Christians Must Deny Themselves!
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest
well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man,
that faith without works is dead?
I have a relative who has seemingly convinced himself that because they believe that Jesus is the Son of God they are ‘saved’. Oh how I hate the word saved, because so many take it to mean that our salvation is a done deal. As I have pointed out in the past, the phrase ‘shall we saved’ appears some twenty-five times in my King James Bible. What exactly are we saved from? Being cast into Hell. But you see, the word saved can be either present, past or future tense, e.g. ‘is saved’, ‘was saved’ or ‘shall be saved’. God forbid you pass from present tense to past without even knowing it. Impossible? Not at all. Indeed, according to scripture that was/is the exact condition of the Laodicean church.
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with
goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and
miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
That is not to say that we cannot have assurance of our salvation. Our assurance comes from faith, however we must act on that faith, which is where works come in. But some will inevitably say “Ahh, works do not save us!” which is correct. However, works are the evidence of faith, therefore if there are no works to support our professed faith it is dead. Which makes a lot of sense, because if we tell someone that they are in a burning building and they claim to believe us, but do not leave, are they really going to be saved?
And every man that striveth for the mastery is
temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but
we an incorruptible.
Now we get into the nitty gritty of our salvation. The message taught today in the infiltrated churches is that there is no need to struggle against our inherent sin natures. Indeed, I was stunned by a quote I recently heard attributed to Paula White: “Anyone who tells you to deny yourself is from Satan”. But this is rather easily refuted with scripture.
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will
come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Now for those of us who put scripture before Paula White or any of the other wolves out there the matter is settled. As we see in the above scriptures not only are we to deny our flesh but we are taught to strive for mastery of it. Let’s continue where we left off with Paul.
I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I,
not as one that beateth the air:
This is where God has convicted me recently, I have let myself slip in some ways because I have been in a lot of physical pain and under spiritual attack. I have used my pain as an excuse before God to not be as vigilant as I can in my struggle against sin. Have mercy on me Lord, I am just flesh. You see, in truth all of my writings are based upon both my own victories and failings, and how I deal with them. We all must repent at the foot of the cross when we sin. I write so that some of you may learn from my hard earned lessons.
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not
as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own
salvation with fear and trembling.
The Holy Spirit has spoken to me and told me I need to be more vigilant in my struggle against my flesh. Friends, if you aren’t constantly struggling against your sin nature in some manner then there is something very wrong with your salvation. We all have our areas of temptation, if we’re not struggling with something it means that we are not hearing from God through His precious Holy Spirit. Oh, how nice it would be to live my life never denying my flesh like Paula White teaches. I could do that, but sooner or later the Holy Spirit would become grieved and leave me.
And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are
sealed unto the day of redemption.
This is not a promise; it is a grave warning! A Christian who has given themselves over to sin will eventually find that they have lost their salvation due to intentional neglect. Because if you no longer heed the voice of the Spirit He will leave you. There is no salvation without the Holy Spirit, this is why anything we hear ‘in the ear’ (Matthew 10:27 KJV) must be dealt with immediately, and with fear and trembling. We must humble ourselves before God, and sincerely repent.
Part of the reason I am ill so often is surely because Satan has determined that I am more liable to sin when I am weak. But I cannot let that happen. God has allowed Satan to try me in this area, and I must do my very best at all times, in sickness and in health. Satan tried it on Job as well. Sometimes I say to myself I must be doing something right to have all this suffering. When we stumble and sin we must be quick to repent. It should be noted that to repent doesn't mean to simply say we are sorry, but also to promise to change.
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in
reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's
sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
I am so grieved over the multitudes being led straight to Hell by a counterfeit salvation. Where there is no concern over losing salvation there’s no fear and trembling. Why would God’s Word tell us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling if we cannot ever lose it? So simple a child could understand. The rapture of the church is imminent, but the church is asleep.
And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What
are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said
unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came
out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white
in the blood of the Lamb.
The reason why we see believers still on the earth during the tribulation is because of most of today’s Christians will miss the rapture because they have not kept their robes! You see the robe is a biblical symbol of salvation. This is why I constantly rail against the Laodicean church, because scripture tells us that they are naked (not wearing their salvation garments) and don’t even know it (Revelation 3:17 KJV)!
And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw
there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him,
Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was
speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and
take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and
gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.
We see the robe (wedding garment) is also used in Jesus’ parable of Matthew 22. Nobody gets into the wedding without a wedding garment. We are the bride of Christ. After the rapture of the faithful church the Laodicean Christians will be given a small window of opportunity to get their wedding garments in order during the tribulation, but will have to pay with their lives (Revelation 7:13-14 KJV).
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