Thursday, December 27, 2018

Learn from those who DO not the talkers

I was in business and in manufacturing
for many years. I also earned University degrees, through night
school and part time studies. I learned how to run a business from
champions of industry, people that I worked for and with, but I did
not learn much of value from Universities. One thing that I learned
was that the professors and lecturers were mostly academics, people
who were not successful in real life. I had wasted a lot of good time
and money on useless education.
When Jesus called me to follow Him I
discovered that the same situation exists in the Christian churches.
They can teach you the Bible, doctrines and theories, but they cannot
teach you about following Jesus, because they do not know Him and
have no practical experience of following Him. Their teachings are
all academic, useless for the kingdom of God. Most of the preachers
have no knowledge of God.
How can a person that has no practical
experience of discipleship, teach you about following Jesus. If they
do not know His voice, how can they teach you about hearing Jesus,
listening to Him and following Him? If they do not live by faith, but
live in the church parsonage and on the church payroll, how can they
teach you about living by faith? If they themselves practice sin and
fornicate with the world, how can they teach you repentance and
holiness without which no man shall see God?

Jesus did not teach His disciples the
Bible. He taught them righteousness, His commandments, the words of
eternal life. He commanded them to follow Him as Lord. After He was
crucified and resurrected, before He ascended to heaven, He said:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go
therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching
them to observe ALL that I have commanded you.”Matthew 28:18-20.
The words of Jesus, are the words of eternal life, His commandments,
His teachings, as also recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The
only way to have the HOPE of eternal life is to OBEY Jesus. He
commanded His disciples to make disciples who OBEY ALL His
commandments, not just some of them. He said:”teaching them to
observe ALL that I have commanded you.”
Jesus did not just tell them to believe
or to teach others just to believe in Him. He said:“Go into all the
world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16WHOEVER
BELIEVES AND IS BAPTIZED will be saved, but whoever does not believe
will be condemned.”Mark 16:15,16. If you believe in Jesus you must
OBEY Him, repent, be baptized in water and OBSERVE/OBEY ALL that He
commanded, or else your faith is in vain, you will be condemned.

Be careful who you listen to. If a
person is not leading you to Jesus and not teaching you to obey and
follow Jesus, then that person is leading you to hell. Work out your
own salvation, with fear and trembling. Trust nobody. Get on your
knees before Jesus. Obey His words, His commandments, repent, stop
sinning, be baptized, be holy. Seek Jesus and He will disclose
Himself to you. He will teach and guide you. He will guide your
footsteps. If you stay with Him until the end, you will have LIFE.
May Jesus bless you.

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