I have had quite the journey getting to where I am today in my Christian walk.
To be honest, I don’t feel like I’m the best Christian, and I know I should be better. I fail God so many times in so many ways each and every day.
Thankfully He picks me up, dusts me off and I keep going.
I don’t know if I show the fruits of the Spirit as God is still working in me in that regard. (I hope I show at least some though.) I have come a long way from where I started, but I’m not where I should be yet.
I am constantly learning as I go, as I’m sure many others are also.
But one thing I’ve noticed of late is that a lot of people call themselves “Christian”, yet do not believe the bible. (I am also not seeing the fruits of the Spirit in some of them.) I’m struggling to understand why they would think the bible is not something they need to read or to believe.
Ok, I do to a certain extent, as some of it can seem harsh or cruel, but to dismiss the bible because of things you don’t understand is just plain silly.
How else do we learn about the character of Jesus, (who was God in the flesh on earth)?
I’m learning that people have made up their own God, their own Jesus to suit themselves and their lifestyles. This is what the bible says about those who have made up their own Jesus.
- “For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” 2 Corinthians 11:4
They don’t want to live as the bible instructs, as it goes against how they want to live.
We are told to pick up our cross daily, not live for ourselves.
- “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” Matthew 16:24
I think the key words there are “deny himself”, meaning deny yourself your pleasures and follow Jesus.
Do you deny yourself your worldly pleasures, or do you live for yourself and what YOU want?
I admit, I still have some worldly pleasures that I indulge myself in, like chocolate, or a nice hot chocolate on a cold night. But as far as other things go, I have given them up. I do not listen to wordly music anymore, I don’t watch much tv anymore, I don’t drink alcohol anymore and I’ve stopped hanging around with people that do all these things.
Why? Because they are not necessary. They are not what I need anymore. Some of those things were a conscious choice and some of those things just happened.
I’ll be honest with you, yes I miss some of the things I no longer do or have, but I try to remember that the reward is far greater in heaven than anything on this earth could possibly give me.
Jesus warned us about denying Him. This is what He said.
- “But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 10:33
You deny Jesus by not believing in and adhering to the bible, for Jesus is the bible, He is the Word, which is the bible.
- “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. John 1:1,2
Please, if you say that you are a Christian, read the bible, believe the bible, for to deny the bible is to deny Jesus.
He said it plain and clear, if you deny Him, then He will deny knowing you, to God in heaven. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be denied. It’s something I don’t even want to think about.
Please think about what you have read and consider it prayerfully.