Sequel: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Music plays) ta da ta da ta da

Dr. Jekyll is now addicted to his alter ego, he cannot help himself to drinking the potion that turns him into the ravenous beast that lusts to kill and destroy. He is fully aware of this atrocity for during the day his memory replays like a bad exciting dream the events from the night before. The good citizens love Dr. Jekyll and they are completely unaware of the evil that lurks within.
Christians today are not much different sad to say listen to Philippians 3:17 (NASB) “brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us. For many walk,of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ.” Paul is saying here that many false teachers who claim to be Christians walk as enemies of the cross. The good people of the church love Dr. Christian but are unaware of the evil that lurks within that comes out in the darkness. These types of people are legalistic and deny the grace of God who set us free teaching everyone that works will get us into heaven, when in fact according to Ephesians 2:8 (NASB)”for by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as the result of works, so that no one may boast.” Many of the Jews prior to the cross of Christ worked their way to salvation, but God did this so that they would understand that they could not do it of themselves in their own strength that they needed God Acts 15.

In 2 Timothy 3:5 (KJV) “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” Some people act like Christians but do not have intimacy with Christ on a personal level thereby denying the power of the Holy Spirit working in their lives. Everything they do is without God’s help for they do not need it because they are so full of themselves and their own abilities. Paul says from such people turn away from them, do not hang out with them, nor fellowship with them. Jude 1:12 (NIV) talks about these people………”These men are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm–shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted–twice dead.” Discern by the Holy Spirit who these people are and turn away from them but always be kind and loving and praying for their salvation. You will know them by their fruits, by their deeds, by their attitudes and who they give all the glory and credit too. Be careful my dears friends of for we are living in the last days and these days are evil so be wise as a serpent but harmless as a dove.

Intimacy With Christ,


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