Jesus died for us – which is so unbelievable – that He would die so that we could be made right with God. But in our churches today, I think we are missing big chunks of the Gospel. We tend to hear that we just need to say a little prayer one time and then we get our “free ticket to heaven” – then we can live however we want to and never really have to even think much about Jesus again.
That is not the Gospel! It is license. And it is an insult to the very blood of Jesus. (Hebrews 10:26-31)
Self cannot be on the throne in our lives anymore if we belong to Jesus. He is now King of our lives and LORD of all. That is the gospel!
Jesus does give us grace – but it is not so that we can be free to sin! It is so that we can be free to live in righteousness!
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. Gal. 5:13
Jesus calls us to live holy, obedient lives. Not because we are good. Not because we have to earn God’s love or salvation. First He sets us free from sin and gives us power to live in His Spirit. It is all His work that enables us to come to God and to live rightly before God – not our work. He does that so that we have the ability to walk in obedience to God by His strength and for His glory. We don’t talk about this much in our churches. But all sin and every ungodly motive and thought have to go! Every bit of it. Anything of the flesh cannot live together with the Spirit in us.
So we must confess and trash things like: idolatry (putting things above Christ in our hearts), dishonesty, stealing, lying, apathy, unbelief in God, hatred, unforgiveness, resentment, bitterness, gossip, gluttony, lust, any addictions, porn use, sex outside of God’s design for marriage, pride, self-righteousness, boasting in anything but Christ, contention, divisions, impure motives, worldliness, materialism, false teaching, etc…
What does Jesus say about what it means to be His disciple?
- Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”
- Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. John 14:23-24
He also talks about that we will face persecution, insults, imprisonment, and death because we bear His Name. We will suffer because of His Name. Living for Christ is about total self-sacrifice to the point of being wiling to face very unpleasant consequences in this life if necessary because Jesus is more than worthy of our greatest sacrifices. He is the only One who is!
Unfortunately, in recent generations, the church has become very contaminated by worldliness. Many in our churches don’t live for Christ. They don’t even know Him. We have allowed the world to greatly influence us rather than the church greatly influencing the world. The church in the West today is very sick. We have spiritual gangrene and we are practically comatose in many areas. We are dying. This is NOT okay! Please pray with me that God might wake up each of us and that He might wake up His people so that we can sincerely repent of everything that displeases Him and get rid of all sin so that we might abide in Him and be filled to overflowing with His Spirit. Then we can live the holy, beautiful, meaningful lives He calls us to live and then He will use us to impact His kingdom and the world for Christ!
What does it mean to live a holy life?
It means that we are controlled by God’s Spirit, not our old sinful flesh. It means that we desire God and pleasing Him far more than anything else. It means we ask Him to change our desires to match His own. We put Him far above anything else in our hearts. We are willing to give up anything that grieves Him – even those things that are most precious to us – in order to love Him supremely. It means we make time for Him in our lives – time to study His Word with great hunger and time to pray, asking Him to radically change us and seeking His will and His kingdom. We allow God total access to every part of our souls and invite Him to expose every sin and we gladly get rid of it and we hate and mourn over our sin. Then we run to Him and long to be made pure and we long only to do all of His will and nothing but His will. Any time we notice a sinful thought, we ask God to help us shoot it down and we focus on His Word, His truth, and His love for us. We allow Him to continue to transform us to make us more and more like Jesus. That is our greatest desire to know Him and to be like Him.
“I consider that the chief dangers which confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell”
William Booth, founder of The Salvation Army, quote from 1897
My prayer is that God will raise up THIS generation to be a holy generation set apart to do His will and for His kingdom. It is time for us to wake up before it is too late! Our culture is rushing off the cliff toward self-destruction. Let’s not follow them. These are very difficult times. There may not be a lot of others even in our churches who are wholeheartedly seeking Christ. But as for you and me, let’s seek and find God’s narrow path that leads to Life that is in Jesus. Let’s live wholeheartedly for Him no matter what the world or anyone else says! This is the life I long for all of us to find. My prayer is for a new Great Awakening and a massive movement by the Holy Spirit like nothing any of us in our generation have ever seen!
Much love to you!
If you are getting stuck somewhere with this, let’s talk about it, my precious sisters. 🙂 If you want to share how God has helped you to trash sin in your life and you think your story may be a blessing to others, you may contribute that way, as well.
Please check out these books
Radical by David Platt
Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray (free download available at www.ccel.org)
Humility by Andrew Murray
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