If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not (don’t practice) the truth – 1st John 1:6
Light represents what is good, pure, true, holy and reliable when darkness represents sin and evil. Light is also related to truth, it exposes whatever exists, whether it’s good or bad. Just as darkness can’t exist in the presence of light, sin can’t exist in the presence of a holy God.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers having itching ears. And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables (2nd Timothy 4:3-4). It’s difficult to accept correction, to be told we have to change. The Word of God is our instructions for living according to the Word of God, there is no other way around it. Either we will live according to His Word or we will reject His Word, we can’t live in between, it’s either holiness, being separated from the world or living a life of hypocrisy. Many times Christians will seek out churches that will give them a good feeling, indoctrinating them to think on the things of the world rather than thinking on heavenly things. This world, will one day pass away, Jesus is on His way back for the church, and He is coming for a church without a wrinkle, blemish or a spot (That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish – Ephesians 5:27). Wrinkle meaning we should be filled with His Spirit, flowing in righteousness like running water. Spot, we shouldn’t have any defect (nothing lacking in our spiritual walk. Nothing defecting our spirit by our emotions, nothing that would be a disgrace. Blemish, meaning faultless through our righteousness in Christ Jesus when we have submitted ourselves to God and His Word.
For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul (Job 27:8)? There is an appointed time we have to appear before God for the life we have lived, there will be no excuses for what we did or didn’t do. Many are in church and living opposite of what God has instructed every Christian to live by. We cannot live and have fellowship with God, when we’re living in disobedient of His Word. How many times have you been in Church and the Spirit of God was moving in the congregation, but you didn’t feel His Spirit? Matter of fact, when were living according to God’s Word not only will He meet us in the Church, but we can feel His presence in our homes. In order to have fellowship with God, we have to realize we’re in need of His help, and He will help, when we ask Him to help us to live according to His Word.
Christianity is not a bunch of rules of does and don’t; the Bible which is God’s written word is for the believers instructions to live by, it’s our passport to Heaven. Satan have blinded the eyes of those who want to live for God, but yet live according to their desires,but when we do, it hinders us from growing in the Spirit, the fruit of the Spirit will not be in manifestation when we live according to our fleshly desires. You may not be committing fornication or adultery, but you’re watching it on television and if it’s a series, you’re watching every series with expectation. As Christians we can’t be consumed with the things of the world, there is nothing wrong with watching television, but it’s what you’re watching that is killing your relationship with the Father. What we watch and hear goes into our spirit and will stunt our spiritual growth.
Many Christians attend church, but never have a set time to read and study God’s Word, they don’t have fast days and they wonder why they aren’t growing spiritually. The Bible gives us instructions in how to grow spiritually,but if the individual never takes the time to read the Word, how can they be doers of what they aren’t aware of? God holds every Christian responsible for their spiritual growth, and its more than attending church once a week. As Christians we cannot participate in everything that the world is doing; we are in the world, but we’re not of the world. Spiritual adultery is just a bad as physical adultery (Ye adulterers and adulteress, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God – James 4:4). We will either serve the Creator of the Universe or we will serve the father of lies, Satan. We cannot live according to the world standards and believe we will go to heaven, that’s a lie from Satan to keep people hell bound (Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you – 2nd Corinthians 6:17).
God has an everlasting love for us, but He will not allow sin to enter into His kingdom, if we die in our sins, in hell shall we lift up our eyes (And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life – Revelation 21:27). It’s so much hypocrisy in the church, and it shouldn’t be; Christian night clubs, Christian stepping, envy, jealousy, gossiping, unbelief and doubt; the very thing God has instructed Christians not to do, is what they are doing .
Most employers have an employee handbook, it’s the responsibility of the employee to read the manual and get familiar with the guidelines. If the employee does something that is against the rules in the handbook they can be fired because of negligence of not reading the rules. God’s Word has authority over any rule man can make, and just like the employer, if the people of God does not comply to what is written in the handbook of the Lord, they will miss Heaven and end up in hell, and yes God will still love you, but He will not go against His Word. Too many times people are being preached to about how much God loves them and not telling them, God loves them, but if they don’t comply to the Word of God they are hell bound.
Every Christian is held responsible for their dedication to God, and His Word, don’t compare yourself to others, but compare yourself to the Word of God, and when we do that, we can always see where we need more of His help to live this Christian life.
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God: as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them: and I will be their God and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, said the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you – 2nd Corinthians 6:16-17
As Christians we should live a holy life that reflects the nature of God. He or she should separate themselves from actions, influences or people that will contaminate them. A Christian should apply biblical principles to their life daily.
Mark 9:49-50 For every one shall be salted (seasoned) with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt. V:50 – Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltiness, wherewith will ye reason it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another
Salt is a preservative, it protects from harm, damage, keeps food from spoiling, it gives flavor.