April 13, 2024

Philippians 2:15–18 (NKJV)
15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.
17 Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.
18 For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me.

We know what crooked and perverse are. We live in the midst of them. The one place crooked and perverse should not be is in the church, the body of believers. Power is a deceptive animal.

The Light of Christ must shine. I’ve lived long enough to see the influence of evil in this world. The words of a god flow from the mouths of the supposedly purveyors of God’s Word but are not meant to lift God up but to usher in the kingdom of Satan. How many are seated in the seats of churches hearing the syrupy slander of God’s Word only to discover what is being spewed is not God’s Word but Satan. One television “preacher” said when asked about people going to Heaven or Hell answered, “I will leave that up to those who have been trained to answer that question.”

We as believer, followers of Christ are to hold fast to the Word of Life…God’s written Word. But more importantly we are to hold fast to His spoken Word Jesus Christ. John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

The one who professes Jesus as Savior is a speaker of the Word of God. Everywhere we go we are proclaiming our version of Jesus.

Each follower, believer in Christ, has his call no matter what the call, the road is difficult. Therefore, we must support each other. We live in difficult times. I have again been reading George Orwell’s book, “1984”. The day is coming and coming soon when the voice of God’s people, the church is going to be silenced. Satan does not mind if we are spectator Christians allowing sin to reign in our lives. But when we become confrontational and begin to proclaim Jesus as Lord then Satan becomes angry.
As important as Paul was to the first-generation Christians, you as a believer in Christ are important. We must be as John the Baptist was in saying about Jesus in John 3:30 “He must increase, but I must decrease.”