Do You Believe In Jesus? No I mean REALLY.

With some of the so-called Christian music artists coming out and saying they are renouncing their faith, or struggling with their belief in Jesus, I had to weigh in on it.

First let me say that I believe some are trying to walk the Christian walk - without truly knowing Jesus. If this is the case, one gets to the point that the desire to live your own way gets so strong to the point, that to satisfy your own selfish whims, you just say you don't believe anymore. I mean if a person wants to commit a sin he or she knows is not permissible as a Christian, it's easy to say, "I just don't believe anymore." The problem is, if that person is in Christian leadership or in an influential Christian entertainment position, you have to step aside or lose your following. But what if they don't step aside? That could be very dangerous for other believers; especially those who are younger in the Lord.

I recently read a blog post by a famous Christian music artist who was saying that Evangelical Christianity is not genuine and does not work for the most part. Here is a short statement from the blog post: "If I don’t believe that Jesus was God incarnate but still hold to his teachings and follow as best as I can the way of life he taught, who are you to say that I can’t call myself a Christian?" (Bold print added by me.) The answer to that questions is, it's not what I say, it's what the Bible says. There is a wave washing in currently that attempts to erode the relevancy of the Bible. This gives a so-called believer an excuse for not standing firmly upon the principles and promises of God's Word.

In response to the question posed by the Christian artist above: The very crux of Christianity is the belief that God was incarnate; that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the Virgin Mary, and born as a Human. This made Him literally, the Son of God. Because He was "born of the Spirit", He literally had no sin nature. This qualified Him to be the perfect sacrifice for our sins. When He was offered up on the cross, He bore the sins of the whole world; past, present, and future. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me." (John 14:6)

Christianity is all about Jesus. That's not my opinion, it happens to be God's. I choose to believe what God's Word says. Anyone can call themselves Christian. But true Christianity is about knowing and following Jesus. Jesus said, "If anyone wishes to come after me (meaning live like I live), he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me." (Matt. 16:24).

I'll admit, there is a lot wrong with "organized religion", and always has been. But I also believe that there is a vicious attack on true Christianity. The spirit of anti-Christ is strong in these last days before the return of Jesus. His ploy is to draw people away from Jesus by delusion. And at the same time, there is a separation happening between those who have called themselves Christians and those who are actually followers or disciples of Jesus Christ.

True Christians are being challenged in these last days to stand on what they believe. Those who are willing to stand will make a tremendous impact simply by the lives they live for Jesus. Those who won't stand, more than likely never believed what they claimed to believe.

The truth is, most of us struggle from time to time. But, if we have a genuine, growing relationship with Jesus, we will mature to the point that we walk by faith through every circumstance. The Bible never said we won't be tested with trials and struggles of various kinds. But it does say we are in a race. The goal of the race is completion. It's not a matter of who crosses the finish line first. It's a matter of finishing!

Everyone has struggled at some point, in their relationship with Jesus. But those are the very points at which we can become stronger in our relationship and faith to believe, simply by applying what we should know of God's Word.

Check your relationship with Him. Are you genuinely born again by the Spirit? I'm not being judgmental. This is something you must be able to rest in. The enemy will always question your salvation experience. That's why we have God's immutable Word to stand on. It's not based on how we may feel tomorrow. It's based on His Word alone.

And finally my Christian friends, it's time to make a stand on whom we believe in; and what we believe in. There has never been a greater need than right now for the true followers of Jesus to stand for Him. Jesus said "If they hate me, they will hate you." But that's not everyone. There are myriads of folks currently waiting for true believers to demonstrate the genuine essence of Jesus' love, no matter what the world and false believers are screaming. They are waiting for you to stand in the midst of this present generation and lead them straight to Jesus. What will you do?

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By Ravi Zacharias

On A Mission

Pray For America

I am deeply grieved over all the shootings in the U.S. What a tragedy. What a waste of human life. How far will it go? How many more will die? Please pray for those who tragically lost loved ones, and pray for those who were wounded. Only by God's Holy Spirit can anyone be supernaturally comforted. And that happens when we pray!

Remember, Holy Spirit moves when God's people pray. God didn't establish prayer for His church as an option. Prayer is part of the essence of His church in the earth. His church is the body of Jesus Christ. If Jesus were here in bodily form, He would be praying and ministering the love of God to each and every person affected.

Jesus said in the last days that lawlessness will increase to the point that most people's love will grow cold. (See Matthew 24:12) I don't believe He was referring to Christians. Yes, we must always guard our hearts and be diligent to watch over it. But I believe Jesus was referring to the world. He said "most" people's love will grow cold due to increasing lawlessness. Unfortunately "most" includes almost everyone.

But never forget. God is bigger than all of the troubles we face as a nation! The answer: A move of God in America. By no means is it time to give in! As a matter of fact, it's time to take a stand for Jesus, in the midst of a crooked and perverse world! How do we stand for Jesus? First, make sure you truly know Him. Are you living for Him? Are you serving Him? Is your relationship with Him advancing? Then, you must learn and know His Word. Are you praying His Word? Are you speaking and confessing His Word over your life in all areas? Your prayers will only be as powerful as the level of God's Word you know and apply to your life. That's why He's given you and me the Word. We must apply it and live it 24 X 7!

Always pray for those affected by these terrible atrocities. And also pray for our nation as a whole. Because what we need is revival in our land. The only thing that can truly change the heart of a person - is God moving on the heart of that person. No amount of legislation, no amount of protesting, politics or demonstrating can do it. Only the Spirit of God. As you are praying, ask God to open the eyes and hearts of other believers to the dire need for His move on hearts. God moves on hearts when revival breaks out. Revival breaks out when enough followers of Jesus commit themselves to fervent, persistent prayer.

There's just one more element to seeing a revival break out in America...YOU. You cannot be passive. I cannot be passive. The atrocities are real, because the sin is real. However God has broken the power of sin through the eternal sacrifice of Jesus over 2000 years ago. Have you had enough? If so, will you pray? Can you sacrifice some time and energy to petition God in behalf of our nation? That's what it will take. Anything less is you surrendering our nation to the enemy. I don't know about you. But I am NOT ready to relinquish America to the powers of evil by being passive. You and I are the ones standing in evil's way. But only if we commit to prevailing prayer.


 

I Notice Things

I happen to be one of those persons who notices things. I'm talking about all sorts of things. Big things. Little things. I just happen to be a noticer; an observer, if you will. I'll notice when someone's hair changes during the same seen in a movie. There would have been no reason for their hair to change because the scene didn't change. The cameras would be on two people carrying on a conversation. As the cameras alternate between the two characters, one of the character's hair changed a bit! (Usually a female.) Apparently there was a break in the production of the scene. When the production resumed, the hair was just a little bit different. I just notice stuff! Sometimes it amazes me.

Every year, in the month of August, I tend to notice that Fall is near. Weird huh? Not because the calendar says so, but for other reasons most people don't catch. Remember, I said I notice things. How do I notice this? There is something about the shadows the sun causes during the month of August. They seem to be longer than say, in May and June. Yes, I know that August is the hottest month of the year here Georgia's Golden Isles, but it's not about the immediate temperature. It's too early for what little folliage that would change in the Fall to change. It's the little things that are changing that give me a bit of excitement that Fall is on the way.

Jesus says we need to notice some really crucial things. And for you and me they are pretty noticable. "Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near." (Mark 13:28) Jesus also said, "When it is evening, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.' And in the morning, 'There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.' Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?" (Matthew 16:2-3)

The signs of the times; definitely something we really, really need to notice and observe. Why would Jesus say it's very important to notice the signs of our time? Because the signs of our time alert us to the fact that Jesus is returning soon. "Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. (Matthew 24:32-33)

The key to observing of the signs of our time is learning and knowing the Word of God. It is recognizing "all these things" that Jesus said would alert us to His imminent return. It's true, according to Jesus no one (but the Father) knows the day or the hour of His return. However, we should all be observant enough (according to current signs) to know that His return is near.

If we don't know the exact day or hour of His return, we must always be ready for His coming. Today could be the day. Somewhere within the next 60 minutes could be the hour. Are you ready? Many Christians don't believe His return is near. But my friend, know that it has been over 2,000 years since His departure. And most importantly, know that the signs of the times are loudly proclaiming that Jesus' return is very near.

One final passage. "For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will. Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes." (Matthew 24:44-46) If you are a believer, you have the responsibility of looking for His return. If it were not very, very important, Jesus would not have said so.