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Wednesday
Nov082017

Keeping the Right Perspective

I realize that I write quite often about how our lives abandon God both in and outside of the Church. It is fairly obvious where the culture is at as it violates the principles and values of the Judeo-Christian God both in government policy and in the general direction of the culture. It is, however, even more painful to see how the Church has often strayed from a Biblical worldview. Many people think because they have a form of religious experience or practice that all is right between them and God. This is just not true. 

2 Timothy 3:5 “They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!”

Religious practice may find you doing good things for others, but without the surrender of your life to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, you are as lost as the worst heathen on earth. Keeping the right perspective is important as you grow as a Christian.

  1. Keeping the right perspective must cultivate the idea that Jesus is coming back to set up His earthly kingdom. Jesus will return as a Jew, to set up His Kingdom from Jerusalem and nothing will prevent Him from ruling the entire earth. It is then important to realize from this perspective that Israel will play an important role as the center from which Jesus will reign.
     
    John 14:3 “When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.”
  2. Keeping the right perspective is living your life under the shadow of the Word of God so that nothing you say, or what you think, or what you do, will happen before it goes through the filter of what the Bible teaches. God’s Word has the wisdom and the power to change the human heart. It also teaches you to surrender to the Holy Spirit, and puts to death the ego that usually gives a wrong perspective to leaders who use it to be served and not to serve. Remember Jesus said the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven is the one who serves others.

    Matthew 7:24 "Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.
     
  3. Keeping the right perspective is part of the process of cultivating a good relationship with other believers who have devoted their lives to Christ and His Kingdom. Notice I did not say church, I said believers who have devoted lives to Christ. I have attended many churches since my early days of accepting Christ, and have found a huge disparity between what some churches teach and what the Bible is really all about. Leadership in the local church is critical to the spiritual strength of any church, along with a congregation who is willing to engage in the work of the gospel.  Many churches have good preachers, but have a lousy return by the congregation to engage and practice the gospel in the culture around them. Furthermore, there are leaders in some churches who believe things that are so far away from Biblical standards that they are not worth attending. It is so important that you surround yourself with people who believe that the gospel is to serve others with the message of the cross. This is a concept that is slowly being replaced in many ministries today.

    Ephesians 5:21 And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
     
  4. Keeping the right perspective means that you will suffer being misunderstood as you hold to Biblical truth. Jesus told us this would be the case but many of us opt out for a silent or non-combatant position about our faith in Christ. Many of us do not want to fight with anyone about what we believe so we remain neutral about what goes on in culture about lifestyle, morals or beliefs. It has been reported that there are 400,000 churches in America, both Protestant and Catholic. Now what would happen if we all believed in the Bible as it is written? No catechism, no theological treatise, just faith in Jesus as the Messiah/Savior and a trust in His word? Do you realize there will be no doctrine in heaven, nothing will divide us or separate us through the means of denominational creeds? 

    John 16:33 “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world."
     
  5. Keeping the right perspective on what it means to be a Christian in an unchristian world. The pressure is on every believer to accept everything from a transgender lifestyle to redefining marriage. Standards are changing and we need to know how to live as a Christian in a world of differences. It appears at times that the culture seems to be winning more converts than the Church and that creates a society that drifts further away from the mindset of cross. Even the way we talk in church has shifted away from our once strong convictions about life, to a more relaxed understanding.  The intensity about heaven and hell is no longer a big emphasis as it once was, and a more self-improvement, ‘let’s make this life count now’ seems to be the mantra. Most believers have wavered on what it means to live in a godly perspective, and most do not understand what a life of holiness really means.  Things have changed in our world, and no doubt those changes have affected how we live out the Christian life. 

John 15:18 “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first.”

It is critical to keep the right perspective as you grow in becoming more like Christ.

Keeping it honest and truthful….K

 

 

 

 

 

 

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