One Thing Most Christians Don't Know

Every 'born-again' Christian knows that Jesus died to pay for their sins.

Few Christians seem to know that the reason why Jesus died and rose again was to provide us with the means of no longer living for ourselves, but for God.

I suspect and believe that this is the difference between what the apostle Paul called 'carnal' Christians and 'spiritual' Christians.  The result of this ignorance is that the vast majority of Christians, both leaders and followers, live for themselves rather than for God.

Of course our adversary, the devil, has convinced most of us that we are living for God when we are in fact really living for ourselves.  We may attend church, pay tithes, study the Bible, pray, go on missionary trips, etc., etc., but this may all be the result of our own will and self-righteousness rather than God's will and His righteousness working in us.

I found long ago that a good prayer to remedy this situation is this:  "Lord Jesus, please save me from all my delusions and the deceptions of the enemy!"  I found that many things and practices which I thought were very spiritual were in fact just me doing what I thought ought to be done without any leading by the Holy Spirit to do Father's will.

And joining in the prayer of Jesus - "Not my will by Your will be done, Father!" is always necessary and beneficial.

There is only one way to end carnal Christianity - by seriously claiming Jesus' death as our death, and His resurrection as our resurrection to newness of life.  The law of faith provides that we are as dead as we want to be, and we live for God as much as we want to, because Jesus has made all things possible which are impossible for us without Him and His help.

But what if we don't really want to do Father's will?  Father suspected that this might happen to all of us, so He included this verse in the Bible:

Php 2:12  Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

God, of course, does not usually answer unasked prayers, but He, like us, works best by invitation.  Invite Him to work in you both to will and to do His good pleasure now!!!

Let me know what happens, dear reader!!