How often do you meditate on the doctrine of Jesus the Christ? Do you let days pass without thinking about His grace, mercy & love for you?
I think it is safe to say all of us have high and low moments on our spiritual journey. It is definite not easy, at least for me. Honestly, it is disturbing to see much online and offline ungodliness from those professing to be followers of Jesus the Christ. However, the behavior of others should not deter us from running for the crown of life to save our souls from this untoward generation. “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore, I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached [witnessed for me] to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” (I Corinthians 9:24-27)
We must not allow our minds to be removed from God, and placed on people and their inappropriate behavior. If we do, it pleases Satan because no man can serve two masters (Matthew 6:24). Converted Christians should refuse to keep company of wayward Christians who refuse to repent from ungodly behavior. Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character. Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God–I say this to your shame.” (I Cornithians 15:33-34)
We are imperfect people living in an imperfect world, but James 1:23-24 tells us “Anyone who listens to the Word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he [she] looks like.” As a disciple of Jesus speaking for myself, I understand the seriousness of my relationship with the Lord; therefore, I tailor my online and offline behavior to be in obedience to God’s Word and for His glory. Additionally, not to embarrass my husband, a God-fearing minister; or bring shame to our children, our granddaughter, our spiritual mothers and brothers and sisters in Christ, especially new converts.
I examine myself daily to ensure that my relationship and connection to God are not lost through Jesus. I will continue striving for perfection in an imperfect world. “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test? (II Corinthians 13:5)
Are you failing the test?
Is it the present, or the past, that is knocking on your door of faith?
Hebrews 11:1-40, the Hall of Faith is a great chapter and faith encourager. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of tings which do appear.” (Hebrews 11:1-3)
“Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,” (Philippians 3:13).
“And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62).
“But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt” (Genesis 19:26).
“Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old” (Isaiah 43:18-19).
“And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father” (Luke 9:59-61).
“Say not thou, What is [the cause] that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this (Ecclesiastes 7:10).
“For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known [it], to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is truned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.” (2 Peter 2:21-22).