The world is changing. The hearts of many are hardening to the voice of the LORD, but their minds are welcoming the Dark. Our light should be shining more brightly than ever, but it is being dimmed by compromise, comfort, and a lack of discipline. You may know Him, but how committed are you to Him?
Evil has become blatant in its determination to consume as many souls as possible. A quick look into the world of TV series and movies would be enough evidence of how visibly the hidden knowledge of evil has become public and accessible to anyone who would seek it. However, these TV series and movies do it under the guise of fantasy and pleasure, a heady mixture for those that wish to escape reality and the harshness it represents. Christians are also seeking escape: escape from the burden of being different, escape from the need to remain holy, escape from the constant struggle of living in a world that is increasingly becoming hostile toward them, and escape from the shame of looking temptation in the eye and yearning for it. Evil does not discriminate; it calls to the young and innocent as well as to the mature and experienced. It slithers around you, waiting to gain access into you, to defile you and curse you, and drag you into the fiery depths of sheol. But there is a Light, a Light so powerful and bright that not even Darkness can consume Him.
Jesus came that we may have life. He came to defeat Death and claim victory for all those who would call upon His name with a sincere and repentant heart. There is only one way to life, and that is through Jesus Christ. If we want to be his disciple and follower, we have to deny ourselves and talk up our crosses (Matt 16: 24). Salvation is more than just saying ‘Lord Jesus, I am a sinner. Come into my heart. Wash me with your precious blood. Save my soul today’ and then going on your merry way. Salvation is total and complete commitment to Jesus. If you love someone, it is something of the heart first, and not just of the mouth. GOD doesn’t need us to give Him lip service, He wants our hearts. Love is a thing of the heart. You cannot get Jesus to forgive your sins without making a commitment to Him. That is why people are not saved today. Knowing facts about Jesus does not change your relationship with Him- one can easily get a degree in theology and become an expert in the Bible, but if their hearts are not in the right place then that knowledge will be meaningless. It is GOD who reveals the mysteries and truths of His Word, so if do not give Him our hearts then we have wasted our time.
If you cannot deny yourself, take up your cross and perhaps even get killed for Him, then you are not worthy of Him. His worshippers must worship Him in truth and spirit and pray to Him in truth and spirit. Jesus will not give salavation to those who do not endure to the end. He will come like a thief in the night, and woe to those who are not ready or have refused Him. The beginner is not the winner, but the one who endures to the end.
Salvation is a sale, a transaction. Christ bought and paid for us at a terrible price. We literally sell ourselves to him when we invite Him into our hearts. We are then debtors- we no longer belong to ourselves. When you want to do anything, you need to consult Him. If you want to change jobs, go to college, get married, move houses, have children- just anything, you need to first consult Him. We don’t understand how much we need him, that is why our lives are in shambles. We only need him when we have challenges, when we are sick, when we are experiencing financial difficulties, but when our lives are just peachy, we fail to consult Him. The word commitment is not stressed enough today, but it is central to our walk with Him.
There is a truth that we fail to realize as Christians: the level at which Satan attacks us seems to be equal to our level of commitment to GOD. Job was totally committed to GOD; this was the reason why GOD was willing to take up Satan’s challenge against him. If you are totally committed to GOD, the you better best believe that He will take up Satan’s challenge against you. Understand that the life that you live is no longer yours, so whatever you face, Christ is right there. When you face sickness, Christ will heal you. When enemies come against you, Christ will fight for you. Whatever you face, Christ is right there with you.
We feel the struggles of life because we are not living for Him, we are not fully committed to Him. As soon as you make the choice to be yoked to Jesus, Satan hates you as much as he hates Jesus. He hated you before, but your connection to Christ stirs up a ‘special’ type of hatred against you. The moment you are truly saved, you are engaged in a phenomenal battle and it is not a battle of flesh and blood. Your battle is not against your brother, your sister, your boss, the stranger that robbed you or the friend that betrayed you. The battle is against the evil spirits that are seeking your destruction by stirring up strife, hate, and tension. Your enemies are the spirit beings that cause tension and pressure in your life. This is why we always fail our battles. We fail them because we do not see spirit beings as the enemy behind all of our troubles and challenges.
Examine your own life and determine your level of commitment to GOD. If it is not true then you will not stand the refining fires. If it is not true, then you will fall when a challenge comes you way. Be firm, be courageous and be strong. Set your eyes on Him alone and speak to Him without ceasing- your salvation depends on it.