It has been forever since I have blogged…this seems to be a pattern with me. Once every couple of months is the best I can do. I would like to change that, but I’m learning not to force anything.
So this blog is honestly probably going to be a bit all over the place since the Lord has really been showing me, teaching me and helping me work through many different things. It’s pretty much going to be a “mind dump.” Bare with me and I pray you get something out of it. 🙂
The Lord has been showing me the depravity of mankind and how “lost” so many people really are; sadly, even those that think they are “saved.” We shouldn’t be surprised by this though because the Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents,ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.”
The verse that says, “having a form of godliness but denying its power,” really speaks to me. There are so many people that profess (with their WORDS) to be lovers of the Lord, but yet their actions are so very far from what Gods Word teaches. It’s like they pick and choose what “works for them” in the Bible – they abide by those things, but then deny the rest. They take the verses that say things like “judge not” out of context and make it out to mean that they can live however they want, even if it’s completely contrary to the Word of God, and no one should say anything to them about their actions. I was confused about this very topic for many years because I didn’t want to be someone that “judges” others, like the Pharisees, but then I’m reminded in Scripture that those that profess to be believers in our Lord Jesus Christ are held to a different standard. Like Galatians 6:1 reminds us: “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.”
This verse right here shows us that we are to TRY to lead our brothers and sisters back to Christ if they have strayed away. Not in judgment, but in love. But we need to be very careful when doing this because our enemy is very crafty and he will try to trick us into falling into the same temptations. That’s why in Ephesians 6:10-20 we are taught to put on the full armor of God…daily!!
Now some of you may say that the Bible is confusing and isn’t “clear” on what we should and shouldn’t do. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Check out Galatians 5:19-21 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
So you see right there it lists out EXACTLY what we are to avoid. It even says it is OBVIOUS what the acts of the flesh (aka sin) are. And not only does it tell us what we shouldn’t do, it goes on to say that if we CONTINUE to live like that, to not repent (turn COMPLETELY away from it), that we will NOT inherit the kingdom of God. That is very humbling and eye opening to me. Now I don’t believe that if you “mess up” in one of these areas that you are doomed to spend eternity in hell. What I take that to mean is that if that is your lifestyle, that you have justified in your heart and mind that it is “ok” to live like that, then you have been deceived by the enemy and if you don’t repent…if your eyes and ears are not opened to the truth of Gods Word, then you will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Is that harsh? Sure. But that is why it is so important that we follow after the Lord and diligently try to live a life that is worthy of the calling we have received. We do not want to get to the end of our life and be like the people that Matthew 7:21-23 talks about, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
Not only is it “scary” to be deceived and “living a lie”, but it’s also scary what those “believers” are making unbelievers think about God. They are professing with their mouths that they love the Lord, but then in their lives they are living in such a way that it pushes people AWAY from Christ. And I realize that is just what the enemy wants. He wants people to have a “false” belief in God – so that not only does that person not get to spend eternity with Christ, they are going to live in such a way, that others are pushed away from the faith as well. Now I know God is big and can do ALL things and that He already knows EVERY. SINGLE. PERSON. that will come to know Him, but He also calls us to live in such a way that others are drawn TO Him. Our Father’s heart is that NONE should perish. (2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.)
There is one last thing that the Lord just revealed to me yesterday in our ladies fellowship class. We were discussing how much the Lord loves everyone and were looking at certain Scripture verses and seeing how “No one is…” Based on the Scripture verses we were reading this is the list our class came up with: “No one is…
– Off Limits
– Too Inconvenient
– Too Messed Up
We went on to talk about what we struggle with – who is brought into our lives that we just don’t want to “deal with”. I was reminded that I don’t like to “deal with” unbelievers because I can get so frustrated. I want to be able to share Truth with them and for them to just “get it.” I don’t understand how someone doesn’t want to accept Christ as their Savior after all He did for them. I think once they hear the Gospel, that they should just accept it. I don’t want to hear all the reasons they think I’m crazy for believing, I just want to tell them all the reasons I think they are crazy for NOT believing. But the Lord has really been working with me on this because He has brought one friend in particular into my life that is totally against God. This friend has multiple reasons for feeling the way they do and I am constantly reminded that it isn’t my “job” to make them believe. All I can do is share truth, IN LOVE, and pray that the Lord will open their hearts and minds to His Truth. He is the ONLY One that can draw others to Him…we are simply called to share the truth and plant the seeds.
The Lord also reminded me of where I was about 14 years ago. I was a young, know-it-all 21 year old. I thought I was invincible and that to “believe in Christ” was such a silly thing. After all, most of my friends were unbelievers and if they were going to hell, why would I want to go someplace else. Who was this “Christ” that was wanting me to believe in Him and change my ways and “worship” Him and not have “fun” anymore. How dare He ask that of me? The Lord placed many people into my life that shared Truth with me and I laughed and mocked most of them. I didn’t understand why they didn’t want to just live for themselves and have fun. But God finally got my attention. My testimony is for another day, I suppose, since this has already gotten very long. But I say all of that to say…don’t ever give up on ANYONE. If there are people in your lives that don’t know the Lord, share truth with them in LOVE, pray for them and never stop believing that God can draw ANYONE to Himself – even those that mock Him and seem like a “lost cause”, even those that are so deceived and are caught up in “sin”, even those you have been praying for for YEARS, even those that you don’t think are “worth it.” Never forget how big our God is & never forget that He can do ALL things.
Until I write again, I pray the Lord blesses each of you and continues to reveal new things about Himself to you daily and that you are growing closer and closer to Him.