Friday, May 28, 2021

Is the World Your Joy or is Your Walk with Jesus?

Is the World Your Joy or is Your Walk with Jesus?

We also eagerly wait for the Savior. 

Your grace, Lord God, that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching me that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, I should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of my great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for me, that He might redeem me from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. I, according to Your promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, looking forward to these things, I will be diligent to be found by You in peace, without spot and blameless. Christ was offered once to bear my sins. To those like me who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation. And I will say in that day: “Behold, this is my God; I have waited for Him, and He will save me. This is the Lord; I have waited for Him; I will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.” I await Christ’s coming! He who is King of kings and Lord of Lords shall reign forever! Hallelujah! PHILIPPIANS 3:20; TITUS 2:11–14; 2 PETER 3:13–14; HEBREWS 9:28; ISAIAH 25:9 Dr. David Jeremiah Life-Changing Moments with God 

This particular prayer offering from that book is where a believers heart should be. 

I read of many Christians who's love is expressed by what is most important to them.  You see it in their own words or the words they choose to quote from others.  Jesus said something to the effect that where your treasure is there your heart is also.  Matthew 6:21.

If all that the world sees coming out of you in words and deeds is things that belong to the world, what does that say of you?   If all people see is your dressing up in clothing etc that is about a specific sports team, and out of your mouth is constant praise for it, that says volumes of where your heart is.  But at all is your life that is hidden in Christ Jesus as boisterous, as 'loud' as that?  By all certainty in this example such a person would be 'convicted' of being a fan of such a team/sport.  But would there be as equally a compelling case to convict you of being a Christian?

Where is your heart? 

Is there at all a place in your heart to be zealous for Jesus Christ your Savior?  

Do you spend hours on various forms of entertainment but are reluctant to devote time to Jesus?  Doesn't that speak volumes of exactly what YOU think about your walk with Jesus?

Do you anxiously await His return or are you in secret fear of it?

Do you at all find time to praise God?

Do you spend more time thinking of your life than that of others who are literally pouring into Hell?  Millions per day are pouring in that never expected to be there. 

Jesus asked a question that is for OUR generation. "Will I find the faith when I return?"

Has your heart gone after other "gods"?

Are you really an idolater? Have you come to Christ yet now live your life as if He is just there to bail you out of your troubles?

Do you look expectantly for His return?

Are you so entangled in the silky side of the world that you don't desire His return?

Honestly the truth of God cannot be covered over, cannot be hidden if you ask Him to reveal it in your life. 

You choose who you are living for. 
You choose who is on the Throne of your heart. 

1 John 2:15-17 "Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God continues to live forever."

You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. 

Is gaining money and the other things of this world more important to you than a true life with Christ?  You be the judge. It's not for anyone else to say. 

You will certainly, as I will, give an account of your Jesus. The one you invited into your heart and life to be your Savior.  Is it going to be a life spent walking away from Jesus that's seen or a life spent walking with Jesus that is seen?  

Where your treasure is there your heart is also.  But I don't do... But I don't think... 
Everyone will be without excuse. It's not our interpretation that matters. It's what God said that matters.  If money and things of this world are all that is important to you there is your answer. If your heart isn't praising God at all there's another answer. If you barely, if at all, pray over your food, there is an answer. If you only cry out to God when things aren't going your way, there is your answer. 

Where is your joy located? Heaven or here?

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