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 !

Decision

“… How long will you falter between two opinions ? If the the LORD is GOD, follow Him; But if Baal, follow Him” (1 Kings 18:21)

Too many people playing Christianity…. too many people taking an ambivalent position about Christ !

John 8:58 “Jesus said unto them, Verily, Verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am”

John 9:38 “And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him”

This same Jesus Christ  (the name that men use as a curse word) also said,

“I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father EXCEPT THROUGH ME” (John 14:6)

There can be NO COMPROMISE with “other faiths”….  who say that Jesus was “a good man”…. or “one of the prophets” …… or “an enlightened teacher”…. or “a great guru”

It is EITHER…. OR…. and time for DECISION

Either …. Jesus is DEITY…. GOD in the form of flesh…. and therefore His Words are the Words of GOD

OR….. he is a DECEIVER….  a LIAR….. and (by implication) therefore a very EVIL man

TIME to “get off the fence”….. the Christian life is not “for spectators”…. not for “dabblers in religion”

History shows the results of that…..  a large MIXED multitude left Egypt under the leadership of Moses…… the vast majority of these  died by plague and by fire before the Lord…… only a small righteous remnant entered the promised land.

And so it shall be with this generation….. MANY PROFESSING Christians will NOT enter Heaven….. most church-goers are NOT going there !

Take solemn warning today…. “…narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:14)

Nowhere in the Bible does it suggest that large multitudes are going to be saved…. rather the whole world is DAMNED…. and only a righteous remnant shall be saved…. so GET SERIOUS with GOD and be guided by His Word….. rather than listening to “popular” religion and it’s lies.

suffering

As we consider the anguish of Jesus Christ today…. we need to realize that nobody, including Him, “likes” suffering…. but it was and is a necessity in this present world. (Luke 22:42-43)

Humans will do almost anything to avoid it…. but suffering is a consequence of SIN and is UNAVOIDABLE in this world. (2 Timothy 3:12)

The mystery of WHY some people suffer more than others has led to all kinds of incorrect conclusions down through the centuries since the beginning (when SIN entered the world) (Psalms 73:12-19)

But clearly, from the natural point of view, it is no different than many of the other “problems” that face humans…. hunger, disaster and many more “problems” affect some and not others. (Luke 13:1-5)

Our real concern should be “beyond the grave”….. why ? ….. because the time we spend on this earth is but a small drop in the vast ocean of ETERNITY.

All the “people of God” mentioned in the Bible  realised this….. and it is sad that today many Christians are living “short-sighted” and spend most of their time “digging in” to their earthly existence, rather than preparing for their ETERNAL future.

The Bible clearly teaches that God blesses the righteous and, though some of them may suffer during their life, He is able to make such suffering count for their eternal benefit AND give them the unfailing strength and grace to endure it while they are going thru the experience. (Job 42:12-17)

It is a WIN-WIN situation actually…. because what are the alternatives ?

You cannot “escape” suffering by doing evil because that brings judgement….. and you cannot escape it by being “neutral”, because when SIN entered the world it was ENDEMIC…  if you are NOT being led by God you are under the condemnation of SIN…. EVEN though you may abhor (what you think are) the “worst sins” and imagine that you are “not a sinner”…. in reality, all sin is SIN. (Romans 3:23, 1 John 1:8)

If the righteous have to endure suffering…. why would anybody else think they can “get away” from it ? (1 Peter 4:18)

Having accepted that ALL OF US have to suffer to some degree or other…. we should be able to clearly see the TWO PATHS set before us….

When the wicked suffer…. they get nothing…. they are simply reaping the consequences of their evil ways…. and can look forward to even more suffering in the future.

However, when the righteous suffer there is  ALWAYS BLESSING to follow…. Jesus suffered horribly for us…. and now He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Head of the whole human race in the Glorious world to come.

The Prophets and Martyrs  suffered for their faith in proclaiming the True Message of God….. and they went to join Christ in everlasting Glory. (Acts 7:55-60)

The blessings of this earth are a snare to the soul…. see that you do not get entangled by it…… this is why the book of Revelation was given by God to the saints…. it is both a WARNING and an ENCOURAGEMENT… it just depends on where you stand with God.

Our lives will usually contain both good times and bad…..  we cant have everything good….. and we wont have everything bad either….  the important thing is our attitude towards GOD during both the good and bad times.

We MUST put GOD’s Will above ourselves and our own desires…. and thankfully, even when we fail to do this, we can ask forgiveness through Jesus and start all over again.

As we consider the suffering of Jesus today…. let us thank Him that He was willing to go through it for us….. and ask Him to help us to be willing (should the need arise) to endure whatever comes our way in the course of doing God’s Perfect Will.

I also publish on http://users.bible.org/blogs/stephenmendes and you might find the message for today that is over there, both helpful and interesting.

Have a blessed Easter weekend !