People, including Christians, seem to become overwhelmed by the things which do not really matter to their spiritual life. They seldom go down into the "deep" things of God and skimp on the most important issue of discovering the truth of God's word. But in order to be free we need to know God's truth!
Jesus Himself says: "I am the way, the truth and the life..."
Many are not taught to study God's word thoroughly for themselves. They seem to blindly accept that which comes from the pulpit... because the Pastor should know... Their heads are stuffed with the world news, TV soap operas, blaring noisy music, worrying about global issues more than about the condition of their soul and the things of God. Many come home after the church service and are right away involved in worldly affairs.
These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. 2 Peter 2:17
Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. James 4:4b
And therefore they live a life of defeat, depression, mishaps and misery. How else could it be? On the other hand I wonder, are they taught God's word or a personal opinion? Is the pastor presenting God's word with conviction and fire, or is it just to fill the half hour preaching time? Are you, as member, discerning God's truth in what is preached or are you just dozing? It is very important for your spiritual health to know where you are at.
Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? Mark 8:18
Christians who have come out of denominational churches have most likely searched the scriptures more intense, because they questioned the doctrines/teachings of the church they did attend, and tend to search God's word to find the truth of the matter. Such are lovers of TRUTH.
Following Christ, studying God's word, denying the old flesh, taking up one's cross, forgiving the neighbour, blessing the enemy, looking after widows and orphans, are things that DO NOT come natural to anybody. What comes naturally to ALL is SIN and rebellion.
Therefore one needs to submit to God and allow Christ to change them from within, after which we become willing to walk in obedience through the indwelling and the power of the Holy Ghost.
You better know this that the Holy Spirit does not dwell in them that have not committed their lives unto God.
The Spirit of a Holy God is not in the lives of those who are not serious enough or have no desire to study God's word and search for His truth, although they may attend all the church services! They serve the world and pretend to serve God. The such cannot change, as long as they don't want to commit to God, the Father.
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Matthew 6:24
Really, it does not come natural to submit unto God and to keep the old nature into the grave. We need endurance to follow Christ and this takes the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and practis of God's Word.
For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother. Mark 3:35
A true follower of Christ is not SEEKING excitement in miracles, healing, Gifts of the Holy Spirit or anything as to stir the flesh. But such signs and wonders are following the servant of God as he walks in truth.
I speak from personal experience, that through life's trials we get the opportunity to come to know the Father in a profound way, while others curse Him for the same trials. I believe this to be a matter of being able to humble oneself before God or to ignore Him and stick up the head in rebellion. It is one or the other, all or nothing. We follow Christ or we don't... but nothing in between.
I have continually before me my own lifespan and can only think of how short it is and how long eternity last. To me it has become obvious that following Christ and to love God with all my heart, mind and soul and "missing out" on the worldly pleasure is worth it ALL, gaining Him more.
I had to think that if one truly desires to follow in the footsteps of Christ that they need to sacrifice their life. I mean the old "self", the "me" and keep it buried in the grave, and truly begin to walk in the NEWNESS of life.
Followers of Christ have to set their mind on things above, sanctifying themselves and literally shut themselves off from this world ; throwing a few things out of the house, burning that which does not belong in a Christian home and breaking down their "altars". Preparing themselves, similar as Noah did by moving into the ark to avoid the "flood".
If we follow Christ in all sincerity and humility we will live a life of victory, and we will see His promises fulfilled, we will experience the power to overcome through the Holy Spirit, we will be able to withstand the powers of darkness, we will find healing for our body, we will see miracles and wonders, as were in the days of Jesus.
No matter how we are raised or in what spiritual environment we have grown up, we can and have to make a choice if we want to follow God's truth or the deception of man, once we have been confronted with the Gospel of Christ. This means that whosoever stays under the deception is not a follower of Christ.
Paul states... For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would, I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
We have to remember that denominational churches have no privileges with God, they are not even recognized by Him. God searches the heart and the intentions thereof. They that are written in the Book of Life are those who have followed the Lamb wherever He goes, NOT they that belong to a denominational church. It is the Kingdom of God... belonging to God's Church... which counts.
I pray that the thoughts presented before you will encourage you to bring all your cares at the foot of the cross, and leave them there. And that you will be able to shut yourself off of this world and its noises to better concentrate on the LOVE of your life, Christ the Savior.
Jesus says in Matthew 6:21,22... For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
"The eye be single", may be interpret as being focused in one direction.
Let God be your TREASURE through Jesus Christ, I pray.
Really, HE IS ALL YOU NEED and ALL that matters!
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