What Is a True Christian? #2
by Loy Clements
(Springhill, LA. U.S.A.)
Text: Philippians 2:7
Introduction: I am going to start this second part of "What is a True Christian" sharing with you about my daughter right after she was born. Only a few days old we had to rush her back to the hospital in De Queen, Arkansas.
We lived about forty miles from the hospital. Angela died in her mom's arms: I was driving as fast as I could while praying. Jackie, her mom being a nursing school student, was giving her c.p.r. She was breathing, and alive when we ran her into the emergency room, but barely.
Walking down the hall the Lord spoke these words to me, "Children are a blessing from the Lord." I said, "Lord you are not going to give us this blessing and then take her away from us, are you?" Before Angela reached the age of two months she had a death experience and eye surgery.
The key to the success in these areas was as True Christians our family took our stand on God's Word. Anytime our stand is in His Word, He will be faithful and just to bring it to pass in the lives of those who "let God be true, and every man a liar."
I. True Christians work the Word of God by the power of the Father.
This is how Jesus healed the sick, raised the dead, and fed five thousand men. When He fed all those men, most theologians say there was between twenty five to thirty thousand people there counting the women and children. Jesus working the word fed them all on a little boy's sack lunch!
John 14:10 "Believeth thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The word that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the work."
True Christians have only one position in their life: what does Gods Word say. If God said it, then it is so! A True Christian never questions God's Word. A True Christians is never double minded when it comes to decide if they are going to believe The Word or not.
Because 1st Peter 2:24 says by Jesus' stripes we are healed. A True Christian believes they are healed no matter how they feel, or what the circumstances look like! We are healed by Jesus' stripes, and it is settled! A true Christian will always have a faith atittude.
True Christians will lay their life down on the Word. True Christians are not only hearers of God's Word, but they are doers of it also. True Christians have their lives built on the solid foundation of Gods Word.
Matthew 7:24,25 "Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: and the rain descended, and floods came, and the wind blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock."
A true Christian is like the wise little pig that built his house with brick, and the big black wolf couldn't blow it down. The neat thing about True Christians and the little pig story, lives are saved!
The foolish little pigs built their houses with hay and stubble. Their houses fell but they found security in their brothers house of brick. The faith of a True Children will protect their family and friends that have built their lives on sand.
Acts 16:31 "And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house."
Isaiah 60:21, 22 "Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land forever, the branch of my planting, the works of my hands, that I may be glorified. A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in His time."
The things built on nothing less than God's faith and righteousness will stand anything this old world can bring against a True Christian. The True Christian dwells in the secret place of the Most High.
Psalms 91:1,2 "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust."
II. True Christians' prayers are heard because of their reverance for the Father.
Hebrews 5:7 "Who in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayer and supplications with strong crying and tears unto Him that was able to save Him from death, and was heard in that He feared."
A True Christian prays like Jesus with reverance for God. Fear: yoolabiah: caution (religiously)reverance (piety); by implying dread: - feared. (Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible).
True Christians don't spend all their time praying for themselves. Love dictates the giving of one's life for the life of those that are lost. When the righteous man does not love the lost, then the lost just stays lost!
Matthew 15:14 "Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both shall fall in the ditch."
Isaiah 9:16 "For the leader of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are distroyed."
True Christian leadership comes through the reverence of the Father! He is God! As leaders we must not only honor Him as God, but we must train those under our leadership to honor Him as the one ture God also.
A failure in the leadership means a failure in God's Will being done in the earh. If Gods Will is not done His Kingdom cannot come.
In the third part of this message of True Christian reality, I will share with you about True Christians being the vessels of God and True Christians being workers of righteousness. Amen.
Note from Mark: Looking forward to the 3rd part!