Time to own our Responsibility (5)

“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV

It is never too late to repent. We, the people of this world, have made a mess of things and God is willing to step in and deliver us as we learn to handle what God has told us to handle.

Dear Heavenly Father – Please reveal yourself to us. Help set us on fire and fill us with love. Help us fall in love with you and to love others. Please open our eyes to see and our understanding to know what we are studying today. Please continue to pour out your grace upon us! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

I have a few friends who claim to be Christians, quoting that one verse that says all you have to do to be saved is believe, whose lives do not reflect God’s love and you know they have not been in the presence of the Almighty for many years.  Once saved, always saved – is a risk they are willing to take. Taking responsibility for their walk with the Lord is not even remotely on their radar. These three men could be mighty in the Kingdom, instead they are overrun with selfishness.  They were/are dear friends who I love with a Godly love, and I do not wish for them to miss out on all that God has for them, but they go back to that one verse, all they have to do is believe and they are saved. Grace grieves.

“You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!” James 2:19 NKJV
And we know that the demons do not make it into heaven.

We must take some responsibility – they will know we are Christians because we are followers of Christ, disciple to trying to be Christ-like. How is it that so many who claim to be a Christian are so in bondage to conforming to this world and in bondage to their own selfishness and
2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” 2 Timothy 3:2-5 NKJV

A form of Godliness without the power. Oh Lord, forbid it, please! We need your power and grace! Come on people there is more than just one verse about being saved! Doesn’t your salvation inspire LOVE for God as He first loved you? Are you not at all interested in obeying Him and enjoying the benefits of a life lived in His presence?! Don’t you know:
“So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” Revelation 3:16 NKJV
Vomit isn’t saved, people! Nope – Vomit doesn’t get to stay in heaven. It gets to spend eternity with the demons who also believe and are not saved from the eternal damnation.

Maybe it just seems wrong to you to read the Bible, Pray and build a relationship with God? Maybe it seems wrong to give up the things your flesh enjoys and exchange it for things your spirit will enjoy and will edify your soul? 
Be a Christian on Sunday, be the cool guy on Monday? Justify these compromises until you’re compromised right into the pit of hell??

15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15 NKJV
SERVE THE LORD – not just believe!

Really – if you aren’t looking at the election process in the USA, and looking at the world stage and events, and looking at how bizarre this year (2020) has been, and realizing the time is short, and Jesus is coming again soon to rapture His followers – then what are you thinking about?!?!

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?” Romans 6:1-2 NKJV

The Bible is very clear that once you are “saved” or in a relationship with God you must “die to sin” (read all of Romans 6). This means give it up, be delivered from its bondage, sacrifice your desire to indulge and submit to God’s will.

26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Hebrews 10:26-31 NKJV

Ok, ok – I know it is a process of shedding sins and flesh. I know that some are bondages that we cannot break on our own – but God can and will deliver us from! I know some are strong holds – but our God is a chain breaking God! This says “sin willfully”. This is for those who are refusing to put aside some selfish things, refusing deliverance when it is offered, refusing obedience to God and refusing to move forward in grace.

10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 1 Thessalonians 2:10-12 NKJV

When we love the lies, when we accept only the verses that line up with our agendas, when we refuse the truth of God – He sends a strong delusion. He sends it. I cannot break through that – I have authority with the power of Christ over the enemy, not over God.  You have the truth – do not reject it and be sent a strong delusion.  I pray God changes his mind and frees some of my friends from their delusions. 

We as Christians have a responsibility to our relations with God – and when we compromise and do not obey as God wants us to – there is a heavy and eternal consequence.
And after saying all that – do not serve God out of fear.  It will not last.  Read His word, learn of His love – talk with Him. Have a real experience with grace that transforms your life daily.  He is love. It will satisfy in ways that none of the sins you once clung to have ever satisfied.  God’s grace and love is enough.

If you don’t already, and today you would like to have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**

Thank you for reading ~ Grace be with you
Be healthy and blessed ~ I love you and love one another
Watch and Pray ~ Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

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