|Some Words are Tough to Chew |
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Some of Jesus words are too tough to chew for some (most) people.
Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
One Example Of A Wrong Decision.
In 1948 there was a man who went down to the altar for he was convicted of sin in his life. Others in the family had already repented and received Christ as their savior. This man was struggling within for he didn’t want to give up his style of living. Over the next days the struggle continued until one night the preacher spoke of fasting and that made his decision for him.
As we were talking about serving GOD he said, “If that is what they believe (speaking about fasting) then I don’t want anything to do with it.” He went on and said, “I promised myself long ago that I would never do without anything I wanted so I ain’t going back to that church again.”
He was a man of his word and didn’t return again.
The rest of his life was spent trying to satisfy his wants which revolved around committing adultery and boozing. Outside of denying Christ he was a friendly, outgoing, person who married a Christian woman while not altogether faithful to her she lived with him till his death.
He died a few years ago and whether he ever came to the point where he could deny himself - - only he and GOD know the answer.
Matthew 16:26 What do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?
While no one will gain the whole world we find many who try to excel in certain fields by compromising their service to GOD.
Christianity is to be lived where “The rubber meets the road” as the idiom goes.
How does my purported theology match up with Paul the main Theologist of the scriptures?
Of course we must include the other writers of the New Testament for they fill in some of the blanks not addressed by Paul.
Our belief system (theology) should control our conduct but such is not always the case. There are times when we venture outside the Christian modus operandi and expect what some call “Greasy Grace” to compensate for lax behavior.
Living in the “Greasy Grace” state can become addictive and become what we now consider to be the norm for Christians.
Tis a faulty Theology that relies upon grace given by GOD to cover a sinful life style and is invoked (when convicted) by one who is deceiving themselves into thinking a little wrong is alright.
I Want It All
Matthew. 6:24 No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
By the same token we can’t serve GOD and the devil at the same time and please GOD.
Shall we call it what it is, “Unacceptable Behavior.”
It can be a desire in one’s heart to want to take some “Time Off” from walking upright before the Lord.
Too late we find that exercise leads us to the “Land of Woe” and we discover while the “Blood of the Lamb” gives forgiveness it doesn’t expunge the memory of the offence nor the damage it has done.
Doing It Right
Romans 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.
This putting on the Christian way is the place to start realizing that there is an inexhaustible supply of temptations and so many are tailor made just for you.
Seems like what the eye doesn’t see the mind creates. They stimulate the hunger and thirst for things that are hindrances to holy living. It is an appetite problem and salivating at the lustful thoughts.
The Only Answer
Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
Another way of saying this is; if you follow the plain truth as set forth in the scriptures your spirit and mind won’t adjudge you as a spiritual failure.
Well as I said some of the programs laid out by Jesus are hard on the flesh only when you don’t avail yourself to GOD’S provisions for success.
Prayer; “Lord, deliver me from me.”
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