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|A Message of Encouragement from Phil Botha|
One afternoon Phil and I sat down to lunch in his home when an unexpected visitor arrived who was in the ministry. Fortunately I had forgotten to switch off my cassette recorder as this classic occasion became such a pivotal point in the visitors life which I personally saw change overnight and he went on to win thousands of souls for Christ in S. Africa. Brian (who gave us permission to print this but not his real name) proceeded to enlighten Phil of how difficult it was in the ministry and his struggle to survive. Once he had finished, Phil's face lit up as he started sharing from the heart and in his uncanny way quoting scripture, explaining and making comparisons at the same time?
"90% of all your problems are self induced and easy to remedy if you are willing to obey what you have previously read in your bible. Every single saint goes through the exact same problems you and I do. But every time they fall its just simply a lack of knowledge of the bible and they forget what Christ has already done for them.(11 Peter 1: 9)
At your conversion you admitted to being a sinner (John 8:44) and you were of your father the devil, so you automatically sinned by nature and the lusts of your father. You were a servant of sin (John 8:34) and if you died without Christ you would have died in sin (John 8:24). Once you confessed your sin to Jesus (1 John 1: 9) He personally forgave you of every sin that you had committed in your life (1 John 1: 7). You seem to have so quickly forgotten, that a saint no longer lives under guilt or condemnation and makes it pointless for any Christian to try and follow the Jewish Ten Commandments to justify themselves before the Lord (Romans 8:1-2).
All Christians are justified instantly by grace and through faith alone at their conversion and not of their good works (Galatians 2:16). The day you were born-again, God implanted His own desires of righteousness into your heart and mind (Hebrews 10:15-17) and He promised never again to ever remember or recall any sin of yours He had forgiven! Therefore if you are spiritually mature enough to grasp this or not every single natural desire in your heart right now is programmed to literally serve, love, please and worship God.
Because once your sins have been completely removed and you are cleansed within, you possess the righteousness of God within you (11 Corinthians 5:21) and that righteousness alone is the only requirement anyone needs to enter Heaven or have their name written in the Lambs Book of Life. You have never seen a dolphin being coaxed or taught how to dive or swim as the mother was a natural diving, swimming dolphin herself. Likewise if you would live naturally and follow your spiritually implanted Heavenly desires, you would also live Abundantly like Jesus did in the Word.
The best part of the gospel which so few pastors ever preach is that no born-again believer can sin before they are first tempted by the enemy (1 John 3: 9). Just think of that for a moment Brian? When Adam fell from Grace, he simply and literally lost the ability to say think and do anything good in God's eyes (Genesis 6: 5). Ever since then man's been unable to communicate with God due to his heart (Mark 7:20-23). Christ came in pure human form with all our limitations and weaknesses (Hebrews 2:16-18) to save us and to prove every Spirit filled believer can live without sin on a daily basis..if they abide in His Word, His Word will abide in them.
On top of all of that, Paul said there will never ever be any temptation too hard, too high, too powerful or too difficult to overcome regardless of how young or weak they are in Him (1 Corinthians 10:13). From where I came from and countless conversations with my spirit-guide, I can personally assure you every temptation permitted by God to reach you Brian, is always and only something in your past that you already have victory over. (by this time the visitor was weeping unashamedly before God).
Brian never forget as long as you minister and breathe. Your own perception of what is written in the bible and your obedience to Gods voice will either set you glorious free or imprison you for life as a son of God. Never let anyone alter the course you have been called to take by God and you shall be blessed when doing and following His Word and not just reading it.
Live naturally for Jesus Christ and minister honestly by following your natural God instilled desires and conscience. Regardless of any pastors opinions, pet doctrines or new ministries popping up to deceive saints of their joy. Stand firm in the Word of God and love unconditionally, serve others and know that this is what Jesus did daily and it always pleased His Father above.
Live as best you can in the freedom you have inherited from Christ's Word, but above all things. Never criticize or follow those who claim to know Christ, yet their lives clearly contradict His Word. Abundant life is yours to live and never ever charge for the service of your ministry. Public performance is only equal to private prayer life as the laborer is worthy of his hire. Give God thanks in everything and you shall then triumph in all things (11 Corinthians 2:14).
Lastly when Christians with baggage or even pastors with hand luggage try and convince you how hard it is to follow Jesus example so they HAVE TO sin daily (without a single scripture to back up that heresy). Dont argue or waste time debating their very unbiblical lifestyle. Rather let them feel the Love of Christ emanating from your person as they hear the truth from your lips for the first time in their lives.
"Christianity still remains the easiest life to live on earth today. It's just ignorant pastors with baggage, family and weak brothers and sisters... who try to make it so very complicated."
Now go and ENJOY and live Abundant Life in Him!