The inspired Word of God is very specific about its directives to all born again believers in Jesus Christ. In Matthew 28:19,20 we are directed to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and to teach them to obey everything Jesus has commanded us. In Mark 16:15 we are directed to go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation, and in Luke 24:46-47 we are reminded that the Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning in Jerusalem.
Why is it then that there are so many born again believers in Jesus Christ who pay more attention to “worldly” nonsense than to the “eternal” message of Jesus Christ? Why are there so many believers who would rather “preach” a message of “abundant life” than the message of “repentance and forgiveness of sins”?
If not for the “cross of Christ” we would all still be lost, condemned, cursed and eternally separated from God. This is the message that we are instructed to tell people; this is the message that brings hope into the life of every person wanting to be reconciled to God. Why aren’t born again believers doing what the Lord has commanded them to do, now that they have received the gift of the Father’s grace?
Don’t be complacent because you are “saved” and “redeemed”. Don’t be insensitive to the condition of those who are still “lost” and “separated” from God. Walk in the shadow of the compassion that was shown to you by the Father and Jesus Christ; walk in the gratitude of the love that was demonstrated by Christ on the cross. Pay more attention to the message that holds eternal consequences and less time on the messages of this world that have no signifcance.
Show the love for your neighbor by preaching to them their need for repentance so that they too may receive forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and redemption; and be more willing to teach them in the way of sanctification.
Remember: The Lord is not wanting for anyone to perish, but for everyone to come to repentance. (2Peter 3:8-9)
Talk to me about your understanding of how a person “transitions” from being a babe in Christ to being mature, using this Scripture as our backdrop:
“We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” Hebrews 5:11-14 (NIV)
Share you insight…
When an offense happens to you, there are many emotions you find yourself going through. Your “flesh” gets busy and wants to enact a form of justice that belongs to your own system of “self righteousness”. Through your hurt you believe you are justified in your thoughts and desires to seek revenge or at least to get back at the person who did this to you. God wants you to know that this is not the mindset He wants you to entertain. He wants you to be reminded of the promise He’s made to you…Romans 12:19 “Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.”
I pray that you will listen to this song and gain a fresh perspective on the circumstance you find yourself dealing with today… Be blessed!
When an offense happens in our lives it can leave us with deep emotional pain. This pain is real and carries with it a plethora of thoughts that fuel those emotions of hurt, pain, depression, loss, and grief – to name a few. The process of healing deals with a restoration of those thoughts; though this is not always an easy process to go through. The clip below gives a glimpse of this truth. Take a moment and listen, then give your insight. Be blessed.
This is a powerful article that describes how forgiveness can release and remove the guilt an offender carries within themselves for the offense they committed against someone else. We must always remember that we as born again believers are commanded to forgive – there is so much divine power to deliver someone from their shackles of guilt that is contained in this command. Be blessed.
“Can we boast then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on our good deeds. It is based on our faith. So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law”(Romans 3:27-28 NLT).
You see, God takes away any and all attempts at man trying to gain access to Him through works of righteousness. Nothing we try to do through our own effort will bring us into a right relationship with God. How refreshing this is and at the same time how humbling, it is.
Only through faith can anyone gain access to God. Moreover, that faith is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. “For God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to satisfy God’s anger against us. We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed his blood, sacrificing his life for us (Romans 3:25 NLT).
So stop trying to work your way to heaven, it will not happen. Believe (have faith) in Jesus Christ and receive forgiveness for sin and gain new life in the Holy Spirit.
Everyone wants to be accepted by God, and everyone wants their sins to be forgiven of God. Surprisingly, not everyone knows how to achieve this end. Listen to this segment of the Elder’s Corner to find out how one can receive the eternal forgiveness God the Father holds in store for everyone who accepts Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.