Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Have you ever asked yourself this question? WHO AM I REALLY?

Not the person I have led everyone to believe that I am, but who am I really. Who am I deep down inside.


God has promised us he can tranform us from the inside, if we will just be honest with ourselves and with him. Each of us need to stop pretending for just one minute and focus on real change in our lives.

We need to stop relying on the lies we have told ourselves and others. We need to be real with ourselves. We need to be real with God, because God already knows who we really are. He knows our hearts better than we do.

Let us strive to keep ourselves pure before God for he knows all, and not just before men who are easily fooled. For a deciever of men is not pleasing unto God, especially one who tries to deceive men into thinking he is more righteous than he really is. Therefore, let us choose to be pleasing unto God, and produce for ourselves Godly fruit worthy of a repentant heart unto God.

1Ti 5:24 The sins of some men are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them.
1Ti 5:25 In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not cannot be hidden.
The "place of jugement ahead of them" is this world. These sins are so obvious even imperfect men can see them in us.

The "sins of others trail behind them" are the sins which will not be uncovered until the judgement day. So eventhough we may have decieved men by hiding our sins from them, the heavenly father will reveal them on that day. So no sin will be hidden forever.

Appearances can be decieving, let us therefore focus on our appearance before God and not men. For when we struggle to keep up appearances before men we fall into temptations, but when we struggle to remain pure before God we remain humble through our shortcomings. Afterall, we can hide some things from men, but nothing can be hidden from the Lord. So in the end, our deceptions will find us, and our deceptions will be uncovered before the entire world on the day of judgement, when all secrets will be revealed. Both the secrets of the heavenly things, and the secrets of satan's deceptions.

Let us therefore be honest with God about our shortcomings, and confess them before him, and ask him to forgive us our sins, and let us ask him to help us overcome them through him. Let us confess them to each other so that we may have the prayers of other brothers to help us overcome as well.

When we are at our weakest, he is at his strongest, and where we are not strong enough in ourselves to resist temptaion, he will make us strong enough to resist temptation through his spirit which is now in us. Let us therefore pray to God that he gives us strength to overcome this world, just as Jesus Christ overcame it through the spirit of God. As Jesus himself was overcome by the spirit, now let us ask God to overcome us by his spirit. Let us be persistent in our prayers unto God and let us continually ask him to help us overcome this world.

So now when a brother confesses to us that he is battling a sin in his life, let us now pray for him, not just to be forgiven, but also to be given the strength by God to overcome it. Let us not judge him, but rather let us pray with him for God to help us overcome this world and its deceptions. For in all things we are to love one another in the sight of God in a Holy manner which is pleasing unto him. Let us not be decieved by telling our brother it is ok for us to continue in our sins, but let us pray for strength through Christ Jesus our Lord. Let us all do the same for the struggles we face ourselves.

I cannot lie. At times in my life I have been a drunkard, I have been sexually immoral, I have been a liar, I have been a swindler, a braggard, a lustful man, a seeker of the flesh, a seeker of money, a seeker of worldly recognition, and I have been all of these things and more, but those were my old ways. I have asked God to pardon me of my sins. I have asked him to help me overcome them in my life, and he has stirred in me a new beginning. A new beginning before him of which I don't want to tarnish with my old ways, with my old heart. So God haqs given me a new calling. He has called me to remain in him and his teachings for me. Not that I am perfect, but that I have overcome my old self through him. I am no longer living in my old ways, having put them to death in me.

So now I am focussed on overcoming new things, and not battling my old sins over and over again. I am constantly in prayer for God to continue to deliver from my old ways. I am constantly asking for God to move me in the direction of his will for me. I am no longer focussed on my old ways for they are dead now. I am focussed on God's spirit and following him in truth. I am focussed on producing Godly fruits against which there is no law. I am focussed being pleasing before God, and not before men who seek to judge me in my walk with our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

Let us go to the Lord in prayer in all things, for all reasons, and in all seasons. Let us ask God to guide us in all things. Let us pray for God to help us overcome this life, and forgive us of our sins as we forgive others who sin against us. Let us walk in faith and love unto the Lord God almighty. May the Lord grant each one of us the strength to do what is pleasing in his sight. Amen

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