Friday, 16 June 2017

It's Time To Get Right With God

We live in an age where there is much compromise to Godly living, and where the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ has been watered down to a completely different gospel in order to be 'seeker friendly.' There is no mention of repentance in this seeker friendly gospel, and  very little mention of character transformation and holy living before a Holy God who is about to judge us all.

Mega churches around the world are hell bent (pun intended) on preaching an easy comfortable gospel that promises wealth and the good life only. There is no mention of trials that are destined to come our way, and no challenge at all to lay down our lives and take up the cross daily.

Now I'm not going to get into mentioning names here because it's not up to me to bring any preachers' character into question (their teaching I seriously question), but I want to warn and encourage you, dear reader, that God's way is not the way of a watered down, seeker friendly, and compromised gospel preached by hungry wealth seeking preachers! No! God has His own awesome plan for your life which comes to you through the uncompromised gospel.

God's plan for you, dear reader, is to walk in His awesome presence daily, and to reach out to sinners with the uncompromised gospel. It is to go about doing the good works that God has preordained for you to walk in before you were even born. Ephesians 2:10, 1:4

But here's the thing: God is pleading with His great assembly (and you and I) to repent from all known sin and to live holy before Him. Can't you hear His still small voice? The Holy Spirit is whispering to our hearts: "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you," 2 Corinthians 6:17. 

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 says this: "For this is God’s will, your sanctification: that you keep away from sexual immorality, that each of you knows how to control his own body in holiness and honor,  not with lustful passions, like the Gentiles, who don’t know God."

Be separate from what exactly? From your former sensual desires; from those who teach a compromised gospel; from those who say it's alright to sin because, after all, God understands you're weak willed in your flesh and He'll just wink at it because His grace covers you. Actually, His grace teaches us to live holy lives, see Titus 2:11-12.  It's time to stop making excuses and humble ourselves before a Holy God, and repent from all known sin.

Listen to what the apostle Peter said: "But as the one who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy," 1 Peter 1:15-16. Dear reader, I point the finger at myself first; what I'm telling you I'm telling myself also. We must get serious with God in this dark hour, and repent and get right with Him.

God has a mighty plan for you and I, and a big part of that plan is to look more and more like Jesus as we grow and mature in the things of God. I plead with you to get with your Lord today, on your knees if necessary, and get right with Him. Confess any sin you've been practicing and repent (turn away) from it.

God has a plan, a plan to anoint an army of uncompromised believers in these last of the last days. There is coming a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit and He's bringing His fire with Him to purge and cleanse a people zealous for good works and the coming revival. It's time to get right with God! 

Have a blessed day
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Monday, 12 June 2017

Behold Jesus & Be Transformed

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18

Ever since the death and resurrection of the Lord and our new birth in Christ, God the Holy Spirit has been working to change His people from glory to glory into the image of Christ. The problem is many Christians are still struggling with sin and condemnation, and they are filled with anxiety over their struggles believing that God is ready to pounce on them at any moment.

When you view God this way you're defeated before you even get out of bed in the morning! Well, this stops today dear believer in Christ because God has a plan, and it's this: Behold Him and be transformed. The more you behold Jesus the more you will be transformed into His likeness.

Many Christians try to deal with their sins and short comings by outward behavior modification. However, real change comes from within the heart of the believer, it is a deep work of the Holy Spirit. Keeping your eyes on Jesus leads a believer to the greatest expression of holiness, not focusing on outward behavior.

As you focus on Jesus and see His unconditional love, His forgiveness, His faithfulness, and patience, you're transformed from the inside out, glory be to God! The Christian life is not meant to be one of defeat and misery, no! The Christian life is meant to be one of victory over temptation and sin.

So how do you actually behold Jesus? I can think of only three ways to do this:

1) Spend some quality time with him in prayer. This means getting serious with the Lord and seeking Him earnestly, and daily. It means putting aside all the distractions of modern life, technology comes to mind here. Ask yourself this: How many hours to you spend 'face booking' on your favorite mobile device compared to how many hours you spend with the Lord?

2) Search for Him in the scriptures, meditating in His word. God is calling His people to get hungry for His word. God will speak to you through His word; He will speak comfort, encouragement, and rebuke if necessary so that you can grow and be transformed.

3) Get acquainted with the Holy Spirit, the One who dwells in you. For it is the work of the Holy Spirit to pour into your heart the Grace of God which brings divine influence for change. It is the Holy Spirit who also brings His purifying fire to completely cleans the soul from all worldly contamination, praise the Lord!

Be encouraged today dear reader, knowing that your God has a plan, a plan to transform you into the image of Jesus. All you need to do is earnestly seek and behold Him, trusting Him to work an extraordinary work of change in you.

Have a blessed week
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