Don’t Be Deceived

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There are 2.2 billion people in the world who claim to be Christians, followers of Christ. It’s the world’s number one religion thus far. I wonder if folks who just “know” about Christ are calling themselves Christians. If that’s the case, there are far less, maybe 12 to 1? If we consider the 12 disciples who followed Jesus day and night for years, listening to His teachings, and seeing first-hand the miracles performed, there was 1 out of the 12 whom betrayed Jesus. The other 11 were faithful followers, willing to die for the truth of Jesus Christ. It is easier to know who Jesus and God are without being fully committed. Most religions have rituals to follow. We are made for rituals –we do that every day when we wake up, go to work, go home, talk with family, go to bed and start over the next day. Religious rituals are from the foundation of mankind. Jesus came and blew up the rituals and said you have to surrender your life, die to yourself and let me live through you. Jesus doesn’t say this without backing it up. When he rose from the grave and ascended to heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to dwell with us. The same Holy Spirit that spoke to Moses, gave Him the Ten Commandments, spoke to Noah and told him to build a large boat in the middle of the desert, the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. When we live with this Spirit in us, we are able to accomplish anything asked of us. Not everyone claiming to be a Christian is living with the Holy Spirit dwelling within. Sin is prevalent in this world and the Holy Spirit helps us deny sinful habits in our lives. Some sinful habits are too hard for us to break alone, we need God’s help. “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:8-9). Don’t be deceived, you can’t keep sinning while the Holy Spirit dwells within you. You must choose what’s more important in your life, Jesus or your sin.

 

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