Friday, September 25, 2015
The typical worldly Christian is INDEPENDENT, GIFTED AND SUCCESSFUL in the eyes of the world. The typical worldly Christian does not need or want the Holy Spirit. They have their Bible and their videos and their teachings and they just believe in Jesus Christ for salvation but they have their salvation all worked out and they can prove it to you from selected Bible scriptures.
The true disciples of Jesus Christ are utterly dependent on Him. They are rejected, despised, and regarded as foolish by the worldly Christians. Often the true disciples of Jesus Christ are illiterate, they are poor but they know how dependent they on Jesus Christ. They do not trust in their own education or their own means or their own wisdom. They know to trust in Jesus Christ and they know that without Him they can do nothing. They depend on the wisdom and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. They are LED by the Holy Spirit. The are totally dependent on the Holy Spirit.
We read in John 15:1 Jesus Christ said:
1“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. 3“You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. 6“If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned."
The true disciples are LIKE Jesus. Jesus said that He did not DO or say anything of His own initiative. He came to do the will of the Father. What the Father told Him to do He did, what He told Him to say that He spoke.
The true disciples do the works of Christ and they speak the words of Christ.
We read in Ephesians 2:9 the apostle Paul writes:
8For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9NOT AS A RESULT OF WORKS, so that no one may boast. 10For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus FOR GOOD WORKS, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”
We are called and prepared for GOOD WORKS. We are not saved by the works that we did before we believed in Jesus Christ but we are called TO DO THOSE WORKS for which He called us and if we do not perform those works in utter obedience to Him and in utter dependence on Him then we are worthless for the kingdom of God and we will get cut off. Every branch in Him that does not bear fruit will get cut off and burned. We cannot do the WORKS OF GOD of our own initiative and wisdom. It is only through our utter dependence on Jesus Christ and being LED by the Holy Spirit that we can do those things, those works that He has prepared for us to do.
Those who truly follow Jesus Christ KNOW how dependent they are on Him. Without Him they can do NOTHING.
Jesus Christ is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE. If we do not FOLLOW Him, HEAR his voice LISTEN to Him and OBEY Him, if we are not utterly dependent on Him we cannot do what He called us to do and we will get cut off and burned.
May Jesus bless you.