|Jesus is knocking on the door |
of your heart.
So how can one know if we are worshiping idols or false gods and not know it? We can know whom we serve by checking to see if we have any idols (additions) that we have not been able to overcome. There are some idols (sins) we enjoy so much we do not want to surrender them. Jesus overcame the world and He expects us to also overcome sin and the world. As believers we are tested often in life. Why are we tested? We are like precious metals in that we are tested with fire to see if we are truly His. " . . . that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, . . . " 1 Peter 1:7 NKJV
In a previous lessons I made the statement "Once Saved Always Saved", which caused a stir among believers that believe that a believer can lose their salvation based on some scriptures that seem to confirm that theory. Let me clear this up by saying that the "True Believer" cannot lose their salvation because they do not willfully and deliberately "practice lawlessness" as mentioned in verse 23 above. Now the church attender that falsely thinks they are saved is who Jesus was talking about in verses 21-23. They can even be pastors, priests, deacons, ushers, and church members. They appear to be holy by their words and their works, but they have deceived themselves. The secretly practice lawlessness and you will know them by the fruit of their lips and what is most important in their lives:
- They are proud and arrogant.
- They are quick to anger and find it easy to ridicule those that are not like them.
- They willing hold grudges and are full of unforgive-ness, bitterness and strife
- They are greedy, selfish, and seek self pleasure
- They love entertainment more than God - They enjoy being entertained in church with music and funny sermons. They love movies, TV shows, and sports more than anything else.
- They do not have time to spend with the Lord in prayer.
- They do not have time to read the scriptures searching for what God has to say to them that day.
- Their god is there stomach: Philippians 3:18-20 NKJV - "18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things. 20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, . . . "
- They are overwhelmed by the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the lust for other things. (See the Parable of the sower above)
- The true Christian is obedient to God by being faithful by tithing 10% of their income before tax and on every payday. Why is this important? Because the money we earn is not ours, God is the one that provided our job and all He asks for is 10% and the rest is ours.
- The true Christian gives above their tithe, which is called offerings. I don't think this giving is necessarily a certain percent, but rather what the Holy Spirit will guide you when and where to give offerings.
- In Matthew 25 Jesus gives us some specific examples of how the believer bears fruit that to me really explains it all. I'm going to close this lesson with the following scripture from Matthew 25: 31-46 NKJV