Thing Most Christians
Every 'born-again' Christian knows
that Jesus died to pay for their
Few Christians seem to know that the
reason why Jesus died and rose
again was to provide us with the means of no longer living for
ourselves, but for God.
I suspect and believe that this is
the difference between what the
apostle Paul called 'carnal' Christians and 'spiritual'
Christians. The result of this ignorance is that the vast
majority of Christians, both leaders and followers, live for themselves
rather than for God.
Of course our adversary, the devil,
has convinced most of us that we
are living for God when we are in fact really living for
ourselves. We may attend church, pay tithes, study the Bible,
pray, go on missionary trips, etc., etc., but this may all be the
result of our own will and self-righteousness rather than God's will
and His righteousness working in us.
I found long ago that a good prayer
to remedy this situation is
this: "Lord Jesus, please save me from all my delusions and the
deceptions of the enemy!" I found that many things and practices
which I thought were very spiritual were in fact just me doing what I
thought ought to be done without any leading by the Holy Spirit to do
And joining in the prayer of Jesus -
"Not my will by Your will be done,
Father!" is always necessary and beneficial.
There is only one way to end carnal
Christianity - by seriously
claiming Jesus' death as our death, and His resurrection as our
resurrection to newness of life. The law of faith provides that
we are as dead as we want to be, and we live for God as much as we want
to, because Jesus has made all things possible which are impossible for
us without Him and His help.
But what if we don't really want to
do Father's will? Father
suspected that this might happen to all of us, so He included this
verse in the Bible:
Therefore, my beloved,
as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much
more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and
trembling, for it is God who
works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
God, of course, does not usually
answer unasked prayers, but He, like
us, works best by invitation. Invite Him to work in you both to
will and to do His good pleasure now!!!
Let me know what happens, dear