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So You Want to Walk with Jesus
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ shall
enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in
Heaven” (Matthew 7:21 MKJV).
Millions profess to be born again by the Spirit of God. Millions say, “Jesus
is Lord,” and claim to walk, or want to walk, with Him. Building
after building, and organization after organization, is raised up “in
the Name of Jesus.” There is no lack of words and works, allegedly
for His glory. But what about the reality?
You say you are a Christian. You say you love the Lord, that you want
to magnify His Name, and that you want Him to be manifest in your life.
Well! Are you prepared to die? Are you prepared to give up your job,
your home, your family, your church, your comforts, and your securities?
Are you prepared to be rejected, despised, and alienated by all those
you’ve cherished, both family and friends?
Are you prepared
to forsake what you believe for what is true and take up the
Are you prepared to relinquish all rights to yourself, to live in uncertainty
of a paycheck, vocation, relationship, home, and anything in this world?
Are you prepared to be different and to identify with others who are
rejected and despised by society, institutions, and the wealthy and respectable
citizens and authorities of this world? Are you prepared to stop talking
and “knowing” and consider that you may not know as much
as you think of what it means to identify with Jesus Christ in this world
that lies in wickedness?
Are you prepared to forsake what you believe for what is true, to vacate
your comfortable pew and take up the cross? If you haven’t had
to do these things, you haven’t been His.
In Martin Luther’s day and for many previous dark centuries, to
profess Christ outside the Roman Catholic Church meant loss of property,
rights, family, and life itself. In John Wesley’s day, believers
outside the Church of England faced deadly persecution for their faith.
Many lost their possessions, freedom, and lives. But what does it take
to be a Lutheran or a Methodist today? Nothing but the mouthing of a
few words and perhaps signing a membership. It’s the same for most
organized churches bearing Christ’s Name.
Anabaptists once died for their faith. Today, their descendants are
accepted by the world, though they practice separatism in various degrees.
Pentecostals were once despised as “of the Devil,” but now
they are accepted by, and flow with, the world. That’s because
all these are of the world, not of the Kingdom of God. It’s not
that they were true because they were once persecuted for professing
Christ. Many are persecuted, not because they’re His, but because
they’re different, because they refuse to conform to mainstream
Whether of God or not, there’s a price to pay for being different.
If you’re paying no price, it’s because you conform to the
domain of the prince of this world. You’re no trouble for Satan.
If you’re paying the price of rejection by the world, however,
are you paying it because Christ in you is hated, or because you’re
Paul wrote Timothy, “All that live godly in Christ Jesus shall
suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). There are both the fruitful
and unfruitful kinds of persecution. Have you suffered persecution for
His righteousness’ sake, for the Name of the Lord, or for your
righteousness’ sake because you’ve been religious, thus provoking
people to naturally reject you?
It’s no different today from all the days of the Bible and thereafter.
Things haven’t changed. If you don’t see the things that
happened to them happening to you, then you’re with the world and
will surely perish with the world, unless you repent.
What price have you paid to walk with the Lord?
ministers go out as ministers preaching righteousness, handing
out tracts, speaking
You say you have faith. Even devils have faith:
“You believe that there is one God, you do well; even the demons
believe and tremble” (James 2:19 MKJV).
(Read Devils Also Believe in
Where does that leave you?
You say you have works in His Name. What about this?:
Matthew 7:21-23 MKJV
(21) “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ shall
enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in
(22) Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord! Lord! Did we not prophesy
in Your Name, and through Your Name throw out demons, and through Your
Name do many wonderful works?’
(23) And then I will say to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from
Me, those working lawlessness!’”
Satan’s ministers go out as ministers preaching righteousness, “witnessing” in
the Name of the Lord Jesus, handing out tracts, feeding the poor, speaking
2 Corinthians 11:13-15 MKJV
(13) For such ones are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming
themselves into the apostles of Christ.
(14) Did not even Satan marvelously transform himself into an angel of
(15) Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves
as ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their
Where does that leave you?
You say that
you go to church and read your Bible. Satan’s children
do all that and more.
You say God is your Father. Others have said the same:
John 8:39-43 MKJV
(39) They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus
answered them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would
do the works of Abraham.
(40) But now you seek to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth which
I have heard beside God; this Abraham did not do.
(41) You do the deeds of your father.” Then they said to Him, “We
are not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.”
(42) Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love
Me, for I went forth and came from God; for I did not come of Myself,
but He sent Me.
(43) Why do you not know My speech? Because you cannot hear My Word.”
You say you’ve had a salvation experience. Satan’s children
claim the same:
Acts 8:12-13 MKJV
(12) But when they believed Philip preaching the gospel, the things concerning
the Kingdom of God and the Name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized,
both men and women.
(13) Then Simon himself believed also, and being baptized, he continued
with Philip. And seeing miracles and mighty works happening, he was amazed. …
Acts 8:18-23 MKJV
(18) And when Simon saw that the Holy Spirit was given through laying
on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money,
(19) saying, “Give me this power also, that on whomever I lay hands,
he may receive the Holy Spirit.”
(20) But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because
you have thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
(21) You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is
not right in the sight of God.
(22) Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray God if perhaps
the thought of your heart may be forgiven you.
(23) For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond
You say you don’t drink or smoke, and that you go to church and
read your Bible. Satan’s children do all that and more. They also
fast and pray and give tithes and alms. Where does that leave you?
So you’ve memorized a thousand verses or whole books of Scripture.
Some Muslims memorize the entire Quran! Knowledge puffs up (1 Corinthians
You may say you’ve suffered the loss of all things. So have Buddhists,
Communists, Baha’is, Catholics, Mormons, JW’s, Moonies, and
many others. Where does that leave you?
Have you discerned between good and evil, between false brethren and
true? Have you found false prophets to be many indeed, being within the
camp, and the true being extremely few, outside the camp?
Hebrews 13:12-14 KJV
(12) Wherefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His
Own blood, suffered without the gate.
(13) Let us go forth therefore unto Him without the camp, bearing His
(14) For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
If you haven’t made it outside the gate and camp, you’ve
never been His.
Do you believe Christianity to be one “happy” way on earth?
If so, you’ve tasted neither the fires nor the death, which are
the lot of every person who takes up the cross and follows Him.
How do you suppose to be the Lord’s when you haven’t had
to die? Haven’t you heard only dead men can be His?
Matthew 16:24-25 MKJV
(24) Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come
after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.
(25) For whoever desires to save his life shall lose it, and whoever
desires to lose his life for My sake shall find it.”
(Read The Cross – Only the Death Sentence Will Avail.)
All in Christ are called to
the cross and alienation, persecution, and hatred by the world.
Are you among the sons of correction? Has He severely rebuked and chastened
Hebrews 12:4-8 MKJV
(4) You have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
(5) And you have forgotten the exhortation that speaks to you as to sons, “My
son, despise not the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when you are rebuked
(6) for whom the Lord loves He chastens, and He scourges every son whom
(7) If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons, for what
son is he whom the father does not chasten?
(8) But if you are without chastisement, of which all are partakers,
then you are bastards and not sons.
You say, “We aren’t all called to the same lifestyle.” While
one in Christ may be a farmer and another a businessman, all are called
to the cross and alienation, persecution, and hatred by the world:
John 15:18-19 MKJV
(18) “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before
it hated you.
(19) If you were of the world, the world would love its own. But because
you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore
the world hates you.”
Matthew 10:34-39 MKJV
(34) “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I
did not come to send peace, but a sword.
(35) For I have come to set a man against his father, and the daughter
against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
(36) And a man’s foes shall be those of his own household.
(37) He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me.
And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
(38) And he who does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy
(39) He who finds his life shall lose it. And he who loses his life for
My sake shall find it.”
You say you’ve suffered tribulation. Bills are piling up; the
car is broken down; the boss was angry with you for no reason; the children
are sick. Are those the tribulations the Scriptures speak of? Do these
prove you’re His? Do not those in the world suffer the same things
and worse? Are they His? These things could well indicate you aren’t His:
“He who believes on the Son has everlasting life, and he who does
not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides upon
him” (John 3:36 MKJV).
No, the tribulation of God is an inner one, an agonizing of soul before
Him, a bitter view of oneself, with emptiness and longing for reality
not of this world; this tribulation involves a breaking of the spirit,
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite
heart, O God, You will not despise” (Psalms 51:17 MKJV).
rejoice when they do evil to you because
of Christ in you, you’re His. Otherwise, you’re not.
What does the Lord say about the walk of faith?
“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the Kingdom of
Heaven” (Matthew 5:3).
What does it mean to be poor in spirit? Let us see….
“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted” (Matthew
The world mourns unto death. It isn’t enough to mourn or to be
greatly displeased about one’s circumstances. Many turn to suicide
and drugs for that very reason. One must be open to more….
“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew
So in addition to mourning, one must learn to be meek (humble). But
is it enough to be meek? Are there not many such in the world, who don’t
seem interested in the things of God? We need the meekness that seeks
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:
for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6).
Shall we be filled if we aren’t prepared to walk in that righteousness
and humility toward others and do unto others as we would have others
do unto us? Many cry, “We want order, peace, justice, and prosperity,” yet
lack compassion for others. So….
“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy” (Matthew
But are you sure to be His by being merciful? Is it enough? What is
“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God” (Matthew
When you have not only been empty and known so, but deplored your state,
being open to more, learned humility, hungered and thirsted after righteousness,
and ministered right to others with a pure heart, then and only then
shall you see God. At this point, you are a peacemaker.
“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children
of God” (Matthew 5:9).
As such, do you hope to be loved and accepted? Will you receive thanks
of men? No, so don’t look for rewards from men or this world:
“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake:
for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are you, when men shall
revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against
you falsely for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is
your reward in Heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were
before you” (Matthew 5:10-12).
You’ll be hated and despised and rejected, as He was, because
now you are His, not the world’s. The Kingdom of Heaven is yours,
in you and you in it. And here is a sign to show you are His… if
instead of pouting, being angry, retaliating, arguing, rationalizing,
justifying, and avenging yourself, you rejoice and are extremely happy
when they do evil to you because of Christ in you, you’re His.
Otherwise, you’re not.
This persecution or rejection won’t last for only a relatively
short time. As you walk, the world will constantly hate you. If it doesn’t
mind you too much now, it could well be there’s nothing much to
life for those who die in Him. There’s salvation
for those who overcome to the end.
I don’t say that while you’re His, you won’t cry,
be sad, angry, despondent, or even despair outwardly. The apostle Paul
knew such hours, years into His ministry:
“For, indeed, coming into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but
being troubled in every way, with fightings on the outside, and fears
on the inside. But He Who comforts the lowly comforted us by the coming
of Titus” (2 Corinthians 7:5-6 MKJV).
Within, however, your spirit will rejoice. There will be a joy truly
unspeakable, something that can’t be expressed in any way outwardly,
because you walk in fellowship with the Lord. He is your comfort, joy,
and reward. You are no longer poor and mourning, but rich and full of
peace and joy and righteousness. And though your outward man perishes,
your inner man is renewed daily.
There’s life for those who die in Him. There’s all for those
who forsake all. There’s salvation for those who overcome to the
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
To him who overcomes I will give to eat of the Tree of Life, which is
in the midst of the Paradise of God” (Revelation 2:7 MKJV).
The race mustn’t be attempted only; it must be won. There’s
no middle ground. Judge yourselves, you who profess Christ. Examine yourselves
whether you be in the faith, lest you take upon yourselves the Name of
the Lord in vain and are not held guiltless:
“Examine yourselves, whether you are in the faith, prove your
own selves. Do you not know your own selves, that Jesus Christ is in
you, unless you are reprobates?” (2 Corinthians 13:5 MKJV)
“You shall not take the Name of the LORD your God in vain. For
the LORD will not hold him guiltless that takes His Name in vain” (Exodus