And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.
And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.
The sacrifice of your whole life on the altar of love is the prerequisite of Christianity in it purest form. When we first come to the Lord we, no doubt, do not know or fully understand the price we will have to pay to gain the gift of eternal life.
When we are first being formed as new Christians, God draws us to him by his Holy Spirit with multiple loving kindnesses.
He lets us know that he has always known who we were, because he begins to refer to things that happened to us before we truly become aware of who he is; childhood things, memories, and events, causing you to know that he was your God before the beginning of time.
But the "after awhile" always comes. After awhile, after God has adorned us with his love, and we grow comfortable in the protective arms of his everlasting love, he begins the Christian process, where he molds us to fit the purpose for which he gave us life. We are the clay and he is the potter.
In the molding process there will always be a "cutting away". You will lose some things.
You will lose someone you love, and wonder why God took them away from you. Sometimes he will inform you, and sometimes he will not, just Godly expect you to trust him, and what he does in your life, and not counter his will with your your will.
Picture Jesus in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, praying so fervently that his sweat turned into great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
He foresaw his torture and death and asked God to let the cup of his purpose pass from his, but one word "nevertheless" exchanged his will for God's will. No one wants to suffer, especially when you did nothing wrong to warrant such suffering, but that is the crux of Christianity; taking up the cross of your alloted suffering and following Jesus into the realms of eternity. That is the focus, the next life not this one.
Christians get bogged down in this life trying to find happiness, and lose focus on their God-ordained purpose by making the wrong sacrifice, sacrificing eternal life for finite happiness, which is a very backwards thing to do, instead of sacrificing finite happiness for eternal life. That's not to say that you can't have happiness in this world, because that is God's will, but not at the expense of God's divine will for your life.
Christians are stumbling into darkness everyday compromising little by little with Satan and his disciples.
The compromises begin with minute subtlety, and are, at first, seemingly insignificant, but bit by bit Satan wraps a rope around your neck, and before you realize it your soul is trapped, and you've been duped into hell's horrid embrace.
Satan attacks you at your weakest point, and offers you the very thing you desire. Keep in mind Satan can only offer you the very thing that God has already set aside for you in you future if you wait for it.
What Satan tries to do is to get you to leap ahead in time and grab a imitation thing, a dead thing, in lieu of the real thing that God has for you; money, or a spouse.
Just as sure as the sun sets that that you bring into your life before God's timing will turn into worms in your hand. Satan has nothing good to offer you, only destruction and separation from the God of your salvation.
God has blessing stored up for us in his time and according to his will. Don't allow Satan to push your soul off the Cliff of Stupidity. Live on the level that God has given you, and wait for him to bless you financially.
Live a holy and celibate life until God blesses you with a spouse. If you take the spouse that Satan throws in your path you will be regretfully stuck on three islands called Unhappiness, Unfulfillment and Aborted Purpose.
Everything that looks good is not good for you; like sugar, the sweet silent killer. Imagine being married to the bride of Satan. Celibacy will be a cakewalk in comparison.
God is a jealous God, and he requires everything from you. You can't give him 98% or 99% because it is unacceptable. Jesus gave all that he had on the altar of sacrifice because he loved God more than he loved himself. He chose to suffer in the flesh to fulfill his God-given purpose in life. Suffering is our Christian lot as well.
He was ridiculed, rejected by those who were suppose to love him, and rejected by the church where the love of God is suppose to reign, but instead it is full of dead men's bones; Christians, backslidden into a firey hell, who have turned into inhuman leeches of the worst kind. They have traded their humanity for a empty, unwholesome and destructive temporality.
They refuse to go forward and try with all their might to pull as many people backwards with them as they can. That is why judgment has already begun in the House of the Lord, in the churches that have lain down with Devil and let the Devil's disciples take over the church.
God strips us all the dead weight of the world lingering on us and around us, and prepares us to fulfill our divine purpose in life. He keeps putting us in situations and circumstances that try us, and test us over and over again, until everything that is not like him dies.
When you can be nice to someone who you absolutely know is trying to take you out, literally dead out of this world, then you know that the process is working. Knowing that treating your enemies nice is to their own destruction, because they really do not comprehend that you see them for who they are, and can still be kind and not hate them, but have compassion on them as is the will of God. It takes a few washings in the Holy Spirit to get to that point though, I must say.
Christianity is very much like ballet; you have to learn how to move gracefully on the stage of life, to leap above the grasp of your enemies, and to pirouette around the pitfalls that your enemies lay in front of you.
God is so good that he whispers to you what the Plot of the Day is, and you dance your way through your day with a smile in your heart, while your enemies try to figure out why nothing they try to do is working.
To decide to sacrifice your life on the altar of the love of God is the best decision one can ever make concerning their lives.
There is nothing greater than that, absolute nothing! This life is but a drop in the bucket compared to eternal life, and I'm not going to trade my eternal life for nothing in this world because it will never ever be worth it.
As you walk with the Lord he will pour so many beautiful gifts in you, so many moments of inspiration that will change your life overnight. He will set your feet on a pathway to blessings, and all you have to do is follow where he leads you. |