Are you Walking with Christ? (Part I)
that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
Above is one of the seemingly countless verses that destroys the eternal security lie. John wasn’t talking about Jesus’ exercise buddies calling it a day, he was describing those who choose to no longer spiritually walk in agreement with Christ.
Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not
defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are
There is no time for playing games anymore. The truth is that most Christians are going to miss the rapture of the church! These are the unprofitable servants, and the foolish virgins of Matthew 25. God has called me to preach a hard message. He has given me the boldness to speak the truth, no matter what the price is. Have you truly counted the cost of serving Christ? People today want the spiritual ‘goods’ without having to pay the price. That is why so many become entangled in the doctrines of devils that is preached on most pulpits. They grab a cheap, discounted and counterfeit grace because they don’t want to pay for the real thing. It is like a person who buys a fake Rolex on the street for $20 and has convinced themselves it is really a $200,000 original.
Many out there are playing ‘Christian’ to fool friends and family members, but have never had a real, life-changing encounter with God. You know something is terribly wrong, but cannot quite put your finger on it. Others describe Jesus and the Holy Spirit in ways that seem foreign to you. Perhaps you nod in agreement when others talk of their relationship with Jesus as if He is a real person, but you have never made a personal connection with Him yourself. I say this to you out of both love and fear for your future.
Now, for those of you who sense that there is something lacking in your relationship with God I have the answer that you seek. Perhaps you once made a decision for Christ, but it has grown stagnant. Spiritually speaking you have been stuck in the mire. You may have been in this condition for years, but it is never too late as long as we are still alive.
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth,
and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
I was like this once myself. I was conflicted within, and double-minded. Although I came from a ‘religious family’ and made a decision for Christ at the age of nine, I never really purposed in my heart to seek God for myself. I was just like millions of other ‘Christians’ were and still are, completely serving my flesh while giving God lip service.
But in my early thirties, I was increasingly getting bored with life. “Is that all there is?” was the question on my mind. I may be a lot of things, but I’m not a phony. I was sick of trying to wade through what amounted to someone else’s opinions of God, whether they came from family, pastors, evangelists, books, videos or any other source. They say that we can have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and I determined in my heart to find out! I know now that this quest to pursue God is the very meaning of life. Everything else is just vanity, as Solomon put it. But after our decision to pursue God the next is even more important!
He also that received seed among the thorns is he
that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of
riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
Sooner or later after our initial hearing of the Word we come to a place where we must choose to either operate in faith or by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7 KJV). We have heard the Word and received it, and now it is time to act on it. I like to call this the ‘getting out of the boat’ phase of our relationship with God.
And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou,
bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was
come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
In Matthew 14:25-31 (KJV) we see how Peter quite literally moved into a new walk in Christ when he got up by faith, stepped out of that boat and walked on water. If we want to be profitable servants sooner or later we all have to get out of that boat and walk by faith. Where we go from here determines whether we will become profitable servants or remain unprofitable (Matthew 25 14:30 KJV).
Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard
this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? When Jesus knew in
himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this
offend you? What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was
before? It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the
words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there
are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they
were that believed not, and who should betray him.
Once we choose to operate in faith we enter into a certain spiritual realm that is completely foreign not only to the world, but to most of what passes for Christianity today. Make no mistake; you will be ridiculed, and that mostly by your so-called Christian brothers and sisters who are still operating in the flesh.
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.
For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
Those who choose not to move forward into a walk of faith may stay in that condition for decades, but they will eventually languish on the vine if something doesn’t change. In keeping with the parable of the sower, they have become unfruitful. In keeping with the parable of the unprofitable servant, they have become unprofitable. If you have family members in this state keep praying for them, and you will be rewarded for your faith.
Now I have said this before, but it is worth repeating. I need to be as exact with my words as possible, because this is extremely important. Throughout the New Testament we are plainly told that ours is a walk with Christ. It is a dynamic relationship, one that evolves with time. Some of us walk at a steady pace with Him, others may drift away and then return like the Prodigal Son, while still others may choose to no longer walk with Him. Each of us who walk with Him do so one on one, not following a crowd.
In scripture, our walk with Christ is likened to a marriage. It has its ups and downs, however one thing we can be sure of is that if we become estranged from Him it is by our own choice. Jesus will never leave us or forsake us; however, we can choose to stop walking with Him at any time. If we do stop walking with Him we can be assured that He is always looking for reconciliation, and ready to accept us back. But reconciliation is only possible on His terms. If we die in a state of estrangement from Christ we have thrown away our eternity.
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For
what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time,
and then vanisheth away.
At this very moment multitudes sit awaiting judgment day that always intended to get back to God, but were taken unexpectedly. Every breath, every beat of our hearts is a gift from God, and out tomorrows are not promised. Oh, how the devils must taunt and torture these people! Once we’re dead we no longer have the opportunity to choose Christ. What they would give, what they would do for just a moment more in the valley of decision! We see this torment of the lost powerfully expressed in Luke 16:19-31 (KJV) with the story of the rich man and Lazarus.
Some will try to deny that we must repent whenever we sin by suggesting that if it were true we could technically die and go to Hell just for one unconfessed sin. Folks, we do not lose our salvation every time we sin. Then what causes us to become estranged from God? When we willfully sin and no longer care what God thinks!
Take note of the parable of the prodigal son. He chose to leave His Father’s house to do his own thing for a time. When he chose that path of wonton living the son did not live in his Dad’s basement, that was simply not an option. Let me explain. One of the things that I despise more than anything are people who misrepresent God’s Word. There is a saying that some people have that is straight from the depths of Hell. “Once a son, always a son” they declare, as if one could serve God and their fleshly desires simultaneously. But scripture makes it clear that the son had to leave the Father’s house in order to pursue his riotous living. If there is any doubt, Luke 15:24 (KJV) plainly tells us that when the son left his Father’s house he was considered dead. Indeed, I have no doubt that if the Prodigal Son had died before he came to his senses and purposed in his heart to return to his Father he would have gone straight to Hell.
For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their
ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time
they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should
understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal
them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
The Prodigal Son had to return to His Father’s house in order to be reconciled. The good news is that if you have been estranged from our Heavenly Father reconciliation is only moments away! All we must do is sincerely repent and turn from our way of living and all of our past sins are swept away instantly, glory to God!
Once we have moved into a walk of faith with Christ our reality begins to change in profound ways. The Holy Spirit opens up our spiritual eyes to certain truths, but only if we allow Him to. In part 2 I will get into some of the details.
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