To follow Christ means to emulate!
We are so predisposed to take great caution in many areas of our lives. We wouldn’t think of leaving our car or house unlocked as we went away on errand or vacation. We are uber conscious of our wallets, belongings & assets. We are so protective of our interests that we even have insurance to cover them in the unfortunate event they become compromised, damaged, lost or stolen.
There is a VERY real and Extremely overlooked risk in the spiritual health & physical welfare of many who have been called to follow Christ. We all know what it’s like to follow someone on Twitter, right?….you don’t go to CNBC or to dogpile to accomplish the task. No, to follow a Tweeter you go directly to the source and follow them! People followed Christ long before Twitter ever tweeted! Christ has a message that has seemed to escape many people, all of whom are seeking to have Social lives but those lifestyles come into conflict with His prescribed, “Christ like” life! Ummm, its really quite simple, you follow Christ by FOLLOWING HIM!
Joshua 24: 14-15
14 “Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! 15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Jesus defines a true follower, He says we are not to conform to this world. The world says it’s OK to have premarital sex, smoke cigarettes, do recreational drugs, drink alcohol in wreckless abandon or practice unfaithfulness; not to mention a host of other self defined allowances! Beloved listen, you simply can not sew bad seed and expect a good crop! Garbage in = garbage out! What we choose, is all ours to reap! In all of these areas, the simply daily choices we make have lifetime, life altering effects.
- Exodus :19:5 – “Obey me fully and keep my covenant”
- Exodus :23:22 – “Listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say”
God can and will place a blessing over a marriage union, if its kept undefiled, honest and pure! If two people jump the gun and forego His blessings, any and all manner of dysfunction can occur; premarital pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease, lack of trust, self defeat, depression.
Proverbs 15:17 “Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.”
Malachi 2:14 “Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.”
God will sanctify the marriage and the family because of the holy life of the godly spouse (See 1Corinthians 7:12-16).
God can and will place a hedge of protection on your mental health. It’s paramount for a Christian follower to have the mind of Christ. What mind do you have if its affected by a substance? It’s a veritable gate, I tell you…your mind is the gate to your soul. Your mind and your soul are not your spirit! Your soul is attached to this world and it wants what it wants. It was born corrupted. Your Spirit is the override that must be present to keep the vehicle on the correct path! When substances come in, the spirit goeth out!
1 Corinthians 2:16 “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
You can surely see now, the point about bad seed = bad crop, whereas good seed = good crop. Who do you think God will bless first? He who betrays because its convenient and self soothing or the one who has held their place, under an agreement that they took to heart? Every imbalance, every shortchange, misrepresentation, switcheroo and mishap is certainly not overlooked, unnoticed or out of Gods sight. Trust me when I tell you, He is ever vigilant to keep a watchful eye over the affairs of His own. Oh it may seem that the shyster has gotten the goods or the spoils of their endeavor But as sure as rain is wet, their JUST DESERTS will be a double portion loss in direct correlation to what they were not willing to do fairly!
“I will be for her an encircling wall of fire, says the Lord, and I will be the glory in her midst.” —Zechariah 2:9
Jesus gave explicit instructions on how to follow him….
- Deuteronomy: 13:4 -“It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him”
- Deuteronomy:11 :27-“Obey the commands of the Lord you God that I am giving you today”
- Hebrews:5 :9-“Obey Him”
- Deuteronomy:28 :14 – “Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today”
- Mark :1:15 – “Repent and believe the Good news”
- Luke:13 :5-“But unless you repent, you too will all perish”
- Acts:2: 38 –“Repent and be baptised”
- Acts:3 :19 –“Repent”
- 2 Chronicles:20 :20 –“Have faith in the Lord your God”
- Hebrews:11 :6 –“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him”
- John:14 :1,11 –“Trust in God; trust also in Me”, ”Believe me”
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
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