The Success of a Real Christian

by John Greene

scripture-hugPaul made a telling statement. Whatever he considered to be successful in his past life, he gave away, considering it to be without value, as a necessary loss through Messiah. (Philippians 3:4-6; John 5:39, 8:31-32; Psalm 119:130; Proverbs 6:23; Isaiah 33:14-15) He gave away his status in the world, a lifestyle that actively opposed disciples of Yahshua [Jesus] to obtain and spread the truth of the Way to others, following the example of his Master. (“Leadership & the Universal Authority of Messiah“; “Disciples: Focused on the Messiah & His Purpose“)

“But rather, also I consider all that exists as loss through the authority, the wisdom of Messiah Yahshua my Master, through Whom I suffered all loss and consider these to be rubbish [literally, excrement] in order to gain Messiah. Also discovering in Him, not possessing my own sense of virtue out of the Torah and prophets [the ‘Bible’ of that time], but through the belief in Messiah, the approval from Elohim by belief: knowing Him and the power of His resurrection, also the fellowship of His suffering, conformed to His death, even if this Way is achieved in the resurrection of the dead. Not that I have now gained or are now finished, but I eagerly pursue, even seize that through which I was also taken hold of by Messiah Yahshua. Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken possession of it, but one that no longer cares for what is certainly behind, and reaching forward to what is in sight, running swiftly toward the goal to the prize, the high call of salvation through Elohim in Messiah Yahshua. This wisdom will bring you to certain completion and if any are of another mind, Elohim will reveal this to you also. But as to what we anticipate, walk orderly by the one straight measure, exercising your mind the same way.” Philippians 3:8-16, Project for Truth

Set Apart RuachThe debate about deciding what is successful, what is truly important, is nothing new for those in Yahshua [Jesus]. Paul admitted facing the same choice: keeping his old mind of virtue from the past, or trusting in his Master Yahshua [Jesus]. He could not keep both. He chose to be made new in his Messiah, to begin to rid himself of strongholds of the past. We have the same choice today as His disciples, whether to honor and truly act on His example, to accept His Spirit [Set Apart or Dedicated Spirit, ‘Holy Spirit‘], or to go the way of the world. (Luke 24:32; John 6:63, 15:1-2; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Romans 13:13-14; Hebrews 4:12; “What Is Washing By The Word?“; “Leadership & Highly Effective People“; “Leaders & the Antichrist Spirit of Wisdom“; “Encouraging Disciples of Light in the Way“)

“Brothers, be imitators with me and fix your attention so as to make your way, holding us as an example because many, of whom I often have told you about, walk as enemies of the torture stake of Messiah…” – Philippians 3:17-18, Project for Truth

Who would disciples of that day imitate but their Master Yahshua [Jesus]? He hasn’t changed. Christians today are called to do no less through their love and relationship to Him in the Spirit.

“Yahshua [Jesus] Messiah is the same yesterday, and this day, even into eternity.” – Hebrews 13:8, Project for Truth

“You are the fire for the world. It is not possible for a city lying on a mountain to be hidden. Nor do you burn a candle and set it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and to shine on all those in the family. Your fire in this way shines in the presence of men that know your beneficial deeds, and magnify your Father that is in the Tent of Elohim [heavens]. – Matthew 5:14-16, Project for Truth

heart-fire-refineDisciples are full of the fire of His Spirit as they walk in YHWH’s track of righteousness. The fire of the Spirit destroys the old man as you allow, even as you die everyday to your flesh, as your mind and heart are regenerated daily by the fire of Elohim’s Word within you. This includes the washing or cleansing of His Word. This fire of the Spirit daily destroys the old sin nature of men and women, renewing and refining what used to be the iniquity and foolishness of mankind. These regenerated disciples are made complete in the Way through the Messiah, to better reflect His example and His purpose more fully, as they walk out His truth day by day. That is success. (“Breaking Strongholds of False Authority“; “Understanding Sin“; “The Art of Self-Deception“; “Exchanging Delusion for Regeneration“; “Replacing Sin and Becoming Set Apart“)

“For YAHWEH so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
that everyone believing into Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, HRB
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your righteousness. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. May it be as you have promised!
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
YHWH is Yahweh, the covenant name of your Heavenly Father.
The name Yahshua [Y’shua] is an original language name for Jesus.
He is often referred to simply as the Messiah or Master.
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