Are You Living the Pattern of Paul

“Brethren, join in following my example, and not those who so walk, as you have us after a pattern.  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:” Philippians 3:17

Paul is telling in his letter to all the saints in Philippi to watch him, listen to him and to do all that he does.  He is telling them to pattern themselves after him in his word and deed because there are many people out there who claim to be Christians but are actually the enemies of Christ.   Is this not true today? 

We all know people that claim to be Christians.  It seems like everywhere you turn people say they are Christians and that “their God” understands them and they change the meaning of the words in the Bible to fit what they want to do and then say: “See! It’s right here!” 

I have just finished the “Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood.  It is a book that is sent in America in an unknown future time.  The author doesn’t tell you how America got to where it is now but from the characters you have an idea.  It is about a country that was taken over by radical “Christians” because the country had turned into a Godless society.  It talks of Baptists hiding in the hills and Jews being killed if they don’t convert.  It is the story of a woman taken from her family and made into a vessel to procreate the country with ideal people.  I know it sounds far fetched but as I read this book, I thought to myself if we are not careful, this is not unrealistic.  In some fashion this could happen, look at what’s happening with ISIS.  We are on a slippery slope and only WE acting through God’s word can stop it.

In Philippian’s 4:9 Paul writes: “The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”  We need to start doing as He commands and live the life he commands.  He has promised us salvation if we follow his plan.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through Him might be saved” John 3:16-17. He is telling us right here that His plan was always to save us and love us. 

John 11:25-26:  “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?’”  Do you?  Are you teaching this? 

Are the actions we take today, right now, actions that would stop such a thing as the “Handmaid’s Tale” or do our actions today make the story seem more likely?  Are we doing all that we should to live the life we are told to?  Have you read the story of Paul and are you using him as a pattern?  If not, maybe you should

Have a Blessed Day

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