I recently got married, which was a big move in my life. Comparing it to how I lived before, it is a completely different experience. This is a good comparison to what Jesus wants from His Church. But how does this compare to His Church and what does Jesus want from us?
“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity (love), which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in ONE BODY…” Colossians 3:12-15
The human body consists of blood, flesh, and bones. I think everyone understands what the body is. But where exactly does sin live? Does sin live in the body? The body is a vessel. Inside of this vessel, inside of the flesh, is a spiritual being!
Jesus said, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.” (Mark 7:21-23)
There was a major flood after the hurricane that hit Louisiana. What was the number one shortage then? Although there was water every where, people were short on water, because there was no clean water. That is how satan works. To flood out the truth and to flood out true knowledge, he filled the whole world with different teachings and denominations, so that the clean water is hidden and flooded. Who truly knows God today? What does it mean to know God’s word, to know the Cross?
I always found it interesting, why the Bible is split into two, why there is an Old Testament and a New Testament. Behind these testaments, stand a covenant. I like to think of these covenants as being a model for our relationship to God. In what position are we in relationship to God. It is important to understand these models and how they are different.
My faith is simple. I work in an interesting environment, I get to meet a lot of different people. I work in a hospital. The question always comes up: What do you believe in? What is your faith? Or even, Why am I a Christian? At work, we see death every day, we see people take their last breath… and what do they reach for on their death bed? It’s always something of faith, something spiritual, something beyond…
What was behind the boldness that David had against Goliath? What gave David this boldness? Also, what was behind the “lack of” boldness behind the trained soldiers? David wasn’t a trained soldier, yet he had boldness. David had faith in God. He had faith with experience! It is very important that the right faith is behind your boldness, because you can also become bold in a lie!
What is hope? Everyone has hope. Everyone has hope to receive something for their walking, their faith, their work. But what is the True hope, the hope that will not put you to shame, that will not fail?
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16
A person spends his life spinning around in vanity, attempting to make his life better here on earth. But all this chaos and work will not give you eternity. Be careful not to be distracted by this vanity. Seek first the Kingdom of Heaven!
How do you know whether you follow man or whether you follow God? It is a question of life and death. Whoever you follow, you will be interested in them, in their words, their way. If you are following God, you will be interested in His Word, His Teaching, His Way, His Will. The words that you follow were either spoken by God or by man… God spoke a pure, clean word. Do you follow the Pure teaching of Jesus Christ, as it is written in the Bible, without any deviations?