3 Attitudes That Will Get Us To Heaven
As I began to focus more on my life lately as Christian, there spare some things I've narrowed down on.
I personally believe that these 3 things are key to living for God.
There really not any particular order, but I thought I would like to share them....
1. A love for God and His Righteousness
One of the most pro-founding statements by Jesus himself was to, " Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness."
The number 1 thing is to have a true genuine love for God. Throughout the scriptures, from old to new, we find that God wants to me first in our life and no one else.
The story of the rich young ruler is one that we can all learn from...
And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God:but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother:and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up:what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven:and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful:for he had great possessions.
Jesus said if any man wants to follow Him, he must deny himself and pick up his cross and follow me.
And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength:this is the first commandment.
They that hunger and thirst after righteousness shall be filled!
A desire to want more of God everyday and to love His Word.
I may have made some mistakes, but I never lost my desire to stay in the Church!
Its our desire for God that keeps us.
A desire to be like Him. For Christ is our perfect example..
We must learn to..
Love what He loves
Hate what He hates.
I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes:
I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.
David loved God with all of his heart. Loved righteousness!
Thats why he was able to be victorious as he was....because when we are in love with Him and living right we will be victorious!
The apostle John said it best...
1 John 2:15
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
2. Willing to Fight
In every Holy Ghost filled Christian, there has to be a lot of fight in us.
Living for God is not for the weak, nor for the unstable. As Bishop Martin would say, " you cant be like a jellyfish but must have a backbone to live for God!"
2 Corinthians 10:4-6
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
Im not talking about a physical fight, but a spiritual fight everyday. Fighting and submitting our flesh to the Spirit of God. Its not always easy and a lot of times we fail, because we still dwell in a fleshly body. But we must pick ourselves up and keep going forward!
I found overcoming my flesh involves me telling it what it needs to do.
For example: " Ok, flesh today your fasting."
Saying No to our wants. Saying No to temptation when its presented before our eyes
We all have to find it in us when the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life try to attack us, to say No.
But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. … I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word. … Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:11, 16, 105).”
The apostles had boldness to fight the fight of faith is bc they were living righteously. They had no fear because they were connected to the God they served. Always in prayers, and fastings. Praying in the Holy Ghost.
Standing against the enemy. Coming out from among the world and being separate.
Sometimes thats a fight.
It seems that we are always fighting against something.....
Fighting against bad attitudes,
Fighting against lustful thoughts,
Fighting against bitterness,
Fighting against unbelief.
It seems that when you get victory, something else arises...it seems to never end...
But one day it will all end!
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake:but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
It will end one day...we must learn just to keep on fighting!
3. Submission to a man of God.
“Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you” (Hebrews 13:17).”
Ive been living for God for over 10 years now and i don't think I've ever seen anyone truly live for God without a preacher.
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
You can not be saved without a preacher!
Throughout the years Ive seen people who had excellent ministries, could flat out preach. Seen people with anointed talent in music. But for some reason they would leave to go somewhere because they make think the "grass is greener on the other side" or at another church. Maybe because they feel like they need to spread their wings. Thats all good but as long as you have the blessings of YOUR PASTOR! If you dont have the blessings of your pastor then you defiantly dont have the blessings of God.
The people I have seen leave without the blessings of the man of God have fallen terribly.
They are either not in church or not fully preaching what they once embraced.
We must keep ourselves submitted to the man of God in our lives. For this is the government of God.
But dont just submitted in ministry only, but in our personal lives.
Jumping from church to church because you dont like it them the pastor lays in down is not going to save you or your family!
I like to call these people "Church Hoppers" or " Church Bums"
I know whats it like to church hop because my mother who backslide from the truth, couldnt submit.
Many people have the attitude that " No man is going to tell me what to do."
Like the Bishop use to say, " Someone is going to tell you what to do. Someone is going be over you. Your boss, government, family, or whoever. But someone is going to tell you what to do! Why not the pastor, who is going to only love you and watch out for your soul?"
Thats the problem that backsliders, charamsctis, and evangelicals all have in common. They dont want a man over them. Thats why they can not get faithful tithe payers and dedicated saints for over 25 years.
Like Bro Johnny Godair said..."There aint no one more faithful than the Jesus Name Pentecostals!"
Take a time and thank your Pastor for being our watchman on the wall.
Conclusion: 1. We must love the Lord with all of our heart and His Word.
2. Desire to Fight the Fight of Faith
3. Submitting to the Pastor
I believe if we master these 3 things we will be successful in our walk with God!