The world is stained with sin. There is too much deception going on in the world. Nowadays it is common for people to call evil good, and good evil. There are many people who call themselves Christians yet their lives prove otherwise. Many people indulge in sin yet they still attend church regularly. The face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
There are others who do not go to church, they live life the way they want to without regard for God’s Law, yet expect God to hear and answer their prayers when in need. Many people remember God when their life is not going on well, but when things are smooth, they do not remember God.
There are people who live in blatant unrepentant sin yet at the same time expect to go to heaven.
There are those who attend church their entire lives yet their lives show no fruits of the Holy Spirit. There is too much religiosity without the fear of God. Many churches have become like routine meeting places, yet many people who meet there continue to live a sinful lifestyle. Remember, the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
Carnality among Christians is rampant. Nowadays it is hard to distinguish between a Christian and a pagan.
Too many Christians nowadays live and carry themselves like people of the world. Too many Christians seem to be Christians only by name but their lives do not portray the image of a true Christ-follower. It seems like many people think that just because they use the name of Jesus, or mention God or Lord, or because they mention that they are children of God; they think that makes them true children of God or true Christ-followers. Yet, the same people’s lives leave little to be desired.
Many people nowadays are using the name of Jesus to advance a career, or build a name and a brand for themselves. Many people have accumulated riches from naive and vulnerable people who follow them. Too many people have gone into ministry for all the wrong reasons, usually for selfish gains. There are people who proclaim the name of Jesus outwardly but inwardly their hearts have been captured by the desires for the things of this world.
Many people have used the Christian title to accumulate followers for themselves, and instead of leading those people who follow them to Jesus Christ, they use those people to cater to their selfish interests. Many people have used ministry as an avenue to serve their interests of progressing in life. Such people paint a near-perfect image of themselves in order to attract people to them, and then use other people’s vulnerabilities as a doorway for exploitation. The face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
It is common to see people who claim to be Christians scantly dressed; immodesty seems to be the in-thing in the world today and many Christians seem to be eagerly copying the worldly trends.
Nowadays, people seem to be lovers of themselves; there is too much obsession with self. Sharing every detail of life with online strangers seems to be the trend. It has become like a competition nowadays, many people seem to post non-stop about their lives, and usually, it is the best aspects of their lives that seem to be magnified because everything about them has to appear near-perfect.
In the rush to glorify self, many people have placed the glorification of God in the back-burner. Pride has set inside many people’s hearts, show-off seems to be widely accepted and even branded the name ‘sharing’. The moment something comes up in a person’s life, it is quickly shared online for others to see.
It is not uncommon to see people who say they are Christians, some of who even occupy leadership positions within churches and in different ministries, portraying an image of themselves that seems to contradict their words. On one side they can quote scriptures and even preach and appear very religious, but on the other side, the fruits of their lives do not bear witness to their words. As Jesus said, they honor Him with their lips but their hearts are far from Him. The face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
Do not be deceived by external appearances.
Just because a person is famous, or because they look flawless on the outside, or because they cannot finish a paragraph without mentioning the name Jesus, or because they say all the right things, or because they appear very talented and have many gifts, or because they are pastors, worship leaders, departmental leaders, and regularly attend church, or because they have even started and are running a ministry; just because a person appears to be all that and even more does not mean that they are true followers of Christ. If they are not pursuing truth, holiness, and righteousness, then their works will not save them. Jesus Christ made it very clear.
“Not everyone that says unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name? And in Your name have cast out demons? And in Your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, you that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23.
Do not become a crowd-follower or a follower of man, become a follower of Christ.
If that person you admire and who seems to be an influencer in your life is not leading you to Christ, then it is time to cut your ties and begin seeking God. Do not assume that just because you think you are a ‘nice’ person that God will listen to you yet you are living in unrepentant sin. Sin separates us from God. You cannot live a life of sin day in and day out and expect God to approve of what you are doing. The face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
God is good but He is also holy; His standard is holiness. God does not change His standard for any man, His Word is forever settled in heaven.
When God says pursue peace with all men, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord, He means exactly that. If you think that you can make your own rules and expect God to approve of them, then you are greatly mistaken. God hates sin.
The Bible says that the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous and His ears are open into their prayers, but His face is against them that do evil. It is time to repent of your sins and ask God to forgive you and restore you into a right relationship with Him through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. When you do, God is faithful and just and He will listen and forgive you and purify you from all unrighteousness.
It cost God His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to deliver us. Do not take the grace of God for granted. Time is short, the end is near, be wise and live for God. If you choose to remain in sin, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover your sins.
For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain expectation of judgement, and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. Hebrews 10:26-27.
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