Undecided

I really battled with settling for a title for this post.
Actually, I didn’t just battle with the title, I battled with the post too.

In relation to the title, a couple of options presented themselves:

  1. When Things Have Changed
    As I was going to talk about the fact that although the Word (God) is still the same, many believers today hide behind the fact that “times have changed”, I thought this would be a befitting title.
    I would have started by bombarding you, dear reader, with passages of His Holy Word that speak of the need to “not be conformed to this world but be thou renewed in the renewal of your mind” (1) and actions, and to “hold on to the faith” (2). I would have continued by pointing out both in the Old and New Testament His view on sin, adultery, fornication, lying, cheating, deception, immorality; and His call to holiness and righteousness.. until Christ’s return.
    Then I would have concluded by saying something like “The Word is God Himself, and since He is eternal and unchanging, so is His Word” (3), seeing as many have come to say, believe and indeed act as though being a 21-century Christian was any different and hence “subject to mod(ern)ification” as being a Christian during any other era. We are still in the New Testament!

    However, the title didn’t quite do it for me, so I came up with:

  2. When There Is Grace
    I thought this was much more fitting, as many Christians believe we live in an era of “mercy and grace” and we are no more “under the law”. I often hear such statements and thought, “What a good time to set people’s minds right”. I thought of highlighting just how gracious and merciful God is: He sent His son! And then I would have probably added that we have been “set free so that we could serve Him freely” (4) not give in to sin.
    I would have probably also made reference to “Do not use your liberty as an occasion to sin” and highlight the incident (as documented in Acts 5) of Ananaias and Sapphira, who lied- and died (NT!).
    On a very good day, I’d have probably also made reference to Paul’s numerous warning, as inspired by the Holy Spirit, of “Should we continue in sin and ask the grace of God to abound? God forbid!” (6) and would have finally concluded by encouraging you, dear reader, to spend some time studying the words “mercy” and “grace” so that you would indeed understand what they both are, and are not! (7) And come to understand that you have not been set free so that you would be free to sin, but free to serve Him! (8)

    However; again, this title didn’t quite cut it for me, and so I  thought, “What about..”

  3.  The ApocalypticHorse
    People love stories. I am no exception. We like drama, we light build-ups, we like having our minds engaged: with pictures, analogies, metaphors, exaggerations. We enjoy being shown something, much more than we do being told something, and so I was going to refer you, dear reader, to the book of Revelation 6. I would have probably (in order to help you relate a bit better) asked if it was okay for me to throw in Matthew 24 too, just to be sure we were on the same page, and then highlight the every-so-true-yet-often-forgotten fact that we are indeed in the end-times! I would have supported all this by referring to wars and rumours of wars, bloodshed and chaos, famines and other natural catastrophes of recent times that none of us is too old to remember or young to understand.
    Additionally, just to make sure you really got what I was saying, I would have laid emphasis on the Scriptures and Christ’s word saying that “there would be wolves in sheep’s clothing, many false teachers and prophets, yes too many people with itching ears” (11). I would have also pointed out just how ministers and churches have indeed- and will sadly keep fulfilling- the first apocalyptic horse’s ministry of “deception” and would have listed common tactics, such as “sew a seed faith”, “use this healing oil”, “pay this amount for a complete and total deliverance”, “receive this gift as a thank you for partnering with us” and other lines often used by so-called “pastors” whose one and only aim is to lead people astray and enrich themselves.

    But all this would have been a bit too harsh; and so I thought, “Why not focus on something more positive with..”

  4. The True Bride of Christ
    As the Church is often referred to as The Bride in Scripture, and I wanted to adress  an issue that pertained to her, the Bride, I thought I could probably do it this way too.
    Knowing there is so much to say about it, I would probably have quoted passages such as “Be holy (righteous, set apart) for I Am holy” or shared the parable of the 5 foolish and 5 wise virgins (12) who had enough oil (which stands for anointing) for their lamp and were ready for the groom’s (Christ’s) return; which is a call to readiness, as the Lord will come “as  thief in the night” (13).
    I would have also shared beautiful pictures of the Lamb’s wedding () and the beauty and purity of His bride
    I would probably have concluded the message with reference to John’s warning as received in the book of Revelation pertaining what the Church would face during the end-time and a reminder that it was very unwise to choose to live lukewarm, “you are neither hot nor cold, therefore I will spit you out” (14) as the Lord really does not like this “middle path” or “double-mindedness” or.. undecided-ness.

    And there it was: Undecided!

Just as undecided as I was about this post’s title, so are many Christians about their walk with the Lord.

Many of us have given in to the world’s temptations, forgetting the here-after. Too many of us have chosen to live just like “them”, forgetting we are sojourners in this world; forgetting we have been given the mandate to “separate” ourselves even in their midst; forgetting we are to set a higher standard; forgetting we are kings and priests; ambassadors representing the Most High.

Many of us are so undecided.. we have decided to just live our lives as “best” as we can, having no benchmark against which to way it, however. We have forgotten what it means to be Christ-like, deceiving ourselves into believing “better than the rest” it is just good enough.

Many of us, however, are not undecided at all. We have decided to take Him for granted; relying on His mercy and grace to avail on the last day. We have decided not to stand out, for fear of being tagged “extreme”; or worse- for fear of loosing out on the world’s goodies. We have chosen to forget the calling, the mandate, and the separation. We have chosen not to be holy at all.

Maybe it’s time to choose right.

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (Matthew 7)

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Andhiii says:

    Beautiful words. :’)

    1. DeMorrieaux says:

      Thank you so very much..
      I just hope it causes people to re-think and examine themselves.
      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  2. cee says:

    Thanks for sharing this.. It really got me thinking.

  3. dudubeauty says:

    This is a nice admonition…

    I will speak on 2 after all that is my name….

    When it comes to Grace, i feel many people get it twisted. Either by taking it as a license to sin or a license to become a pharisee…either way it’s twisted.

    First and foremost we are all saved by grace alone! Grace is the pinnacle of the christian faith as it signifies Gods Mercy toward sinners like us. Whether the pharisee likes it or the sinner uses it as justification for his unrepentant heart, does not change what Grace truly means.

    The bible says in the book of eph 2:8-9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith —and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast”. It is not Grace plus effort it is Grace plus nothing!….Even the faith we have is given to us by God…it is a Gift.

    Now speaking of Romance chapter 6…Everyone loves to quote the famous “should we continue in sin so that Grace may abound…God forbid” verse….But i will love to say that for one to understand 6 in it’s correct context one must have studied1,2,3 4, 5 and then 6.

    Romance 4 and 5 helps us to understand Grace in it’s proper context….which is undeserved mercy…

    1-3 establishes our sinful nature to make man realize his sinful state thereby his need for a savior.
    4-5 establishes what that Grace is. That Christ has forgiven our past and future sins(Yes i said future) and has imputed his righteousness on us…This has nothing to do with efforts
    Then 6 shows us how to live in response to that Grace….

    so in summary of Rom 1-6.. if you don’t really understand that you are a full fledged sinner, you can’t respond to Gods Grace and so can’t live for him….Hence, the key to living right before God is by understanding first that you are sinner, then responding to his Grace and finally the Holy-spirit gives you power through that Grace to live for him

    Paul emphasizes what took place at the cross in Rom 6. Our new position in Christ and why we should no longer live as slaves to sin because we died with Christ and are alive in him because of righteousness. In other words, why live like a slave when you have been set free?

    But how can you not be a slave? by understanding the cross which is Gods Grace.

    The bible says the kingdom of heaven is like a man who found a treasure buried in a field, then he went and sold all he had to purchase that field. If you truly understand Gods love, if you truly understand Gods grace, his forgiveness…the fact that you were a perishing sinner until his blood purchased your freedom..YOU WILL SELL ALL YOU HAVE TO SERVE HIM…You will not live in continual sin because you love him..just as you will not cheat on your spouse that you know loves you and you love them….but first you must understand that you are loved.

    The bible does not preach sinless perfection hence Romance 7

    In understanding all of these one can join Paul in saying in chapter 8:

    “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
    For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
    For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
    That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
    For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
    For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace”

    How can one walk in the spirit? By looking on Jesus and his finished work on the Cross not our efforts…This will bring you peace. Just as peter walked on the sea by looking at Christ. By looking on him we are transformed into his likeness by his Holy spirit.

    Let me end by saying not everyone that says that they believe in Christ genuinely believes. God is powerful and can transform even the darkest heart. If you believe in Christ as your salvation there will be evidence of growth in your life…

    COME EVERY ONE WHO THIRST

    Sorry for my epistle Yinka…God did a miracle in my life through understanding Grace so i love to talk about it…Forgive me *muah*

    1. DeMorrieaux says:

      Amazing comment!!
      Thank you so much for this.

      Yes, it sounds much better when you say it.
      I was coming from the other (extreme) angle (not that of a Pharisee tho!! *dodging the stones* lol)
      Not supporting works of the flesh and rather discouraging “taking His mercy and grace for granted”; but I guess that comes with a PROPER understanding of what it really is. Thx for breaking it down properly!

      Also, this is SO A WORD IN SEASON!
      And when I say “season”, I really mean minute, second!
      The Word I needed RIGHT NOW!
      Not 5 mins ago or in half an hour, but RIGHT NOW!
      Grace, you’re in the Spirit!!!

      Thank God for your life
      *bear hug*

      1. dudubeauty says:

        Amen!!!!!

        The love of God is amazing! Makes me weep every time…
        I thank God that these words encouraged you….they encouraged me too. We must continue to look at Christ, that is how we can overcome the devil and our flesh.

        “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death” Rev 12:11

        1. DeMorrieaux says:

          LOL!!! I used THIS VERY SCRIPTURE (Rev 12:11) in prayer just 3mins ago!!
          Graceeeee *bear hug*

          1. dudubeauty says:

            hahahhahahah…The spirit is indeed Alive!!!! Amen

  4. dudubeauty says:

    Just for added emphasis…

    THE HOLYSPIRIT IS THE ONE WHO HELPS YOU LIVE A LIFE THAT GLORIFIES GOD…you can’t on your own…matter of fact it is filthy rags before God when you do it on your one.

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