“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.”
I always ‘believed’ in Jesus, that is accepting as fact who He claimed to be and what He had done, although never applying it to or appropriating for myself. Now I like to remind myself, “even the devil ‘believes’ in Jesus.” (See James 2:19) Christianity is more than just ‘believing in Jesus’, Christianity is a relationship and a lifestyle.
Believing in Jesus is the starting point, but we must go further if we are to see victory in our lives. We must appropriate the Truth. If we truly ‘believe,’ we must let this truth infest us and allow it to change us. We must stop saying we ‘believe’ and start living like we do.
Christianity is a relationship; a relationship with the Living God through Jesus Christ.
Christianity is a lifestyle; a daily walk, an awareness of God. It may take a time of daily self examination, as prescribed in 2 Corinthians 13:5a; “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.” Check yourself! Christianity is not a call to kill your desires, that would be Buddhism. Christianity calls us to surrender our passions and desires to Christ and allow Him to revolutionize our hearts.
In Matthew 13:24-30, our Lord tells a parable of wheat and tares. I will not write these verses out for you, I encourage you to get into the Word yourself. In my NKJV study Bible are these notes, “13:25 his enemy came and sowed tares: tares closely resemble wheat, but are poisonous to human beings. They are indistinguishable from wheat until the final fruit appears. Farmers would weed out tares before the wheat harvest. Until Christ returns, both genuine believers (wheat) and counterfeits (tares) will be allowed to remain together.”
So obviously from this parable we learn that there will be counterfeit believers. Perhaps those who profess Christ as Lord, but do not live as though He is. Once again, check yourself! Do not become so complacent, that you are satisfied with where you’re at in the process of sanctification (i.e. purification). Ask Christ to change you, daily. For more on sanctification click here. I challenge you to embrace the cross and the risen Christ who died there for you. Allow Him to break the chains of sin and leave that prison behind you. We may have gotten so used to these chains or prison walls that after our conversion we remain there; even though the chains are broken, the prison doors are open. Think about these verses: Galatians 5:1 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” John 8:36 “So if the Son sets you free you will be free indeed.” John 8:37 “Then you will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free.” Galatians 5:13 “called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge your sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.”
Do not buy Satan’s lies that you still have to obey every sinful desire and perverted passion which he brings you to. You have the power of God inside of you now. Rise up Lord Jesus!