The single MOST IMPORTANT thing to the Follower of Christ. Why?
Hebrews 4:12 The Word of God is LIVING and ACTIVE and SHARPER than ANY two-edged sword, piercing as far as the division of SOUL and SPIRIT, of both JOINTS and MARROW, and able to JUDGE THE THOUGHTS and INTENTIONS of the HEART.
Jesus IS THE WORD!!! John 1:1
- The Word is ALIVE when you SPEAK IT, angels harken to perform it. Psalm 103:20
- God Watches OVER His Word to perform it. Isaiah 55:11
- It KEEPS you from sinning! Psalm 119:11
- It cleans your mind by washing it so that you’re sanctified. Eph. 5:26
The day is coming when the written Word will be removed. Amos 8:11
When THE WORD is removed the anti-christ will be revealed. 2 Thess. 2:7
Get into the Word! Trust the Word and NOT yourself. “But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew ALL men, and because He did not need anyone to testify concerning man, for He Himself knew what was in man.” John 2:24-25
Jesus made this statement; Luke 18:7-8 NOW, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? V.8 I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, WILL HE FIND FAITH ON THE EARTH?”
How does FAITH COME? By hearing and hearing and hearing the Word of Christ everyday. NOT HAVING HEARD!!!
Read it, Speak it, LIVE IT!!!! The time is coming quickly when people will NOT ENDURE SOUND DOCTRINE and will want to have their ears tickled with preachers who will ONLY PREACH what is convenient and easy on their ears. Beware of this kind of teaching! IF THE TEACHING of Christ does NOT convict you and CHALLENGE you then IT’S NOT THE GOSPEL of Christ! It’s time for the Body of Christ to grow to FULL MATURITY!
“Till we all come to the unity of the Faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, UNTO A PERFECT MAN, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children,…but speaking the truth in love, MAY GROW UP into Him in ALL THINGS, which is the head, even Christ.”
Esteem Earthly Things Lightly– Hebrews 11:24-26 says, “By faith Moses…refused to be called the son of Pharaohs daughter; choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming the reproach of Christ GREATER riches than the treasures in Egypt.”
When Moses grew up and became a man, he found out that he wasn’t really Pharaoh’s daughter’s son. He found out that his parents were really Jews. He chose ill treatment with God’s people when he found out who he really was. Think about the fact that, he REFUSED the things of this world; all the riches that were laid in his lap; he REFUSED them. In the world he was in line for the Throne. He had honor, wealth, AND prestige. Moses had ALL THAT THE WORLD HAD TO OFFER. Yet he esteemed the reproach of Christ GREATER RICHES than the treasures in Egypt.
One of the characteristic’s of growing up spiritually is to esteem earthly things LIGHTLY. You cannot put EARTHLY things ABOVE spiritual things and grow spiritually.
You must die to your flesh and the SENSOR AND PRAISE OF MEN.
1 Corinthians 4:3-4 says, “But as for me it is a very small thing that I may be examined by you, or by any human court; in fact, I do not even examine myself. V.4 For I am conscious of NOTHIHNG against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the One who EXAMINES ME is the Lord.”
Paul had grown in grace to such an extent that he sought ONLY to commend himself to God. He was NOT INFLUENCED by what others thought of him. He did not get in bondage to ANYONE. It was not a carnal independence but a godly dignity.
An immature Christian can get puffed up or feel like someone has taking advantage them or ignoring them because they weren’t acknowledged for something, but a more mature Christian has grown past alot of these things as they have sought God’s help to grow in whatever area of their lives they feel they need God to help them in.
Our Goal is to grow up in the Faith and Please God
When we are baby Christians we’re self-conscious, and ever-conscious of what others think about us, and can be tossed about with emotions or opinions of others.
The MATURE believer is GOD-CONSCIOUS, and EVER conscious of what GOD’S WORD says about him and to him, because he is able to testify with Paul, “It is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or man’s judgement, ”
He was free to voice his convictions, but He wasn’t conceited or arrogant and inflated with pride. He was not touchy or fretful or resentful. He took no account of evil done to him and paid no attention to a suffered wrong.
The body Christ will mature and move forward into the FULLNESS of Christ as you keep your FOCUS on Jesus and trust Him to help you grow up into Him.