How to Be an Unmoveable Christian

How to Be an Unmoveable Christian

  • If  ye continue in the faith grounded and settled,  and BE NOT  MOVED AWAY FROM  THE  HOPE  OF THE GOSPEL, which ye have heard, and which was preached  to  every creature  which is under  heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister. Colossians 1 :23
  • Many Christians are moved away from their original beliefs.
  • A pastor once confessed,  ‘I have moved away from preaching the true gospel.’ 
  • He marvelled, ‘I don’t understand how I got to this place. I do not preach about the cross of Jesus Christ, the blood of Jesus or about the love of God.
  • What I preach is in the Bible.  
  • It is close to the truth and parallel to the real gospel. I do not understand how I got here,’ he wondered.
  • Sometimes, people who used to know me when I started ministry, watch my online messgaes from abroad and comment “Mommy you have not changed”
  • I am always glad when I find that I still believe most of the things I believed at the beginning.   You can trust what I am saying.
  • Many people start out in a certain way but are moved from their original faith.
  • That is why Paul was happy to announce three important things at the end of his life. ‘I have kept the faith!  I have finished my course! I have run my race!’ Paul experienced a lot of pressure, problems and afflictions during his preaching life. 
  • Even when his life was threatened, he said, ‘But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God’ Acts 20:24.

1. Do not be moved by offences and afflictions.

  • That NO MAN SHOULD  BE MOVED  BY THESE AFFLICTIONS: for  yourselves  know  that  we  are appointed thereunto… 1 Thessalonians 3:3
  • There are many troubles, afflictions and offenses that you must expect because you are a Christian.
  • It is part of the Christian life. Becoming a Christian is not the same as joining a perfect group of angels.
  • When you join a church you are not joining a group of angels, decide to be loving and accommodating towards other Christians.
  • Others will also have to put up with you.
  • One absentee church member who was visited said she was not in church anymore for the following reasons
  • Once, when she came in late, the ushers wrongly seated her and later relocated her. 
  • This had happened more than once. So she became offended and decided not to come to church anymore. 
  • This person was offended by an usher and simply left the church. Imagine that!
  • Some church members are irritated because the pastor does not seem to remember their names.
  • Others are offended because the pastor did not say hello when he met them in town.  
  • Think about this for a moment; why would the pastor deliberately not say hello to his own church member?
  • Does it make sense? Is he trying to gather people to offend  and scatter them? 
  • Could it not be that the pastor didn’t recognize you, or that he genuinely did not notice you? Think about it!
  • If you marry a touchy person, you will always have problems.
  • They are the ones who complain, “Why didn’t you smile today? I put my toothbrush in the centre, why have you moved it to the right?  How come the towel is wet? 
  • Don’t leave the towel on the bed. Why have you put your shoes here instead of there?”
  • It’s very difficult to live with people like that. 
  • They are not only difficult marriage partners, but also difficult church members for the pastor.
  • They can even become offended with God Himself!
  • If I were to be as easily offended as you think, I would not have been able to  continue in the ministry for many reasons
  • As Pastors  we have every reason to be offended with God
  • Many things happen to us while we are busy serving God
  • When my father died ,the Holy spirit controlled how I mourned him
  • I consoled myself that I would understand it better by and by.
  • I miss spending time with my grandchildren a lot
  • I have not become disillusioned with the ministry I am pressing on!
  • If a Christian easily gets hurt, he cannot be described as unmoveable

2 . Do not let bitterness move you away from God

  • Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; LEST ANY ROOT OF BITTERNESS SPRINGING UP TROUBLE YOU, and thereby many be defiled Hebrews 12:15
  • Bitterness is an advanced and developed form of offence
  • Bitterness is deep-seated long standing complicated offence
  • Many people who walk out of a Church are offended Christians who became bitter
  • They were probably genuinely offended, and their wounds never healed
  • Many Christians who get hurt and never fully recover from their hurts.”   
  • The Holy Spirit showed me how many Christians and pastors allow their hurts to degenerate   into unhealed, infectious wounds of the heart.  
  • “They  separate  themselves   from  other  Christians   in the  name  of being  cautious  and not wanting  to be hurt  all over again. 
  • This separation eventually leads to total isolation from the body of Christ and a weakening of their Christian life.”
  • If you constantly   think   of  all  the   hurts   you have    experienced  in your Christian walk or ministry ,  you will be   isolated  .
  • We suffer rejection, we are called Satanists   
  • Personally, I  Have had trusted pastors betray me and turn against me. 
  • I have experienced mid-stream desertion in ministry by trusted people.  
  • I have had faithful church members fight against me!
  • I even decided at a point to stay away from interactions with many people.
  • I have once run away from Namibia because of wrong accusations    
  • And it was all because of unhealed wounds and hurts. 
  • Amazingly tough the Lord comforted and encouraged me,He sent me right back with a very serious warning and repercussions
  • I decided then to allow the Holy Spirit to heal my  wounds
  • I have  noticed  that  there  are  many  people  in  the  ministry who  have become  disappointed,   disillusioned,   and unforgiving.
  • Some great  ministers  who once  affected  the whole nation,  became  isolated  and cut  off themselves   from  the rest  of the body of Christ.
  • Many are hurt, and the unresolved   hurts had cause them  to be cut off from the church.   
  • Christians   often move away from fellowship because of complicated offences.
  • Proverbs 18:19
  • A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
  • Married couples   start  out  with  hot,  strong  and  fiery  love, which is  often  blind  and unseeing.  
  • However,  after  several  years of marriage,  many  couples  either  just  co-exist  and  some  even hate each other.
  • How did they retrogress from love to hatred?  
  • Often the hurts and  offences  of  marriage   were  never  fully  resolved   until  they were virtually  cut  off from  each  other.  
  • If Satan can isolate you through hurts, he will have the opportunity   to speak to you and trouble you.  
  • You see, you are more vulnerable   when you are isolated.
  • The lions always first isolate a sick prey before catching it for food   
  • The book of Hebrews   warns us that bitterness trouble us greatly.
  • Hebrews 12:14-17
  • 14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
  • Do not be moved by a change in your circumstances.
  • For  David  speaketh   concerning   him,  I  foresaw  the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, THAT  I SHOULD   NOT  BE MOVED; Acts 2:25
  • God is with you!  God is on your side!  You will not be moved by any changes that take place in your life.   
  • Because you are unmoveable, you will be a strong Christian.
  • Unfortunately, the children of Israel hung their harps upon the willows when they encountered their new circumstances.  
  • They packed up their instruments of praise because they had been carried away as captives. They said, How shall we sing the LORD’S song in a strange land? Psalm  137:4
  • Christians who find it difficult to adapt to their new circumstances often weaken in their walk with God. 
  • They cannot adapt themselves to their new roles as wives, husbands, mothers, and fathers and so on. 
  • They are simply unable to adapt themselves to their new jobs, new husbands, new wives, new babies and so on.  
  • Sometimes when a Christian relocates to another city, he changes from being a strong and vibrant Christian to being cold and indifferent.
  • He cannot adapt to his new environment.
  • Why should you tum your back on God because of your new circumstances? 
  • Rise up in the name of Jesus!  You wanted so much to have a wife, a husband and a job.  
  • Now you have it, so adapt quickly to your new situation! 
  • Marriage can shift you from your calling and your ministry.
  • You must overcome the problems that come with marriage and keep serving the Lord with gladness.
  • … and  if thou marry…  shall  have TROUBLE  in the flesh…1Corinthians7:28
  • It was extremely difficult for me to be an academician, a  wife, a mother a grandma as well as a pastor. 
  • When you become a mother your life changes.
  • Your life becomes totally involved  with your children
  • I had to quickly adapt to my new circumstance in order to continue with the ministry.
  • You cannot put the Lord aside just because you have travelled to a new country or to a new school.
  • If you move to place where there is Christ’s Love Church then you must start one
  • The Christian who cannot adapt quickly to his new circumstances is likely to become weak.
  • You must adapt in order to stay alive!
  • Learn how to identify these things.  Do not be ignorant of the devil’s devices. 
  • Be strong in the Lord!  Be unmoveable! 
  • Why fall away now that you know the Lord? 
  • God has great plans for you; there is no doubt about it. 
  • He has plans to bless you, to prosper you and to increase you in this life. 
  • Remember, however, that such blessings are not meant to draw you away from God, but to establish your faith and confidence in Him.
  • Do not be moved from the path of righteousness into short cuts.
  • …  he leadeth  me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s  sake. Psalm 23:3
  • Jesus came to die for this world God so loved the world that He gave His only Son
  • Satan offered Jesus a short cut to the kingdoms of this world
  • Satan said, “ Bow down and worship me and you will win the kingdoms of this world tonight
  • Again , sheweth him all the kingdoms of this world, and the glory of them, And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou will fall down and worship me’ Mathew 4:8-9
  • What a quick and easy way for Jesus to accomplish His ministry!
  • Jesus was offered a faster way to save the world.
  • Jesus Christ was too wise to fall for the temptation to take a short cut
  • Jesus decided to stay on the path of righteousness!
  • The world is under the delusion that there are short cuts to everything.  
  • Unfortunately, some Christians think in the same way.
  • They assume that there must be some short cut to Heaven since there seems to be a short cut to almost everything.
  • But you cannot escape the cross!   Jesus said, “Take up thy cross and follow me.” 
  • There is no short cut around the cross.
  • You must take up the cross!
  • In this day and age of instant coffee, instant tea and jet travel, everybody wants to have things fast, quick and short.
  • We need to realized that there is no short cut to Heaven. 
  • We  will have to go the hard way.
  • We may think that there is a shorter way to Heaven, but there is only one way to Heaven.
  • It is only by accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour and being born again.  
  • Matt 11:28-30
  • Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
  • 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
  • 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
  •    
  • You must accept Jesus Christ and pick up your cross and follow him
  • Luke 14:5-35
  • And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them,
  • 26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
  • 27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
  • 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
  • 29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
  • 30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
  • 31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?
  • 32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.
  • 33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
  • 34 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?
  • 35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
  • The Bible says the Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed, which needs time to grow to become a great tree. 
  • When you put the seed into the ground, it will need to go through the long process
  • dying and growing before yielding fruit.
  • Unfortunately, some of us want to escape the processes of dying and growing up.
  • You cannot expect to just put money in the offering and hope that everything will be all right.
  • You cannot avoid the reality of obedience, fasting, praying, fellowshipping and witnessing. 
  • There are no short cuts in Christianity!
  1. Do not be moved by foolish questions.
  • But foolish and unlearned questions avoid… they do gender strifes. 2 Timothy 2:23
  • Satan is an expert at throwing questions into the air and creating all sorts of suspicion and confusion.  
  • Almost every minister of the gospel is surrounded by suspicion, accusation and questions.
  • God Himself has been accused of not existing.
  • There are men who have risen up to challenge and insult God, thereby confusing the masses.
  • Be careful of foolish questions and above all do not be moved by foolish questions!
  • Someone once asked, “Who made God?”
  • Another person said, “I’ll come to church if you can tell me whom Cain’s wife was” .
  • The answer to this particular question is very simple.  But it is a foolish question anyway.
  • You see, the problem is not who married Cain.
  • You just want to find some reason to doubt the authenticity of the Bible! 
  • Others would question, “Why are the pastors driving nice cars?” 
  • Again, the problem is not with the pastor’s car or how much the pastors are being paid. 
  • The problem is that you are trying to find some fault with your church.   
  • You desperately need to find a reason to justify your actions:
  • These are foolish questions; a classic symptom of a Christian who is not steadfast. 
  • Of course, I am not against the asking of legitimate questions.
  • But there is a difference between a genuine question and a foolish question.  
  • Watch out for those who come up with all sorts of criticisms and reviews of the church and its ministers. 
  • They often have a hidden motive.

4. Do not be moved to do evil.

  • AND ALL THE CITY WAS MOVED, and the people ran together: andthey took Paul, and drew him out of the temple: and forthwith the doors were shut. And as THEY WENT ABOUT TO KILL HIM, tidings  came unto the chief captain of the band, that  all Jerusalem was in an uproar. Acts 21:30-31
  • Satan is on a campaign to move people into evil.
  • Evil spirits inspired the city to charge on Paul and kill him for his powerful preaching.
  • Be careful that you are not moved to do evil.
  • You  must  also  be  careful  that  you  are  not  moved  to experiment with evil  things. 
  • Curiosity, they say, killed the cat. But in another sense curiosity also kills many Christians.
  • Some Christians have been deceived by the devil into thinking that they are missing something.
  • They therefore become curious and want to experiment with these forbidden areas.
  • Some would say, “I haven’t tasted alcohol all my life.  I want to know what it feels like to be drunk.”
  • Others would say, ‘‘I have never used drugs before and I want to know what it feels like to be ‘high’.”  
  • You may only find out what it is like to be mad!  You may acquire what we call marijuana-induced schizophrenia.
  • A young  boy had been experimenting with marijuana.
  • The Psychiatrist took this young boy on a tour of the mental hospital. 
  • There were men in little cubicles making various strange noises.  
  • There were special places for very wild mad men.
  • The Psychiatrist warned this young boy that if he continued experimenting with drugs his curiosity would end him up in this “zoo”! 
  • it is this same kind of curiosity, which led the prodigal son out of his father’s house to eat with pigs.
  • What couldn’t the prodigal son have had at home?
  • He admitted that his own father’s servants had more than enough to eat. 
  • He was just curious about what was going on out there.
  • You will notice men with very beautiful and charming wives, who still chase after other women.  
  • Some of these men are just curious. They think there is more to discover. 
  • There is nothing new under the sun. There is nothing new to see!
  1. Do not be moved to join murmurers and rebellious people.
  • Do all things without murmurings and disputings. Philippians2:14
  • Murmuring means to complain, to grumble, to mumble, to criticize and to rebel.
  • There are Christians who murmur at home, at work and in church. 
  • God is against those who murmur. 
  • He was especially displeased with the people of Israel when they murmured against Him and Moses. 
  • Some complained and nagged so much that they never made it to the Promised Land. 
  • People who murmur, complain and rebel never make it to the Promised Land.
  • In my experience people who murmur and complain often leave their churches and eventually become weak Christians.
  • When you complain against someone, it is likely that you are angry with the person or that you don’t like that person anymore.
  • Those who complain against their governments are often angry with their government.  
  • In the same way those who murmur against the church are often angry with God and are ready to leave Him. 
  • Mark those who murmur and complain. They are very moveable.  
  • There is one sin that is compared to witchcraft in the Bible.  
  • That is the sin of rebellion. Jude

CHAPTERS 5

How to Be a Spiritual Christian

  • And I brethren, could not SPEAK UNTO YOU AS UNTO SPIRITUAL, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:1
  • Remember that the human being is made up of three parts: spirit, soul and body, any one of these three parts will dominate you and your entire life.   
  • If your flesh dominates you, you are called a fleshly (or carnal) Christian!
  • If your soul dominates you, you are called a soulish Christian! 
  • If your spirit dominates you, you are called a spiritual Christian!
  • It is much better to. be a spiritual Christian than a carnal one.
  • It is much better to marry a spiritual Christian than a carnal Christian. 
  • It is much easier to live with a spiritual person than a carnal person. 
  • A carnal person goes by his feelings and feelings are very fleeting and dangerous to depend on.
  • You must make every effort to go out of the carnal phase and become a spiritual Christian.  
  • When you are spiritual, you are more influenced by spiritual things and your spirit man is more developed.
  • To be spiritually minded is  life but to be a carnally minded Christian is dangerous and deadly Romans 8:6.
  • The following keys will help you to be a spiritual person. When you are spiritual, people will refer to you as ‘that spiritual brother’. 
  • It is a good thing when people refer to you as a spiritual person.
  • People have a great respect for spiritual Christians because it is not easy to attain spirituality.
  1. Become a spiritual Christian by praying often.
  • Prayer will make you a spiritual person. Jesus said, “Pray lest you fall into temptation”.
  • Prayer keeps us from falling away from God. 
  • Anybody you spend time talking to becomes close to you.
  • In the same way, any Christian who spends time talking to God will become close to Him.
  • It follows that if you don’t spend time praying to God, you will be far from Him.
  • This is how people fall in love with each other. 
  • Many of us forget that if you continuously communicate with somebody, he or she becomes close to you. 
  • You can unknowingly fall in love with a man or woman who is not your partner if you often spend time with them.  
  • Spending time together with somebody makes you close, whether you intend to be close or not. So when a Christian spends less time praying, he is unknowingly moving away from God. 
  • When you pray, God gives you strength to overcome temptations.  
  • He will strengthen you to do His will and you will not fall away.
  • Bishop Dag says Many years  ago, God knew I was going to  experience a serious testing of my Christian faith so
  • He woke me up early in the morning to pray. 
  • Tongues were flowing out of my spirit like a river and I knew something was amiss, so I prayed the more
  • I lay down on the floor and continued in prayer.  
  • As a young Christian I was normally doing an hour a day in prayer, but this time l prayed for over three hours.  And that day I met a strange woman 
  • The Bible tells us about a young man in Proverbs who met strange woman.  I had a similar experience.
  • And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart. Proverbs 7:1
  • I had no idea what this Christian lady had in mind.   
  • But that day I tell you my friend, God delivered me!  
  • I believe my deliverance was very much related to the prayer time I had had in the morning. 
  • I was very strong.  Where did that spiritual strength some from? 
  • Where did the spirituality come from?  Jesus told His disciples to pray because they might fall into temptation.
  • The Lord gave me strength through prayer.   
  • If you see a Christian who doesn’t pray, you are looking at a Christian who will fall into one temptation after another, until he is destroyed.

2. Become a spiritual person by seeking the will of God.

  • And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but HE THAT DOETH THE WILL OF GOD ABIDETH FOREVER. 1 John 2:17
  • Only spiritual people seek the will of God.
  • People who are not spiritual are not concerned about whether they are in the will of God or not. 
  • Doing the will of God is a very clever way of living long and living a blessed life.  
  • He that doeth the will of God abideth forever. 
  • Staying in the will of God and seeking the will of God are very important for surviving as a Christian.
  • As a minister I have learnt not to have a strong desire for anything in particular. 
  • It can easily destroy your ministry.
  • Mind you, I also have desires, but they are subject to the Word of God in me.
  • The strongest desire in a Christian’s life should be for the will of God to prevail.
  • Do not sacrifice your spirituality for your human desires.
  • A Spiritual person will sacrifice his personal desires so that the will of God will be done.
  • Anyone who has a very strong desire for material things is not likely to become a strong spiritual Christian.

3. Become a spiritual Christian by having a good conscience.

  • Holding  faith,  and A GOOD  CONSCIENCE;  which some having  put  away  concerning  faith  have  made shipwreck:  Of whom  is Hymenaeus   and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme. 1Timothy1:19-20
  • Your conscience is the voice of your human spirit.  
  • It is that gentle nudging is the prodding of your spirit.
  • To be spiritual, you must be very sensitive to the voice of your own spirit.
  • The more you drown the voice of your spirit, the less spiritual you will become. 
  • A good conscience is necessary to keep you spiritual.
  • Two church members, Hymenaeus and Alexander, put away faith and a good conscience, and thus, they made shipwreck of their Christian lives.
  • As long as we put our conscience away, we will have the capacity to do greater and greater evil until the day that we forsake God.
  • The conscience is the voice of that better component of a human being (whether a Christian or non-Christian). 
  • It is the conscience of a man that tries to keep him from doing evil. 
  • It is important to have a good and strong conscience (inner voice).
  • You can either have a strong conscience or a weak one. 
  • Paul, the great apostle,  said he had a good conscience.  
  • He also revealed that he had always maintained a good conscience, even as an unbeliever
  • When our conscience becomes hardened, it is difficult for God to speak to us
  • I have always tried to have a good conscience, because I know the danger of a hardened conscience
  • It is this conscience which pricks me everyday and keeps me on course
  • When your conscience is gone, that element within you that can stop you from going far from God is also gone
  • You are no longer touched by the anointing, by the word of God, by the preaching or by the Holy Ghost
  • Your conscience is like the palm of your hand
  • Some of us have soft hands, whilst others have callous one
  • Your hands will become hardened, and the softness will go away as you do hard work with your hands
  • In the same way, your conscience will become hardened as you continue to sin without repenting
  • When believers become indifferent to the prompting of God, it is a dangerous sign
  • A Pastor  whose entire family is saved except for one brother told me his story
  • He related how his mother had taken his brother to so many full  Gospel breakfast meeting that he had become hardened
  • He had heard many different testimonies from several speakers but these no longer made and impact on his life
  • Indeed, he knew when the speaker would make and altar call,
  • He knew what the next item on the programme would be
  • Many Christians lie and their consciences do not prick them anymore
  • Some of them can even invent false stories without batting an eyelid
  • Some  Pastors  say they preach best after fornicating
  • The difference between these Pastors and you is just a gradual process of hardening
  • You become harder and harder as you become used to sin
  • Then at a point when you sin, you won’t be bothered anymore
  • You can commit bigger or smaller sins depending on your conscience
  • If  you have a very sensitive conscience, the sins that you commit will be small one
  • But as your conscience becomes more hardened and more worn out, your ability to commit ‘wilder’ sins grows
  • A certain rich man, was told, “You must be prepared to meet your God at anytime.”  
  • He was with two of his wealthy friends.  
  • He replied that he was not prepared, but he really didn’t care.  
  • When you get to the stage where you don’t care whether you go to heaven or hell, then you are in danger. 
  • Perhaps, when you were younger you cared, but you have become so hardened that you don’t care anymore.
  • Every Christian needs to have a sensitive conscience. 
  • Do not get used to sin. 
  • Do not get to the stage where you do not care anymore.
  • Be sensitive to the little promptings of the inner voice, so you stay spiritual!

4.Become a spiritual Christian by having regular fellowship.

  • These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. Jude  19
  • Separation from other Christians is a terrible spiritual mistake.
  • It is people who do not have the Holy Spirit who separate themselves. 
  • Your spirituality greatly depends on fellowship. 
  • If there is a collection of hot coals in a pot,  they stay on fire by stimulating each other.
  • If you take one of the coals out of the pot and separate it, the fire in the separated coal goes down.
  • This is what happens to your spirituality when you are disconnected from fellowship with other equally spiritual Christians. 
  • Decide to be a spiritual Christian by having regular fellowship.
  • Our world  is  made  of unspiritual  people  who hate God. Almost every interaction with the world depletes you and lowers your spirituality. 
  • There is no way you can maintain a spiritual life without continuous fellowship. 
  • That is why we are urged to go to church and not forsake fellowship.  
  • “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” Hebrews 10:25.

5.   Become a spiritual   Christian   by not keeping company with sinners.

  • Make no friendship   with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: LEST THOU LEARN HIS WAYS, and get a snare to thy soul. Proverbs  22:24-25
  • Whoever you associate with will have an impact  on you
  • The Bible warns us to avoid the company of angry people, lest we learn  their ways.
  • The reality is that you are always learning something from whom you are with.
  • “Do not be deceived: Bad company corrupts good morals” 1 Corinthians 15:33.
  • Become a spiritual Christian by walking in truth.
  • Stand   therefore,   having  your  loins  girt  about  with truth … Ephesians  6:14
  • The belt of truth is an integral part of your spiritual armour.
  • ‘Truth is a major part of your spirituality. A spiritual person is a truthful person.
  • Every time you tell a lie you remove part of your spiritual protection and thereby become less spiritual.
  • To maintain your spirituality you must walk in truth.  The apostle John was so happy when his spiritual children lived and walked in truth.
  • I have no greater  joy  than  to hear  that  my children walk in truth. 3John1:4
  • Lies are a principal characteristic of Satan.   Satan is a liar and the father of all lies. 
  • Any time you walk in deception and lying, you are walking into Satan’s domain.
  • Many Christians toy with lying. 
  • Lying is so common with Christians because many Christians accommodate devils without knowing.
  • Ye  are  of  your   father   the  devil,   and  the  lusts  of your  father  ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning,  and abode not in the truth,  because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own:  for he is a liar, and the father  of it. John 8:44
  • My parents taught me never to tell lies and I think it is one of the greatest and spiritual treasures that they imparted to me.
  • My mother kept telling me throughout my childhood that my father didn’t tell lies, so I was not supposed to tell lies.   As I grew up I found it difficult to tell lies.  
  • Liars are in the same category as wicked people who shed innocent blood. ‘
  • These six things doth the Lord hate.. .a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood’ Proverbs 6: 16-17.
  • There are born again Christians who habitually lie through their teeth. 
  • They lie to God and to man without batting an eyelid.
  • Many people also do not like the truth. 
  • They avoid people whe speak plainly and truthfully about issues. 
  • Jesus was not popular in the religious community and amongst the Jews because He spoke plainly and truthfully about the hypocrisies and deceptions of our human life.  
  • This belt of truth holds the whole armour together. 
  • Truth, honesty and sincerity are things that hold your entire Christian life together. 
  • Without sincerity your Christian life will disintegrate.
  • I remember being in a service once with some other brethren.
  • There was a young lady who had been prophesying and holding up the whole service for periods of time.  
  • She would stand up whilst the leader was preaching, and interrupt the service with very long prophecies.
  • She would command the priest to stop the administration of communion. 
  • This young girl would prophesy and make the entire congregation kneel down and stand up at will.
  • Many of the leaders were inexperienced, and didn’t know what to do.  
  • So they would stand back as this young lady dominated tile entire service. 
  • I had been told about this young lady who had been controlling the meetings, but had never seen her myself. That day, I realized that I was seeing the manifestation of an evil spirit.
  • This young lady stood up and began to take over the service with her prophecies just as had been described to me.
  • So I got out of my seat, took a couple of brothers with me, and escorted her into the basement of the building. 
  • I knew that an evil spirit was controlling this young lady.
  • As soon as we got into the basement, this young lady’s eyes widened and blazed.
  • She looked straight at me and said, “Do not quench the Spirit!” I could virtually see the demons dancing in her eyes. 
  • This almost unsettled me as I wondered, “Was I quenching the Holy Spirit?”
  • Then I said, “You foul spirit, in the name of Jesus. I command you to stop your activities and come out of this girl.”
  • She immediately went into all sorts of writhing movements.
  • The spirit began to manifest, spoke to us using the girl’s voice and said many things. 
  • I cannot give all the details of this deliverance epsode in this book. 
  • However, there was one thing that struck me, which I want to highlight here.
  • I asked the demon spirit, “How did you come into this lady?” That spirit said, “The belt of truth was loose.”
  • The demons had gained access to this young girl’s life because the protective armour of truth, sincerity and honesty was deficient in one way or the other. 
  • I cannot tell you how exactly this girl’s belt of truth was loosed.  
  • That is not important to you.
  • What is important is your belt of truth.
  • Are you honest?
  • Are you sincere? 
  • When you make a mistake do you admit it easily?  
  • Are you truthful to yourself and to God? 
  • I tell you, there are many people who lie to themselves continually and tell themselves,
  • “I am okay”, when they know they are not. 
  • Do not deceive yourself!  
  • Be honest and sincere! Be straightforward!  Jesus said,
  • “You will know the truth and the truth will make you free.”  
  • Don’t be angry when you hear the truth.  It is the truth that you need.

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