“If ye continue IN My word, then are ye My disciples Indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32
“If ye abide IN Me, and My words abide IN you….” John 15:7
What does it mean to abide, to be found “IN” Christ? His Word, His Teaching – is Christ. What does it mean to abide IN His word? Whatever you are consumed by, whatever you are stuck IN – that is what you are IN. When you read Scriptures, do you find yourself IN them? Or is it an unreachable goal: “I want to be like that, but I’m not like that”?
Christ did not teach about a good life here! He taught about ANOTHER world, about the Kingdom of Heaven. As we live our lives on this earth, day to day, we are either seeking and investing in the Kingdom of Heaven, or investing in the earthly, the passing. There is another world, another life that is coming, this life will last forever. What you experience in your heart right now, THAT will be forever!
“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” John 8:36
Only the one who has freedom, can grant freedom to someone else. If a person is enslaved, he cannot grant this freedom. When Christ died and resurrected, He destroyed slavery. Christ is the Master of FREEDOM. Therefore, if He shall make you free, you will be free indeed! What an opportunity everyone has today! Freedom from sin – is what Christ brought and He gives it as a gift. You just need to take it at its Word.
The Scripture teaches us to always rejoice and be found in joy. How can you possibly understand joy, if you have never experienced sadness? How can you possibly experience always being joyful, if you don’t realize that you were always sad. In fact, your state of constant sadness can be mistaken for joy.
“These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” John 15:11
God has the exact number of days that He provided for all of us and this TIME is limited. Time is a limited resource that you cannot mine out of the earth or reproduce. From the beginning of time, time had a beginning and God started a countdown when everything will be completed. We are given this time to find eternity, endlessness. A timeless jewel is hidden in time. “Seek, and ye shall find.” Matthew 7:7
Everyone born of Christ, is the same as Christ and is of the blood of Christ, which is blameless and sinless. “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” (2 Timothy 2:19) You cannot step away from all untruth and iniquity if you are not born again. You can try, but you will keep failing again and again, because the old nature will continue to produce the same fruits. So how do you know if you are born again? Watch video to learn more.
The Church of God can only have ONE foundation and that is Christ. Today, there are so many Christian churches in the world, that it is impossible to count them all! But a serious question arises when you see division a thousandfold – can this really be the structure of God? Does God build a house like this for Himself? That is divided amongst itself into a thousand pieces? Or maybe God has a thousand houses? Doesn’t the Bible teach us about ONE house, ONE building? Why has it become that each Christian denomination or group built something of their own? And somehow all the denominations rely on one stone? But if they all had one stone or the same foundation, then shouldn’t there also be complete unity, as the Gospel teaches us? When Moses was building the tabernacle for God, which is a foreshadowing of the Church, how did he build it? I think everyone knows how everything was specifically held together and connected to one another. And it should be the same for us Christians today; we are the members of the Body of Christ! The building of God cannot be divided within itself! If there are divisions then it is no longer a structure of God but rather a soulful, earthly, man-made structure.
Everyone believes in something. Everyone has some kind of faith, a spiritual drive, and this is your real life, what you live for. Unfortunately, christianity has become a tradition, a culture. But the REAL faith that drives every individual lies WITHIN and it’s usually earthly. Why do people come to church? Usually, it’s because they want to save their kids, or they want to get healthy, get married, have a nice family, social networking, etc. This is a short list. However, even out of this short list, how many things mentioned are actually heavenly? Christ brought a teaching not for this earth, He spoke of ANOTHER world! True Christianity is about Another world and has nothing to do with the earthly, the passing.
What does it mean to be sincere, to have a sincere faith? The deception can come that you may think you are sincere in church or before God when praying, but in other circumstances, in your day to day life you are a little different. But doesn’t God see all? Shouldn’t your life be a living prayer, a live standing in front of God? Thinking that you are sincere in front of God, when you are not sincere in front of a person, is completely absurd! How can you be split inside? How many sincere people do you know? Are you sincere?
Once we have died for this world, we have been crucified for ALL idols and all things of this world, and have been born again a NEW creature, pure and free. “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” (Galations 5:24) YET there is still a warning for those that have been born again to KEEP yourselves from idols. “Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” (1 John 5:21) It is a question about distractions! If ANYTHING other than God consumes you or distracts you, that is an idol!