How lost is a believer?
a) ignores Jesus's words and intent
b) boasts in their sin
c) condemns people who walk righteously
d) believes God will give them their worldly dreams
e) ignores their heart and emotions
f) is arrogant and lying to those who oppose them
g) does not know the cross and sorrow at its foot
h) redefines all the meanings of core Christian words
I) is fine abusing others and trying to break them
j) believes no one can fall from grace but the enemy never knew Him
k) nothing emotional touches them, or they can relate to
l) everything stays the same, or gets worse
Now these people do not know the darkness within or the anger that rises
in them all the time. That might be a clue to their blindness, yet they say
they know Christ, yet obviously they do not. And the source of their
arrogance is spiritual gifts. God help them, I weep at their lostness...
I never expected this, but if the Pharisees could be the works of the enemy
then so could these people. Remember the enemy sowed seed among us.
Jesus described the pharisees like this
You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?
These are very strong words. They believed they were Gods chosen, the elect,
Their failings were
2. self indulgence
3. condemning works of God as works of satan
4. ignoring justice - making sure evil is not done against anybody
5. ignoring faithfulness - staying true to ones commitments
6. ignoring mercy mercy - giving and helping others
7. killing the people who bring the word of God
8. full of hypocracy
9. full of wickedness
10. appearing to care but totally dead inside their hearts
People who are like this can never teach or be an example to others.
The call is to repent, to clean the heart, to face who one really is and
to bring it to the cross in humbleness and sorrow. He will heal, He will
make new, He will bring about salvation of the soul.
We could all be in this state, you only know if you look inside yourself
and ask, do you love Jesus, do you love the people of God?
Only you know the answer to this question, but there is always hope in
the cross in you will go their, and let Jesus into your heart.