You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way, they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Matthew 7:16
“It takes the right situation to reveal a person’s real character.” Sonya Johnson Ruiz
When we refuse to fully embrace God’s commandments or the principles that He established for righteous living, including healthy relationships built from love (1 Corinthians 13), then we set ourselves up to fail. Through the Holy Scriptures, God has made sure that we know how to live righteously and without compromise.
Remember Cain? He was angry at his brother Abel because God rejected his sacrifice. In a sinful fit of rage, he killed his innocent brother, who obeyed God by sacrificing a lamb as instructed. Many angry believers give to God exactly what they desire to bring to him. Living every day by their definition of sacrifice, they justify their actions by boldly stating, “God knows where we are in our Christian walk with Him.”
What exactly does that statement mean? Some will proudly claim, ‘I belong to the LORD.’…Isaiah 44:5, yet, they live as if God is making allowances for their choice to compromise. When we compromise, we commit sin against God. The question is often asked, “Hasn’t God changed? The God of the Old Testament appears to be very different from the God in the New Testament.” For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus, our Lord. Romans 6:23
…Let the wicked man forsake his own way and the unrighteous man his own thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that He may have compassion, and to our God, for He will freely pardon. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.…Isaiah 55:7-9
The Scriptures reveal the shortcomings of humanity. Because of the LORD’s loving devotion, we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. Lamentations 3:22. It is only by His grace and mercy that God is giving us time to develop a close relationship with him. It is not beyond our capabilities to be faithful and obedient.
Cain, because of his desire to please himself, lived a disobedient, and miserable life. It was just too much for him to offer an unblemished lamb as a sacrifice. From his story, we become aware of his true character and the sinful nature of our own characters.
Spiritual growth requires total dependence on God, His plan for us is perfect. When we forget, God allows the right situation to arise and expose our real character. The secret traits, and sins that no one knows about, but God, will be revealed as a plot in a brilliantly written book. So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 1 Corinthians 10:12
Stand firm on God’s Word and maintain a mindset of “No compromise.” Your decision will determine your destiny–Choose Eternal Life!
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020