I saw a comment on FB that started the sentence by using the name of Jesus in vain. It was about a weight reduction video that had no reference to anything religious, she just started her sentence with His name, complaining how long the video is.
When someone in a very nice manner asked her not to use the Lord’s name in vain if she is not a Christian, she was offended and claimed to be a Christian, and it turned into something very ugly. In our daily walk, as His acclaimed children, how many times do we grieve the Holy Spirit with our demeanour and attitude? We are so busy with our lives and problems, just trying to survive, that we do not even come close to our purpose that we were created for.
We will in times of tribulations turn to God and ask for guidance/assistance, trying to bargain with our Creator. However, when it is going better, we usually go back to our old ways. We are oblivious to the fact that we are still the old person. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”(2 Cor 5:17, KJV)
According to the above Scripture, the born-again man or woman becomes a new creature. The following scriptures offer a glimpse into the heavenly realms, and values the new man is to seek, and, those to avoid. COL 3:1: “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.
Lifestyle and faithfulness are indicators of the Christian’s love, commitment, and faith in Christ. The new man’s attention should be on the things of God. When we become new creatures in Christ, the matters of the world are to take second place. Is it so in your life?
Are you spiritually asleep? If I have to shock or startle you to start living in victory, then I am glad to bring this stern message. If you are offended by this message, then the Holy Spirit wants to reveal something to you! We are all sinners, but you cannot go on living like the old man before Christ.
Your lifestyle and faithfulness are indicators of the Christian’s love, commitment, and faith in Christ. The new man’s attention should be on the things of God. When we become new creatures in Christ, the matters of the world are to take second place. Being a Christian in the true sense is not going to church on a Sunday in your nice clothes, it is a daily walk, acknowledging Him in EVERYTHING!
Satan tempted Christ, and he will certainly tempt us. We are to follow Jesus’ example, by not allowing sin to gain a foothold in our lives. It is up to you, God has done His part. On a personal level, the best way to handle temptation and resist sin is to stay away from it. Don’t go to the places, or allow yourself to remain in situations, that can lead to sin. Christians should learn to avoid anything that could interfere with their relationship with the Lord.
Sometimes you are brought to your knees, broken, and your whole life changes. How it changes, is up to you. You can accept God’s love and compassion and promises, or you can try to work through it yourself. If you are too proud or too stubborn to accept Him 100% and become a new person without excuses, being prepared to give up your old ways, then you are just abusing His goodness and love.
Being a Christian is in your daily walk, not in your talking. It is the example that you show to others. Showing love and compassion, never judging, but above all knowing that you are in His will. If you have a relationship with Him, you will know what is right and wrong. Stop making excuses and hindering that small voice you hear, but choose to ignore. Start living in His will, you will reap the benefits that by far surpass the things you had to give up. It is not easy, but possible. It depends on you!