Who are you following?
In this day and time, we must weigh our actions by the Word of God as to know who we really are and who we follow. The following brings light to our actions whether they are wrought in God or stem from evil. We must choose only one, we cannot serve both.
With evil comes chaos, strife, fleshly deeds, loving the world, disobedience to God and disorder; we must consider these before we take action on any issue. We must understand the effects of our actions what they will do to us or do to others, considering the source of our actions before we move forward.
Now we know Satan came to kill, steal and destroy, he is also the great deceiver, a liar and false accuser. Satan in turn uses flesh and the world as instruments of destruction, to destroy each other and to destroy men’s soul. When we fall prey to Satan’s schemes, we are no longer in the will of God; therefore, we must repent and turn from the ways of Satan and of the flesh. Now we know the return of Jesus draws near and Satan is using full blown tactics to drown people in their lust and wickedness.
“And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death” (Revelations 12:9-11).
“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the children of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:1-2). We must understand we are what we eat, we partake of the world we become as the world, we obey of God we become the righteousness of Christ.
With God comes, love, truth, deliverance, peace and righteousness. Jesus fulfilled the way of righteousness showing us the way of peace and the pathway to God making it clear reminding us the first step in knowing God, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with your entire mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 22:37; the complete text is found in Deuteronomy 6:4-6).
Loving God is to obey God and loving your neighbor is more than simple words, love assures our neighbor has the essential required to sustain life, and to help our neighbor when they have strayed into darkness walking in error. “My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins” (James 5:19-20). This help is an act of love, not judgment; love corrects; and we must understand judgment is essential to correct, but certain forms of judgment condemn.
As for anyone professing Christianity, there are three things man is able to serve – self, God or Satan. If we serve God, we will deny our self and reject Satan. If we follow Satan, we reject God and walk in disobedience abiding in darkness. If we walk in darkness, we cannot hear the voice of God. If we follow self, we become as the world which is ruled by Satan. If we profess Christianity, we must obey God, God is love and if we fail to love God, we become children of disobedience placing self, some thing, someone or Satan above God which is idolatry, defiance toward God. If we refuse to obey God and profess to know God, we become liars and hypocrites.
The question: Do we follow the ways of the world or the ways of God? Do we accuse others falsely or do we love others? Do we ridicule others or encourage one another. Do we correct those who walk in error or ignore them creating our own error? Do we ensure others have the essentials needed for life or simply say, I will pray for you as to justify ignoring their silent cry? Do we obey God or disobey God? These choices are ours to make and the choices that determine who we follow and who we are.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of iniquity” (Matthew 7:21-23).
Understand, without love we are nothing – Repent.