Know Thy Self (Part 1)

Although countless church goers claim to be believers in Christ, when asked about their faith in the Word of God, only a few is able to affirm their faith in the Word.  Normally, when people are unable to assert their beliefs, they fall on either one of the following:

  •  They are not sure if they are really believers, but they go to church anyway.
  • They sincerely believe they are believers, but don’t see any difference from the ordinary.
  • They have no clue of what’s going on, but they think going to church is cool.

 Nevertheless, as a believer of Christ, you must have a firm conviction of who you are and what you have in Christ.  Like the early church, they knew who they are, and they knew what they have in Christ.     

  •  “The man saw Peter and John entering the temple, and he asked them for money.  But they looked straight at him and said, “Look up at us!”  The man stared at them and thought he was going to get something.  But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold! But I will give you what I do have.  In the name of Jesus Christ from Nazareth, get up and start walking” Peter then took him by the right hand and helped him up.     At once the man’s feet and ankles became strong, and he jumped up and started walking.  He went with Peter and John into the temple, walking and praising God.”  (Acts 3:3-8 CEV)     

 You may argue that the incident above is exclusively reserved by God for the apostles’ use only.  However, the Bible never said that, and you will never find any scripture that will support your wishful thinking. 

 Furthermore, Jesus and the apostle Paul warned believers to watch for those who think they are smarter than everyone else.  Because of their acquired (copy and paste) knowledge from “School of WHATEVEROLOGY,” they decided amongst themselves of claiming ownership of the only ones who can interpret the scriptures correctly. 

  •  “Watch, out!” Jesus warned them. “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”    …Then at last they understood that he wasn’t speaking about the yeast in the bread, but about the deceptive teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” (Matthew 16:6, 12 NLT)   
  • “The message about the cross doesn’t make any sense to lost people.  But for those of us who are being saved, it is God’s power at work.  As God says in the Scriptures, “I will destroy the wisdom of all who claim to be wise.  I will confuse those who think they know so much.” (1 Corinthians 1:18-19 CEV)    
  • “Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.” (Colossians 2:8 NLT)  
  •  “Anyone who teaches something different disagrees with the correct and godly teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Those people who disagree are proud of themselves, but they don’t really know a thing.  Their minds are sick, and they like to argue over words.  They cause jealousy, disagreements, unkind words, evil suspicions, and nasty quarrels.  They have wicked minds and have missed out on the truth.  These people think religion is supposed to make you rich.  (1 Timothy 6:3-5 CEV)

 People need teachings that will change them for the better.  They want something that can be applied in their daily activities, some coaching on how to relate with others, or a steering of conviction for doing what is right when no one is around. 

 They also want to hear how can they be able to pay their bills, pass those school examinations, stay active and healthy, getting promotions, find a better job, maintaining sound mind, having a successful marriage, serving the Lord, etc.

You may argue that the Bible does not cover “How to pay your bills on time.”  However, the Book of Proverbs will tell you how to become rich so that you don’t have to worry about your bills.   

 Amazingly, many Christians have lack of understanding of who they are in Christ.  Otherwise, this world should have been turned upside down.  Like the early believers have done.

  •  “And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also.”  (Acts 17:6 KJV)

 However, we need someone who will edify us like the Apostle John.   He said that as children of God, we have overcome the world, and he also prayed that we shall prosper in all aspects of our life.   

  •  “For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.  And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.”  (1 John 5:4-5 NLT)
  • “But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” (1 John 4:4 NLT)  
  •  “And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave.  But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.”  (1 John 2:17 NLT)
  •  “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”  (3 John 2 NLT)
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