Are You Obeying God And Still Being Mistreated?

Luke 6:31
And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.

One thing I had to learn about the command Jesus gave above, is that when we treat others the way we want to be treated we are not guaranteed to get that treatment back! Jesus tells us to treat people the way we want to be treated because it brings Him glory when we reflect the love of Christ.

If you are doing good to others but are being treated unfairly in return, continue obeying Jesus! God is the One who will reward you for that obedience. Also remember while Jesus lived on earth He was treated very badly even though He was good in all His ways.

Luke 6:35
But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.

Guarding Against Temptation

This winter a rash started to form on my hands because of the cold weather. Once my hands were healed I noticed I was less careful to protect my hands by wearing gloves, which made a risk for the rash to return. This led me to think about how Christ can free us from sins that we are struggling with, yet because we expose ourselves to that sin we become bound to it again. For example Jesus can free a person from the spirit of lust, but if that person starts listening to lustful music or entertaining lustful conversations, it won’t be long before those lustful desires return. Once Christ frees us from a sin, we must continue to guard our hearts in that area of temptation. We should avoid/cut off anything that can open a door to that sin in our lives again.

Matthew 5:29
If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

Sin Drains Us Of Christ’s Power

The other day I had many ungodly thoughts coming into my mind, but instead of fighting against them I was passive and ignored them. When I went to pray I felt my prayers were very weak. Once I decided to repent and fight against those thoughts, I felt strength return to me in my prayers.

One thing we must remember is anytime we allow sin to fester in our lives, we are weakening spiritually. I’m not saying we will ever be perfect, but we will grow stronger in Christ when we deal with sin and repent right away. If there are certain sins/weaknesses that you continually struggle with, pray daily for strength to overcome in those areas. In moments of temptation you can use scripture to fight it. That is how Jesus did warfare when He was being tempted by satan (Mathew 4:1-11).

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.”

When We Ignore Christ

There have been many instances where I felt God’s conviction to change in an area of my life, but instead of changing my ways I made excuses and disobeyed Christ. “I tried but I can’t help myself,” or “I prayed so much but I’m still struggling,” were my common excuses. I didn’t usually see consequences right away, but the time always came when I surely paid the price. Has Christ been convicting you about a weakness or sin in your life? You can choose to ignore it now, but there will be a consequence to face later. I learned the hard way that just because God seems quiet does not mean He isn’t paying attention anymore! He did not change His mind about what He told you!
If you have tried and failed to change in an a certain area of your life, continue bringing your weakness/sin to Christ by praying and fasting until you see change. 
“Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.” (Proverbs 19:20 NIV)

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.”