The Christian life is a life style change away from what the worldly person thinks. It’s a new way to live. It’s a different set of instructions from what the people of this world are doing, whose reward is in this life (1 John 2:15-17).
What is highly esteemed among the people of this world is detestable in God eyes (Luke 16:15), and what the people of this world consider wisdom is foolishness to God (1 Corinthians 3:19). Imagine that.
When you go to the counselors, what advice will you get (Colossians 2:8)? From what viewpoint will they speak (1 John 4:5-6)? Go ahead and give me the best plans for life without scripture, so that I will know what not to do (Galatians 5:17).
As evidence they say, “This is how successful people have done it before you,” but how can they measure success against God’s Word? Their plans may seem to work out, but who knows their end? Who has success, those who die with Him in this life, or those who live for this life (Matthew 16:24-25, John 12:24-25, 2 Timothy 2:11, Romans 6:5)?
In blindness, those who store up wrath for the day of God’s wrath (Romans 2:5), say to the righteous, “Follow me,” but they have no idea where they are headed (Psalm 73). They live by what they see (2 Corinthians 5:7), and their philosophy is based on the percentage of people who have made a good show in the flesh. Who seeks the path that most people take (Luke 13:22-28)?
The righteous receive their due on earth (Proverbs 11:31, 1 Peter 4:17-19), and are taken from this life, but who considers it (Isaiah 57:1, John 8:51, Hebrews 11:5-6). Would you recognize them in their struggles (Matthew 5:10-12, 1 Peter 5:10, Philippians 1:29, Romans 8:17, Galatians 4:29, Luke 6:26)?
The righteous live according to what is written and repent when they don’t (Romans 4:18-24, Hebrews 6:4-12). Turning toward God’s Word will take away the discipline, but those who hate instructions love death (Proverbs 15:9-10, 1 Corinthians 11:32).
The righteous do not allow their mouths to speak against what is written; not even their hearts (Romans 10:6-8). They constantly store away God’s Word in their hearts so that it will always come out of their mouths (Matthew 12:33-37, John 7:38, Romans 12:-12, Hebrews 5:11-14). They live by faith, the evidence of things not seen, without shrinking back (Hebrews 11:1, 10:36-39, Galatians 2:19-21, 3:7-11, Romans 1:17, Colossians 1:21-23).
Who are the righteous? Be careful to recognize them by the fruit that describes them, because Satan’s ministers transform themselves as ministers of righteousness (2 Corinthians 11:13-15, Matthew 7:15-23), with signs (Matthew 24:24, 2 Thessalonians 2:9-15). However, they will not teach you the doctrine of abiding in Jesus Christ (2 John 1:8-11, John 15:1-17). Know that!
Consider the ways of the righteous and live (Romans 4:6-8)! Why should you die (Ezekiel 33:11-16)? I’m Alan Ballou; a servant. www.howtostopsinning.com