“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Do you ever wonder why the people on earth treasure so much here on earth? That is part of the nature of sin, to covet for yourself all the treasures of the world on earth. That is why Jesus warned against it! But it is amazing to see how many people in this day and age still view it as ‘okay’. People parade around their charities, their prayers, their everything. What they are coveting is not just the ‘items’ but they covet the praise of people, they covet the ‘to be seen’ by others–the attention given by others. They are craving the praise and admiration of others so they give and give and pray and pray…lengthy prayers of no value, donations that aren’t meant for good but for their ego. Why do they do it? These are the Christians I am talking about…
Why do Christians act like that world? Why are they putting on the performances that do nothing but damage the Gospel? It is because they are not seeking the truth of the Gospel. People today are so self involved in their own well being that they will manipulate almost anything to use it for their own good. They are self seekers who dwell for their purpose only, not seeking the true Wisdom of the Lord. But they crave their needs more than the will of the Father above. Christians in America today are self absorbed by their own wills. Where does it come from?
It’s bred into every American, it’s expressed through the media by which most Americans live by—Americans are no longer the respectable, intelligent people that they once were. They are now the dellusional, emotionally stricken, depraved people that have no education because they persue their eyes rather then enhance their minds. Americans look to the leaders for their actions, and have lost their own sense of value. They are led down the path of life, grasping to the media they consume. Christian Americans are no longer different from their world…They are identical to their world–They have lost their true calling. Why? Why did they lose their callling—because they have grown lazy. They are fed the word on power points, instead of grasping the Bible in their own hands to read it. They watch it on TV rather sit in a Church Pew…They prefer the Entertainment Value of ‘Worship’ rather than persue God’s Glory…They’d rather feel entertainined than be convicted. They prefer their comfort. American Christians are LAZY and GREEDY.
Romans 13:11-14 (NIV)
And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.
That is the answer of what must happen! We must clothe ourselves in the righteouness–not of ourselves, but the righteouness of Christ Jesus through whom we stand redeemed! We must read on our own, we must study ourselves! Christian Americans should be able to stand on their own, but under submission to leadership where they can grow. We as Christians are sheep with a Shepard—Pastors lead their flocks. Pastors are led by the Spirit of God and annointed to lead Jesus’ flock!
A great comic strip says what happens when the sheep have strayed, and many Christians have strayed:
Stray sheep are easily picked off by the Devil. Stray sheep are stubborn and do not read the word. Stray sheep come in many different forms, and all are guided by their own interests. They do not follow God, they follow themselves. This is the biggest and most easy way for the Devil to make you ineffective as a Christian. That is all his goal is, Satan, to make you ineffective in spreading the Word around that Jesus is the one true path to God, and that all human efforts will ultimately fail.
“We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified. “But if, in seeking to be justified in Christ, we Jews find ourselves also among the sinners, doesn’t that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not! If I rebuild what I destroyed, then I really would be a lawbreaker. “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God.
We must realize as Christians, that our works are not going to win us to Heaven…that these parades and charades we put on are only dampering our ability as Christians to truly spread the Gospel! It is by FAITH…and faith comes by hearing and believing the Word of God…Faith comes by learning the Truthes held within the very pages of the Bible itself. Faith comes from Listening to the Holy Spirit’s teachings. Faith is reliance on Jesus, not reliance on ourselves. Reliance…as we are taught to self reliant in America, Jesus teaches us that we must rely on Him Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight”
That is the simple truth that Christians seem to miss all the time…Keep that proverb close to your heart, and you will never stray. The point in all this is that Christians need to return to seeking the answers for themselves instead of being taught through media what is the correct way of handling situations. They are too reliant on the World’s View and it is allowing Satan to crush the Gospel in the ‘normal’.
The call to return to learning…
Be Educated through the Word…
Become a student of Jesus not a student of the World.
This is the New Year’s Resolution of this Christian…
Spead the Word!
Some Good Chapters to Help Overcome Issues with who’s in the Driver’s Seat:
Romans Ch. 8
And might as well just re-read through the Gospels…just so you see how Jesus gives his words. Listen to the Holy Spirit within you!