It’s getting harder and harder out there, with more and more people giving up in the middle of adversity. I have personally experienced many challenges through the years, and it does feel as if we’re enduring one attack after another.
It is a learning curve for most of us Christians, as the battle is never ending, when on the front-lines, and it’s especially hard when it seems like the people who are our brothers and sisters are the ones we are battling against.
I can only pray, “Father, I know that not one of us is perfect. Please help us to stop casting stones at one another that none of us are worthy enough to pick up. Help those who have fallen away, see the light in those who are still standing. Help us to be that light to help them find their way back to You.”
I’ve been reading a lot about a former Christian leader, his upbringing in the church, his early ministry, and now, his walking away from the faith. There are many who have tried to explain it, and in some cases, even justify it.
I mean, why did Adam fall? Why does anyone fall?
Doubt and disobedience, go hand in hand. The pressures of this world, are like a smothering blanket at times. If we don’t learn to withstand the heat, we’re going to be like a melting pot, not being able to take a stand at all.
I have learned that as followers of Christ, we each have to choose for ourselves what level of relationship we want or desire with Him. I have watched as the world dilutes the teachings of Christ, desensitizing more believers that their actions aren’t even sinful. Watch secular television for 5 minutes, and you’ll know what I mean. (I’m sure that you already know.)
As humans we want what feels good, what tastes good… We’ve yet to truly discipline our flesh, becoming true disciples in the sense that Jesus Christ, Himself, called us to be.
Are we willing to walk in the Spirit? Are we willing to deny our flesh, and do unto others as you would have others do unto you?
For what does it even mean to make disciples of all nations?
We are called to teach men externally, or outwardly ministering the Word, while the Spirit of God internally applies it, teaching and making men true disciples of Christ, learning to know themselves, their sin; to deny themselves, both sinful and righteous self; who have learned to know Christ, and the way of righteousness, peace, pardon, life, and salvation by Him; and who are taught and enabled to “part with” all for Christ, and to bear all for His sake, and to believe in Him, and give up themselves to Him, and follow Him wherever He goes (re: Matthew 28:19 Commentary – John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible).
God has a divine purpose (plan) for each and every one of us, and trust me when I say, the enemy would love to derail that plan. The Bible teaches that God loves those who are His children, and He works all things together for our good (see Romans 8:28). So that must mean that the trials He allows to come our way, must be part of this “working together”.
There is a lesson to be learned through every circumstance. He is teaching us a greater truth, as we seek Him above all the muck and muddy water.
Will your circumstances drive you into the arms of God, or towards your own resources?
The lesson I’ve learned…
Don’t be deceived in holding on too tightly to the things of this world. He will give us a greater peace, as we learn to let go of these earthly bodies (and every pinprick and wound from it).
2 Corinthians 12:8-9 should reassure us, “Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
Psalm 121:1 reminds us, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills— from whence comes my help?”
Our help does come from the Lord. Never give up, and never give in; because, our victory is coming!