Reinforced Christian needed for the new age 2 Corinthian 13:5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you— unless indeed you fail the test? The one thing God has put on my heart is many people that some say are Christians today are not walking in their freedom. And what I mean by saying this is someone may go to church and get spiritually fat, and know the word, but their full of anger, resentment, un-forgiveness, love of self, love of money, worldly things including fear and worry. And Satan uses this as a barrier to make people fail. Of course some truly believe in Christ you’re saved by grace, but when some accepted Christ you died and reborn again into the family of God, if you’re still living for worldly things and not seeking God you can’t serve two masters? Also using grace as you will is wrong. We’ve rebelled against their theology by adopting the idea that grace actually excuses the sin we want to practice. After all, we’re saved by grace and not works, right? We have taken a few truths about Grace and distorted them, thinking freedom means we can do whatever we want instead of seeing the beautiful freedom of living like God intended. Had we actually been paying attention to the teaching we so like to abuse, we would find a few truths about Grace would smack our often self-centered theology in the face: The truth of this is so simple, but the faulty reasoning of those who try to diminish obedience makes it necessary to press this point a bit further. Paul asks if the law is nullified for us just because we have had faith in Christ’s saving grace. His answer is that the law is established and re-enforced in the life of a grace-saved Christian. Paul also delves into this issue in Romans: “For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! ... But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.” (Romans 6:14-18) Being a slave to righteousness is a long way from the "anything goes" mentality many of us have adopted. It's also an exponentially better way to live. Colossians 3 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” Living in freedom gives you all the benefits of a relationship with Christ, and that’s the fruit of the spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; God has placed this on me to show his people there is some Hypocrites among us that are showing a bad example of Christ in the world by making bad choices in life and not seeking god as an example to live by. Serving two masters! Although disobedience certainly doesn’t make us lose our salvation, it should create conflict in our hearts because we are acting in a way that is contrary to what we believe. Trusting that God’s wisdom and knowledge are superior to our own thoughts and desires will lead to obeying what He says. Grace is mind-blowing in that it shows us God loves us based on the simple fact that He has chosen to love us, not because we can contribute anything to Him or have earned His love. That's the actual story of grace, and it's a million times better than the cheap "sin now/pray later" mentality many of us settle for. An encounter with this grace drastically alters your life. The understanding of what it has accomplished for you gives you a perspective beyond just your own pleasures and habits. Even more than just changing the way you view life, it changes the way you live as it works in your heart over the course of your lifetime. “And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” (Galatians 2:4). Grace strips you of your idols and sinfulness, beginning the process of making your life reflect the righteousness that was declared over you at the cross. Grace doesn’t cover up the sinfulness in your life—it shines a spotlight on it and gently prompts change because of the price at which you were bough. How do you see yourself? A full time Christian, part time Christian, want a-be Christian. Fake it to make it Christian. Only you know yourself and know if he is living in you! “The Obedience of Faith,” said, “The more of faith in Him you have, the more of obedience to Him will you manifest.” We tend to use the phrase “we’re saved by faith and not works” as an excuse for not living “holy” lives. In reality, our faith should be what drives us to holy living. i HAVE INCLUDED SOME MORE SCRIPTURE TO STUDY AS WELL, Thank you for your time reading By Ron Myers Revelation 3:15-16 15 “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! 16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! Matthew 7:21 21 “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.