[anzac] THE TRUE GOSPEL! - David Wilkerson

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2015 22:03:43 +1300
by David Wilkerson

What is the true gospel of Jesus Christ?

The Lord told Peter, "If any man will come after me, let him deny
himself, and take up his cross, and follow me" (Matthew 16:24).

Clearly, belonging to Jesus' Church means more than simply
believing in Him. Many Christians today merely "cast a vote for
Jesus." Their attitude is, "I voted for Christ. That makes me a
member of His party." But once they cast their vote, they walk
away and forget all about His lordship over their lives.

Jesus says belonging to His Church means committing to follow
Him. And that involves a life of self-denial and taking up a cross.
"He that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me is not worthy
of me" (Matthew 10:38).

Our Lord makes it clear: "If you're in My church, then be prepared
to suffer and be persecuted for your faith in Me. Be prepared to
deny yourself all fame, acceptance and worldly pleasure-seeking."

The fact is, Christ's Church has never been approved or accepted
by the world and it never will be. If you live for Jesus, you won't
have to separate yourself from others' company; they'll do it for
you. All you have to do is live for Him and you'll find yourself
reproached, rejected, called evil: "Men shall hate you, and . . .
shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you,
and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake"
(Luke 6:22).

Yet, Jesus adds, this is the path that leads to true fulfillment.
"Whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will
lose his life for my sake shall find it" (Matthew 16:25). In other
words: "The only way you'll find meaning in life is by selling out
your all for Me. Then you'll find true joy, peace and satisfaction."
Christ tells us, "My Church is without spot or wrinkle. So when
you come to Me, you must be willing to lay down all sins. You
must surrender all to Me, to die completely to self, to all ungodly
ambition and ego. By faith, you'll be buried with Me. But I will
raise you up into new life."



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