The most successful human being on the planet earth, and they are few, is one whose cross is behind them. This is the end of the highway, or the end of the law, or the finished work of our cross. Only by the answered call of the Shepherd and by the mercies and grace of God can this eternal treasure be sought out and found. Holiness is a long hard tough fight physically, mentally, financially and spiritually but worth every sacrifice, every tear and every lost loved one. The Highway of, or to, Holiness is the Road to the Kingdom of God and the Father! Victory in Jesus resides on the other side of our cross.
Only, and all believers possessing strong self-discipline and a heart crying out for TRUE salvation seek out, find and win holiness! The call from the Shepherd is a call to holiness and it is the greatest challenge a soul could ever confront on earth. There are no boundaries God will not cross over and there is nothing that means anything to Him at all, other than your soul. Your flesh and all your earthly belongings and possibly your very own mate, who more than likely is not special to Him, will mean absolutely not one thing to God. This is put as harsh as humble words will allow and, if it was explained many times more harsh it would be justified. Few has ever crossed this finish line we are speaking of and those few God-fearing holy servants of righteousness would Amen every word in this paragraph, that is from this side of their cross, once on the other side all is quickly forgotten for the joy and reward.
The following is an excerpt from, 'Through the Fire in Search of Holiness'
Please pay special attention to a very serious fact. The Bible or the word of God states distinctly that we as Christians must attain certain mandatory essentials to ever be called His people or overcomers. These essentials or prerequisites are eternal riches and they come only after the deadly work of our personal cross.
Every mandatory essential required for a rich eternal life lies hidden from the world on the far side of our cross. The one thing standing firm between our eternal soul and all the riches of glory is our temporal body of flesh. Our wicked and evil body of sin separates us from God. Sin separates man from God and therefore it must be utterly destroyed. King Saul thought God’s words to be foolish so he kept the best of the sheep and oxen. His reasonable thinking cost him a kingdom and so, too, will ours, if we foolishly believe we can manage sin.
Only God knows the secrets of the heart but attempting to hide these sins of flesh is egotistical foolishness. The sum and substance of the Apostles’ Doctrine is the destruction of these exposed sins-of-self. Romans 5:24, And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Biblical commandments are established rules or the law or the Word of God. Christians must uphold these if they are to serve the Lord. When Jesus, as our Master, speaks a directive or makes a request of a servant this becomes a part of that law and we must quickly obey or be cast out. Jesus directed all to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. He then tells us He is the only Way to the Father so we are to follow Him. These two gentle-hearted request are COMMANDMENTS FROM GOD directed to new converts or the unholy. If we fail our Master’s directive or order and seek other things first He will never again call upon us.
Our righteousness is as filthy rags and until we obey and fulfill our Master’s directive all we are and all we will ever be is filthy rags. Until we receive true faith and our true faith is imputed as righteousness we are unholy servants of sin. It’s not unusual for the disobedient to sit in church for ten to sixty years and know nothing of the kingdom of God and His righteousness. As unholy servants of sin they comfortably and mistakenly drift off into eternity with high hopes of reigning with Jesus and living in mansions.
Our wicked and evil body of sin stands firm between us and all the riches of glory as we foolishly discount the seriousness of God’s spoken Word or law. Psalm 40:8, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. There are three indisputable facts we cannot deny today or on that day at judgment: We cannot deny these verses within our Bible, we cannot deny these sins reigning within us, and we cannot make claim to a spiritual kingdom our body of flesh kept us from apprehending.
Totally disregarding the laws and commandments of God and going about doing as we please or as instructed by unholy man's doctrine will cost us in this life and throughout eternity the prized possession of the heavens, the kingdom of God, and in place of a rich and joyous eternal life we will suffer forever in the fires of hell.
Finding Happiness without Your Cross.
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He that findeth his life shall lose it:
and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
The successful, or content with the world, lose eternal life, GUARANTEED! An example only; Imagine a young boy who always had his eyes fixed toward the skies. From youth up he knew his home or profession was to be a pilot and soar through the skies like a bird. He joins the Air Force, flies missions for his country, married a beautiful girl, had two beautiful children and ultimately his vision awarded him a wonderful and highly respectful life in the air and all were very proud of him. Likewise a doctor, a lawyer, a business man, a successful contractor, a happy farmer, a contended labor, a sports fan, an auto-buff, and on and on. While the world loves and admires them, they perish. We are mistaught. He that findeth his life shall lose it. GUARANTEED BY HOLY JESUS CHRIST! God made us for His purpose. When one finds life without their cross, it's always, always for their our own purpose. Consider the prodigal son, he went in, but his respectable established elder brother did not. Au contraire to the world is Jesus Christ.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (will).