DID JESUS TEACH MEN TO LOVE THEMSELVES? Part 3<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
The Gospel of our LORD is to learn to "love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment" and to "esteem others BETTER than ourselves. Look NOT every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus...(who) made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant...he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." (Philippians 2:3-8)
Friend, what reconciliation does this text (above) have with the satanic, self-love message we hear peddled today in "Christian" circles? Obviously, the two messages are completely opposite and originate from two opposing entities. One of the ways we know and discern who is truly behind a leader is by whose message that leader is peddling/promoting - God's or Satan's. Let's contrast: Doesn't the satanic bible say, "Do what thou wilt"? The Bible says, "God is love." (1 John 4:8) Remember, Love Gives, Lust Gets. God says to "deny thyself." Satan says, "indulge, or, love thyself." Which of these two messages have you placed yourself under and internalized? Are you being called, through the messages you are hearing, to deny yourself or to indulge yourself?
Jesus came to be crucified. According to Holy Writ, the Christ-centered life is all about laying down our lives like Christ did for us, and living to bring His blessing to others, not ourselves. Let us consider what the Holy Spirit seeks to communicate to our hearts in these following words of Scripture, and may He grant us ears to hear what He is saying to us - that we might obey Him, be fully pleasing to the Savior, be kept from deception and evil, and be ready for the soon return of Christ.
"Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God." 1 Peter 4:1-2
"And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again." 2 Corinthians 5:15
"He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked." 1 John 2:6
God's Love Gives"God so loved the world that he GAVE...." so that all men could have eternal life now and in Heaven and life more abundantly, right? (Jn. <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />3:16, 10:10).Contrasting Jesus Christ's and Satan's peddlers, the apostle Paul says:
"Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. (For MANY walk, of whom I have told you often (warned), and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly (self appetites), and whose glory is in their shame (they proudly teach what they should be ashamed of), who mind earthly things.) For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself." Philippians 3:17-21
Self-love is the cry of the deceivers who prey upon the unpurged lusts of men. The exploding "seeker-sensitive" movement which is the path to building a "mega-church, is the epitome of this. The self-gratification messages of these smiling wolves causes people to live in sin against the holiness of Jesus, and self-focused and not God and others focused. Could this be the reason that there is so little evangelism and discipleship transpiring among those who call themselves Christians? The Balaam (false) prophets of this late hour teach people to seek self-gain. The "many false prophets" in our midst arrogantly twist God's Word and teach us to use His Word for selfish gain and the betterment of self. In fulfillment of last days prophetic warnings ..
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