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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ephesians 6:14a, 17
Stand firm.......... Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Matthew 7:15-20
15: "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
16: By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
17: Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
18: A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.
19: Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20: Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

It will be 30 years ago this coming summer that I confessed my sin and my need of salvation through the loving, redemptive work of Jesus Christ when He died on the cross for the sins of mankind and then rose to new life so that I too could be born again to have new life in Him. Now, at the time I did not understand my need of salvation in those terms. I simply knew my life was a mess, it needed to be changed and I could not do it on my own. What I discovered was that when I did surrender my life in order to allow Jesus to be my Lord, He did a supernatural work in me and changed my heart from desiring behavior that separated me from Him to living a life that was pleasing to Him. I was not made perfect but my motivations, understanding and way of thinking was changed to being more in line with God's. I still have battles with what my carnal nature sometimes desires but now because God's Spirit lives in me I have understanding and power that most times enables me to overcome my flesh and selfishness. Before I was born again my spirit and flesh were in agreement and they simply wanted what they wanted and nothing else mattered. What I am saying is that when I became a Christian it was not just something I said, I was truly changed, made different than I was before.

I am seeing more and more people that consider themselves Christians who have no real difference in they way they, think, act, talk or generally live than those that do not consider themselves Christians. The Bible gives us both general and specific information on what Christians lives should look like. You can sit in church every day of your life, say that you are a Christian and believe in Jesus as your Lord and Savior but if you have never gone through the supernatural change that only God can produce and your life is not modeling what God's Word says it should, then people have a valid reason to question if you are truly a Christian.

Today's passage from Matthew explains that it does not matter what a person's life looks like on the surface. You can go to church, wear a suit and tie, say all of the right Christian phrases, but that is not the evidence of your salvation. The only way a person's life produces ungodliness is because that person is ungodly.

Galatians 5:19-21
19: The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
20: idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions
21: and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

A person might read this passage and think, "I don't do all of those things so this does not apply to me". They don't all have to be a part of a persons life to demonstrate that they are not pleasing to God. Any one thing would be enough to cause God to say that person will not inherit the His Kingdom. If you take out witchcraft and orgies, the rest of the list is occurring with a large percentage of people that call themselves Christians every day and with great frequency. Witchcraft might even be a part of the frequently occurring list because 1 Samuel 15:23 says that rebellion is like the sin of witchcraft.

I write all of this today, not to judge or be critical but to attempt to cause people to get serious and be honest with themselves about where their lives stand in light of what it truly means to be a Christian. People who think they are Christians are going to be eternally lost because they deceived themselves. Churches are being destroyed and are unproductive because of people who populate them and believe themselves to be Christians when they are not. People that need Jesus are going to die eternally separated from God because many who believed themselves to be Christians were unable to carry out the great commission to go and make disciples because they did not have God's Spirit living in them. Be honest with yourself. What kind of fruit is your life producing? What kind of tree does God's Word say that you are?

Galatians 5:22-23a
22: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23: gentleness and self-control.....

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