Striving to Please Jesus
You are called to please God with your lifestyle. We pursue righteousness. We reject addictions, fleshly pleasures and worldly things. Yes, your flesh loves cigars, no you don't smoke them. Yes you would like to eat today, but you're fasting. We are busy trying to please God not give our flesh every little thing it desires. Gal 6:8 He who sows to the flesh reaps corruption, he who sows to the Spirit reaps eternal life.
It's time to man up and take control, not let fleshly desires or demons of addiction run you and make your choices. God gave you power, love and a sound mind. Through His power you can overcome your fleshly desires. But just like working out everyday requires a tough mental choice, so does righteousness. Col 1:10 That you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.
Before, when you were in darkness you did the same as those who live in darkness. You smoked cigarettes and pot, and drank with them because that's how they dealt with their anxiety and worry. You smoked cigars because that what made them feel cool and proud, a burnt offering to a demon of pride. But you're a new creation, you don't serve anxiety, worry and pride anymore! Eph 5:8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9(for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
Find out what pleases the Lord. Go the extra step. Do the stuff that's next level, the stuff the average pew warmer doesn't. You used to go to the next level in the world, you did more dope, drank more liquor, rode your bike harder. Now it's the same with Jesus, jump in and git it, don't sit back and be lazy. Phil 3:13 Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for othe prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
There are levels of Christians. Matt 13:8 But other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty. So are you just a ten fold Christian? Don't you wanna be a sixty or ninety fold Christian? You have to make a decision. You can't get to the next level doing the same stuff the world does. This isn't about getting to heaven, it's about leading a mighty army with you.
James Disciple Johnson
Natl President and Founder
Disciple Christian Motorcycle Club