Have you ever had a topic that keeps popping up over and over in a very short span of time? Well, that is happening to me this week! The Bible Verse for our Stressed Less Living Bible Study for the week is “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing, and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
DO NOT CONFORM–is the message that keeps repeating itself.
Preacher Keith gave a wonderful message yesterday called The Great Divide that speaks directly to this topic.
“63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) 65 And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.” John 63-66
I had a revelation as the scripture was read yesterday morning when I realized that even disciples who literally walked with Jesus were not willing to accept the Truth that Jesus is the bread of life who died (in their case was to die) for our sins. I’ve read this scripture many times before, but it just didn’t hit home that people turned away from Jesus then, just as they do now. I don’t want to be one of those people! I sincerely desire to walk with Jesus daily, and not to conform to the patterns of this world. Per Preacher Keith’s message, there are 6 areas that there needs to be a great divide in my life as opposed to those who are living in the world. They are:
1. Desertion vs Discipleship–What is God doing through me for His kingdom? If I can’t answer that question easily, then I may not be sharing the gospel as I need to be..in essence deserting God.
2. Selfishness vs Submission – Is Jesus on the throne of my heart, or are am I?
3. Happiness vs Holiness – Am I happy or am I holy? Happiness typically depends on what is happening around me, but holiness is letting Christ live through me no matter what the circumstance
4. Receiving vs Giving – Am I giving to God on a daily basis? Not just money, but of myself.
5.Wandering vs Abiding-Am I daily in the presence of Jesus or am I allowing my thoughts to wonder? Wondering thoughts will cause me to wander away from my life source- Jesus – by taking my focus off of him.
6. Playing vs praying – Am I spiritually where I need to be, daily dying to self, or am I just playing the part?
What did Jesus do when the disciples turned away from him? He kept going. He had ambition, and had no problem with walking alone if need be.
” You are going to got to Jesus on his terms, not on yours. Many disciples withdrew from Jesus. They withdrew because they were not settled. They were not settled because they had not trusted and embraced the Word of God.” Preacher Keith
“Forever, oh Lord, your word is settled in heaven.” Psalm 119:89
Am I an acquaintance of Jesus, or a friend of God?
Lord, it is my prayer that I be secure in your Word. Please help me, and anyone reading this post, to know that you are God and that we can do all things through the strength that you can provide us. Thank you so much for giving your son to us as our Savior. In Jesus name I pray Amen.