Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. (1 Peter 4:1)
This verse is really speaking to me today. The scriptures counsel us to arm ourselves with minds that are ready and willing to suffer, and yet so many believers today are seeking a path that bypasses suffering and leads around the disciple’s cross. This unfortunately is making many folks vulnerable to whole lot of deception. Even many of the preachers and church “leaders” today not having “armed themselves” with a mind to suffer are deceived and are bringing others into a false message.
There is a love for the world and for the self-life that is incompatible with the life and work of genuine disciples of Christ, beloved, and there is an embrace of culture in ministry today that is God denying, truth distorting, Christ demeaning, and which is totally irreconcilable with the way of the Cross. Paul wrote to Timothy, “Demas has deserted me, because he loved this present world…” and even so many “ministers” today have deserted the truth of discipleship in Christ in that they love much of what the world loves and have built ministries which are compatible with that love. We have been told that this would happen.
I’m getting a sense now, beloved, that the Lord is walking among the lamp-stands (the churches) with eyes of flaming fire and with feet as burnished brass. In other words, hearts are being measured in this day, a divine census is being taken in order to determine who shall enter the Land of the Father’s Rest, and who will not.