Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

We’ve seen the movies, we are fascinated with seeing the transformations of Dr. Jekyll into Mr.Hyde. Seeing one with a good nature who is sweet and kind to everyone around him only to turn into a ravenous beast at night. However, it is by his own free will and choice that he does this. You see Dr.Jekyll is a scientist who creates this formula that transforms him into a beast of a man with no reserves toward his lustful nature.
The sad thing about this story is there is a man in the bible who had this sad type of condition by his own free will and choice…..his name is Judas Iscariot. He loved money and often stoled what was in the bag because he was the group treasurer John 12:6. Oh Judas said the right words, by all appearances he was a disciple of Jesus Christ. However, his sinful lust for money eventually got the best of him. The ultimate culmination of His sin is when he betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.
Look in Mark 14:21 (KJV) The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born.
By the creator of heaven earth said unto him that it would be better if he had never been born….wow….what a tragic end to a promising future.
Interestingly enough is the fact that we see Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde sitting in our pews Sunday after Sunday, listening to the very words of God putting on a good show and by all appearances look and talk like one of Jesus disciples. However, just like Judas the culmination of their sins will be too much for them to bear with what they lost in the process. People do not fully realize what they have until they lost it. Judas realized this when he went out and sought forgiveness…..oops I guess reading what the Bible says it sadly didn’t happen that way did it? Judas went out and hung himself. In sin people do not think rationally because of the distance they put between them and God Isaiah 59:2. You won’t either my friend turn from sin and look unto God who will give you something better, something more lasting, whats the word I’m looking for? Oh yes….something eternal. Think and ponder your actions, renew your mind in Christ as it says in Romans 12:2 (NASB) “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” You by this verse renewing our minds in Christ will help us to think more clearly, so that you may prove what the will of God is. Please my friends as James admonishes us in 1:22 be ye a doers of the word and not hearers only, look also in verse 25 this man will be blessed in his deed. We will be blest following wholly after God with all our hearts with all our minds and with all our strength.

Intimacy with Christ,
Richard

Coach! Take Me Off The Field I Want to Sit on the Bench!

INTIMACY WITH CHRIST: Coach! Take Me Off The Field I Want to Sit on the Bench! No one ever wants to sit on the sidelines, everybody want to get out in the field to play football or on the floor to play basketball. Participation in something whether it is a sports or chess matches or cooking is what being human is all about. But, why is participation a must for everything else in life except doing the work of the Lord? In church everyone wants to sit on the sidelines, they want to sit on the bench in order to be a good sponge for the Lord.
John 9:4-5 (KJV) 4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. The work of Jesus was to be the light of the world and to present the truth of God thereby setting the captives free.

You must realize I must be about my Father’s business, twelve year old Jesus said to his mother and earthly step father in Luke 2: 49
A twelve year old understood this! Where is our drive and determination as adults who realize there is a heaven to gain and hell to shun, or why would they attend church services every Sunday. We cannot keep the good news of Jesus Christ to ourselves the gospel must be presented to the lost. Matthew 4: 23,9: 35,11:5,MArk 1: 14-15,16:15,Luke 3:18,4:18

Acts 1:8 (KJV) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
After the disciples received power when the Holy Ghost came upon them does it say they just sat back and did nothing? No, he tells them to be His witnesses unto the uttermost part of the earth. They went and did just that.

Even in the book of James 1:22 (KJV) it says, But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

We deceive ourselves if we are just hearers only and not doers of the word, for what good is the word of God if it is not put into practice or shared? No one will ever benefit from it.
James 4:17 therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

We must get off the bench and into the work of the Lord for the joy that is within us. To be so excited about Jesus with His plan of salvation and escaping the pits of hell, that we could not resist sharing with as many people as possible so they could enjoy him too.
If this is hard for you be honest before God and tell Him how hard it is for you and He will give you the strength to do it. Tip: the more you do it the easier it gets. Knowledge of how to do it also gives you confidence as well.

Intimacy with Christ,

Richard Wafford