It is so easy to fall into the rut of negativity. Surrounded by unbelief, distractions and evil; it is difficult and challenging to stay above the fray and remain faithful to God’s Word.
For most, Christianity is nothing more than a pastime, hobby or something to do when it is convenient. It is very hard to not get sucked into this mentality, especially when we are busy or distracted.
Doing what is right is not to be confused with doing what is easy. In fact, doing what is right (living righteously) takes extreme conviction and the willingness to sacrifice most of the time.
Unless a person is willing to be rejected, scorned or persecuted, there is no way they will ever rise up and live the Gospel. Many people talk about standing for God but very few really do.
Those have come before us were willing to lose everything to gain Christ. Those who form the great cloud of witnesses that surround us gave their very lives for what they believed.
Many Christians say they would never forsake or turn away from the Lord in times of distress, but most do. It takes absolute commitment to stay faithful during times of trial and tribulation.
Far too many Christians want a religion that helps them be happy, popular and rich. Unfortunately, this religion is not true Christianity and is in fact the perfect counterfeit in these last times.
Jesus Christ did not give His life so you and I could live like pampered royalty in this life. Jesus gave His live to redeem us so we can be reconciled to God and have eternal life.
The true Christian message revolves around everything Jesus did for us and all the incredible promises we have been given. This message of faith, hope and love is what Christianity is all about.
Faith to stand for God no matter what, hope in God’s promise of eternal life and living love form the foundation of our commitment to God. Our life is not our own for it belongs to Him.
When the affairs of this life usurp the promises of God, spiritual disaster is soon to follow. When the focus of our lives turns away from God we are sure to end up lost and struggling to survive.
We stay faithful to God because He has stayed faithful to His Word and because He loves us no matter what. Faithfulness is not our reward to God but rather our response to all He has done.
It matters little what we acquire in this life for it will all perish with us when we die. Only when we live for God do we find the joy and peace that comes with utter and absolute faith in Him.
No matter what anyone else does, our heart’s desire should be to found faithful to the end. The Lord is faithful to His Word and our greatest prayer should be to be faithful in Him.
Paul wrote: "For me to live is Christ, to die is gain." I wonder how many of us would say that and really mean it? Jesus commands us to take up our cross and follow Him. He tells us that who ever seeks to save their life, will lose it. We are to die to ourselves. Yet this is something which so many people professing to follow Christ refuse to acknowledge. Is it possible to follow Christ without taking up your cross? Sigh... I don't think so.
I love these, especially this one... [quote]Doing what is right is not to be confused with doing what is easy.[/quote] . This is very good.
Well written and to the point. It is a wake up call in these last days to be ready for the bridgroom. As you mention there are many curch going followers of Jesus who will have the door shut on them.
May Gods face shine on you.
The Lord is faithful to His Word and our greatest prayer should be to be faithful in Him.
This is the key to it all and my prayer is to be "faithful to Him".
A much needed blog B2Y