Monday, April 11, 2011

Becoming Conformed unto Christ!

    • Be NOT conformed to the world!

My Lord I Did Not Choose You

My Lord, I did not choose You,
For that could never be;
My heart would still refuse You,
Had You not chosen me.
You took the sin that stained me,
You cleansed me, made me new;
Of old You have ordained me,
That I should live in You.

Unless Your grace had called me
And taught my op’ning mind,
The world would have enthralled me,
To heav’nly glories blind.
My heart knows none above You;
For Your rich grace I thirst;
I know that if I love You,
You must have loved me first.

Your love has been forever,
From all eternity;
It's drawing power never,
Shall be withdrawn from me;
I feel that I am kept by
The strength of love divine,
And when I wake in heaven,
All glory shall be Thine!
Josiah Conder first & second verses
Elder Roland Green third verse
 
Salvation is of the LORD! Entirely up to His will. The Lord has predestinated some. If we want to assure ourselves that we are among the elect of God, we must be about the business of conforming our lives to be more and more like unto the image of Christ’s. If you are NOT conforming your life to His, then you have NO hope or assurance that you are one of His! Works do not save us eternally, legally, vitally, or finally, BUT they DO save us practically! In other words they make our calling and election sure.

“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” - 2 Peter 1:5-11

“And not rather, (as some slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil that good may come? Whose damnation is just.” Romans 3:8
I found it interesting to note that the devil believes in predestination!
“And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? Art thou come hither to torment us before the time?” Matthew 8:29
What is the difference between we & he? : We must make the difference by conforming ourselves to the Lord Christ! (something that the devils are not doing I am quite certain!)
 
We who believe the truth of predestination will be held to great account in the day of judgment. If we live hypocritically, in that we do not strive to be conformed to the Lord Jesus Christ, we will be subject to the great wrath of God. We must examine ourselves and ask:
  • How much do I look like/act like Jesus of Nazareth right now?
  • how much do we look more like him than last year?
  • Are we conformed? continuing to conform?

There is NO hope for those who do not show any conformation to be more like the image of Christ! Speak like Jesus Christ; love like Jesus Christ; treat others as Jesus Christ treated them;. Conform ALL aspects of your life to Him!

“I beseech ye therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1,2

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” -2Corinthians 5:17

“For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” –1 Corinthians 2:16

These are the things we should throw off (our old man’s deeds) and the some of the things we should put on to conform ourselves to Christ! Thank you LORD for making it plain!:

“But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” –Colossians 3:8-17

Also:

“For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;” –Hebrews 7:26

And:

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” –Psalm 1

More Holiness Give Me!

More holiness give me,
More strivings within;
More patience in suffering,
More sorrow for sin;
More faith in my Saviour,
More sense of His care;
More joy in His service,
More purpose in prayer.
 
More gratitude give me,
More trust in the Lord;
More pride in His glory,
More hope in His Word;
More tears for His sorrows,
More pain at His grief;
More meekness in trial,
More praise for relief.
 
More purity give me,
More strength to o'er-come;
More freedom from earth stains,
More longings for Home;
More fit for the kingdom,
More useful I'd be;
More blessed and holy,
More, Saviour, like Thee.
 
-P. P. Bliss
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