Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Who ever confesses Me before men, the Son of Man will confess him also before the angels of God; but he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.
I see this verse posted as a status update on Facebook all the time, and to be honest, it really bothers me. It is not enough to post a status update every six months that says you believe in Jesus. Even the demons believe in Him~and tremble. (James 2:19)
Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” (Luke 11:28)
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (James 1:21)
Our lives should prove that we are confessing Christ in every action, every post, every conversation.
We must be consistently and constantly in His word, so we can know His will, and more than that we must let it transform our thinking and affect our decisions and actions.(Romans 12:2)
Wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)
Have you ever stopped to REALLY ponder this? This is something that shakes my soul. FEW will find it. That means many of the people you and I know, people who may even claim to be Christians WONT find it. I believe our culture has so deceived us that many will be shocked when they find that the wide path did not lead them where they hoped to go, but instead somewhere very different.
Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matthew 7:21-23)
I pray that if you have chosen to accept Jesus' gift of salvation, that you truly examine whether your life is different than those around you. Are you in love with the One who saved you? Does your life reflect His work? Are you seeking FIRST the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33) in your life, before your own desires and goals? Is your ultimate goal in life His will be done, not your own comfort? (Matt 6:10)
The Lord has been shining his light of conviction in my own life, and as painful as it can be, I am so thankful that He loves me enough to keep me on the narrow path, that I can follow only with His help!
November 11, 2010