I wish I could convince people that we are different, that we are suppose to be different. It seems in this age we hate to be different from our neighbour and just try to fit in, not wanting to cause any trouble at all. We just want to live our life anonymously, without anyone taking note. There are those who try to stand out in our society but they do it through rebellion and for selfish reasons. But to find people who stand out from the norm because of God's righteousness, his power and because they believe they are part of a rescue team, is a hard thing to do. We are different and the sooner we accept that the better this world will be for it.
To be a follower of Jesus Christ is to be a new creation. You are no longer controlled by your sin nature but instead by the righteousness of God. This means that you live the way God has created you to live; to love everyone, to consider others more important than yourself, to be generous toward others, to always seek the good of others, to share the good news of Jesus Christ with anyone who will listen. It is due to this righteousness, to the love of Christ that we are compelled to warn people of their destruction and to show them the rescue plan. There is another difference as well, a big one: We are possessed by the Spirit of God and are filled by the resurrection power.
We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. (1 Corinthians 2:12)
This is the thing we need to be absolutely sure of, that we are not possessed by the spirit of the world but by the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God works to change us into the character of Jesus; the spirit of the world moves us away from the character of Jesus. The Spirit of God causes the priority of others to rise up over ourselves, but the spirit of the world lifts us up ahead of anyone else. There are huge differences but one of the greatest advantages is that we begin to understand spiritual matters. We understand what God has freely given us. Our entire language begins to change:
This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. (1 Corinthians 2:13)
This is what I find so frustrating, when the leaders in the Church try to guide by the wisdom of this world. They get some caught up in their "knowledge" and the "wisdom" they have been taught in their great institutions of education, so that they fall into the trap of treating the Church like an institution of this world. The Church is not of this world, she was not birthed by this world, she does not operate according to the wisdom of this world and man has no part with her. However, the new creation does and the new creation is birthed by the Spirit as was the Church.
There is no amount of teaching, learning or education that can come close to what the Spirit reveals to us. You could study the Word until Jesus returns but if you do not have the Spirit and if the Spirit is not teaching you, you will have gained nothing. Spiritual truths can only be grasped and understood by those possessed by the Spirit because only the Spirit gives understanding:
The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Corinthians 2:14)
I will not listen to what the world has to say about spiritual truths because they have nothing to add to my understanding. They are the dark who have never seen the light trying to explain to the light what the light looks like. Ridiculous! On top of that we must test the spirit when it comes to the teaching we submit ourselves to in the Church. I am not referring to the false prophets but of those who teach with carnal minds, who do not have the Spirit and are forced to teach from their flesh, their human knowledge. There are a lot of confused people who do not even realize they are confused, leading a bunch of other confused people, and they are all happy in the process. These are the ones who make it their business to teach against the Word of God and who want everyone to fit in, conform to our society. They teach homosexuality is okay, that abortion is appropriate, that Muslims are no different than Christians and we really don't need to worry about hell because , even if it does exist, God's love would not allow it. Wake up people, they are calling Jesus a liar. Do you hear me? A liar!
It is time to rise up in the Spirit, to stop conforming to this world, to stop trying to bring peace when Jesus said there would be division because of him, and start living the life God called us to so that Jesus would be lifted up and people would be rescued. It's not easy but Jesus warned us it wouldn't be. However, it is just for a short time that we must face this kind of suffering as the world hates us because soon we will be with Jesus in glory. Come on my friends, live the life you were saved to live, life in the Spirit of God.