Have you ever wondered what your purpose is as a Christian? Are you wondering what you should be doing? The Bible tells over and over to go out into the world and teach others about God's love and the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross for our sins. This also requires us to be vigilant. Satan is cunning and has had many more years to practice his deception than we have had to practice our faith. It is so easy for us to fall for the lie that he has created to lure us away from the one true God.
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“I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:”
How can we preach the word, show God's love to others and stand fast against false teachings and deception? We have to know the Bible and know it well. Remember satan was once an angel and knows God. He knows the Bible as well. We cannot protect ourselves against his carefully planned lies if we don't know the the scriptures well ourselves.
“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.”
Many of us would love to avoid conflicts with others and for many circumstances we should, but if a fellow believer is in sin, we have a responsibility to remind them what the Bible says about those things. We might consider gossip and backbiting small sins in comparison to things like adultery or stealing but the Bible tells us they are all sins and need to be addressed. Remember to go in love and not in accusation when you approach a believer about an unrepentant sin. I wouldn't want them coming in anger and accusation if it was me.
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;”
The new style of christianity is only love, light, and forgiveness. How easy it is to forget that we worship a fair and just God. This means that even though our sins are forgiven us, we may still bare the consequences of those sins and we as believers may still go through trials we hoped to avoid. Becoming a Christian does not make life any easier in the general sense, what it means is we now have the grace of God and the Holy Spirit to accompany us through the rest of this life and accept us into His kingdom in the next one.
“and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”
This world if full of Christians who don't want to hear the truth of the Bible of the coming judgement on man for sin. If they ignore the warnings of the world, they can continue on living the grey areas that many modern Christian churches promote. Don't be fooled, Christian! Your Savior died so you can believe on Him and be saved but that requires you to believe on every word the Bible preaches and not just the happy or hopeful ones. We are going to suffer trials and tribulations. With Christ on our side, the battle is already won, but we must remember to cling to him until the end.
“But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”
This verse has been speaking to me for over a week now. My late post is the result of a sickness that touched every person in my family in a big way. We need to remember to endure the battles that come to us and be a beacon of light the unbelievers who are watching our struggles. Let them see how God can change you and how He carries you through the bad times as well as the good.
God bless little sparrows,