ARE YOU A CHRISTIAN? ARE YOU BORN AGAIN?
Those who are born again, have died to self and they have
nothing to lose.
Jesus said: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on
earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where
neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body
will be full of light. 23is that darkness! 24 But if your eye is bad, your
whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is
darkness, how great “No one
can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or
else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God
and mammon (money)” Matthew 6:19-24.
Have you built something maybe “FOR GOD” and then it was
torn down? Remember one thing, it is His kingdom that you are working on, if
you are a Christian, not your own. Jesus does not need us to sustain His
kingdom. Don’t try and build something for Him, just obey, that is what He
calls us to, obedience.
Do what Jesus tells you to regardless of the consequences. Some
people attempt to build a ministry and then COMPROMISE to PLEASE PEOPLE.
We read in Matthew 15:12-14 “Then came His disciples, and
said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard
this saying? But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly
Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. Let them alone: they
be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall
into the ditch.”
If people don’t want the TRUTH they were NOT PLANTED BY THE
FATHER EITHER. Jesus never begged anyone to follow Him, HE JUST DID THE WILL OF
What is dear to you? What is important in your life? Your
reputation? Your pride? You know people say: “I have my pride”. Jesus hung on a cross, naked, mutilated, torn,
until He was dead.
Are your feelings dear to you?
You have your feelings, your feelings get hurt. Jesus hung
their, dead, no feelings, all gone and all lost.
We should have more respect for the will of God than to be
acceptable to people. If you follow Jesus you must DENY yourself, you must give
up yourself totally, we must die to self. Jesus said to His disciples in
Matthew 16:24-26 “ If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and
take up his cross, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose
it: and whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall find it. For what is a
man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what
shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
I want to ask you: ARE YOU BORN AGAIN? You can’t be born
again if you did not die to self. The road to life is narrow, Jesus said so in
Matthew 17:13-14 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and
broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and
few there be that find it.” NOTE, FEW there be that find it.
On the narrow road there is no room for baggage. The further
you go the steeper it gets and the narrower it gets. You don’t get stronger on
that road; you get weaker, until there is none of you left. Until you get to
the place where Paul was when he wrote in 2 Corinthians 12:9 “And he said unto
me, MY GRACE is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in
weakness.” Do we understand that the strength of God is made perfect in
our weakness? God does not need our strength, our strength gets in the way of
what He wants to achieve. He does not need us, to achieve His good will, to run
His kingdom. We need to obey, we need to listen to His voice, He does not need
our clever innovations or our mind to help Him.
DO YOU WANT TO FOLLOW JESUS, ALL THE WAY? He will not make you rich and
famous, He told the rich ruler to sell everything, give it to the poor and follow
He is not the story book Jesus that we see pictures of. We read about Him in
Isaiah 53:3-10, the prophet describes Jesus, read carefully and pay attention 3 ”He is despised and rejected of men; a Man
of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it
were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him
Can we identify with that, would we mind going through that? That is the
path of the cross, that is the road that we take when we identify with Jesus,
not getting rich and famous. We read in verse 4.
Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did
esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But
He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for
our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with
His stripes we are healed. 6 All we like
sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD
hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed,
and He was afflicted, yet He opened not his mouth: He is
brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb,
so He openeth not His mouth. 8 He was taken from prison
and from judgment: and who shall declare His generation? for He was cut off out
of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was He
stricken. 9 And He made His grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in His death; because He had done no violence,
neither was any deceit in His mouth. 10 Yet
it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He hath put Him to
DO YOU IDENTIFY WITH JESUS, RIGHT NOW? Will you go with Jesus in His
sufferings inside of you, because He lives inside of you, if you profess to be
a Christian, or will you turn away, will you deny Him?
HOW MUCH DO YOU STILL HAVE THAT YOU ARE AFRAID TO LOSE? IN THE END YOU WILL
LOSE IT ALL. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and
whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall find it. That is what
These are serious words! Do you want to give it up NOW for
Jesus, OR one day when life is torn from you and you face ETERNITY IN HELL?
Many “CHRISTIANS WILL”! They were never born again, they NEVER DIED TO SELF,
and they NEVER FOLLOWED JESUS. They NEVER BECAME TOTALLY OBEDIENT.
There is only ONE WAY TO LIFE IN CHRIST, DENY YOURSELF NOW, TO GAIN ETERNAL
LIFE. GIVE UP YOURSELF, FOLLOW JESUS, BUILD YOUR TREASURE IN HEAVEN.
Do you still have pain, regrets, rights, self-esteem,
treasures that you hang on to? WHAT HAVE YOU GOT TO LOOSE? You will loose it
all my friend. ETERNITY WAITS!