How clearly defined in your heart is your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ? I feel led of the Holy Spirit to ask this very important question today because it seems to me that many in the Church don’t seem to have come to terms with who we are in Christ. Some indicators or red flags of this assertion are as follows:
1). Continued daily struggle and desire to please the flesh and fellow human beings wanting to be liked. (Jn. 2:6-17)
2). Continued appetite to think and depend on personal good works to please God rather than dependence on the Holy Spirit yielding our will to Him in obedience. (Eph. 2:8)
3). Feeling sad and disappointed when we are not appreciated for the good things we do for others and the community.
4). Thinking that God loves us less and that our sin is responsible when our prayers seem unanswered the way we want.
5). Feeling lonely and isolated even in the midst of many people around us as if no one likes us and cares. (Ps. 139)
6). Lack of desire to meditate on God’s word letting Him speak and communicate with us for purposeful guidance.
7). Lack of desire to pray to God as a lifestyle for direction and empowerment for daily living.
8). Trusting God with some aspects of our life while we hang on to other areas of our life we think we can handle better on our own. Dependence on the materials and worldly attractions pleasing the flesh. (Prov. 3:5-7)
9). Hiding our sins within us and away from God as if He doesn’t know everything about us like our first parent Adam and Eve after they sinned and disobeyed God. (Prov. 28:13)
10). Living our life like it used to be as if our faith in the Lord Jesus has not changed us to be a different transformed person with new purpose, direction and agenda that pleases the Lord God. (2 Cor. 5:17)
11). Letting our emotions and sentiments rule our life instead of the truth of God’s word that sets us free. (Jn. 8:31)
12). Loving ourselves, fellow human beings no matter how intimate /close than the Lord Jesus Christ who sacrificed and gave His life for our eternal redemption. (Matt. 10:37-39)
What this kind of lifestyle suggests is that we have not completely surrendered our life to the lordship of Jesus Christ, but simply playing or faking our faith in Him. We are yet to experience and embrace our new nature and identity in Christ. Such a spiritual condition makes us weak and more earthly focused. Like I was the first 25 years of my life within the Church is a miserable, empty life of no God focus. Having been granted a new life through the precious blood and faith in Jesus, we ought daily to fix our eyes on Him living increasingly to become like Him by the power of the Holy Spirit. That’s the way to get rid of those red flags in our life. Dr. Johnson Omoni