Walking with Christ

Are you walking with Christ? Do you obey all of the eleven commandments? Do you give to the poor? Do you attend church every Sunday? Well, maybe you do all of these things, but that doesn’t mean that you’re walking with Christ. To walk with Christ means to walk with God. To walk with God is to be completely righteous. The Bible says that Noah walked with God. (Genesis 6:9) This passage also says “Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations…“. So, then, in order to walk with God, we must be perfect. (Matt 5:48)  God can accept nothing less. That’s why He sent His only Son to pay our sin debts. We are to confess, repent and ask for God’s forgiveness, to be sanctified.(2 Timothy 2:21)

Our actions can affect those around us with great amplitude and most times we don’t even realize it. Our children, for instance, will develop the same habits that we have just for being with us most of the time. Also, we often times notice changes in their behavior when they are associating with different children at school. The “do as I say and not as I do” theorem for parenting is simply, hypocrisy (although I was brought up with it and never questioned it).

Here’s another question: Do you ever change your behavior when you meet certain other people? Do you put on your best behavior when you meet the church minister, your doctor, maybe even your in-laws? Why? Why would we put on our best behavior for others around us (at the time) and not carry our very best foot forward for our Heavenly Father, who, by the way, is with us ALWAYS?

To begin a regimen of your best behavior, begin by reading the Sermon on the Mount. (Matt 5-7) Jesus instructs us how to live a godly life in these three short chapters, and does so simply and clearly. There is much, much more than just this scripture written in Proverbs, Psalms and numerous other passages in the Bible, but it’s a really good start to learning to walk with God. When others see you behaving in a godly manner it may affect them in a positive way. Hopefully, this is the kind of behavior that will spread world-wide.

Salt of the Earth

Matthew 5:13 
Jesus told us “Ye are the salt of the earth”. Does this mean that as believers we are the seasoned ones and non-believers are unseasoned? Not quite! As believers, we carry the seasoning of the Holy Spirit. As having been tasked, we are to carry the salt and be identifiable by our seasoning so that the non-seasoned might obtain some of our salt from us.


“…but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”This is the order of the Christ unto His church that all who carry the Holy Spirit shall then stand out as children of God and to live godly lives. If not, you are wasting your life, you have lost the flavoring of the “salt” and are good for nothing more than “to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men”.Believers don’t blend in, we should stand out.

SHOW YOUR SALT!

Anger

How often do you get angry? I don’t mean just irritated, I mean really angry. I’m talking about being “mad” enough to throw things or even strike someone. As an example, road rage immediately comes to mind for me. There are more and more incidents reported of road rage resulting in the use of a weapon – whether it be a gun, a knife or the car itself.

I have experienced it. I was once angry enough at my wife that I felt like I was lifting my arm up to strike her even though  I had really never moved it. But it felt to me like I had. That’s the time we need to walk away and pray for God’s forgiveness. You see, that kind of anger is not only dangerous to you and everyone around you, but it is also sin. I believe it is born of some other deep-seated bad feelings in our hearts and spirits. It stays there for a while and it stews, then steams and then boils; and when it boils over, it becomes rage.

I think most anger is a product of time plus an unforgiving spirit. You say “I don’t have an unforgiving spirit, I forgive people”. If you have experienced anger nearing the point of rage, I doubt that’s true. If you sit and meditate, pray and listen, God’s spirit will bring the source of your anger to the surface. I can tell you, this is truth. It happened to me. Somewhere in your life, someone has hurt you and you did nothing about it but bury that hurt deep down where you couldn’t feel it any more. Eventually, something happens that causes the boiling anger to surface.

When we are hurt, emotionally, we need to immediately pray over it and ask the Lord for the strength to forgive. It’s never really easy for us. Until we discuss it with God, own it, ask for the strength to forgive and then forgive the person outloud or to their face, when possible, the hurt will continue to fester until one day, you just might injure or even kill yourself and/or someone else.  And here’s the kicker – God cannot forgive you until you forgive others first.  It is written in the Lord’s prayer: “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors“. (Matt 6:12) In the prayer we ask God to forgive us as we forgive others.  So, if you don’t forgive others on an ongoing basis, don’t expect God to forgive you regularly either. (Matt 6:14-15)

Forgiveness is necessary for a clean spirit.  With a clean spirit, you will have a great crown in heaven. (Matt 18:1-5)  But if you leave this life with an unforgiving spirit, anger and hatred, you just may find yourself in a not-so-happy place, for eternity. (Galatians 5:19-21)