We live in a time and culture where right has been made to be wrong and wrong has been made into right. No longer do Biblical principles apply to our daily lives. We are in sense living out a lie. We no longer believe in the truth of God’s Word. We have strayed away form any morals as a nation. Preachers are preaching money blessings instead of the truth. You never hear about the cross, Jesus or God’s commandments, heaven or hell. The truth is we can believe in the risen Christ and follow His commandments, and live forever with Him, or believe Satan’s lies and be condemned with him for eternity.
And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ” Matthew 15:9
Christians in many countries today are suffering terrible persecution. In spite of that the gospel continues to spread among those whose hearts have been opened. We are told that more people have been killed for their faith in Jesus in the last century than all the rest of history. It’s really amazing how God keeps opening more hearts to the truth of the gospel even though new believers know that they will suffer as a result of their decisions. Persecution has always been a possibility and often a probability for Christians. According to Jesus, persecution is normal for godly believers who will suffer just as He did.
but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You may even be found fighting against God.” So they were persuaded by him. Acts 5:39 HCSB
Ours is a culture of celebrity. Movie stars, singers, professional athletes, all garner our applause. The rich and famous hold much influence in our society. To us fame equates importance. But Jesus turns our culture’s ethic upside down with a paradox. It is not fame that translates importance in God’s kingdom. More often than not, greatness in the kingdom of God is seen in the obscure. You see, greatness in the kingdom is not about how polished you are on the outside, but how broken you are on the inside. It’s ultimately a matter of the heart. That might mean you’re viewed as last in the eyes of the world. But the last don’t lose.
But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” Mark 10:31 NKJV
The gospel is the account of Jesus leaving His Father’s right hand to go to Calvary. Jesus had to leave home. He had to live with sinful man. Yet Jesus came to make disciples and to show the way. Jesus last words to the disciples are very important. He commanded them to go and make disciples, to baptize them, and also to teach them to obey everything He commanded. Jesus commands us to go, and He comforts us with His continuous presence, until the very end of age.
teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:20 NKJV
When we live our lives above reproach we will have nothing to hide. Our enemies will have a difficult time finding legitimate charges against us. Of, of course this will not always save us from attacks, and we will have to rely on God for protection. If you face jealous critics because of your faith, be glad they are criticizing that part of your life. Respond by continuing to believe and live as you should. Remember God is in control, fighting this battle for all of us.
So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him. Daniel 6:4 NKJV
Do you ever deal with sin in such a way you think you’ve conquered it only to find that you fell again? Your shame overwhelms you with defeat. How can you ask God to forgive again? You said you wouldn’t do it again. You can rest assured that God is ready to forgive you. As a matter of fact He already knew you would sin and determined a head of time to love you anyway. Feelings of defeat are from the Devil who desires to conquer you. Rather, God, when He brings up the morning sun to warm your face and light your path, also brings with it the warmth of His mercy and the light of His love.. He faithfully does it everyday whether or not you are faithful. Do not let failure rule or conquer you. Start fresh today in the Lords steadfast love and faithful mercy.
They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:23 NASB
Once we are adopted into God’s family, we grow up in Christ. we think differently. We act differently. We are essentially a new culture. Although we may resemble our old nature of sin, once born of God we no longer are characterized by a lifestyle of sin. When that old nature creeps up and we commit individual sins, God forgives us. Despite these lapses, we are not of the devil. Christ was revealed for this purpose: to destroy the works of the devil forever. We have received a wonderful adoption! in our new lives let’s live righteously, love one another, and invite others to join the family.
The one who commits sin is of the Devil, for the Devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God was revealed for this purpose: to destroy the Devil’s works.1John 3:8 HCSB