Separation and Transformation
You have to make a conscious effort to separate yourself from the world and stand up for Christ. Everyone talks about wanting to be different or says that they are, but everyone that is consumed by this world is exactly the same. You become “different” once you fully walk with God and in His commandments and see how people begin to marginalize you. Despite it all, you find comfort in the presence and favor of the Lord and no longer care to be accepted by man, now knowing and understanding that man’s acceptance matters none at all in the grand scheme of things. In order to begin these steps we HAVE to, I mean absolutely HAVE to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. You may read that and not fully understand! You have to beTRANSFORMED by the RENEWING of your mind. You have to rid yourself of all old desires, thoughts, and actions and replace them with the desires, thoughts, and actions that Christ wants for those who profess that they follow and love him.
Paul says in Romans 12: 2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be yetransformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Being conformed to this world is in literal opposition to what we are called to be in this walk with Christ. We literally have to purge ourselves of our old “man”.
In 1 Corinthians 5: 6-7 Paul says, “…Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened…”
Leaven and unleavened lumps are being contrasted with sin and purity. We must strive to be an unleavened lump with no trace of the snares of this world that entrap most. The following scriptures can help reinforce the point I am trying to make.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
And Ephesians 4:23 and 24 say, “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”
It is a dire necessity for us all to take to the steps to begin living a life that is glorifying to God. We all have a “right here, right now/YOLO” kind of mindset but God is looking for a people, a generation with an eternity mindset. One who understands that there is nothing here on Earth that will satisfy them more than serving the Lord and reaping the benefits of their obedience. Please, for your life’s sake, begin to separate yourself from the things of old and really let the word of God renew your mind!
Everyone’s favorite verse…
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
This is the foundational scripture of what “Christianity” has become, or better yet, has been watered down to. Sixty-six books comprising the canon of our Holy Bible reduced to a couple lines of scripture that if correctly applied in context is the perfect synopsis of the love God has for His creation. But no, this verse is used to make Christianity something it is not. Just a belief, and then automatic salvation. That grossly distorts and undermines that entire sacrifice, atonement, redemption, and reconciliation purpose that Christ fulfilled in His time here on Earth. Do you not know that Satan and his demons believe in Christ? (James 2:19) But where do you think they will be spending eternity? I hope you’re starting to see my point.. Let’s add some more context to everyone’s favorite scripture.
John 14:12 says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me,the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”
Interesting, so Christ is saying those that believe on Him will do the works that he did? That puts a major monkey wrench in the majority’s erroneous view of Christianity. You see, the root of being a Christian is to follow Christ or be Christ-like that is literally what the word means. So if you self-proclaim to be a Christian, really ask yourself, are the things that I do the things that Christ would do? I’m proclaiming to be “Christ-like” by calling myself a Christian, but am I putting Christ to an open shame and am I a liar by doing things that are complete opposite to the nature of Christ? Truly, the scriptures discuss this kind of “believer” in Matthew.
Jesus says in Matthew 7: 21-23, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
There are two things to point out here, doing the will of our Father, and KNOWING Christ! As Christians we HAVE to do the WILL of God and develop a deep and genuine relationship with Christ! Our doings should be glorifying unto God as we seek to be more and more like Christ. So you and I can “believe” or have “faith” for days, but it is truly in vain unless our belief and our faith encourages us to truly emulate Christ in our short time here on earth.
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