Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ FB Family. I am writing to you at this time to implore you consider that there are those of us who are in the Faith that in good conscience do not always do what is right (In unknowing ignorance) in addition there are those that call themselves Christians and knowingly/deliberately yield to the temptation of Sin, sadly I wish I could in clean conscience communicate that I have never been a part of the former or latter group. God says within his word that there is not a person alive who is righteous to the extent that he or she never will sin (Ecclesiastes 7:20), now that is straight from the Mouth of the Lord and WE also read that if we say WE have no Sin then WE deceive OURSELVES (1 John 1:8). If WE were able to perfectly obey the commandments of God in this present state of life, there would be no need for the Lord to have departed heaven and to have died on the cross (Galatians 2:21).
Have you ever heard the saying the Lord knows your Sins and calls you by your name? While Satan knows your name and calls you by your Sin? I believe this is clearly illustrated in the story of God’s dialogue with Satan concerning his servant Job. God calls his servant Job BLAMELESS and UPRIGHT (Not that Job never committed Sin; clearly we know from the harmonization of scripture that this is not what God had in view in reference to this statement), however Satan see’s this as an opportunity to prove to God that Job is only faithful because of the protections that God has provided and states that Job would Curse God to his face if God allowed him (Satan) the opportunity to cause pain in Job’s life. God in turn allowed Satan to bring a significant amount of discord to Job’s life short of allowing Satan to end his life. (Job 1:8-12).
We all know how the story ends; that being Job was justified because of his Faithfulness in times of trial while his friends looked on from an external perspective and passed judgement pertaining to ALL the shortcomings and faults that Job had as a human being not having the perspective of God above who weighs the thoughts and intents of the heart of man (Job 42:7-17). You see WE are all called to give a witness of the Faith that God has deposited within US and this is demonstrated through the exercising of it during periods of tribulation (Revelation 6:9); will WE remain Faithful to the Lord? WE are confident as Job when he states “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.” (Job 13:15). See job understood that if God wanted to destroy him, he was well within his right to do so; however he held on to the promise of God which was given before the condemnation of the law arrived on the scene. (Romans 4:13-16).
WE are told within the pages of the Bible by God, to work out OUR OWN Salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12) and not to be concerned with the speck of sawdust in OUR Brother’s eye when we have a log sticking out of OUR OWN eye (Mathew 7:3). The story of OUR Salvation is played out in the struggle between OUR OWN internal desires of the flesh that are in opposition to the desire of the Spirit that God has deposited within US and is illustrated in the struggle that Jacob had with the Angel where he stated that he would not let him go until he blessed him (Genesis 32:26).
HOW DO YOU RECOGNIZE GENUINE CHRISTIAN FAITH?
The clearest indicator of a Child of God can be found in what the Lord refers to as the fruits of the Spirit which every Christian possesses albeit there may be times when they are not put on display; however generally speaking they overall are present in the life of a genuine believer and they are found in the verses of Galatians 5:22-23 – “22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
WE read in the pages of God’s word that the life of a believer is one of sanctification in which their light shines brighter and brighter until it reaches it’s full strength (Proverbs 4:18) and WE also read that the lamp of the wicked is eventually snuffed out (Proverbs 13:9). The concern of the genuine believer is to be a witness to the entire word of God and that does include the Sinfulness of Mankind without question, but to stop there would be a GRAVE disservice to the work OUR Lord has COMPLETED on the CROSS, Amen? WE Read where Sin abounded MUCH MORE did GRACE do WE not? (Romans 5:20).
Moreover WE are admonished by the writer of Ecclesiastes 7:16 (Many believe to be King Solomon – Ultimately it is God himself) to not be over righteous or over wicked because extremes should be avoided over the course of this life where flesh is in opposition to the Spirit of the Lord or run the risk of destroying OUR selves prematurely, in respect to being over righteous (Which does not justify US before God, reference what WE read in Romans 1:17 having to do with the just living by faith) or being destroyed by God prematurely regarding our extreme wickedness. The writer of Ecclesiastes concludes with the admonition to fear God and keep his commandments being the whole duty of man (Ecclesiastes 12:13) which is an issue that each of US will have to give an account for on an INDIVIDUAL basis at the Judgement Throne of God where every idle word that WE have spoken WE will give an account for (Mathew 12:36), PREACH!!!
Ecclesiastes 7:20 – “20Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.”
1 John 1:8 – “8If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.…””
Galatians 2:21 – “21I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!””
Job 1:8-12 – “8Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” 9“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10“Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
12The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.””
Job 42:7-17 – “7 After the LORD had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has. 8 So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.” 9 So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite did what the LORD told them; and the LORD accepted Job’s prayer.10 After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before. 11 All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the LORD had brought on him, and each one gave him a piece of silver[a] and a gold ring.
12 The LORD blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. 13 And he also had seven sons and three daughters. 14 The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch. 15 Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.16 After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. 17 And so Job died, an old man and full of years.”
Revelations 6:9 – “When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained.”
Job 13:15 – “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.”
Romans 4:13-16 – “13It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 14For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless, 15because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.16Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all.
Philippians 2:12 – “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,”
Mathew 7:3 – “”And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?”
Genesis 32:26 – “Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.””
Proverbs 4:18 – “But the path of the righteous is as the dawning light, That shineth more and more unto the perfect day.”
Proverbs 13:9 – “The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.”
Romans 5:20 – “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:”
Ecclesiastes 7:16-18 – “16Do not be over righteous, neither be overwise—why destroy yourself?
17Do not be over wicked, and do not be a fool—why die before your time? 18It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. Whoever fears God will avoid all
Romans 1:17 – “17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith,[a] as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.””
Ecclesiastes 12:13 – “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.”
Mathew 12:36 – “And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak.”
Proverbs 24:16 – “16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.”
PRAYER OF THE SAINTS:
Lord WE thank you for the confirmation of the evidence of the fruits of the Spirit in OUR lives as people of faith and moreover for the strength of OUR Testimonies which is Strong in the cloud of haze that the accuser would cast. WE are BLESSED and HIGHLY FAVORED and CONFIDENT that you are faithful to complete the work which you have began within US. WE ask for the strength to SHINE Brighter and BRIGHTER as WE see the day of your return approaching and the wisdom to know that WE must live a Holy Spirit Filled Life in order to be ready upon your appearance.
Let US not be discouraged to the extent that WE are not able to rise when WE fall, whether unintentional or deliberately as you say in your word Lord a just man falls Seven times and rises again (Proverbs 24:16). All these things WE ask and Pray in the mighty name of JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH, the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit, OUR LORD, Amen!!!
God’s manifold and continuous blessings to the SAINTS of OUR Lord and His continued mercies to those who have yet to come to a saving relationship, Amen.