We seem to have forgotten that our walk with God has nothing to do with us and everything to do with Him. The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ‘Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies’. Christ paid the price of our selfish, filthy sin on the cross, He took our place that we might know forgiveness of sin and freedom from death, yet we act like we’re doing Him the favour by allowing Him to be our Saviour. Shame on us! It’s about time we stopped our own pity parties and stopped moaning about what we don’t have or continually focussing on the problems we do have. We should remind ourselves that without God we would have nothing and would be doomed to spend eternity in hell, the place we deserve to spend eternity, instead of having the hope we have of spending eternity in Heaven and in God’s presence, through Christ’s death on the cross and resurrection from the dead.
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Ask yourself these questions; ‘When people look at you do they see a Temple of the Holy Spirit or a Temple of self?’ Then ask yourself; ‘Do you love the Lord? Do you really love the Lord? Do you really, really love the Lord?’ Then consider; ‘Do you trust the Lord? Do you really trust the Lord? Do you really, really trust the Lord?’ If you’re honest with yourself, these questions could change the way you live your Christian life. We would all do well to remember and follow the words of Jesus in John 5:19 ‘Jesus gave them this answer: ‘Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by Himself; He can do only what He sees His Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does’ and in John 8:28 So Jesus said, ‘When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He and that I do nothing on My own but speak just what the Father has taught Me’.
Do we love the world and our own wants and desires more than God? With this in mind, here is one final question. If God asked you to do something you really didn’t want to do, would you do it, even if you didn’t understand why or couldn’t see any sense in it. Would you just do it simply because He asked you to? This is a matter of obedience. 1 John 2:15-17 tells us; ‘Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives for ever’. We cannot have one foot in the world and the other foot in the Kingdom. We have to make a choice between God’s way or the world’s way, and by deciding not to choose either then we choose the world’s way. Remember we cannot use our weaknesses as an excuse for not doing God’s will, after all God said ‘My Grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness’. We need to live by the truth. God’s Word is truth, and His Word clearly tells us that we are in the last days. You only have to look around if you have eyes to see and ears to hears you will know that this is the case. So, choose, and choose wisely.
I leave you with this final scripture from Romans 12:1-2 ‘Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will’.
Author: Kevin Hunt
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