Hey My Brothers and Sisters…
There are many spiritual truths in the bible and if we do not get THIS concept right our whole walk will follow a pattern that is not of God. It grieves me that many have strayed away from the truth of the Gospel…not that I have attained…but the Lord desires us all including myself to know the truth and to walk in it. That we may prove what is His perfect will.
The bible says that men will have itchy ears and heap up for themselves teachers..according to their own desires and lust..even calling it the Gospel (2 tim 4.3)! Some of us are crying out daily to experience God..to know Him..to get deeper with Him,live rightly before Him (some of us arent…but I pray God will change that)…even in our striving against sin…to be spotless and blameless before Him. But God will never go against His word! Anyone that will follow Him..must first deny Himself! Do not subsistitute the joy that comes from God with the joy that comes from the material things of the world. These are very different. The emotion of joy can come from maybe you get a new job…Praise God..a new car…GLORY…but we can never substitute this for the joy that Jesus speaks of in John 15.11 where He says
11I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
Hence why when depression and despair comes..the joy from the job cannot fight it..the feeling of loneliness cannot be overcome through your new car and the struggle of lust cannot be overcome through your much service in the church(building) to God. At times we substitute what we NEED for what we want..because we want we see as a faster route to help us with our challenges. But what we need is Jesus!
Many of us have substituted that which we earnestly desired to come from Him directly with the things of this world!!!
For some that are saying this brother is being too spiritual…we are called to be spiritual and not carnal…for some that think what I’m saying is soo foreign..its because the church has moved soo far away from the doctrine of Christ – The Bible.
Look at the lives of the apostles…the reason they were able to do what they did was because Jesus WAS their lives..they counted the things of this world as loss knowing their inheritance was Him, being with Him and the promise of an expected end with Him.
Paul said…That I may know Him in the power of His ressurection and in the fellowship of His sufferings….BEING CONFORMED TO HIS DEATH…
We speak about crucifying the flesh..dying daily etc….the truth of it is..if we have not let go of our lives(OUR DESIRES) for Christ, we are still not living up to the call of Christ…He says that
25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. (Matthew 16.25)
We are called to suffer for Christ in this world till He comes…
God is asking us to rend our hearts and walk with Him. Follow Him wherever He leads.
Please let us not become wise in our own eyes…God provides according to our needs..for someone it could be He needs to recieve a million pounds in a rich environment to do what God has ordained…for some it might mean not living in the way society(and christiendom) see’s as prosperous but having that which is needed to glorify God and do His will. Read the last scripture and may He open the eyes of our understanding!
11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content. 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Gaining Christ Christ does not speak about our earthly riches…
Please let us pray us pray on this matter and this prayer based on Eph 1.17-18 that:
Lord teach me your ways that I may know you and live a life that is in complete submission to your word!
God Bless you all and please watch these clips on youtube as they speak about the true essence of the Gospel of Christ..