A christian revival blog leading people to the truth about Jesus Christ and His Salvation. There are many false teachers, false prophets, false pastors, false evangelists and false apostles in the world today and it is time for the truth.
A different way to live.
ROMANS 12 : 1 - 2 NKJV
12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Paul is exhorting the church to surrender their lives to doing God's will, no longer being conformed to the ways of this world, but being transformed into a new person who is only Godly.
Firstly how do we know how worldly we are? What is it to conform to the ways of this world? If we need transforming then how did we become worldly in the first place? How can a person be transformed by the renewing of their mind? Are we to be brainwashed?
Let us first look at how a person learns and where they learn from. As a baby we are dependents, we need parents to do basically everything for us and as we grow we become inquisitive wanting to understand how everything is why it is. We ask lots of questions and make assumptions of our own. We grow up a bit more and we watch the television or read and we learn all about things, whether the information is correct or not. For instance, how much of what we see and hear in this world is the truth. On top of that we also view what we see and hear through our own lenses, which also may not be truthful, possibly because those that taught us did not know the truth or we made incorrect assumptions. This means that much of what we believe to be true could well be false. Deception is untruth, fiction is untruth, pretending is untruth, trickery is untruth, fantasy is untruth, joking is untruth in many cases, lying is untruth and so on. So how do we obtain the truth?
2 TIMOTHY 2 : 23 -26 NKJV
23 But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. 24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.
JOB 28 : 28 NKJV
28 And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, And to depart from evil is understanding.’”
Therefore to come to repentance will produce the truth in us. How then are we to be corrected, so that we can be blessed and find the truth?
ROMANS 8 : 12 - 14 NKJV
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
Paul is calling our, conformed to this world person, our flesh. So as Christians we can no longer be people of untruth but we are to be transformed into the people of the truth. He says that The Holy Spirit will empower us to put to death that old person.
1 JOHN 2 : 27 NKJV
27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.
The apostle John here is speaking about The Holy Spirit teaching you what is true, that you may obey God. Therefore if we ask The Holy Spirit to teach us the truth, then He will. Just as we were little children and we have been taught the ways of this world, we are to become the children of God and ask Him lots of questions and trust that He will teach us the truth. The more inquisitive that we are the more truth that we can obtain, the more Godly we can become and the more intimate we can be with God.
MATTHEW 18 : 3 NKJV
3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
This is not a five second process but a journey. It is the journey of salvation, being saved from being the person of untruth into the person of the truth. We would all like to believe that we know the truth, but if you ask God to show you all of the untruth in your life He will. We all need to ask in order to receive the truth, therefore if you do not ask you will not receive it.
MATTHEW 7 : 7 NKJV
7“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
PROVERBS 2 : 1 - 5 NKJV
My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you, 2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; 3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, 4 If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; 5 Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, And find the knowledge of God.
JAMES 4 : 6 NKJV
6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:
“God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
Therefore those who already believe that they are not in need of being taught the truth are proud and will not receive it because they will not humble themselves before God and ask Him for it. The longer that a person goes on as a believer without asking, the more that, that person can formulate their own opinions of what the truth is. It is good for all of us to continually ask God to teach us His Truth that we may obey Him. Being the "experienced christian" can be a dangerous place of pride. The Pharisees were like this and they had Jesus crucified. I urge everyone to go on asking, seeking and knocking.
We can do as we please because God has given us all a free will. Every moment of every day we exercise that free will by the choices that we make when we respond to our circumstances. We can be happy or sad, disappointed or accepting, forgiving or unforgiving, etc. We decide how we will respond. Like saying, "My cup is half full" or "My cup is half empty". We could also choose to be angry or bitter or depressed, etc. If we have chosen to be christians, we do not need to have any negatives in our life, because Jesus Christ will set us free. Again, that would be our choice, exercising our free will. If we ask Him why we are angry, bitter, frustrated, depressed, fearful, anxious, untruthful, unsubmitted, lusty, immoral, self-centered, etc. , then He will tell us the truth. Once we have the truth, again we choose what we are going to do. Will we repent and be free or will we remain trapped in our problems? If we do not hear God very clearly then we can ask others to pr…
We need the gifts of The Holy Spirit to empower us to do the will of God on this earth. The great commission is one of power. Jesus is the example, He came and ministered in the power of God to impact a broken world, to demonstrate the mercy of GOD and verify the Gospel that He preached with that power. We need it! Why do we need it? He wants us to obtain it! How then do we get it? What does it look like? How long do we have to wait to get it?
Our world is broken through sin (obedience to satan). Most people are blind to the truth and are perishing in their sin. Many rely on medications, alcohol or drugs to try and manage the death that reigns in them. Jesus is the giver of life, the one who sets people who put their trust in Him free. He heals the sick and the brokenhearted. So how can we do for these people around us what Jesus does? Well, we need Him to equip us with the power that He has. If we ask Him to equip and empower us for His great commission, then He will. Now, when we ask…
Why do people lose interest in certain activities in life? Are they bored because that activity seems to be the same every day, week, month, year? Like watching the same television program over and over, it can become very predictable. Could it be because that person's expectation of that particular activity is not being fulfilled? Let us then apply these thoughts to the christian walk. Many people seem to start out with great enthusiasm for God and the things of God, but gradually over time become apathetic. I have heard some people say that the newborn believers make the best evangelists, which is a lie because they do not know Jesus Christ or His gospel. I believe that those people have said this because they have observed the zeal of new believers. The inference here is that as one progresses that zeal is lost. Well it does not have to be that way.
REVELATION 2 : 1 - 5 NKJV “To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, ‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right …