THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING
by Charles (Chuck) Robey
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Have you ever heard the old idiom, " the proof is in the pudding". In your opinion, what does this cliché mean and how does it fit into your Christian life ?
First, let me give you my generic answer, then we can discuss how it pertains to your personal Christian testimony.
My understanding is "the proof of the pudding" is in the eating. In other words the true value or quality of something can only be judged when it's put to use. The meaning is often summed up as "the results are what count."
PUTTING CHRISTIANITY TO USE
We may be a very religious individual by going to church, and attending Bible studies, but how is our everyday relationship with God through Christ Jesus ?. You see, everything in our Christian life depends on our eternal future. ( Romans 8:15) ( Jeremiah 30:21-22), The scriptures tell us to ( James 4:8 ).
It is our heavenly Fathers desire to be consistently near us. However, this feeling must be mutual. In other words we must always put God first in our life ( (Mark12:29-30).
Not only must we put God first in our lives but we should always be ready and open to do whatever He ask us to do, according to His Holy Scriptures. ( Matthew 7:21;) ( Matthew 28:18-20 )
We must commit to reading God's word. You see we communicate in prayer but God talks to us through His written word. ( Matthew 4:4)
It was once said that, " trying to live our spiritual lives without daily ingesting God's word is like trying to live our physical life without food or water, as we would gradually become weaker and weaker until we died".
The same picture may be said of neglecting our Bible reading. Try living a spiritual life without ingesting God's word ( Romans 10:17). For it is a must that you personally examine the scriptures, in light of your daily walk ( (Acts 17:11).
Then we must commit to prayer. For prayer is not only the main work of the church but is necessary for our daily growth in Christ Jesus. ( 1 Thess 5:17). Some Christians may struggle, in their pray life. However, prayer is just simply "talking to God" Just be sincere in your prayer requests ( Matthew 6:5-15).
One closing thought of prayer, we must make sure our heart and life is pure of any habitual sin, as God doesn't listen to a sinners prayer ( Isaiah 59:1-2).
We must commit to our physical surroundings. We know God is a Spirit but He placed us in this sinful physical world for a purpose. So, as Christians claiming the name of Christ, we must not be complacent but we must be "on fire" for Christ ( Romans 12:11) . We must find a cause, within the church, that matches our talents and then be busy with it ( Romans 8:5-6).
Conversely, we must be alert for Satan's false profits and teachers. For example, ( 1 John 4:1 ) ( 2 Peter 2:1-2) ( 2 Timothy 4:1-4) ( 1 Timothy 1:3-4) ( 2 Cor 11:13-15) ( Philippians 3:2-3) among many others.
We must commit to a true full gospel ( 1 Cor 15:1-4) church. The scripture clearly tells us that true worship must be in the spirit and in truth ( John 4:24). Many churches today may be worshiping in spirit and not necessarily in truth.
Conversely, many so-called Bible-believing church may be worshiping in truth but not in the spirit. Regardless of a particular denomination, or non-demonization church, we must all be committed to the true worship ( 1 Cor 14:15)
We must be focused in love ( 1 Cor 13:1-13) . We must not develop an attitude of being indifferent to our fellow man, by taking on a judgmental attitude or even a harsh approach to the world around us. For you see, this old world is made up of believers and non-believers alike. ( John 5:24)
And we must surround ourself with good spiritual friendship. So, get in touch and stay in touch with other spiritually minded Christians.The early Christians followed this practice ( Acts 2:42-47), as the church progressed.
And remember, considering today's evil culture ( Ephesians 6:12), we may be in the most vulnerable phase of our Christian walk. Temptations, peer pressure, and rampant modern false teachings are all around us ( 2 Timothy 3:1-17). We must not become complacent and spiritually weak.
Yes, the proof is in the pudding. God is surely on our side ( Romans 8:31). We are no different than any other human being ( 1 Cor 10:13) . All we need do, is believe His word ( 2 Peter 3:18) ( 2 Peter 5:1-11) .
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