MEDITATION

Are You Maintaining Your Vehicle?

Romans 3:23-24

“All have sinned and are not good enough for God’s glory, and all need to be made right with God by His grace, which is a free gift.  They need to be made free from sin through Jesus Christ.” 

     None of us, no not even one, is worthy to even so much as kneel before God.  That’s right, not even one.  Because Adam and Eve decided to trust the serpent instead of obeying what God had told them in the first place, we can never, ever be good enough.  There is nothing we can ever do or ever say to meet the qualifications necessary to stand, sit, kneel, or lie prostrate in God’s magnificent presence.  From conception, we were already cursed.

     But God, in His love for us, who chose us, had compassion for what we could never be; so He came down here in the flesh to give us a chance to be good enough; and that chance was Jesus Christ and the profound love He showed to us by willingly suffering and dying on the cross for something He never did, simply because He loved us.  That’s right, He even loved those who hated Him, and those who put Him there to begin with. 

     Where it’s true that salvation is a totally free gift, it wasn’t free to Jesus; it cost Him much anguish, pain and suffering; though He would be raised again in three days, it cost Him His life.  He couldn’t have anger, pride, hatred or cursing, or He could have come down from the cross and put everyone to death, and then what would that  have meant for you and me?  I’ll tell you; death.  You see, salvation is free for the taking…but you must receive it in the first place. 

     The upkeep of salvation is not free.  Once you take it, you must allow the Lord to work in you.  You must allow Him access to your life, and to your heart.   You must pick up your cross and carry it.  You must also suffer.  I feel the need, dear brother or sister, to tell you this because time is short.  There is false teaching that you get saved and you don’t have to do anything; since it’s free, God does everything.  This is not true.  There is work we must do, or else Jesus wouldn’t have told us to pick up our cross and carry it. 

     Carrying our cross means saying no to the old things we used to do.  It means obeying God and denying the enemy, Satan, access to our lives.  It means spending time with the Lord in prayer and in His Word.  It means giving up those things the world does; for the Bible says, “Be ye separate…” from the world.  It’s hard, and God knows it, that’s why He gave us the Holy Spirit to help us carry the load.

     Although we must take the first steps on our own, the Holy Spirit will help lighten the load for us throughout our journey.  The Christian life isn’t easy, in fact, oftentimes, it’s harder.  There are so many things that seem innocent the world has to offer, but we have to deny the flesh of its desires to serve what the world has.  We will be persecuted, laughed at, made fun of, criticized…you name it, and it’ll happen.  This is why the decision of salvation is a serious matter; it is a lifelong committment, not a momentary thing one does because they are emotionally moved.  People are oftentimes hung up on, “It’s free!”  And therefore, you don’t have to do anything.  That’s true.  You didn’t have to do anything to receive it; all you had to do was accept it.

     Have you ever been given a gift that you had to take care of?  Like a car for instance.  Your dad comes along and gives you a nice car, even writes gift on the Title so you don’t have to pay any taxes.  So you take the car, and you paid him nothing because he gave it to you; it was a gift!  Does this mean that you will drive this car and never have to put gasoline in it?  Never have to get the oil changed?  Never have to get new brakes?  Nothing?  Absolutely not!  You were gifted the car, but you have to take care of it.  Some of the upkeep and repairs are more painfully expensive and will cost you more than others.  If you keep up on the maintenance, you’re bound to have less problems. 

     Do you oftentimes wait until something bad happens to take it in, which is more costly and frustrating, possibly leaving you in a terrible predicament, or stranded?  Or do you avoid this altogether by preventative maintenance?

     Have you taken the gift of salvation from your Father?  Are you maintaining the gift by staying in God’s word, talking with Him, having fellowship with other believers, exercising your authority and faith over wickedness, speaking the word against sin and temptation, and constantly crucifying your flesh?  Or, is it a gift you’ve taken, but you’ve found that over the years, it’s falling apart?  Not working?  Fruitless?  Faithless?  Nothing but raging storms and problems in your life that knock you over and leave you down with no reprieve? 

     My dear friend, we do not stand a chance in this world without maintaining the gift God so freely gave to us.  It’s not a free ticket to heaven, but a genuine committment.  I can promise you that if you’re living in a state of lukewarm and you’re living just like you did before you took Christ into your heart, you may be in a dangerous place spiritually.  Revelation 3:15-16 explicitly says, “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot: I would that you were cold or hot.  16 So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.”

  God’s word says, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord!  Lord!’ shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”  God cannot operate outside of your will.  If you’re willing a disobedient, fruitless, sinful lifestyle, you may very well be in some serious trouble.  Even if you’re a good person, if you’re not living your life in Christ, you  might want to go before God and make your way straight now, before it’s too late.  Remember, God is always ready and willing to forgive you, but first you must repent…conviction, confession of the sin, ask forgiveness, and cease the behavior.

     Jesus Christ frees us from sin through the power of His Holy Spirit; but we mustn’t abuse this.  To continue abusing this over and over is to crucify Jesus over and over.  When we continue living in sin, we reject His gift.  The gift is that we take the life of Jesus IN us, and no longer live in sin.  When we get saved, we are committing our lives to God!  We cannot defile and pollute the house of the Holy Spirit, our body, by disobedience and by serving Satan any longer. 

     Mathew 6:24 says, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other…”

     We shall all continuously make mistakes as long as we are in a body of flesh.  The question isn’t, ‘are you making mistakes from time to time and seriously repenting for them?’  Rather, the question is, ‘are you living in them?’  That, my dear friend, is the question to be considered.  All sin is sin.  There are no BIG sins, and there are no little sins.  They are all the same, save for the unpardonable sin.  Take a long look within the soul mirror and search it hard; what do you see?  Is it you, or is it He?

21 thoughts on “Are You Maintaining Your Vehicle?

  1. OUCH! This is especially true for me, “Do you oftentimes (Yes) wait until something bad happens to take it in, which is more costly and frustrating, possibly leaving you in a terrible predicament, or stranded? Or do you avoid this altogether by preventative maintenance? It happens with my relationship with Jesus all too often as well. Great Post. I am awed by the similarities I am seeing between our spiritual beliefs. I so enjoy your posts. Each one of them I’ve read challenges me to examine my own faith and how well I’m considering others better than myself. Thank you so much for this post.

    • Steven, you are a true example of our Lord because I can tell you do not have pride…or if you do, you keep it beneath the cross. Most people, I find, will not openly admit they struggle with things..when in truth, all of us do every single day. What many do not realize is that many of my posts come from my own battles, past and/or present…this is how I am able to so passionately write about them.

      I was raised Baptist; once saved, always saved. I am no longer Baptist, nor do I, any longer, support the belief of “religion,” because Jesus did not preach religion….Jesus did not say, “Be ye separate amongst brethren.” He said, “Be ye separate from the world.” We can’t be one with everyone who claims they are a Christian because there is so much false doctrine and man made rules that did not come from God. So what we must focus on is those of us who believe the gospel message, and believe Jesus is God in the flesh (the Messiah) and believe in the Holy Spirit given to us upon salvation at our great committment and meaningful acceptance of Christ as our Savior…we must unite together as one body…the body of Chirst…for such is the perfect church! The perfect church is not the Baptist, the Pentecostal, the Methodist, the Presbytirian, the Charismatic, and so forth..the perfect church is the body…ONE BODY…for Christ does not have 150 different bodies..but one…together…unified in the belief that Jesus Christ is Lord of all! Amen!

      Daily, we all are tempted by the wicked, corrupt ways of the flesh…the flesh, as even Paul said, wars against the Spirit. The flesh wants to lust, lie, cheat, steal, hate, hurt, resent, judge, get even, wallow in self pity, and so much more. This wicked thing called flesh I am presently a slave to, but thanks be to God who gives us the victory through Jesus Christ our Lord to wage war against this old man who walks in the shadows behind me! We are no longer bound to this rotting vessel in which we live…no! We are live IN Christ…Yeshua…and so we are more than conquerors each and every day. We mustn’t let the enemy say to us, “There is no hope for you! You cannot overcome your desire! You cannot win..just give in..you know you want this… Look, over here at this thing, do you not want it?” Or, “Look over there at that, it can be yours!” That is when, as Jesus, we must rise up and say, “GET THEE BEHIND ME SATAN! I’m tired of you in my church, I’m tired of you in my home! For IT IS WRITTEN, I shall have no other God’s before my God, Adonai! And Satan, you are no longer my God because I am set free by the blood of Jesus Christ! Amen!”

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  3. Good analogy with the car Lyn.
    Salvation is a free gift to us, but as you say, immensely costly to our Father God and our Saviour.

    The cost of discipleship – to take up our cross, or to count ourselves as DEAD: dead to self and self desires – might seem like an enormous price to pay, but when we do so, we find the REALITY of Christ living in us and of His abiding presence with us, and of His enabling. Yes, we face opposition. We encounter difficulties and sadness and pain and struggles, but He enables us to face these with JOY and He gives us the victory.

    What an amazing God!

  4. Very well written Lyn, the car analogy is spot on.
    As the car breaks down and often costs more to repair then because of lack of maintenance, so to does the spirit break down and the time required to recondition our spirit will be great. No such thing as an easy fix once things in our spiritual life have slid down the slippery slope.
    I hope people read this and take it to heart.

    Blessings to you my friend
    Greg

    • Aww..thanks gomer..you’re a sweetheart and a blessing! God bless you for your kind words. I certainly hope they do too…but not for gratification of me…but for Christ..time is short. Love ya in Christ and God bless you!

    • All glory to God! He loves everyone so much and wants no one left behind, nor does He desire a single soul to be lost forever in an eternity from His glorious presence! God is reaching out to so many people through His people because His mercy and love is rich! God bless you!

    • Thank you Tembisa..and God bless you for all of the reblogs! Go forth today, and every day, a nd be blessed by Him who created you, and created all things! Know as you walk through life that Jesus is holding your hand. When you lie down to sleep. your sleep shall always be sweet because He is by your side with His loving, protective arms wrapped securely about you!

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    • Be blessed Wayne! You’re a child of the King…go forth boldly into all of the world, hold your head up high against the enemy troops as they aim their weapons your way, and proclaim, “Jesus Christ Lord of Lords, and King of Kings, and I am a child of the King!” Watch their weapons wilt and their countenances pale because they truly are powerless against the sword of the Spirit of truth!

  6. This is a very well written and profound post with important implications for everyone. May God use this to bless all who read this. Thank you.

    • Hey Anonymous..not sure if you will get this, but know that the Father, YHVH, is calling all of His children together right now..and He is urging all of us who are truly in Him to go forth and shout the message of His impending return to this earth. Go forth as bold as a lion and speak truth today, tomorrow, and until the day when you see Him coming in the clouds! Don’t look back, for your redemption draweth nigh! God bless you! Be blessed today, and always as you serve Him with your WHOLE heart!

    • That’s the Holy Spirit, Drell! He loves you so much He comes and gets you and whispers in your ear, “Come my child, I have a word for you! I love you!” He loves you so very much as daily, He pours His own Spirit into your spirit, tugging at your heart, holding both your hands…He has always loved you and will never stop! For you are always beautiful and special in His sight!

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

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