WHO IS YOUR MASTER?
(By: Ray Troost, Jr.)
Each day, I hear men laugh and joke about their past of wrong doings. I hear them plan how they are going to get even with others for them being here in prison. Some of these men confess to be Christians. Some of these same men still are unable to control their attitude and are very moody. Philippians 2:5 says, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.'' Did Christ ever have a bad attitude or was he ever moody? I am talking about Christians.
These men are still getting pleasure out of their sinful past, or is it still their present and future? This should not be so!
I served a master that hurt me and everyone around me, just like these men did and are still doing. My past and the things I was involved in sicken me. I placed a curse on my family and I drug some of my children into my involvement of serving Satan. I destroyed lives just like these men have done, whether they are willing to admit it or not. Each time I talk about my involvement with Satan and my past, it feels like my guts are being tom out of me. It's like someone taking a knife and cutting me in half. My past is not a joke or anything to joke about or laugh at, but very horrifying and sick. I destroyed many lives, and many of them are too late to be repaired.
I have cheated, played unfair, and taken what wasn't mine, just like you did. I used women like cheap tramps, like the way I hear how men are using women in here. I hid in the church like a good Christian does, to get what I wanted and misused God's children. I was headed for hell! I played the big shot roll and I let Satan control my life, just like many of you are still doing. If you asked me who had control of my life, I would tell you that I did, which was a straight-up lie. No one could tell me what to do, or when I could do it, just like some "Christian" men do in here. I lived that life for 40 years and I was headed for total destruction, just like anyone that's playing games with God. I loved my alcohol of any kind that I could get my hands on, along with drugs. I hear men talking about wanting alcohol the first thing when they get out and drugs, as well, and women. I Timothy 5:15 "For some are already turned aside after Satan."
Thank God for the blood of Jesus Christ, and that He gave His life for mine! That God reached His hand down into hell and took mine and stood me on the rock, Jesus Christ. If my past involvements can't help anyone to accept Christ or grow in their walk with Christ, I must keep my mouth shut. I have learned to use what Satan had taught me against him, and for the glory of God. Each time I read or hear about how Christ took all my sins, "my past of serving Satan and all the things I did," upon Himself to make me free, I get a lump in my throat. When I hear or think about the torment and torture that Christ went through for me, I cry. I was a part, and you are a part, of the reason Christ was willing to bear that torment and torture -- to give us a way out from hell and Satan.
Each day I want to be more like Jesus and to be obedient to God and His Word. We say that we can't follow man's laws. The reason for this is that we are not willing to follow the commandments that Christ gave us.
Matthew 22:36-40 "Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."
If we follow these two commandments, we will not have any problems following man's law. 1 Peter 2:13 says," Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake; whether it be to the king, as supreme." This is not talking about the intent of the law, but to obey the law. Satan will always help us to justify or give reasons for not following God's law, by not obeying man's law. Are we children of God or are we children of Satan?
Who is your master?
Psalms 19:7 "The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple."
There is no man perfect, but Christ, but we must strive to become perfect like Christ. If we strive for that perfection, then we have our eyes on Christ and not the world. If we strive to live by Christ's commandments, then to obey man's law becomes easy. We say that we can't keep His commandment, so why try.
Who is your master?
If we keep our eyes on Christ, then the things we were involved in become truly a thing of the past. You will always remember the past, but you don't have to re-live it or hold on to it. Why don't we all just lay our past at the foot of the cross in the blood of Christ and leave it there? And only use the memories for the honor and glory of Christ.
Who is your master?
Ephesians 4:22-32 "That ye put off concerning the former manner of life the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.
Be ye angry, and sin not; let not the sun go down upon your wrath. Neither give place to the devil
Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor (working, not selling drugs, not cheating on your taxes, not over-charging for something you didn't do) working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth (prison slang, cussing, dirty stories), but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Let all bitterness (wanting to get even with a rap partner, the ones who put you in here, an ex-wife, a girl that sent you a Dear John letter, getting no letters at all, no one sending you money), and wrath, and anger, and clamor (a loud and persistent demand), and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice.
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."
Since God has forgiven us, why are most of us still unwilling to forgive others? Everyone wants forgiveness but in order to receive forgiveness, we must forgive. If we are true Christians, we have died and been made a new being through Christ Jesus.
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