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This year at my church, our pastor has organized a yearly message called "Walking With Jesus." Every Sunday will be a lesson that we will learn to understand what it truly means to walk with Jesus. The beginning of last year, 2017, I began to understand and follow the word of the Lord. I needed guidance and I needed to believe he was truly there at my side. I wanted his love to surround me and protect me. Protect me from life's roadblocks. As I got older more things started happening, family members and friends were passing away, family dynamics started changing, relationships weren't working out, and even friendships were questionable. From then I began to question everything about my life. So I came to God for help. And I want to share with you the first lesson towards this years organized message. Walking With Jesus.
Authentic Christians 1.7.2018
My pastor gave this scenario. As you walk with your other half we want to walk side-by-side with each other. We want to constantly have that open communication where we can see each other, possibly touch each other (hold hands, to share our intimate connection), hear each other, we will be able to know each others emotions on a more intimate level by walking side-by-side, not in front-not behind, we can see each others expressions and body language. When one person walks ahead or falls behind, the communication cuts off. We are now getting ahead of ourselves, the other is falling behind, or perhaps wondering why you're walking so fast. What is the real problem here? The communication has stopped. So the same goes for walking with Jesus. We want to be authentic Christians, and by doing that we should be magnifying the Lord with our lives.
1John chapter 2: 4-6: He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whose keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected, hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
I used to read the bible before but not really understand it's true meaning, and that's what I love about my pastor. He helps me to understand. Another way to look at this is, if we are truly going to be authentic Christians, then we are to magnify the Lord within our lives, and be the same person outside of church as we are inside of church. Do you only dress to impress for the Lord but not for another person? Are you magnifying the Lord from within or are you just putting up a front when you're at church? When we are at home we should be the same person we are when we are at church. Another point to make is do you love your work? Do you love your job? Do you love your house? Your material things and take pride in where you have come? Your physique or someone else physique? Because this is the WORLD itself, this is NOT the Lord. These are things that came after the Lord.
Verse 16-18: For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. **
Another point to make is, if we are going to be authentic then we must NOT let sin destroy our true selves. Authentic Christians will NOT allow the dust and dirt of our sins to penetrate our hearts and souls. God brought his only son down to die on the cross for OUR sins! Do not let this change you as a person! God has already forgiven you, your sins were forgiven when Jesus, his ONLY SON, was tortured for You. Forgive yourself already!! Walk with Jesus side-by-side. Love each other in your actions and your words. Don't be phony and don't be fake. We all know people who say they believe in God but they are not walking with him. God wants us to be ambitious, he wants us to love each other, and take pride in Jesus and what he has done for us. The devil creates fake phony, people who take pride in themselves and magnify themselves, but not God.
**The Following Sunday 1.14.2018
One thing I have learned is that IJohn was written about 50 years later then John. John originally wrote his gospel 50 years before when he walked with Jesus for THREE years. He was there during his teachings and during his time on Earth. He witnessed the miracles and he witnessed how Jesus was IN FACT God. He was the last apostle to die at age 104 of natural causes. He wrote IJohn because 50 years later, after original John was written, other knowledge and Antichrist teachings were in the world, trying to dissuade the real truth of Jesus, to make Christians believe there was something else more meaningful and powerful. So this is when John felt compelled to write again. (The New Testament)
New Knowledge was accepted during this later time on earth, these men have gained a new knowledge that made them believe God did not create this world, because it was physical, therefore it was matter. They considered themselves an 'Elite' group with no concern for others. Science should be meant for education, it IS NOT how the world was created. Science does try to discover how our world was created by using knowledge and scientific evidence. So even way back then other teachings were accepted, but John felt compelled to write again. He was 100% witness because he was there. He heard, seen, and touched the word of life. Everything he said is consistent with the past, nothing ever changed. He never lied about his past writings or changed his point of view, he had no motivation for himself but to teach others, and share to the world, the word of life, therefore he was a REAL witness.
So with all this said we are to have Fellowship with each other. Walk with each other and share our lives together because that is what Jesus did. IJohn only has five chapters and if you want to bring all this together you can read the first four chapters but since you're already going to read four you mind as well read the 5th chapter too. lol Enjoy! Any comments are different points of view are more then welcomed here. Because I love you all!
I've been reconnecting with my Faith and as I start this new journey I want to share some verses along the way, that really hit home and relate to life itself. So excited. Enjoy.