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Thoughts From a Young Man: How You End Matters Most

“I will condemn you with your own words, YOU WICKED SERVANT” Luke 19:22
What a person begins as is not the true indication of who the person is. The indication of what a person is how he or she finishes. This man seemed a servant but knowing his master he did not obey. He did not act in accordance with his knowledge of who is master is and he is seen to be what he is. Does this not point clearly to Judas Iscariot? Judas seemed a disciple but in the end he showed himself to be no more than a hypocrite. It is a stern warning to each of us to look and ask who are we? Are we walking in light of who our saviour is? The connection between who Christ is and how we live is so deep. As we know and trust increasingly in the Character and Nature of Christ and His father, for they are one, then we will increasing walk as he describes his follower in Luke 12:29-34
“And do not seek what you are to eat and drink, nor be worried…your Father in heaven knows that you need then. Instead seek His kingdom and these will be added to you. Fear not little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy…for where your treasure is there will your heart be also.”
As we trust God’s nature we live as He calls us to love and we bear fruit consistent with his nature. We will give and trust that he loves and provides. We will wait in humble submission dutifully making preparations for his return. We will produce fruit that marks us as his disciples not because we have to but because that is what a disciple of Jesus does. As a grape vine naturally produces grapes so also will we naturally produce Jesus-like fruit.
This is what Jesus said will happen. The sermon on the mount outlines what his disciples will look like. Luke 15-17:3 all lead to two verses 4-5.
Lord Give us faith to believe that God is as he says he is!
Jesus responds, if you had any faith God would be as God is and he will do it through you. Why? Because that is who God is!
God’s “Godliness” is holy and wholly independent of us His servants. It is his servants who live and walk in faith, humility, and dependence on the Character and Nature of their Father, of whom Christ is a Portrait, and there by God makes himself known. This is the power given us in the spirit. And our lives must be marked by fruitfulness that is abundant and Christlike; fruit on consistent with His nature is obviously not his fruit. Who is your fruit like? Is it consistent with your saviour? This is the call of this passage look and assess yourself. Did you begin in the spirit and are you now walking in the flesh? How can one who begun in Christ finish in another manner? Did you then begin in Christ.

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Thoughts From a Young Man: Sanctification and Loving Jesus Part 2

The greatest weapon in the fight against sin is an ardent love affair with King Jesus!

part 1

This ardent love means two things:

I know what I am because what you say is true

  1. We humbly agree with the proclamations of God concerning who we are; sinners. For me it sounds like this, “Because I know what I would do with these lust fostering things. I must live as if making a covenant with my eyes. I must live in my knowledge of  the power of Sin, the nature I HAVE cultivated for so long. I will as far as I am able not allow sensuality to remain before my eyes or occupy my thoughts.” This is being honest about who you and I were and the sinfulness yet in our unperfected flesh. It also lays an important ground work for how we battle.
  2. We love of the King of all creation our very own creator in a passionate, and intoxicating way with the knowledge that the sinfulness of our flesh rebels against Him. So what you would do to protect this ardent love affair with Christ? Develop means by which we fight sin.
    1. As far as I am able I guard my eye, mind and heart. I yet live in the world and that is very important; I cannot create a false world with out temptations that would be to leave the world. I must live in the world but increasing not be of it. As far you are able guard you eyes, mind and heart, physically you must do so. You develop some way of turning from, avoiding known and unnecessary temptations while still living in the world. This system is not you protection but more on this later.
    2. We must realize that the battle is won. Each skirmish, the number won or lost matters not for this present skirmish threatens to take away you treasure, you fall on Christ’s grace and power to do battle for you. This is done through prayer.

Your system or shields or defenses or castle walls or rules have no power. They are powerless in this fight. They are an expression of humble honesty about who you are and they are an expression of your desire for God to come and help. Prayer to him to deliver power through Christ within you is your only hope. I will expand on my view of the means of turning from temptation and their relationship to the grace of Christ in a later post. For now I will say, our protections and turning from temptations are evidence of repentance from what we are and ARE critical evidence of grace in our hearts. I think this is clearly seen in Luke 17 where a pharisee and a sin offer their prayers. The pharisee trusting in what he is for righteousness leaves unjustified while the sinner, having nothing to trust but God’s mercy, leaves justified. Our tools are not our trust. Our trust is Romans 8:29, God’s promise and electing purpose to conform us to the image of His Son, the Christ!

This is the battle. Temptations will not rule you. You are not fighting for victory you are fighting to see and know Christ and your rock of refuge your mighty castle your tower of defense. In fighting thus you are experiencing eternal life john 17:3. The spirit is undoing Romans 12:1 and performing humble dependence of Christ on God Romans 8:29 this is our glorious privilege, not a heavy burden, as adopted sons and daughters of the Father the many brethren of the first born Son- this verse is my fighter verse.

Thoughts From a Young Man: Sanctification and Loving Jesus Part 1

The greatest weapon in the fight against sin is an ardent love affair with King Jesus!
I don’t mean the wishy-washy, squishy stuff that passes for “love” while speaking about self which can be found in most modern “worship” music. What I am speaking of is soul burning intoxicating passionate love with the King of all creation, Jesus!Think, the drunk never passes up an opportunity to have another drink, if it can be allowed. Indeed, the alcoholic looks for every opportunity to do so and will create a reason, say a saints birth or even Jesus’, to have a drink. He certainly doesn’t was his resources on “cheap” thrills. Why do we?So, why do we allow these cheap thrills to hinder us from our fellowship with the King? We don’t stop sinning because we love our sin. We love those cheap thrills, they cost so little and Christ costs so much, as God he would know! It is only when Christ, and his fellowship, become so infinitely valuable to you, that, you begin to long to tarry with the lover of souls, the giver of life, and the treasure of your heart. Temptation will come and you will wonder why you would ever sodden that fellowship with filthy rags? Thus, your sins will become to you as Jeremiah illustrated them.
You want freedom from sin? Cultivate love with the lover of your soul! Read His word. Seek him in prayer; pull the heavens to earth if need be! In these, Christ will become more precious to you than your sin! Then, you won’t defeat sin…no, you won’t get victory; it is merely a by-product.  You will get Christ! He is more precious than victory!
If you think you hear something of Ravenhill in there I give him the credit. I am not sure if he spoke thus and I have heard it but I have been reading him of late and his manner is rather…..suitable and effective.