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Monday, November 21, 2011

No Chameleons Wanted

Chameleons have the ability to change colors.  We all know them to do this according to their environment.  Whether this is a fact is not our debate today, but the fact that they change will be.  This is my friend Louie.  He has changed to white color in an effort to blend in because he doesn't want to bee seen by you.  Maybe later he will "go green" so you can get a good look at him?

You see many Christians are like Louie.  They spend most of their time trying to blend in with the world.  I will not speculate as to why, but I know it has something to do with God's Word.  Jn 17:17   Vine's says, "Sanctification can be used in New Testament of the separation of the believer from evil things and ways. This sanctification is God's will for the believer, 1Th 4:3, and His purpose in calling him by the gospel, 1Th 4:7; it must be learned from God, 1Th 4:4, as He teaches it by His Word. Jn 17:17"  I say say simply sanctification is simply being set apart for a accomplishing the will of God.  Louie doesn't understand this concept yet, and neither do many Christians.  Too many Christians are like Louie trying to blend in with the world.

Jn 17:17 told us God"s Word teaches us how to be sanctified.  God's Word is powerful and sharp (Heb 4:12) and it is needed to cut and separate us from the world.  It is the power of God to salvation as well. Rom 1:16  Our faith grows by hearing the Word taught correctly. Rom 10:17  Without application of God's Word in our lives we have no hope of being sanctified.  We are just chameleons.  The difficulty lies in the failure to recognize the Word itself as a living and abiding entity in the soul of the believer. "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly" Col 3:16

We must make the study and application of the Word a priority in our lives.  Hearing the word isn't enough to be blessed, we must do, or keep, it as well. Lk 11:28    

Well, it looks like Louie has decided to show his true color today.  He now understands that we are to "set apart to accomplish God's will" and not blending in with the world.  The only problem is I wanted you to learn that and not some fake friend!  I pray you learned more than Louie.  Today, don't blend in with the world.  Rather, stand out for Jesus!  As the first verse of the hymn goes,"Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross; lift high his royal banner, it must not suffer loss. From victory unto victory his army shall he lead, till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed.


Hear The Word-  Rom 10:17; Acts 4:4

We Must Believe or Have Faith-  Heb 11:6; Acts 16:31

We Must Repent-  Lk 13:3; Acts 17:30

We Must Confess Christ Before Others-  Mt 10:32; Acts 8:37

We Must Be Immersed Into Christ (Baptized)-  1Pe 3:21; Mk 16:16; Acts 2:38  

We Must Remain Faithful-  Rev 2:10; Acts 14:22

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