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Reality in Christianity

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. Galatians 5:16-17

 

The reality of Christianity is that there is nothing about God, Christ, or spiritual things that appeals to man. The desire for spiritual things is solely based on the Spirit of God which dwells within the Believer. This means that the only way to live the Christian life is in the power of the Spirit. Outside of the Spirit, man has no desire for God. Not only is there no desire but there is resistance to spiritual things.

The problem is that many Christians live in denial of this reality. Instead, there is a promotion of a form of Christianity that is not real. Living a form of Christianity that is not real will inevitably lead to a life of hypocrisy.

So what are some signs that we are living a form of Christianity that is not based in reality?

First is living in pseudo-victory. There are those who pretend that they don’t stuggle; they don’t struggle with temptation, they don’t struggle with discouragement, they don’t struggle to do what is right. According to them, there is no such thing as a valley. If you struggle, they will accuse you of lacking faith or living in sin. You may find yourself in the midst of people like this and wonder what is wrong with you.

The next sign is pride. The closer we get to God, the weaker and more sinful we will seem in our own eyes. Isaiah’s declared, “Woe is me” when in the presence of God. People who glory in their “Christian accomplishments” aren’t living in reality. We hear them brag about how clean they live, how they always pray through, how they are a bold witness, how they give, etc. We hear them testify of their strength. But, Paul learned the lesson that God’s strength is made perfect in weakness. The reality of Christianity is that we are in constant awareness of our weaknesses and inability to do anything without Christ.

We also see a “world-based” form of Christianity. This form does not distinguish between the spiritual and fleshly. The world is the world system that lives as if there is no God and God has no authority in their lives. It is based upon the lust of flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. Those who hold to this form do not resist those naturally tendencies. They embrace them and say that they can do these things. Their claim is that any moral or scriptural restriction is legalism and those who hold to a standard are judgmental. This form of “Christianity” is basically a license to sin. The argument is that they claim they have trusted in Jesus and their particular act won’t send them to hell. So, if it won’t send them to hell it’s not wrong.

You may be reading this and your estimation of yourself is that you cannot live the Christian life in your own strength. You have realized that every time you attempt to live life in your own strength you fail. The longer you walk with God, the weaker you see yourself. You have realized that there is no rule you can put in place, no good intention, no good work you can do that will make you have a walk with God. You have realized that you are weak and completely dependent on God to live for Him.

Congratulations, this is real Christianity.

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