Preaching in the Wilderness

“They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.” ~Titus 1:16

Do not let the pulpits deceive you into thinking that hypocrisy will not sear your conscience, that slander will not slay your praise, and that lust will not quench your fire! Idleness makes weak knees and hands that cannot bear the plow, just as deceit darkens the mind.

“For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and tell you now even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame- who set their mind on earthly things.” ~Philippians 3:18-19

The way of Christ was not called “narrow” because many people find it! If you are walking as the world walks, then you are not walking after Christ.

Do not pursue the things of this world, for all the gain of it is passing away: “set your minds on things above, where Christ is seated”, that your heart might not be weighed down by the cares of this life.  Neither fear men nor the judgments of them who will oppose you when you pick up your cross and follow Christ, for they are all liars who have forsaken the God who created them in His image.

Today is not the day to put off until tomorrow the reckoning that you need to do right NOW. If you know that sin has a hold on you and that you walk with your mind set on worldly things, then it is time for you to humble yourself before God, knowing this: “God will judge every person according to their works” (Romans 2:6).

Therefore, because of the great mercy that God has shown in Christ Jesus, by whom He has reconciled us to Himself in the blood of His cross, “put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry, anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, lying, and filthy language, and put on the new creation which is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created Him; as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, and longsuffering; bearing with one another and forgiving one another- and above all, put on love, which is the bond of perfection!” (Colossians 3:5, 8-9, 12-14)

The salvation that has been delivered to us by Christ is far too great to neglect in favor of the passing and temporary things of this world which distract and dull our hearts towards God, even weighing us down in sin.

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