2 Timothy 4:2
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”
Brothers and Sisters do you Understand that Our Lord Jesus is Longsuffering towards us, giving us Opportunities to Repent and Serve Him. For the Patience of Our Lord Jesus is Immeasurable, but there is an End to His Opportunities.
As I have said, as Jesus has said, if being a Christian, a Blood Bought, was easy, just Confessing Jesus as Savior then the Whole Bible could be found in One Scripture….
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
…it would be done!
But see that is Not The Case. Our Salvation is also Determined by Our Walk, by Godly Change From Within and Manifested Outwardly.
Jesus said that Not Everyone who cries out Lord, Lord will be saved. Our Brother James says that Faith Without Works, Without The Manifestation Of Godly Change is Dead!
“21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?”
James 2:20, 26
“20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? … 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
Jesus said that ONLY THOSE who do His Fathers Will, will be Saved. Oops! You mean that just because I have Confessed and Believe that Jesus is Lord, does not mean that I will go to Heaven?
“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”
So then, Jesus in His Love of The Father, is Longsuffering, wanting us to change from a Sinful Person to a Godly Person. Jesus sets before us Opportunities to Grow Into a Godly Person, but those Opportunities have a limit. There are those in The World that say, “I will Live Like@#@ today…get Saved Tomorrow”, yet The Scriptures tells us that when an Opportunity comes that is The Day Of Salvation. Now, before anyone starts to get Under Thinking, each day, week, month, year we are given Opportunities to Change Into Godliness, that is to be Like Jesus Is and in each of these Opportunities brings Deliverance from One Action, One Frame Of Mind to a Godly Action, Godly Frame Of Mind.
Salvation is not a one-n-done deal, if so, there would be Murders, Thief’s, Adultery’s, Liars and so on in The Kingdom Of Heaven, with Jesus and The Father. But Understand this, The Father cannot Look Upon Sin and if He, The Father turn away from His Very Son, Jesus, because the Sin Of The World was laid upon Him, why would you think that anyone Living according to the Flesh would ever enter into The Kingdom Of Heaven? Do you Not Understand that the Washing Away Of Sin gave us the Opportunity to Become Godly! Jesus Blood that has Washed us is a One Time Deal, it will never happen again, this One Time Opportunity gives us The Ability, The Resources, The Godly Help to become The Children Of God!!! When Jesus said it is “Finished” that means it will Never Happen Again.
“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”
“19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
The Sacrifice that Jesus has given, does not Wipe out these things above, but, Through Jesus Sacrifice, Through His Blood, we are given The Opportunity to Change, to Become Godly!
2 Corinthians 5:17
“Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Brothers and Sisters too many have taken the above Scripture with an Incorrectly Understanding. From the time of Salvation, the time You Confess Jesus as Savior, your Spirit Is New, but many of the Old Things Remain which has to change through our Daily Walk, bearing Our Cross, then and only then do see All Things Become New. Our Thoughts, Our Actions MUST Change in order to do The Fathers Will. So then, Jesus gives us The Opportunities To Change.
Just going to Church is not going to do it, binging in a Choir is not going to do it, reading the Bible is not going to do it, change Must BE A DELIBERATE ACTION OF YOUR WILL BECAUSE OF THE WORD AND SPIRIT COMBINED!!!
“1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Now let us look at some examples of Opportunities that Jesus puts into Our Lives to Change Into The Children Of God. Sometimes Jesus puts a person In Our Lives that is suffering from pain with no relief. We Ask Jesus to Deliver them from such pain, but there seems to be no answer…that WE are looking for, but The Answer is not in them suffering, but in you Learning Godly Compassion. Sometimes Jesus puts a person In Our Lives that is a Heathen, a Drunkard, Thief, a Curser, a Drug Addict and The Holy Spirit leads you to Witness to them. You are Obedient and do so…for years, but there seems to be No Change, for they have been given Many Opportunities For Salvation, but The Lesson is Two Fold, one we Understand about The Seed Sower and two we Understand the Longsuffering Of Jesus in this time. Sometimes Jesus puts a person In Our Lives that walks as The World Walks, but here they are a Thorn In Your Side. You Ask Jesus to Deliver you from such a person, but The Opportunity Of Godliness is The Option set before you. Sometimes Jesus puts a person In Our Lives that seems to need help all of the time, with money, debt, just living and you have Given, Given and Given that there seems to be No Change, but it is You who needs to change in Giving and Receiving. Sometimes Jesus put a person In Your Life because it is Their Last Opportunity to Repent, To Change Into Godliness, so we must do our best to Present Jesus to them, because tomorrow many never be theirs or yours again.
Opportunities that Jesus set before us are not to Provoke Us, Not to say that Jesus doesn’t care, but they are to Change The Ungodly TO Godliness, rather it be unto Salvation or Our Walk, they both lead to Jesus Glory!
Too many people of Rose Color Glasses on, seeing only What They Want To See or rather it Fits Into Their World or not, but, in the Opportunities they take a Person from being in a Comfort Zone to a Zone Not Of Their Choosing, to bring Glory To The Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Jesus being The Judge Of All Things Concerning Man!
Curse not those things that You Do Not Understand, but Seek, Ask, Knock to Jesus if this is an Opportunity For Change Into Godliness!
Amen and Amen!!!
Be Blessed in the Mighty Name of Jesus, Our Lord and Savior!!!
Amen and Amen!!!