19 Oct 2012

Following Christ and Leaving the World Behind

fast futureFar gone are the days of waiting forever for the school holidays and christmas. Hanging out to get married and have kids. Now the kids are getting older, I'm getting older(losing my hair), been through early mid-life crisis. Now, I'm asking for 'time' to,"Please slow down abit", but it obviously isn't going to, the years are just getting faster and faster. I'm sure it feels the same for you too.

The world seems to be going faster and faster, and also getting crazier and crazier. While we are seeing knowledge and technology increasing(still) exponentially along with the worlds downward spiral of confusion on God's absolutes. Darwinism and worldly scientists have managed...



societies downfall of sinDarwinism and worldly scientists have managed to water down or nearly make obsolete the once common worlds mainstream beliefs on creation. Luxuries and entertainment in western societies have mass conditioned people for a, 'Better-Life-Now'(need I mention 'Prosperity Gospel'), and fame and fortune is what our young ones think they have to have, to be worth anything. The more the world views itself as it's centre the more depraved it becomes. There are now way too many distractions that can chew up a Christians years, turning the head this way or that way. Staying focused on the things that are eternal and not the distractions in this life that are so absolutely temporal and worth nothing, is a continual battle for us in our day. As people become more and more focused on themselves instead of their creator, it's inevitable end is encroaching. As Sodom and Gomorrah sin was at first self centredness continuing into fulfilling their self centered desires, so have our societies been plagued by a,"Your best life now" delusion, accompanied with no thankfulness or gratitude. History has a short term memory when it comes to God's judgements.  
  
two pathsThe Corporate elite and government leaders envision creating a future paradise for a population that has been greatly reduced to a sustainable level.(Is it possible for mankind to produce it's own utopia?, it must be a joke). Nothing can or will change until it's time for the complete change, thats when Jesus comes back to rule. "There is nothing new under the Sun", mankind and the enemy are always about the same old tricks, nothing changes, even if men think that they are smarter, richer and healthier. It's still the same 'ol, same 'ol. The enemy entices with power and control and appealing to the senses, he's the same old devil just repackaged in different delusions. He sways the world with lies and deceit trying to pull anyone into it, that he can. We should know our enemy and his tactics and the Word of God that is against him, God's kingdom will rule supreme and we are a part of it. Amen.
 
We don't have to draw a line friends, the world is drawing the line for us, all we have to do is decide which side we are on. Following Christ or staying in the boiling pot of the world.


My Commitment As A Christian…
I’m a part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have Holy Spirit Power. The dye has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I’m a disciple of His. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.
My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure. I’m finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, applauds or popularity, I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lifted by prayer, and labor by power.
My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow my way rough, my companions few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I won’t give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, preached up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus. I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till all know, and work till He stops me. And when he comes for His own, He will have no problems recognizing me – my banner will be clear!

 Modern Christianity in many ways has again become a scorn to the world. "Know this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, where is the promise of His coming.." 2Peter,3:3-4. This world has pushed and shoved Christianity into a nice quite little corner where it has lost it's power to be an effective witness for the Gospel with signs and wonders following. Our society is getting sicker and sicker to the point of no return where there will be no choice for God's loving longsuffering to be cut short.

A Christians strength is not to speak up in anger or protest, we need to know who we are. We have forgotten our fundamental strength in prayer and intercession, coupled with the knowledge of God in our heart's, burning with a Holy Ghost fire to see God's will be done in the world.

When the Body of Christ is rendered ineffective in it's calling, it's closeness to God has certainly come apart. When we are further away from God corporately His hand lifts accordingly and therefore gives the enemy leeway to come and infiltrate the world in mass. We see this very plainly as this world is falling further and further into depravity.
eye on Christ Jesus
Keep yourselves pure and clean in a spirit of humility ready unto repentance when the Spirit of God convicts the heart. Keep your selves separate from the world and be not tarnished with the delusions that are upon it.
Do we live as if we have not been given a law to obey?('Do what thou wilt, is the whole of the law', Aleister Crowley wrote in his worldly famous satanic bible). Do we live as if we have not been given a law to obey? ,as the world is doing in increasing measure, pushed by hollywood and the music industry? The world has become saturated with humanism, everything is for self, 'do what you want', but we have been called to the opposite, by following and obeying Christ's words. "Follow Me", "become as I am", "do what I say"...To become like Him is to die to ourselves and this world, and be resurrected into life fully as God intends, pleasing unto Him. Stay focused on Christ Jesus. Amen.

Bless you,
Dan
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