Instead Brethren, be diligent to make your calling and election certain. ( Apostle Peter )
In most modern church circles the normal routine is, “come down front and say this prayer”. Now you are a Christian, the new member will be told, without one word from the Apostles’ writings that this is a true statement.
Then the new member will be told that he should read the Bible, but … “We will instruct you as to what you should believe and what you should not believe! What you should obey and what you should IGNORE!”
Then the new member will be taught that certain things that JESUS said are NOT FOR US TODAY!! He will be taught that some things that the Apostles taught by The Blessed HOLY SPIRIT are NOT for Christians today!!
Then the new member will be indoctrinated with one of several main theological systems that the organized “churches” subscribe to.
As the new member reads through the GOSPELS and the writings of the Blessed Apostles, he begins to ask questions.
Such as: “I can’t believe that JESUS did not mean all that HE+ said here! HE+ seems to mean EVERY Word! HE+ says that I am to deny myself and take up my cross and follow HIM+ daily. HE+ says that if I save my life temporarily, I loose it eternally. That sounds serious. I want to be a Disciple of my Lord JESUS/YESHUA. I have had enough of sin and my sad life.
Ministers will counsel the new member, most likely, to further his education, advance his career, get a better job, improve himself! Why? So others will see how well he does and want to become successful, well- educated and prosperous like he is!!
The new member will ask, ” But what does that have to do with being a Disciple of The SON of GOD? HE+ had to KNOW what HE+ was calling us to do and to be! Why has it changed?
The answer is: IT HAS NOT CHANGED AT ALL. The only change has been in the LUKEWARM and APOSTATE organized “church” system.
The MANDATE from The SON+ of GOD is the same as it has been for 2000 years. If self is NOT denied, it will get in the way of a TRUE walk with CHRIST, and satan will use self to make us stumble and cause “shipwreck.”
Remember, the Follower of JESUS has the Full Authority of the Words from the SON+ of GOD to become a TRUE and full time Disciple. If he does this, he will most likely be accused in several areas.
If — or rather, WHEN accused, the Follower of JESUS must ALWAYS REFER BACK TO JESUS.
He must point his detractors back to JESUS and HIS+ STRAIGHT and PLAIN WORDS. Those Words will never ever fail or pass away. They are IMMUTABLE. They give the Follower of JESUS authority.
Anytime anyone negates the Words of CHRIST or of His+ Apostles, the Follower of JESUS must flee from him.
Hear the words from the Blessed HOLY SPIRIT through the Apostle Peter:
2 Peter 1: 2-11
2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 But he that lacks these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We begin the RACE,
We RUN the RACE,
We FINISH the RACE
It is GRACE working,
with our YIELDED spirit and will.
AMEN + + +
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Bless you Sister Julia. I pray for all of the Disciples of our Precious LORD+ who are seeking to follow HIM+ and obey HIS+ Voice and keep HIS+ Words, and thereby show HIM+ their love. No matter what anyone says, HIS+ Words are perfect and True.
How can we ever repay the Eternal WORD of our FATHER Who became Flesh for our sake, in order to deliver us from the death and darkness that was destroying us. What GREAT Love.
May The LORD+ pour HIS+ Peace upon you and your house this evening.
What a truthful article of what the worlds discipleship looks like compared to the true following some dare to follow by the spirit of the living God! Many are schooled in the religion of man and not the discipleship of Christ………… You will know them by their fruits really tells a person if they are prospering in all this world has or is the kingdom of God being set up for all to see as our Father knows what we need before we even ask, and all things are added to us by seeking HIS kingdom and not our own. God Bless You for once again telling the truth all need to hear!