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A Worthless Counterfeit

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

"Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers. . .Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God." 1 Cor. 6:9-11

Charles Spurgeon said,-"Christ will be master of the heart, and sin must be mortified. If your life is unholy, then your heart is unchanged, and you are an unsaved person. The Savior will sanctify His people, renew them, give them a hatred of sin, and a love of holiness. The grace that does not make a man better than others is a worthless counterfeit.Christ saves His people, not in their sins, but from their sins. Without holiness, no man shall see the Lord."

Many profess Christ as Savior but deny Him as their Lord. If Jesus is not on the throne of your life then He is still on the cross for you. Partial obedience is not obedience at all. Itís easy to single out, receive and practice parts of the Christian faith which do not oppose the lusts of our hearts, but we are called to righteousness and to be an overcomer.

A Christian with an unchanged heart is not a Christian at all. The very person of Christ comes to live in us when we receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has many manifestations, but one of the most important ways the Spirit helps us in our daily walk is in revealing to us the divine will of God.

The Holy Spirit is the Mind of the Father and the Son and will lead us to a holy walk if we do not allow our flesh and itís evil desires to quench it, -"For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God". . ."For who has known the Mind of the Lord, that He will instruct him? But we have the Mind of Christ." (1 Cor.2)

 

Spurgeon again, - "Beware, I pray thee, of presuming that thou art saved. If thy heart be renewed, if thou shalt hate the things that thou didst once love, and love the things that thou didst once hate; if thou hast really repented; if there be a thorough change of mind in thee; if thou be born again, then hast thou reason to rejoice: but if there be no vital change, no inward godliness; if there be no love to God, no prayer, no work of the Holy Spirit, then thy saying "I am saved" is but thine own assertion, and it may delude, but it will not deliver thee.

We must be born again. We have experienced the natural birth but to see the Kingdom we must be born of the Spirit. The Bible says that as a man thinks in his heart, so he is. Whatever we think about we come to desire and soon seek. The mind and heart of the natural man has corrupt desires which are unlawful to God.

 But when we are born of the Spirit we receive a new nature, a divine and holy nature. We also receive the very Mind of God and if we do not resist we will think the holy thoughts of God. If we think holy then we will be holy, and live a holy life in Christ Jesus.

 Letís end with Spurgeon,-"Watch constantly against those things which are thought to be no temptations. The most poisonous serpents are found where the sweetest flowers grow. Cleopatra was poisoned by an asp that was brought to her in a basket of fair flowers."

 

 

 

 

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