Week 2 Disciples in Disguise Study
“Wake Up Oh Sleeper” What Does It Mean To Be A Christian?
After teaching this class last night at church it has occurred to me that perhaps Mondays would be the perfect day to post the lessons. After all, this way I could determine what components are most helpful.
At this point you should have the self-analysis completed. Remember to put it in a place where you can retrieve it again later in the weeks ahead. So let us get started.
Christianity is defined by the Holman Bible Dictionary as: One who becomes an adherent of Christ, whose daily life and behavior facing adversity is like Christ. Once a person becomes a Christian, the thought process of that person begins to change. This change is a process and one that is easily visible through the works of the Holy Spirit in the person. This is why the Apostle Paul said in Galatians 2:20 (NIV), “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” As you grow in your love and knowledge of Christ, you will become more like Him. You will begin to think more like Him and your behavior will be more like Him. This will not be an “act”–this will be a genuine change. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8 NKJV).
You have heard of the “Fruits of the Spirit”? There are 9 of these and over time this will be the evidence of your life in Christ Jesus. I remember praying for these to be manifested in my life and was frustrated that I didn’t have them all at one time. That showed a lack of patience perhaps? After 22 years of prayer, meditation, Bible study and desire for these, I begin to see changes in how I handled adversity. Oh I had several of the fruits but I had a passionate desire to obtain them all. I didn’t realize I possessed them until adversity came my way!! This is a test for the Christian.
Over time a Christian will also begin to desire the things of Christ versus the carnal desires to satisfy the flesh. Galatians 5:16-18 (NKJV) states, “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. The flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do the things that you wish.” Loved one, the LAW, binds you this but not grace….not grace!!! Not grace by which you find in JESUS. If you walk according to the Sprit, He will fulfill every longing and empty place within you that you have. That feeling you get when you know you are about to do something you shouldn’t or you did do it and feel bad about it. In both of these instances, the Holy Spirit is speaking directly to you. He loves you and wants what is good for you. That is why He tells us in Jeramiah 29:11(NIV),” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Loved one, don’t settle for less than JESUS best for YOU. Don’t settle for who “keeps you warm”, or what appears to be “light” when it is actually darkness in disguise. The word of the Lord was written thousands of years ago, YES, and it is still the word of the same Lord with the same authority and with the very “same love”. He IS STIII GOD AND HE IS STILL ALIVE!! He wants to bring this love to you. If only you believe…….
The biggest proof of the gospel is the evidence of a changed life, as we were speaking about earlier. A person’s testimony will prove the word of God. We are told that His word doesn’t come back void. That is why you can see transformation. What is spoken into a person’s life by His word is manifested in them by their Spirit. Not overnight necessarily. This is an excellent way of defending our faith. “I was ——but now I ———.”
An excellent resource to read is Jude Chapter 4 and the entire book of James. It is a quick read that gives a depth of information and confidence to the believer.
Next week we will review Jehovah’s Witnesses. I am a former Jehovah’s Witness who found love, truth and grace in the loving arms of my Savior Jesus Christ. If you do not know Him, He is ready to receive you in those same arms. Call upon Him, He will listen.
In His Steps,