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(For many walk of whom I have told you often, 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, and whose glory is their shame, who mind earthly things)Php. 3:18-19.

Let’s say you just read Col. 3:23 which states, “do everything cheerfully as to the Lord, and not unto men…” Now you’re in church and you see it needs to be tidied up and you do it. The pastor notices the effort and not only pays you a compliment, but, unexpectedly, a little sum of money as well. Johnny sees this and wonders why you’re getting attention, and how can he get paid. Is he being carnal or spiritual? Obviously, he’s being carnal because his focus is not purely on the love of God; his focus is centered on the money. Life’s concerns makes it hard for Johnny to devote time to getting into the Holy Bible the way you do. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” – Mat. 6:33.

If only he’d read I Cor. 15:35-49 he would learn to care for his more glorious incorruptible spiritual body. If only he’d read I Pet. 1:3-5 he would discover the incorruptible inheritance reserved in Heaven for saints. If only he’d read I Cor. 9:25 he would know gaining self-mastery would earn him an incorruptible crown. Also, if only he’d read Eph. 2:4-10 he would see God’s grace, not his works, gives us the greatest reward which is an undeserved salvation!

O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.” – Rom. 7:34-35. To serve the law of God includes doing the works of God, which is to believe on Him who He sent (Jhn. 6:29). In Mat. 11:28 Jesus call for all those “…who labor to come unto Me and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of Me.” Learning about Jesus, who “do always those things that pleases Him (Jhn. 8:29), makes one royal.

Prv. 25:2 reads, “it is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the honor of kings to search out a matter.” Anger, Lust, Greed, Attachment, and Ego (add Envy and Laziness) are traits that displeases God, which Johnny could overcome by reading! It’s written “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge(Hos. 4:6). In each situation Johnny gets so distracted from one or more of these seven sinful traits that he gives up trying to find life’s purpose, which is to connect to The Source by faith and to grow by studying His Word!

Beat down by the Devil (and, egad, “worldly Christians”), Johnny then becomes estranged from the church. “A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, and contentions are like the bars of a castle (Prv. 18:19).” Now he’s like the Prodigal son (Luk. 15:11-32) and fixates on carnality, until he realizes the need for wisdom.

How much better to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver (Prv. 16:16).” The King of Kings allows to Heaven those who studied, locking out the hedonistic, or heathen (Luk. 13:25). “but ye…are a royal priesthood…” I Pet. 2:9.

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2 Responses to “JOHNNY STILL WON’T READ?”

  1. Roger Johnson Says:

    The spiritual experience come about through reading no more than it can by teaching; I have talked to pastors of various flavors, over a number of years, and it just doesn’t happen. It never has, no where did it come about through reading or listening to someone else; the spiritual experience is the most wonderful thing that can happen to a person, it is the goal of all wondering, but you don’t get it that way.
    Remember that Jesus great lesson came through example, from doing and experiencing and then knowing that great truth.

    Regards: Roger

  2. therev1 Says:

    God bless you, thanks for your response!

    Being that as you say that you have “talked to pastors of various flavors, over a number of years” I feel most assured that you know that before teaching many of His lessons, Christ would start with the phrase “it is written”. Mat. 5:17 reads, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.” I’m sure that you are aware that He taught the scriptures in the synagogue (Luk. 4).

    On the other hand He sought to get the people to get a more fuller understanding of the scriptures. Yes, I agree that His teaching was about giving a good example, however do you think that He was unaware of the proverb “the fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction (Prv. 1:7).”

    Finally my friend, the spiritual experience is null and void without “…the Spirit, which is the word of God (Eph. 6:17).” Jesus stated that “the Spirit quickeneth (makes alive – Jhn. 6:63). Remember, Satan is at all times trying to separate us from God’s Spirit which makes us “loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, gentle, and self-controlled!” The Bible says we are to “be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour (I Pet. 5:8).” Our main weapon against him is the “sword of the Spirit…(again Eph. 6:17)” – the Word of God which Jesus recited while dying on the cross (Psa. 22)!

    I pray blessings for you and yours!

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