am I any of these words Related to complacent?
Am I half-hearted, lukewarm, tepid, aloof, cold, numb, remote, unemotional, callous, hard-hearted, insensitive, unfeeling, calm, cool, detached, dispassionate, careless, heedless, mindless
impassive, impervious, phlegmatic, stoic (or stoical), stolid, lethargic, listless, unimpressed?
In which areas can I be more:
attentive, aware, conscientious, heedful, mindfulcaring, sensitive, warmheartedardent, fervent,
keen, passionate, warm, zealous?
How can I be more concerned and interested in God’s plan for me and my fellow human beings especially in this time?
Those who are saying: Who say in their heart, ‘The LORD will not do good, nor will He do evil’ are in a state of complacency. Repent of entertaining such thoughts – because they surely come to all. Decide to show a sincere interest in others and do whatever you can to help. Just a phone call might pull a person out of despair. Just an idea shared will lift someone’s spirits. Just a small token of care will help someone through to the next day and restore their faith in humanity and perhaps even God.
Who gets the booty?
Those who humble themselves, act on God’s Word and seek righteousness.
What can we do?
Actions we can take as a nation:
Zep 2:3 Seek the LORD, all you meek of the earth, Who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden In the day of the LORD’s anger.
• Seek the Lord: pray, read the Bible, participate in church in its different platforms while we await the time to gather again
• Operate in meekness and humility; have a sane estimation of yourself according to your measure of faith, and place your strengths and weaknesses under God’s control.
• Uphold justice at every level of life. Stand up for what’s right and sort out the things that aren’t in our lives first!
• Seek righteousness – believe in God’s ways above your own by accepting Jesus as your Lord and Saviour.
• Seek humility – we humble ourselves by becoming obedient – to God, to the laws of the land, in work and all aspects of life.
• God will hide you in the day of the Lord’s anger – Prophet Zephaniah’s name means: ‘Jehovah hides or protects.’ May He also hide and protect you through this time of trial in Jesus’ mighty name!