A preacher once said, ” the difference between believers and unbelievers is their acknowledgment of God” Breaking this down simply means, 75 percent, if not over, of those who call themselves “believers”, “Christians” are in actual fact UNBELIEVERS. I find it very disturbing that we call ourselves Christians but the lives we have are the direct opposite. So this got me thinking, “What ‘God’ inspires us?”
In Romans 2:24, Paul tells the Jews “…the Gentiles blaspheme because of you”; because of us “Christians”, “believers”. I look at some of us who call ourselves Christians and I’m like if an atheist came up and saw the way you live, why wouldn’t they care less about God?
We say we love God, we are children of God, we are friends of God, but when it’s all said and done, are we really who we say we are? Lately I’ve been wondering, what is wrong with us? This generation? It’s like we couldn’t possibly be bothered about the Gospel, the end time, improving our Christian lives. We just sit back, and have a ‘jolly’ titling ourselves Christians. As to what it takes to actually build a relationship with God, to improve our lives, to not grieve the Holy Spirit, we could really care less. The devil is on the move, trying to get God out of everything! And the sad part is, we who call ourselves “Christians” are making it soo easy for him. What happened to fighting the good fight for the true faith? (1 Timothy 6:12) I don’t know about anyone reading this but I’m protective over my God. I haven’t been right all my life but one thing I know from my walk with Jesus is that, “I am living proof that whomever God hooks up with, He makes it work.” (Joyce Meyer) At least I know that being a Christian takes sooo soooo much more than sitting in the church on Sunday mornings, or “Thank you Jesus”-es
I’ll take a quick second to define what inspiration is.
Inspiration- The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something; the result of an influence;
– The word used to define that which imparts an idea or truth to someone.
(P.S I love to look deep into the definitions of words because, well words and I, we have an intense relationship! lol)
Soooooo how is it that we are able to use the same mouth that BLESSES THE LORD to cuss out, and insult people and claim that we are Christians? Christ-Like? What “God” inspires you?? Which part of Christ’s life are we emulating? Nothing about cuss words, or insults, or rude expressions is virtuous, or true, or noble, or praiseworthy. (Philippians 4:8-9)
What “God” makes us think, (and this is the most fascinating of all), that gospel music is for early mornings and when it’s 12:00pm, we can start jamming to hip-hop?? I mean, I’m not being ‘holier than Thou’ or whatever. But thing is, we need to start growing, attaining spiritual maturity because for how long are we going to remain at the elementary stages of our Christian lives?? (Hebrews 6:1-3) The Bible said, to worship God in Spirit and in truth, it talks about meditation. Now what is meditation? According to my dictionary, meditation is “the act of contemplation”, “CONTINUED or EXTENDED thought”. So as Christians, as believers of the true faith, as children of the light, as people who claim to “love” God, what “God” inspires us to listen to clean words in the morning, and cuss words in the afternoon? . Can you ever finish worshiping God and switch back to worldliness?
Saturday Night – clubbing, wild partying, casino. Get home at 4:00am. Sleep. wake up; go to church at 7:00am. After church, on your way home, you’re bumping to some rap song with a million f words. But you boldly say, I’m a Christian. Are you the light that leads the world? How are you Christ-like? DO YOU HAVE THAT SENSIBILITY OF SIN??
How do you boast of this special relationship with God and not know that you are grieving the Holy Spirit?
We hear and read scriptures like “in the last days scoffers will come mocking the truth” and there and then we start imagining people who literally laugh at God; the atheists and co. Before you start singling yourself out, have you made sure that you don’t fit the definition of a scoffer and your lifestyle doesn’t mock God?
I sometimes get so mad at myself because I feel like I’m soo much in my comfort zone, thinking it’s okay to do a ‘little wrong’ after all, there’s Grace in abundance. And I find myself thinking ‘somebody out there is doing worse than me, so I should be alright.’ But is that the point? Is God’s judgment going to be about choosing the one who stole money over the one who raped and killed the young girl?
We have adopted this custom of comparing evil to stuff that’s more evil. Rationalizing, just to make us feel better, to make us feel right.
1 John 3:4 says “…. For ALL sin is contrary to the law of God” and 1 John 5:18 says “… Though we sin, as children of God, we don’t make it a habit, a practice.
I’ll define the word practice.
Practice – repeated exercise in or performance of an activity so as to acquire or maintain proficiency in it.
-The HABITUAL or REGULAR procedure of something.
I believe that as children of God, we are told not to make a practice of sinning because when you acquire that proficiency, you become used to, and then slowly it becomes a lifestyle, and then you don’t see anything wrong with it anymore, and then slowly, you begin to challenge the Bible because now you’re in a world where, what is wrong seems right to you. So conversely, what is right will seem wrong to you! That’s where the devil comes in, “…to steal, to kill your righteous thoughts and to destroy your sacred relationship you have with Christ. That’s how people give in to the devil and think they are studying ‘deeper truths’ (Revelations 2:24 NLT)
We pursue sin, and show no remorse towards it, because “God grace is always there for us”. we make no effort whatsoever to do right. Really, as “Christians”? as “children of God”? is it really God that inspires us?
1 John 5:3-4; ” For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments ARE NOT BURDENSOME! (v4) For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world— our faith. ”
I hear people talk about “Christianity is tough, and this is NOT because they have made every effort to earnestly seek God, or have faced trials or whatever, it’s only because they are RESISTANT to change. They have no plans of letting go the pleasures of the world. There’s something they are still holding on to. When we are born of God, we overcome sin! The Bible says in 2 Peter 1: 5 that “…make EVERY EFFORT to respond to God’s promises”
You cannot live in a continuous state of worldliness and tell me “Christianity is hard!”
The Bible says we are not children of the dark; we are children of the light, we are supposed to know better! The word of God is not rocket science, neither is it plain greek that we cannot read, so we really have no excuse as “Christians.”
Now let’s even take the “churchliness” out of this, if you loved somebody, or something soo much, wouldn’t you do anything to keep it safe? Why are we soo indifferent when it comes to sin and yet claim to have a special relationship with God?
Isaiah 29:13 says ” And so the Lord says,
“These people say they are mine.
They honor me with their lips,
But their hearts are far from me.
And their worship of me
is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote.”
Who can argue with me when I say that most “Christians” fit this description?!
Remember Revelations 3:15-16? Where it says, “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. (v16) So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.”
Its very necessary that we find our ways back to Christ. By this, I mean to really study into what it takes to be a Christian before we so eloquently call ourselves that. Realize that the Christian life is like a relationship. Let’s study, to show ourselves approved. Because trust me, there is soo soo sooo much knowledge in the Bible if we only knew.
But then again, are we even ready to pursue righteousness?
The Hymnist says in MHB 626;
I want a principle within
Of JEAOUS GODLY FEAR
A SENSIBILITY OF SIN,
A PAIN TO FEEL IT NEAR.
Why don’t we make this our prayer?
God Bless and Strengthen us.
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