Worldliness among Christians

In the world today it is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between Christians and non-Christians. Too many Christians are copying the ways of the world and in the process looking more and more like the world. Most Christians do not want to be left out when it comes to moving along with the trends of the world. Whatever the world out there is doing you will find many Christians doing similarly, at the same time trying to portray an image of being ‘church-like’ in what they are copying from the world. The gospel music is becoming increasingly secularized – in the way the gospel musicians are singing, in their way of dressing, in the beats of the songs, in the way they dance and carry themselves. It seems like many Christians are going out into the world and copying the worldly ways erroneously thinking that doing so will attract many to Christianity; some do so to acquire recognition and human praise all the while trying to retain their christian ways to some extent, so that their content can still be viewed as a christian content. Day in day out we are bombarded with images of celebrity Christians who look so much like the world, many of whom seem to have lost any sense of modesty, to the extent that we have been conditioned and deceived into thinking that it is okay to do many of the things the world is doing as long as we confess Christ.

Many people are putting forward a false image of themselves in the way they present themselves. People are painting themselves and distorting the image of their bodies to the extent that it is hard to recognize them when they have not painted themselves and in their natural state. Men and women in the christian circles are dressing in such a worldly way to the extent that you will only know that they are Christians because they say they are, but when you look at them, there is nothing about them that would immediately indicate that they are Christians. Many churches have become places where many people are show-casing their fashion. Christians are going out, copying the fashion and trends of the world, and bringing that to the church. The behavior of many Christians is no different from that of the world. There is too much carnality among Christians today. The Bible tells us not to be conformed to the patterns of the world, but sadly, that is what is happening among too many Christians today, that is, many have conformed to the world. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” Romans 12:1-2. We do not win people to Christ by compromising, on the contrary, we are to stand firm on the Word of God and make our lives a living testimony. Let people be attracted to your Christ-likeness.

The  Bible tells us to be set apart but very few people are truly set apart. “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light and darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ‘I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.’ Therefore ‘Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.’ ‘I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.'” 2 Corinthians 6:14-18. Many people will say that they are Christians yet their lifestyle is like that of a person of the world. Many people say they are Christians yet they are living in habitual sin day in day out. Too many people do not have the fear of God. The churches today pass across a sugar-coated message that makes many people remain in their sin. Too many people in the pulpits do not want to pass across the tough messages that will make people re-examine themselves and repent, maybe in an effort to maintain or even increase the size of their congregation. There are too many people in the pulpits who are telling their congregation what those congregants want to hear with their itching ears, instead of telling them the truth of the Word of God. There are those who choose the Bible verses that will make their congregation feel good about themselves, yet ignore other verses of the Bible completely. Because of that, many people in Christianity have remained comfortable in their sin, and whenever the truth is presented to them, they become offended because they do not want to change their ways, because the narrow path seems too uncomfortable for them. Many people do not want to be uncomfortable, thus, they would rather keep on hearing and doing what they are doing, even if what they are being told and what they are doing is error.

The message of holiness and repentance is not common, and even many who hear it do not want to follow that path because it involves a cost that they are not willing to bear. The path to eternal life is narrow and many people think that it is too restrictive for them, they choose the wide path because they say that they want to ‘enjoy’ life. When the truth is presented to many people, they will tell you that you should not judge them and that no one is perfect, they will tell you that God looks at the heart in an effort to justify continuing doing what they have been doing and living the life that they have been living. Many people think that just because they believe in Jesus Christ and go to church on Sunday, then they will make it to heaven; the same people go on living in sin, yet they will tell you ‘judge not’ when you present to them what the Word of God says about their way of life. Many people have forgotten that God is holy and without holiness no one will see God. “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord” Hebrews 12:14.

It is time to be set apart. Let us stop justifying our ways that are not pleasing God and ask God to empower us by the power of the Holy Spirit to live a life of holiness. Let us ask God to sanctify us and to reveal to us any aspect of our lives that do not please Him, and let us be willing to let go of those behaviors, attitudes, way of dressing, adornments that do not please God and repent of every sin in our lives. Let us be willing to let go of living a superficial life and let go of artificiality that we try so hard to present to the world in order to be liked and accepted. May we reach a place in our lives where we recognize that Jesus Christ is truly enough. Let us not go into the world to copy their ways, but instead let us remain rooted in Christ Jesus and live a life pleasing to God in every way, and realize that the power of God is enough to draw people into salvation, and that we should not employ carnal ways to try and attract people into Christianity. We should not be going into the world trying to seek acceptance, we are not of the world, and the world will not accept us when we truly live for Christ. To be accepted by the world, one has to compromise, and that is never worth it. It is the Holy Spirit who convicts sinners to repentance, not us. Let us share the gospel and leave the rest to the Most High God.

Blessings.

 

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Self-entitlement

We live in a society whereby there is too much self-entitlement. We tend to think that we deserve certain things in life. Growing up we think that we deserve the best home, the best education, the best family, the best friends; then we enter into another stage where we think that we deserve the best job as fast as possible, we think we deserve the best relationships, the best car, the best vacation opportunities – we think that we deserve the best things in life. Many times, we think that other people owe us something, and because of that, we approach people with a mentality that indicates that they should give us what we want, when we want it. It is a world where many people want to get what they want, when they want it, the way they want it. We live in a world where the fallen human nature manifests itself in so many ways, one of them being a sense of entitlement.

Self entitlement is an issue that stems from the heart, it stems from a prideful heart, it stems from a person not wanting to acknowledge where they are weak and in need of help, it stems from relying on our own strength, it stems from a person who wants to advance their own self interests, usually, at the expense of others. Apart from Christ, people are self-centered and they usually want things to work out in a way that will benefit them. When the expectations are not met, self-entitled people usually respond out in anger, they try out many ways to make things work out in their favor, they try to make things turn around. When we are self-entitled, we operate in fear, instead of faith. Many times we tend to think that we don’t deserve to go through what we are going through, we think that we did not deserve to go through a rough childhood, we think that we did not deserve to have been brought up in a dysfunctional family, we think that we did not deserve to be born in a poor background, we think that we did not deserve to have been abused by that person, we think that the person we are in a relationship with owes us many things that we have made up in our imaginations, we think that we did not deserve to have gone through that painful break-up, we think that we deserve to be married by now, we think that we deserve to have had children by a certain age; we think that our life ought to take a certain direction, and these unmet expectations usually lead to a lot of anger, frustration and bitterness if we are not careful.

In the heart of human beings are many plans that they have made up for themselves, and somehow, they expect God to go along and give them the type of life they have already planned for themselves. We tend to forget that in the end it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. “There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless, the Lord’s counsel, that will stand” Proverbs 19:21. Many people want a comfortable life and they don’t like anything that interrupts their sense of comfort. Many people go on a blaming cycle, trying to blame people around them for how their life is turning to be. Left on our own, we would seek the easiest and most comfortable path in life that we could find. Human beings, if left to do whatever they want, would hurt other people who they think are interrupting their path in life. We are a self-entitled people, who usually want things to work out the way we want, who want other people to behave and treat us the way we want them to, who want to see the outcomes that we want, who want life to turn out the way we want it to.

However, with time, we are faced with the reality. Life is far from what we expected, things at times don’t turn out the way we want them to, people many times will hurt and fail us, we realize that we cannot control other people nor manipulate situations to work out in our favor. We are faced with sobering moments of how real life is. We realize that we have a real enemy, the devil, whose aim is to destroy us. We realize that we are not in control, God is the One in control. We realize that many times, we may not have what we had wanted, life may not take the direction that we had imagined, we realize many people are usually not what they appear to be, we realize that we have enemies left right and center, we realize that there are many people who do not wish us well, we realize that this world is full of sin, we realize that there are principles that govern how things work, we realize that the Word of God is true – that people do reap what they sow. “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life” Galatians 6:7-8. We come to realize that we cannot just live the way we want to live and not expect to face the consequences of our actions. We come to realize that we can either choose God, or the devil, but we better choose wisely; the enemy has nothing to offer, his only aim is to lead us to destruction. We have to learn to die to self and to crucify the flesh and be led by the Spirit of God.

With time we come to realize that God is sovereign, that He is in control. We come to realize that no matter how strong we may think we are, we cannot make it by ourselves without God. We have to come to a place in our lives where we realize how powerless we are without God. We have to come to a place where we realize how sinful we are, and how much we need a Savior, Jesus Christ. We have to come to a place whereby we realize why it took God sending His only begotten and sinless Son to die on the cross for our sins. We have to realize that without Christ Jesus, we are headed for destruction. Hell is too real, and because of that, God made the ultimate sacrifice showing how much He loves us, to save us from eternal damnation. We have to stop living a life of complaining about how life has been unfair to us, about how things just don’t seem to be working out for us, about how much pain we have gone through in life; we have to stop and surrender to the King of kings and the Lord of lords. We have to realize that we need God every moment of our lives, and realize that God is powerful enough to turn around even the most difficult and seemingly impossible situation and use it for our good and for His glory. The Word of God tells us that all things work out together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

It is time to stop living a self-entitled life and realize that everything we have, even our very life, is a gift from God. The Bible tells us to do all things without complaining. “Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain” Philippians 2:14-16. Let us learn to live a life of thanksgiving, not only when things are going well, but also when according to us nothing seems to be going well, and learn to surrender all to God. We are to live a life of thanksgiving, not because of our circumstances, but regardless of our circumstances. “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:11-13.

The grace of God is always sufficient to take us through any situation that we may encounter in life. “And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong” 2 Corinthians 12:7-10.

Blessings.

 

 

 

 

Run for your life!

We live in a world that exalts people pleasing rather than living a life pleasing to God. It seems like most people are looking for attention and acceptance, and in the process, they end up compromising and doing and saying things that God has forbidden in His Word. It is a world full of cunning deceitful people who will manipulate you into sinning, yet claiming that it is a ‘normal’ thing. Too many people have no fear of God, most people seem to live for themselves and for gratification of their carnal desires. It is a world where many go behind each others’ backs stabbing one another, people betray each other and plan evil things against each other. It is common that a person will approach you and start befriending you, yet in their mind they have already planned what they want to get from you. It is a world where many people do not care about how their words and actions affect other people.

Many times, out of ignorance, we tend to keep close to us people who are negative influences and who end up leading us into living a sinful lifestyle. Most people are very convincing, they will lie to you how everyone else is doing it and convince you to do that thing, and in the end, you end up sinning against a holy God. Many people will tell you that you don’t have to ‘try to be holy’, that ‘God will understand’. People will deceive you that no one is perfect and that you don’t have to try to be perfect. Yet, the Bible says, “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect” Matthew 5:48. There are people, even among those who say that they are Christians, who will tell you that you have to fornicate because ‘no man will wait for you’; others will tell you that you have to dress in a worldly and provocative way if you want men to be attracted to you, they will give you a list of dos and don’ts that you have to adhere to if you want a certain outcome in your life. It is a fallen world whereby the blind are busy leading the blind astray. Refuse to follow the blind. “Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind, both will fall into a ditch” Matthew 15:14.

Many people like living as if their life is a community or public affair; they want to associate with certain people, put out most details of their life on social media, want to be friends with certain people and do what those people are doing in order to try and fit in. Many people don’t know what it means to have a sense of individuality because most of the time they are busy going out with and entertaining their friends – most of whom are not real friends; many people are uncomfortable with silence, they usually want to be among the crowd. Too many people end up doing and saying things that are sinful just because they want to fit in, and be validated, and be liked, and be admired, and be seen as if they have everything under control, and to be popular and gain human praise. Many people are playing around with their souls, they seem to have forgotten that the human soul is priceless, that it took the sinless Son of God to redeem us from eternal damnation. Many people are playing around in the devil’s territory, they forget that the devil is a deceiver and his aim is to destroy humanity. Many people are playing around with sin, they forget that sin leads to death. “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death” James 1:14-15.

It seems like many people have grown comfortable in this world, they think that they have everything figured out. Many people have forgotten that this world is not their home, that we are just passers-by, and that our real home is heaven with God, our Creator. Many people have been deceived and enticed by temporary things of this world and have put off the One who should be the most important Person in their life, Jesus Christ. It seems like many people no longer put much care into where they will spend their eternity, too many are not preparing for eternity, they are consumed with the cares and vanities of this world. Many people no longer seek God, many do not pursue holiness, they forget that without holiness no one shall see God. “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears” Hebrews 12:14-17. Let us not get comfortable in this temporary world, let us not trade eternal life with temporary worldly things because if we do then we will come to regret it, let us always fix our eyes on eternity with Christ Jesus, so that everything we do and say is geared towards that eternal life in heaven with our Lord and Savior. Let us not get distracted, this world is not our home.

It is time that we stop entertaining people and situations that make us fall into sin. It is time that we start valuing our relationship with God above all else, and if anybody or anything in our lives is causing us to stumble and is pulling us away from God, then we better run for our lives! If a person is pressuring you to indulge in sin, run for your life! Nothing in this world is worth losing eternal life. Do not remain in a compromising situation, flee as fast as you can and explain later if need be. Value and seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness above all else in this world. Jesus gave us an example of how we are to deal with situations that lead us to sin. “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell” Matthew 5:29-30. Do not sit and entertain sin, do what you have to do to avoid falling into that trap.

Do not sit there naively smiling at a person who is telling you to fornicate with them, stop entertaining that person who wants you to commit adultery with them, stop trying to be ‘nice’ to that person who is full-blown lusting after you and is feeding your ears and mind with perverse things, stop attempting trying not to ‘hurt the feelings’ of that person who is busy trying to gossip and slander others and spread hate, stop entertaining relationships with unbelievers, stop thinking that you can change a person who is hostile towards things of God, stop trying to be ‘nice’ to someone who is abusing you and disrespecting you and taking advantage of you, stop pursuing marriage with that person who is obviously not good for you and whom you know is not God’s will for you; stop trying to please the world, stop compromising! We are to love one another but let us not forget that love has to be tough at times and at other times it involves saying no. Love does not mean condoning sin. Do not put yourself in or remain in a compromising situation. Flee from sin. Be prepared to lose friends, be prepared to walk alone if it comes to that, be prepared to forgo that thing that you have been desiring if need be; if getting that thing or that person involves sinning, then it is really not worth it. It is better to live a single life, or not to have that job, or not move to that place, or be without friends, or to be seen as the weird one, or not to go to that school, or not to live that life we had imagined in our minds; it is better not to have all these, than to lose eternal life.

Do not live a life of compromise. Standing your ground and refusing to compromise on the Word of God will cost you, but in the end, it is worth it. Be wise, know what the will of God is, and live in accordance with His Word, no matter the cost. Do not conform to the patterns of this world, the world is deceived. “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” Romans 12:2. Only in God do we know the truth, and that truth does indeed set us free. To God be all the glory.

Blessings.

 

 

 

 

Follow Jesus Christ

We live in a world where many people take pride in the number of followers that they have online. With many followers comes fame and influence, it comes with a certain privilege to some, and with others the more the followers the more the money that they make. Many people like posting many aspects of their lives online, many people like sharing from the minor details to the major events of their lives. Nowadays many people live their life online, the moment they have something to say or after doing something or after travelling to a certain place or after something occurs in their life, they post it online. The more captivating the posts the more the likes and the shares and the comments they get, and with that the more followers they keep on accumulating. Too much time is spent online by too many people. There is a false sense of community and connection online which makes many ignore the real life close connection with family and friends. We erroneously think that the people we befriend online are true friends, yet in most cases, most of them really are not.

The social media world is where many people go to seek validation and acceptance and a sense of belonging. It is a world that people seem to have the freedom to share whatever they want and say whatever they want to say, yet not giving attention to whether what they are doing and saying is edifying, whether to themselves or to the people that they share with. Inside everyone of us is a void that can only be filled by God, yet, too many people have run off into the world seeking for ways to fill their voids, a pursuit that leaves many frustrated and without hope, many realize too late that the world is not their friend. There is too much comparison online, too much posting for selfish gains, too much seeking for human affirmation. It has become like a competition of who has the best body, who wears make-up best, who has the best fashion, who has the most expensive jewelry, who drives the latest and most expensive cars, who has the best house, who has the best husband, who has the cutest children, who goes to many vacations, who has advanced most in their education and career, and such like things. There is just too much vanity in the world today. People seem to point others to themselves instead of pointing them to Christ Jesus.

When someone has a lot of influence, they should be careful of how they use such influence. However, this goes to everyone of us, we should be careful of the type of life that we are living, we have to realize that there are other people who are watching our way of life, and especially if we are Christians. Our life should be lived for the glory of God, let other people see God in us when they look at how we live our lives. Let us point other people to Christ Jesus who is the only way to God the Father, and not to ourselves. Eventually, everything about our life should be about God. We should be careful about the people we admire and follow, lest we be led astray. Many people have accumulated many followers and have started taking advantage of such influence that they have, and start using it for selfish gains. Many people use their influence to point others to a certain way of life, and they end up leading too many people astray. If the person you are following is leading you to sin and to themselves instead of Christ, it is time to ask yourself why you are still following them. Some follow another person because they covet that person’s life, which all comes back to fulfilling the desires of the flesh.

If that preacher you are following is not telling you the truth of the Word of God, then it is time to stop and seek God and ask Him to direct you. Become a person who studies the Word of God for yourself and ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and to reveal to you what God’s Word says, and to strengthen you to be a doer of His Word. It is time to stop relying entirely on another person to feed you God’s Word, because if you do not know what God says for yourself, then you will not be able to recognize when that person is in error and leading you astray. Stop going after feel good messages and quotes and desire to know the undiluted truth of God’s Word. Too many people twist the scripture in order to put across the message that they want to pass along. Many people follow people who tell them what they want to hear, because for the majority, the truth is offensive to their ears. Too many people don’t want to hear the truth because that truth would require them carrying their cross and giving up certain aspects of their lives, a cost too many people are not willing to bear. The only final authority we have is the Word of God, thus, if that person you are following is not telling you the truth and if they are not living their life in accordance to the Word of God, then you should not be following them. If you are to follow anyone, then follow them as they follow Christ. “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ” 1 Corinthians 11:1.

The enemy is at work, he is out to devour, he hates us and we should be aware of his schemes. Just because everyone else around us is doing it, or wearing it, or saying it, or going to certain places, or living a certain way of life does not mean that we should imitate them and neither does it mean that they are right. No matter how successful and appealing someone appears to be on the outside, if they are not following Christ Jesus, then we should not be following them. Do not be a blind follower, do not be carried away by every wave and wind that blows; be rooted in Jesus Christ. If you follow someone travelling along the wide path then that is the path that they will lead you to. The path that leads to destruction is wide and sadly many people are travelling along that path. “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” Matthew 7:13-14. The path that leads to life requires dying to self and giving up many of the pleasures of this world, and because of that, very few people are willing to deny themselves and follow Christ.

It is time to humble ourselves and really seek and invite God to lead us along the path that leads to eternal life. Let us not be haughty nor deceive ourselves that we have mastered life; pride is usually the beginning of downfall. We have to acknowledge our total reliance on God and submit to His perfect will for our lives. Let us be willing to let go of all the worldly mindset that we have accumulated and ask God to teach us His ways by His Spirit and renew our minds with the Word of God. God’s way goes against the currents of this world, we cannot make it by our own power, but thank God, He has promised to empower us along that path when we choose to follow Jesus, and we know that He is with us every step of the way. God would not have told us to choose that narrow path if it was an impossible path to travel along; it is possible to live for God by the power of the Holy Spirit. Let us not attempt to be wise in our own ways, for the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. Let us choose God and rely on Him. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” John 14:6. We are to be Christ followers and be Christ-like in our conduct in this world. Let us set our eyes on Jesus Christ, He is all that we need.

Blessings.

 

Those led by the Spirit of God are children of God

We live in a world that glorifies carnal living. Wherever we turn we are bombarded with people who live a life not pleasing to God. In this age of social media most people are just about self; they want other people to see and like their photos and posts, many people seem to be addicted to being on social media. People are posting about every aspect of their lives, many like the validation and admiration they get from people online, yet, most of those online “friends” are complete strangers. People go to huge extents to attract others to their online pages, it’s all about marketing themselves so as to be liked by the world. People come up with topics that will provoke huge debates, and many people like the attention that is created. It is a selfish world, it is a world where it seems like people cannot be content about their lives without posting it online. Many people feed off the likes, and the comments, and the shares, and the publicity, and the ‘fame’. To maintain the interest of other people, many people go to great lengths that involve a lot of compromise.

Carnality has been normalized, it seems to be the ‘in-thing’. Immodesty has been normalized, nowadays many people think they can dress however they like because it is within their rights to do so, yet, they do not consider if their way of dressing is honoring God. People like drawing attention to themselves, drawing attention to their bodies, and in the process, they become a stumbling block to many people. There are too many people who will not leave their houses unless they look picture perfect, everything has to be flawless for them. There is no problem taking care of ourselves and looking good, but too many people have made an idol of their appearance. Too many people use their appearance as the bargaining chip, they use the way they look as the means to achieve what they want in life, they use the way they look to validate themselves. Many people like posing in photos in sensual ways, their poses and their look and their talk and the way they carry themselves scream vanity and haughtiness, one can see pride and carnality oozing from them. If we take care of our bodies only and neglect our soul and spirit, then we are really missing the point. If we neglect our spiritual life, our time with the Most High God, but spend hours trying to make our bodies look perfect, we are missing the mark. The body is dust and shall be returned to dust when our life here on earth is over, and if the body is all we ever cared about during our life here, then we will have nothing of importance left, our works will not stand before God. If you live your life to fulfill the desires of your flesh, then you are headed down the wide path that leads to destruction. Sin leads to death.

Let us put first things first. The most important thing in our lives should be seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, everything else should come after God. Use the time you have been given on this earth wisely, for the glory of God. Once a person dies, their destiny is sealed, if they died in their sin without accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, their chances of repenting are over. Let us ask God to empower us by His Spirit to die to the flesh and walk along the narrow way that leads to life. The Bible tells us to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in us both to do and to will His good pleasure. It is God who gives us the desire and the power to obey Him. Without God we would be headed for destruction, without Him the desires of our hearts are evil, without God empowering us we would be unable to follow Him, without God we would live a carnal sinful life that leads to death.

But God, because of how much He loves us, sent His begotten Son on earth to die in our place so that through Him, only through Christ, will we live eternally with God. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” John 3:16. God loves us and He is very patient, allowing us the time to repent, He does not desire for any of us to perish. Yet, continuously, many people continue to reject Him. Let us choose wisely. The flesh leads to death, but the Spirit leads to life. The fruit of our lives will reveal if we are led by the flesh or if we are led by the Spirit. “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in the time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another” Galatians 5:16-26.

One mark of a true follower of Jesus Christ is that they obey God’s commandments. If we claim to love God yet we disobey His commandments and live a sinful life, then that makes us liars. Yes, we live in a fallen world and occasionally we will stumble and fall, but even then, we are to repent quickly and change our ways. If we love God then we will not willingly sin against Him, He is holy, He hates sin. Let us stop making excuses for our sin and confess whenever we do sin, and pray for God to empower us by His Spirit to live a life pleasing to Him. There should be a difference between a child of God and people lost in the world, we should not live as the world lives, we should not be carnal people. We are to crucify the flesh and be led by the Spirit of God, obeying Him in every aspect of our lives.

Blessings.

Do not blame others for your sin

We live in a world where many people don’t take responsibility for their actions. It is a world where people like blaming others for the type of lifestyle that they live in. A person living a lustful life will blame other people because of how those people are dressed. Many people don’t like examining themselves because they don’t like what they will find out about and within themselves; for others it is easier to shift blame because they really don’t want to change their way of life. It is easier for many people to point fingers to everyone but themselves; there are people who seem to cherish their sin and don’t want to give up a certain aspect of their lives. Because following Christ seems too costly for some people, they usually end up giving justification and excuses for their sinful lifestyle. Many people blame others instead of owning up their words and actions and attitudes and taking the necessary measures to make the changes needed. If we don’t realize and acknowledge how sinful we are in our human nature, then we cannot come to a place of repentance. If a person is always blaming others and never acknowledging their sin, then they will remain in the state that they are in. For a person to come to a point of repentance, they have to realize how lost and sinful they are and that they need a Savior, Jesus Christ.

We have to realize that every person will be held accountable for their actions before God. Yes, that other person may have contributed to leading you down the wrong path, but they will be judged accordingly. If we choose to follow the wrong path then we will also be judged according to the choices we make. Just because someone was dressed in a provocative way, or they offended you, or they abused you, or they mistreated you, or they treated you unfairly, or they cheated you, or they stole from you; just because a person sinned against you is no excuse for you to sin. Do not sin against a holy God just because someone sinned against you. It is possible to respond without sinning by the power of the Holy Spirit. For those who tempt others to sin, great sorrow awaits them. “Then He (Jesus) said to the disciples, ‘It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him'” Luke 17:1-4. Let us watch out and not be the source of tempatations for those around us, let us not forget that we shall be judged according to how we live our life here on earth. Let us also be people who forgive and not hold unforgiveness in our hearts, let us forgive and release people from our hearts, knowing very well that God is the just judge.

The Bible tells us to pursue peace with all men, as well as holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. Let us all purpose to hate sin and stop justifying our wrongs. When you sin,  repent before God and turn away from your sin. Do not remain in a state of sin as you keep blaming someone else for what you are doing. Other people are not responsible for our actions. We will be held accountable for our actions and they will be held accountable for their actions. Do not be deceived that somehow you will end up in heaven when you live an unrepentant sinful life, do not think that ‘God will understand’ just because someone offended you and sinned against you and led you into the destructive path you are following. “But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgement of God, who ‘will render to each according to his deeds’: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness – indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; but glory, honor and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God” Romans 2:5-11. Stop blaming others for your sin and humble yourself before God, pick up your cross and follow Jesus. Repent, turn away from your sin, and accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. Purpose to live according to the will of God no matter what people have done to you or what they have said to you and about you. Do not sin just because someone has sinned against you.

The road to eternal life is not a crowded path. Do not live your life like the world does, be set apart and live according to the Word of God. Ask the Holy Spirit to empower you to forgive those people who have wronged you, and release them to God. Realize that we live in a fallen world with human beings who have a sinful nature. You will encounter people who will wrong you in one way or the other, but through it all, if you are led by the Spirit, you will be able to respond in love, and leave the judgement to God. Do not live in a state of unforgiveness, or blame, or bitterness; allow God to heal you of the wounds caused by other people and to restore you, and purpose to live a life pleasing to God. Leave the judgement to God and press forward. Allow God to do His sanctification work within you, and be willing to let go of anything that does not please Him. “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” Psalm 139:23-24.

Blessings.

 

Do not die in your sin

Too many people in this world have been deceived. Many people think that they can live life as they wish with no regard for God and eventually make it to heaven. On the same extreme are those who say that there is no heaven or hell, people that deny the existence of God and of satan. Many people think that somehow they will end up in a better place once they die even when their life was full of pursuit of vain things of this world and when they lived a life of sin, some even say that once this life is over that’s the end. Some people call themselves “good” people and compare themselves with other people whom they say to themselves sin worse than them. There are others who think that their good works will save them and they say to themselves that God will understand. Sin has been normalized in the world, and people living a sinful lifestyle think that what they are doing is okay. People are even going to the courts of law to legalize a lifestyle of sin, they are deceived into thinking that just because what they are doing is legal then it is right. Satan is at work and he is deceiving so many people. Many people do not want to hear the truth because the truth is offensive to their ears, and thus they would rather listen to people who tell them what their wicked hearts want. It has become a world where people justify their sin. People are fighting to be given the ‘rights’ to continue in their sinful ways. People are celebrating evil and one is left to wonder what there is to celebrate when a law that enforces evil is passed in the legal systems. Too many people are spiritually blind.

Do not assist the devil to achieve his evil mission against this world. It is time to stop celebrating evil and call sin what it really is. Stop trying to appear ‘nice’ by supporting people who are obviously going against the Word of God. It is better to be hated by the world but be right with God. Do not be fooled by the external show people put up and the empty words which are not backed up by the Word of God. God is real and so is satan. Jesus Christ is alive, He is not dead. We serve a living God. People who die in their sin without repenting and accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior end up in hell, there is no other way to try argue about it. Stop trying to entertain people who want you to tell them otherwise just to please them. There is no other way to God the Father except through His Son Jesus Christ. People who reject Christ Jesus and die in that state will not see God, no matter how “good” they are, and no matter how many good deeds they did. We are only saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus alone, not by works. There is no goodness in us apart from Christ. We are all born sinners and if it were not for the death on the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the sinless Son of God, we would be condemned to die. It is only in God through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit that we get to have eternal life. Sinners will not enter the Kingdom of God. “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not enter the Kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolators, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetious, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the Kingdom of God” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.

Pursue a life of holiness that is pleasing to God. If you are still living in sin it is time to repent, change your ways, and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Time is short. Do not die in your sin, eternity is an extremely long time to spend in hell. Do not allow the devil to deceive you that hell is not real, neither allow him to deceive you that he does not exist. Hell is real. No miracle happens when a person dies, a person who rejected God their entire life does not miraculously accept Him once they cross to the other side. On the contrary, where you end up once you die is determined by the kind of life you lived and the choices you made when you were still on this earth. A sinner does not miraculously become a child of God, no, they end up where they chose while they were still alive on earth, that is, in hell. God is a God of justice, sinners, haters of God, shall not go unpunished. Once a person dies, their destiny is sealed, they have no more chances to repent. The worst decision you can ever make is to deny Jesus Christ, because if you deny Him while on this earth, He shall also deny you before the Father. “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven” Matthew 10:32-33. Stop living a ‘crowd mentality’ life, stop living a life aimed at pleasing human beings; people are mortal and all of us shall give an account to God. Love one another but do not be carried along nor join people when they are sinning; let them call you weird and boring if they want to, but rejoice because you know who your God and King is. Walk the narrow path that leads to eternal life. The devil is a liar.

Make the decision today to live for God. If what you are doing and saying and thinking and your attitudes and lifestyle does not glory God, it is time to make a turn around. The Holy Spirit of God will empower you to live a godly life, you cannot do it alone. Only Jesus Christ saves, your attempts at being “good” or doing good deeds will not save you, neither will regarding yourself as better than others – do not be self-righteous. If God calls what you do sin, then it is sin, no matter how ‘minor’ it is in your eyes or in the eyes of the world. God hates sin, no matter the reason you give for doing it; never try to justify sin. God’s Word is our standard, not human beings who have a fallen sinful nature. God can never lie; just because many people choose not to believe does not change the truth of the Word of God. Let God be true, but every man a liar. Do not be deceived by the devil. Live for the Most High God.

Blessings.