Be Alert, A Thief Is Lurking!

One thing I have learned the hard way, is that anytime we are spiritually distracted we are like a house full of valuables with no security system. In other words, it is easy for the thief (satan) to come and rob us. For example, maybe you spent some good time in fellowship with Jesus. In a moment that you are distracted from Christ and His Word, a person says something that offends you, and boom! satan comes in to attack you with anger, and because you were distracted from God you give in to it and lose your temper. satan just robbed you of that joy and peace you had from being with Jesus.

satan will take advantage of any moment we are distracted from God. Therefore let’s stay spiritually alert by being prayerful, keeping our minds on Jesus, and meditating on His Word throughout our day.

1 Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

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Jesus Saves And Changes Sinners

Matthew 1:21
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.

There was a time in my walk with Jesus when my heart turned away from Him. It felt like I was in a deep pit that I couldn’t pull myself out of. I desired the things of the world more than I desired God, and I struggled greatly with sins like unforgiveness and lust to name a few. It was even difficult to go a short time without some evil thoughts passing through my mind. I was very overwhelmed by my sin, and it felt that no matter how hard I tried I could not turn away from it. During that time satan would bring thoughts like “You won”t change.” Or, “God doesn’t hear your prayers, why bother?” Or, “God doesn’t really care about you.” Well, Jesus Christ is faithful because in His timing He brought me out of that dark pit of sin and restored me. He turned my heart back to Him and removed my unforgiving and lustful ways. He also gave me more joy and peace than I ever had before.

You might feel like you are too far from God to come back, but He is very merciful and willing to forgive you. I can testify that no matter how deep you are in sin, Jesus Christ can pull you out of it and make you into a new person if you are willing to let your sin go. God has the power to draw you out of any evil that you may be entangled in.

Sinning On Purpose

Hebrews 10:26-27
For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.

There were times in my life when I wanted to do something that I knew went against Christ’s Word (the Bible), but I did it any way. That is called willful sin, and it brought serious consequences to my life. Many people have the wrong idea that they can sin on purpose and make things right with God later, but such a mentality will actually lead a person to hell if he or she does not change their ways.

Are you deliberately disobeying Jesus in any way? Admit your disobedience to Jesus and ask Him daily for strength to live by His Word. God will help you to live a pure life when you ask Him and spend time with Him.

Are you glorifying Jesus with your dream?

One of the passions Jesus gave me is mass communications. Before fully following Christ, I used that gift to promote secular music. I had the idea that Jesus would give me success in the music industry so that other people could get to know about Him. However, when my career advanced, it did not bear fruit for Christ at all. Instead I compromised in my relationship with Jesus because I was influenced by the music and lifestyle of the industry. I remember moments where I was manipulated to lie or took part in ungodly conversations. I also started using marijuana because of the people I worked with closely.

Whatever your gift or passion is, are you using it in a way which glorifies Christ? For example if you practice law, do you lie on behalf of clients to get more money? If you practice medicine, do you engage in gossip with coworkers and take part in ungodly jokes? Or are you sharing about Christ at your job, and being an example of God’s love?

Jesus gave you talents for the purpose of bringing Him glory. We are not all called to work in a church building, but we ARE ALL called to glorify God in everything we do by living out the Bible and sharing the love of Christ.

I Corinthians‬ ‭10:31‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

A Growing Love For Christ

In my walk with Christ, my love for Him has been strongest when I spent a lot of quality time in prayer. When we spend time with God we are feeding our spiritual nature, and in turn we desire more of God. If you want a love for Christ that is fire hot, start spending more quality time with Him by fasting and praying. Meditate on His Word (the Bible) throughout your day, and commune with other believers.

Absence from Jesus will not make your heart grow fonder!

Mark 12:30
“And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.”

Getting Serious About Prayer

When we observe the men and women God used in the Bible, we can see that they lived prayerful lives. For example, King David ruled over Israel, yet he was continually seeking the presence of God (Psalm 27:8). Daniel had a high position in the Babylonian government, but he also kept his commitment to prayer (Daniel 6:10). Finally, we have our Savior Jesus Christ who healed multitudes of people during His ministry, yet He still rose early in the morning to pray (Mark 1:35; Luke 5:15,16).

How many of us in those positions would think we are too busy to pray? The truth is, regardless of our title (business owner, parent, student or etc) we have no valid excuse before Christ as to why we don’t pray. If you are struggling in this area, ask Jesus to help you prioritize spending time with Him. In prayer, Jesus will equip you to take care of your responsibilities and enjoy your life!

Colossians 4:2
“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;”

Love For Christ Produces Obedience

When I dedicated my life to Christ, I was excited to learn about the things God liked and didn’t like. I wanted to be close to Him so badly, that I was enthusiastic about being obedient! A time came however, when obeying God in some areas started to feel like an obligation, and God showed me this verse:

Revelation 2:4-5
“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”

If obeying God feels like a burden, then your love for Jesus has become lukewarm. Ask Jesus to fill you with a love for Him that is fire hot! That is a prayer He won’t deny 😄🙏

I John 5:3
“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”