“This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:17-24.)
I have come to a point in my life where I no longer give the same credence to the views and opinions of secular people as I do people with a Christian mindset, and who place their first loyalty with Jesus Christ. It’s a crap-shoot if non-Christians or lapsed Christians or anti-Christians will get moral issues right, and they always get things wrong when it comes to spiritual matters. Non-Christians tend to align their moral views with whatever clever sounding catchphrase or fashionable thinking is dominant at any given time.
To identify as Christian on a census form is not enough either. That may be good for statisticians and government planners, but it means nothing to God. Cultural Christianity is not Christian. God wants a personal relationship with people. A living faith in Christ, and trust in His Word. He is the word. He has always been with God. Jesus Christ is God.
Not only is Jesus Christ God, His unfathomable love for humanity is the reason He took on human form.Imagine that! The creator of all things, seen and unseen, entered the world that He created and became part of our temporary reality so that we might become part of His eternal reality.God is more concerned with your inner self than your outer self. Your physical self is continually aging. Through Christ your inner self can continually renew. God speaks to your heart and mine. His law is written on our hearts. The Holy Spirit witnesses and teaches God’s truth to us. Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to God’s children (sons of God) The world that has rejected Christ is ignorant of the Holy Spirit; for this reason it cannot receive the Holy Spirit (the 3rd member of the Trinity). Faith in Christ comes first. He is the 2nd member of the Trinity. God is the 1st member. There is no other way to God except through Christ.
The Holy Spirt Christ dwells in the heart of the believer This is not some airy-fairy concept. In Luke 11.13, Jesus said God gives the Holy Spirit to those who ask. It really happens! I know this from personal experience. Someone reading this post may think to themselves: “Poor chap, the MS has affected Mark’s mind.” Even if that be true, how would that cynic explain the countless millions upon millions of people now — and throughout the past 2,000 years — who have experienced the indwelling of the Holy Spirit?
To bring a small contemporary example to mind, how do they explain the twenty-one Coptic Christians willing to die rather than deny Jesus Christ. They were beheaded on a Lybian beach in 2015. With ISIS knifes at their throats, they called to Christ and committed their spirits to Him. (I bet you didn’t see that part on liberal western media.)
Can anyone realistically say those twenty-one men did not know Christ or hear His voice? The Holy Spirit was with them, and in them, as they were martyred and entered the Kingdom of God.
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who before you.” – Jesus
Somebody else reading this post might scoffingly say, “Are you saying you hear voices?” — to draw similarities to something akin to schizophrenia or infer some other mental illness. To make my claim sound like fiction, they make up their own. Yes, I am saying I communicate each day with Christ and He with me, and so do hundreds of millions of other Christians!
This is why genuine Christianity is not about religion: It is about a personal relationship with Christ. It is my experience that He sends the Holy Spirit to guide me in matters of faith, morality and conduct; the Holy Spirit has comforted me in the terrors of serious neurological disease, and cancer, and when I have been excluded or falsely accused. It is the Holy Spirit who convicts me of sin and calls me to repentance, and back to God through Christ. Anti-Christian atheists just don’t get it. Why would they? How could they? They have rejected Christ.
Christians must be careful. There is a need to discern which spiritual voices are from God or the evil one? Satan can masquerade as an angel of light. The Apostle John instructed us how to discern what is of God and what is not.
“… [D]o not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. ...”
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.”Any spirit that contradicts the Word of God is not of God. We who have met Christ and have given our lives to Him must always pray for more discerning discernment. The world is increasingly wily, cunning, and seductive in making evil seem good and good seem evil. Be on guard. Put on the full armour of God. Surrender your whole life to Him and let the Holy Spirit reign in you.
 John 1.1.
 John 1.14. John 3.16.
 2Corinthians 4.16.
 Jeremiah 31.33, Hebrews 10.16.
 Jeremiah 31.15, John 14.26 & 16.13, 1Corinthians 2.13.
 John 1.12-14, Ephesians 1.5, Romans 8.15.
 John 14.17a, 1Corinthians 2.11-14., Ephesians 1.5.
 John 3.5-7, Acts 2.38., Ephesians
 John 14.6, Acts 4.12
 See “Widow’s joy: He Didn’t Deny Christ When Beheaded” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OD16TqLaZe0
 Matthew 5.11-12.
 2Corinthians 11.14.
 1John 4.1-3.
 1John 4.4-5.
 Ephesians 6.10-18.
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