Thursday, June 4th, 2015
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” Prov 14:12
Going by the above verse there is a whole system of thought with one fatal presupposition, “You can cure all of man’s ills by changing or manipulating his environment.” The center of Jesus Christ’s teaching was that man’s problem is in His very heart and nature and that you can only heal man by giving him an inner transformation, a new nature. Such a thing is possible only by a miraculous working of God’s power call “a new birth.” Jesus explain that man must be born again spiritually by the water and the Spirit because there is a vacuum at the center of his being. He has physical life by which he can relate to the phenomena of this world but he is without a spiritual dimension through which he can know God personally. What can we do then?
Mainly we must be aware of how Satan is using art, music, philosophy, education, economics and the mass media to entice us away from God’s view of life. I think it’s about time that we realize what is meant in James 4:4: “You adulteress, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility towards God? Therefore, whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. The world is a real battlefield in the area of our minds and our affections. We need the Spirit of God to give us careful discernment about what we allow to bombard our minds.
If we think we can get into this deceptive things of the world and still remain on intimate terms with God, we are deluding ourselves. We won’t lose our relationship with God but we will get so disoriented spiritually that we cannot think God’s thoughts. We can’t be intimate with God when our affections are dominated by the world. We are on a different wavelength. When Jesus told us we are to be in the world but not of it, He meant that we are not to cop out or drop out but to reject the world’s hold on our affections and mental attitudes. Then we can be part of the solution for the world instead of part of the problem. We need more Christian song writers, artists, educators and business people in NCCkl who will produce works that express God’s viewpoint. This is not a time for withdrawal, this is the time for involvement!
We must constantly maintain our undivided allegiance to Jesus Christ and not move from the hope held out in the Gospel of the water and Spirit. More and more I see what Jesus meant when He said, “You shall know the truth and the Truth shall make you free.” John 8:32
Jesus Christ is not a concept of truth, He is Truth. That is why He is the only One Who can set us free from the established world order. He is the only One Who can give us the freedom to find the full potential that God intended us to have. He is the only One Who can give meaning, definition and purpose of life. I am not speaking theoretically. I am speaking out of experience.
In this world where men have cut their moorings from God and values, there is only one real hope: to be born again by faith through Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection. For those who are, it is the most exciting time to be alive. Things are happening so quickly that I can hardly keep them catalogued – no one can.
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