Discipleship

Too many people considering themselves Christians and the Bible has absolutely no impact on how they live their lives !

You doubt me ?

Romans 6:11 – 12 ” reckon ye also yourselves to be DEAD INDEED UNTO SIN, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ , our Lord. Let not sin, therefore, reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey its lusts.”

We have the CHOICE and all too often Christians choose to live like “everybody else”…. when they have the POWER (IF they have truly been “born again”) to overcome every temptation and to LIVE HOLY.

Why does this happen ?

1. Perhaps the church in it’s zeal to make converts does not fully explain what the Christian life is all about.

2. Perhaps people are only interested in escaping hell and judgement, but not in truly loving and serving God, and fall victim to various popular misconceptions about  “what is the Christian life”

In any case, even a casual reading of the New Testament, should make it clear that there is a major disconnect, between what passes for “Christianity” today and what Christ and the Apostles really explained it to be.

YOU need to consider your life in LIGHT OF THE BIBLE….. and NOT what “your church” teaches….. or what your friends or family do.

This does not mean you have to leave your church and forsake all your family and friends….. but it DOES mean that you should be STANDING UP FOR WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES, whether they agree with that or not !

Do NOT follow other people…… rather follow the Word of God and TELL THEM as you see it  …. and then either….

1. They will follow you (instead of the other way around)

2. They will make fun of you and do everything to  try to get you to follow them…. just STAND FIRM  AND RESIST.

PEOPLE RESPECT those that have BACKBONE….  because most of them are nothing but JELLYFISH !

But IF within yourself, there is conflict…. and you are not fully persuaded concerning your own personal sin…… then you need to deal with that… before you can take on other people.

In either case…. THE BIBLE is the most important and the most powerful book on the planet…..  because it CHANGES people lives….. and all humans WILL be judged by what is written in this BOOK !

If you have read this post down to here…. you have been “exposed” to the TRUTH…. you will now make a decision FOLLOW THROUGH or IGNORE….. it’s as simple as that !

Lies

Are you “believing the lies” of demons ?

Some of you do not realize how easy it is for this to happen because you automatically believe that your thoughts must be your own.

The Bible says, “God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.” (James 1:13-14)

“own desires” = your thoughts

“enticed” = external evil demons giving you ideas and encouraging you to follow through on wickedness

John 13:2 tells us “… the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot… ” and 2 Corinthians 10:5 says ” bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”

CLEARLY THE DEMONS ENCOURAGE YOU to do the EVIL that you (secretly) want to do ……. and if you go on listening to their promptings and acting on them eventually they could even persuade you to do things that you do NOT want to do….  simply because you are NOT analysing your thoughts critically … but have grown accustomed to acting on “impulse”.

The Bible tells us that God told Balaam NOT TO GO with the men that Balak sent to call him (Numbers 22:13)

But when Balak sent more messengers offering more money, riches and honour …… Balaam hoped “God would change His mind” because he wanted the wealth and rewards badly !…..  GOD KNOWS YOUR HEART do not expect Him to guide you if your mind is already made up about what you want to do….. God has given humans free-will and will let you do whatever you wish,  therefore when He “allowed” Balaam to go (the second time the messengers came to him)  that was not His will…. that was not “changing His mind”…… that was allowing Balaam to proceed with his own desires….

1 Kings 13:9 tells us the prophet knew exactly what God had told him…. do NOT eat bread nor drink water in that place….

1 Kings 13:18 – 24  tells us he was tested and DECEIVED BY LIES from another “holy man” into thinking that “God had changed His mind” with disastrous consequences !

BEWARE  ……. your thoughts….. and the things that people say to you……

LIES…..  from your own mind…… from other people…… even from HOLY MEN !

HERE ARE SOME POPULAR LIES that the whole world is believing….

1. PEOPLE ARE BORN GAY ……. this is a LIE ….. NOBODY is  ever “born” gay…..

2. ABORTION IS ACCEPTABLE…… this is a LIE….. abortion is NEVER acceptable, it is MURDER

3. PEOPLE ARE SMARTER AND MORE CIVILISED TODAY than “in primitive times” …… this is a LIE……. NOTHING significant has changed in human anthropology…… humans have the same mental capacity that they always had and the same propensity for evil deeds and violence…. the whole concept of EVOLUTION is a LIE.

4. ALL RELIGIONS ARE BASICALLY THE SAME…… “all paths” lead to GOD…..  this is a LIE…..  “there is a way that SEEMS right to a man, but its end  is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12) …….  “NO one comes to the Father except through ME” (John 14:6)