How is it that there are so many who attend church every week, and yet they do not do the things the Lord commands? Week after week they go and worship the Lord, giving Him praise with their lips. But then later they go away and secretly curse, hate, lie, steal, and build up wealth for themselves.
They fail to look with compassion upon the homeless, broken, addicted, afflicted, and the lost. Those who have not heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Instead of building up the church, they attempt to make themselves look good by tearing down the people.
The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions. 1 Timothy 1:5-7
I assure you, this is not the behavior of a true follower of Jesus Christ. Think about it. Just because someone claims to be something does not make it true. Evidence and actions prove what is true.
What about you? Do you truly know the Lord? Are you following and obeying His commands? If you were put on trial will your defense attorney be able to amass substantial evidence that you are a follower of the Lord in thought, word, and deed?
Because Jesus says, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” John 14:15
Do you go from your place of worship and walk in the ways of the Lord to help others and seek to do good to them? Because if you do not, you are lying to yourself, and more importantly you are lying to God. You are not walking in the light of the Truth. You may be able to hide the truth from people, but not from God.
1 John 1:6-7 says, “If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
Consider your ways, think about your daily actions, words, thoughts, discussions, and motivations of your heart. Are they righteous? Would they please the Lord? Remember, you live in a spiritual world. With both angels and demons present everywhere, waging war over your soul. God sees into the hearts of men with no shadow to distort the truth.
The Lord stands right beside you every moment of the day, watching you, and taking note of every thought and action you make. If you could realize this very thing, how much more carefully would you be to obey and follow His Law, and stop sinning.
Understand what the scriptures say. Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him, there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. 1 John 2:9-11
Judge yourself in truth and honesty. Look at yourself in the mirror of God’s Law and see if you are walking in the fruits of the Spirit; “ love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;”
If you are breaking His Law; you shall not lie, steal, lust, hate, covet, blaspheme God’s name, and more and you are not walking in the Spirit daily. This is a clear sign that you are not known by God, you are not changed from darkness to light, and you are not saved.
God will stand in judgment against all who have sworn by Him falsely. May your words be honest, your thoughts be pure, and your actions mirror what is within your heart. God can make you a new creature. If you would only humble yourself to Him and His will.
Fall on your knees and repent today. Turning away from your sins. Then follow and obey Jesus Christ in everything. Judge yourself with righteous and sober judgment, that you may be found in the faith, and then walk in the truth of the Word of God. In the Spirit of the Lord and not just the written Word. That you may please the Lord as He watches you day by day.
“As for you, son of man, your people who talk together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, say to one another, each to his brother, ‘Come, and hear what the word is that comes from the Lord.’
And they come to you as people come, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear what you say but they will not do it;
for with lustful talk in their mouths, they act; their heart is set on their gain. And behold, you are to them like one who sings lustful songs with a beautiful voice and plays well on an instrument, for they hear what you say, but they will not do it. When this comes—and come it will!—then they will know that a prophet has been among them.” Ezekiel 33:30-33