I am not sure what’s worse: being in a relationship with someone who you believe is interested in someone else or being with someone that you know is cheating on you. No one likes relationships that make them feel unloved or under appreciated. Typically, you will tell the person you are through with them if they don’t try to make it work. After all, a relationship requires two people making commitments right? Til death do we part…
Sadly, in today’s society many misunderstand (or don’t care to understand) what it means to be in a relationship with God. If you are committed to God, why are you flirting with sin? Everyone who believes there is a Heaven, plans to go to there. Yet we live like Hell isn’t real. We sometimes operate as “Christian atheists”: believing God is real, but living as though He doesn’t exist.
They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. – Titus 1:16
Moses is considered as a Old Testament messiah, meaning what he did for the people of Israel is what Jesus did for us. Moses went to pharaoh (the devil), and commanded him to let God’s people go. After they were finally released from Egypt (sin), God gave them specific instructions on how to live. Everyone who decided to murmur and disobey would be cut off. Now as Christians, we are so blind to biblical reality. Yes, it is true that God is merciful and full of compassion, but it is also true that God is still a God of wrath. God is such a wonderful boss that He always pays fairly. If you live in sin, you’ll be rewarded (not with eternal life, but with what you worked for), and if you live right, He will bless you!
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. – Romans 6:23
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. – Galatians 6:7-8
Many new preachers are on the rise with a false doctrine. Telling people, “just believe, tweet about God, wear a Christian t-shirt, and go to church and you’re on your way”. Not once have they told the person that grace is a free gift to those with a repentant heart. God cannot bless mess, that is why the scripture says, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,” in 2 Corinthians 6:17. After preaching salvation to the onlookers on the day of Pentecost, Peter told them to “repent”, see Acts 2:38. You can’t baptize someone who didn’t repent. It is illegal to bury someone who is still alive! God is holy and will not contaminate Himself. We have a part to do in this relationship.
Being saved means, there is a separation! As children of God, we shouldn’t try to dress, talk, act, or be apart of the things the world does. If you dress and talk like “children of darkness”, how will they see God’s light? We can’t tear down satan’s strongholds if we can’t even turn off our television/cell phone. We can’t lay hands on the sick and they’ll recover if we spend time in pornography and not in prayer. We can’t share the Gospel with the same mouths we gossip with!
Remember this: “whatever you feed will live, and what you starve will die.” If you only feed your flesh with ungodly music, tv/movies, or even bad influence from friends, garbage will come out. If you feed your spirit with prayer, fasting, studying and applying the word of God then it is a proven fact you will grow in your relationship with Christ! Imagine if an athlete decided to eat McDonald’s all day, every day. What if he even decided to not show up to practice and decided, “I made the team, now I can do whatever I want!”. Do you honestly think she/he will be as effective? There is a high possibility that the coach will bench them or cut them off the team for taking it as a joke. If you can understand that, you can understand this: God is seeking for obedient, willing and diligent followers, not for church goers. The devil himself can go to church, we need a relationship! Being a Christian is a privilege, not a to-do list!
Jesus is the only God to come to earth and die for the sins of the world. Did he have to? No. People in the Muslim faith have the belief that Allah is God. They’re told this from a man named Muhammad. Christians will say they have the wrong belief, but yet the Muslim will still pray more and are more obedient to their god then we are to ours. I don’t believe in comparing religions, because I don’t even see Christianity as a religion, but more so as a relationship. Yet the question remains, if we love our God so much, why won’t we obey Him? Of course everyone will make a mistake, but why do we blatantly ignore biblical commands?
If ye love me, keep my commandments. – Jesus (John 14:15)
If you really want to be close to God, you have to learn to let go of sin. This is tough because of course, you’ve practiced it for so long and even found pleasure in it, so I know it is hard to break a bad habit. Yet, it can be broken. Build new habits. If you are in Christ, you have a clean slate. If you sinned after becoming a Christian, there is still grace for you when you are willing to repent (turn away from sin). One cannot draw closer to God, and be close to the devil at the same time! Choose a side, but don’t be in the church speaking in tongues and cursing people out. I know that girl/guy is tempting, but we have to say no to our flesh every single day we wake up, and tell God “yes” in our spirit! Holiness is underrated and sin is overrated. Living like Jesus did is supposed to be our goal, not punishment. Let them call us “too holy”, the bible said to be holy. I rather please God than my flesh or people who take God as a joke.
Don’t give up on yourself. This isn’t impossible, because you can do all things through Christ. Choose to seek The Lord, sin is not worth your soul. I pray that you continue to grow in The Lord. Always remember, His grace is sufficient.