Fri, Jun 13th - 6:52AM
Our new lives in Jesus Christ
Jesus does not sugar coat what He wants from you, me, or any of us His followers:
Mar 8:34And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. 36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
Deny means: Strong's G533 – aparneomai, 2. to forget one's self, lose sight of one's self and one's own interests.
Follow means: Strong's G190 – akoloutheō,
1. to follow one who precedes, join him as his attendant, accompany him
2. to join one as a disciple, become or be his disciple
1. side with his party
Mat 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. 39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
Our Lord disabuses us of any magical thinking that He is O.K or sympathetic towards those who are sinning amongst us. Sin ain’t O.K, and neither you nor I have any right or excuse to practice any sin. If sin has gotten the better of me you or any other brother or sister it is because we choose to allow it to do so, and God said to stop it. He has supplied the power and the how to do that very thing to every one of us His kids.
As the people of God our task is to not only preach the gospel but live it as godly examples of it based on the scriptures correctly understood. We must address any among us who are still living according to sinful flesh and not the Spirit of God.
Sin is not harmless. That brother or sister playing video games far into the night is neglecting their families, and their work towards God. That man, who chooses to spend the night watching pornography, is financially supporting evil while neglecting his wife and/or his work towards God. These things become idols, and God forbids the worship of idols- which is idolatry.
Most Christians believe and practice self-denial out of love for our Lord Jesus Christ. I do not claim to have any omniscience whatsoever; I stand on the word of God alone regarding this. For the head of the church (believers in Christ), is not a man but the eternal High Priest/Mediator Jesus Christ. I do not condemn or make false assumptions about the church (people of God) in America being bankrupt or a failure based on what my eyes have seen of the half-baked religious gurus on the T.V., radio, and other forms of mass media. These gurus are the blind leading the blind.
Nevertheless God has multitudes of faithful brothers and sisters in this country and throughout the world that by faith in Him and by His power, have never bowed their knees to baal and never will. Therefore, we walk by faith and not by sight.
I greatly praise our God for the true Christian church (the people of God) in America and also the world that God is using to support and make a way of escape for persecuted Christians in many places. Brothers and sisters, take heart, because as God has said and commanded that THE GATES OF HELL SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST.