The body of Christ in this contemporary generation is so far below the Biblical Standard of what true Christianity should be that if we ever became what we should be we would look radical by comparison!This is not an uncharitable assessment. Truth is not always pleasant, and anyone who loves truth will not be offended by these words, but challenged to go up higher as they're always seeking to love and honor their Savior above anyone and anything else in their lives. When a Christian becomes content and is satisfied where they are, they are backsliding! Contentment is always the enemy of progress! Self-satisfaction is fine for the moment, but never welcome to anyone more than a moment, who knows that self-improvement is a never-ending progression. We can all improve in the vitally important things of the Christian life such as prayer and Bible study at the very least! None of us walks so close to God that we have no need to get closer.
Is there anyone or anything that we would not give up if Jesus asked us to do so right now? It's one thing to sing "I Surrender All" and quite another thing to count the cost before we sing and then mean it with all our heart! I have always believed and said that we can sing a lie as well as speak one.
Perhaps a few examples from scripture would clarify what is meant by surrendering all that we are and all that we have. The book of Acts holds some sterling examples of followers of Christ such as the disciples and Saul who was to become Paul. Every single disciple except John was martyred for their faith and history bears this out. Do some homework in scripture and history and you will find that the cost for being a disciple of Christ was often the life of the disciple.
Can we receive instruction from anyone regardless of their stature?
Do we really have the attitude and heart of a servant? (Mark 10:45)
Are we willing to admit that we are wrong (without glossing it over)?
Do we cultivate and encourage others or do we tear them down?
Do we find it easy to make and keep friends? If not, why not?
Do we depend on praise or are we content that God alone is glorified?
Do we nurse resentment and hold grudges or are we always forgiving?
Do we welcome responsibility or do we run and/or hide from it?
Are we willing to admit to others that we are weak and need their help?
Do we truly understand the importance of putting Christ above all?
Do we handle opposition to our views without taking it personally?
Is Jesus first in our hearts, minds, marriages, and all our life?
Religion is a parasite to the soul, emptying the soul of all that is holy and substituting in its place ritual, performance, systematic deterioration of reality, and in the end emptiness that never satisfies the deep longing of the soul for a personal and intimate relationship with God.
God has not left us defenseless, but has given us all we need for the battle before us. Would any general send his soldiers out to battle without weapons? How foolish would
The problem is not with God's provision but in the willingness of his people to take up the cause Christ endured such humiliation and pain for. We say "greater is he that is within us," but act like Satan and his minions are to be feared or believe we must not offend anyone by speaking the truth without compromising the Word of God, and we become offensive to God instead.
It is in living and walking in truth that we shall be able to convince lost mankind of their need of Christ. We are to speak truth at all times with uncompromising faith and with fearlessness, and let no corrupt communication proceed out of our mouths.
The righteousness we are to wear is not self-righteousness but the righteousness of Christ
Our salvation is an ongoing experience. We are saved from sin through the cleansing Christ provided with his blood. We are being saved day after day from the draw of sin on us, and we will finally be saved completely as we leave this mortal body in death or rapture to enter into the presence of the Lord in glorious peace and rest. The full assurance of salvation is a mighty weapon in our arsenal because it gives us confidence that will lead to victory over ourselves, our flesh and the enemy of our souls.
Picture a battle where the general is sitting astride his horse high above the battle watching everything so he can plan all the troop movement that will win the war. Then watch in horror as everyone begins the battle without going to him for instruction. See them fall in humiliation and defeat because they decided they could be wise enough to do it on their own without his help. Imagine how grieved the general would be as he watched his army go down to defeat when he knew he could have helped them and saved them from their own foolishness. I see so many Christians bothered by such little things that cripple them and leave them defeated, and I know it is because they are fighting the battle without consulting their captain and king. It is declared in scripture that we are MORE THAN CONQUERORS through him that loves us, but I believe that assurance only comes in the presence of God!
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To offer all this stuff to thee,
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C R Lord © 12/17/2018
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