April 21, 2017

If you beleive, what happens?

If I were to tell you my thoughts about how to raise children, and you followed my teachings, then it could be said of you that you believe in me.

If I were to tell you the one, and only way, to lose weight, and you did not follow what I instructed, then you would not be a believer in me even though you might say that you are.

If I were to tell you that those who believe in Jesus, then go to heaven when they die, would you believe me?

What if I followed up that statement by saying that if you believe in Jesus, then it means that you DO all that he has said to do, then would you also buy that?

You see, to simply say that you "believe" in someone does not mean that you follow what they say to do because the demons believe that Jesus was who he said that he was, and is who he says that he is, and they KNOW that he was raised from the dead, but they do NOT go to heaven.

You can believe that Jesus was raised from the dead, and die and go to hell.

If you really believe IN him, then you do as he says to do.

He commands repentance (Matthew 4:17).

Have you repented?

He commands total love for God (Luke 10:27).

Do you have a love for God that consumes your thoughts all day long, every day?

He commands a love for the neighbor that looks like how you love yourself (Mark 12:31).

Is that the compassion you have for your world?

He commands that we love not the world, nor the things of the world (I John 2:15).

Do you love stuff?

He commands that we not judge anyone (Matthew 7:1).

Do you judge?

He commands that we be aware of false prophets (Matthew 7:15-16).

Are you aware of any false prophets, and is your pastor one of them?

He commands that we fear no man (Matthew 10:28).

Do you have any fears?

He commands that we turn the other cheek (Matthew 5:39-42).

Do you?

He commands that we love, and pray for, our enemies (Matthew 5:44-46).

Is your heart moved with compassion for those who spitefully use you, and do you pray for them?

He commands that we be perfect in love (Matthew 5:48).

Are you?

He commands that we share (Luke 3:11).

Is this the habit of your life?

He commands that one not store up riches here on earth (Matthew 6:19).

What about that one???

He tells us plainly that if we truly love him, then we do as he commands (John 14:15).

Do you diligently seek to know if you are following all that he commands?

Do you truly love the Lord?

Only if you do as he commands.

One must repent first before one can do as he commands.

"Repent" was the first word out of the mouth of Jesus as he began his ministry (Matthew 4:17).

First things first.

Agree with God that your lust is adultery, which is also hate, and that your anger is hate, and that your love of the world is hatred of God, and that all of sin boils down to hate, which is murder.

Do you agree?

If so, then you will be changed, and then you will love God with all your heart, and it will not be of your own strength that you are perfect in love, but by the power that raised Jesus from the dead, you will love with all your heart the God who created you, and your neighbor as yourself.

Or you will perish in your sins if you do not do as Jesus commands (John 8:24).

And those who truly believe do as he says to do.

Do you?

"Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it." (Luke 11:28)

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