This is what God gave me today in His word:
They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:7-9)
Now, the question comes, are we like this crowd? Before we answer that, its important to note that though these people were praising and worshiping Jesus today, we see them later shouting for Jesus’ crucifixion. So again, are we like this crowds? Are we “bipolar” Christians, who one day are shouting, “Hosanna!”, and the next shout, “Crucify Him!”?–Who one day are praising God, and the next are cursing Him (to put it extremely)?
It’s fairly easy to get into the mentality that this crowd was in; praising, and then crucifying. All it takes is trying to make Jesus king over your life, without first letting Him annihilate your sin nature. Someone can start off praising God, but once that person discovers that it’s necessary to give up sin, they’re gone. Even real, true Christians can fall prey to Spiritual bipolarity, if they refuse to give up sin.
There is only one known cure for this horrible disease, and it’s not a drug. It’s Jesus Christ, and a realization of all that He’s done for us; the realization of the Gospel. Spiritual bipolarity; going from praising to crucifying Christ, is caused by, more than anything, guilt. We can praise God, and worship Him day in and day out with false praise, up until someone puts their finger on, and exposes what we’re doing wrong. Then our guilt causes us to try to retreat from God. Guilt, along with its child: Spiritual bipolarity, is only cured by the Gospel; by understanding and accepting that Jesus has died for us. It’s only when we understand that Jesus has taken all of our guilt unto and into Himself, and died, that we can truly live guilt free lives.
You are Loved!