My friend directed me to an article she had read and thought it was awesome and wanted me to read it to see what I thought (I recommend reading it (https://www.raystedman.org/new-testament/acts/handling-dissension). Needless to say, when I finished this article I was moved. I believe the part that made me break down was this:
All we need to do is get the truth out to people. The Bible is the truth, it is the way things really are. We are living in a world ruled by illusion and fantasy where people are confused, disturbed, and upset. They feel that there is nothing certain, nothing to be trusted. Everything is a phantasmagoric cloud of uncertainty and illusion. They do not know where to turn or what to believe. The truth hits with wonderful impact upon such minds. There is an immediate awareness, as there was in Jesus’ days on Earth, that what is being said is right. There is a ring of truth conveyed. As the word of truth abounds, disciples multiply because men and women are drawn to the truth. They want to know what is right and what is real, what is honest, what is genuine.
All that is important – all that truly matters is Christ and Him crucified! Paul said:
And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.1 Corinthians 2:1-2
There is nothing but Christ. The answer to anything is Christ. We are so imperfect and yet He chooses us to tell others of Him. Praise the Lord! What a humbling truth.
Everything in this world is ruled by our thoughts, our feelings, and what we think is right. Yet scripture tells us:
Trust in theLordwith all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.Proverbs 3:5-6
In all our ways we should acknowledge Him – the answer is Christ!
Truth is, I have made choices and decisions without prayer, without forethought; I have just went rough shot at what “I” thought was right. When I have done this, usually, it hasn’t turned out well. I have hurt others, I’ve not followed the Lord’s leading – I leaned unto my own understanding.
BUT GOD! He restored me after much prayer and repentance! He is such a good God who allows us to stroll down our own way so that we learn. I have learned that when I am being attacked, or when I’ve made the wrong decision and things are going badly to look at what I need to do (if anything) and to learn what I need to learn as I’m going through that valley moment.
Every experience is an opportunity for growth. Whether what you are going through is something you directly created or caused or something with which you were not directly involved. When you are feeling attacked by the enemy, allow yourself a moment to rest in Jesus, pray, and to ask Him to show you what you need to learn from this experience. I believe we stay in those valley moments until we learn what He wants us to learn.
I guess what I’ve learned is this – “For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.”
I love y’all!
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For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Romans 7:19
How many of you find yourself in the same place Paul found himself when he wrote this in Romans? It is the battle between the sin nature and the new man we became when we accepted Christ. Paul said:
O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? Romans 7:24
How I understand just how Paul was feeling when he wrote the above scripture. I felt this way yesterday when something I’ve struggled with for a long time reared its ugly head. OH WRETCHED WOMAN THAT I AM!
Let me expose something most Christians won’t admit, hide, or refuse to believe.
There are Christians out there who struggle with things like:
Addiction to Porn
Addiction to Prescription Medication
Addiction to Illegal Drugs
Addiction to Alcohol
Love of Money
Yes these are people who truly love Jesus but they struggle. Their new man wants to do the right thing, but the sin nature comes out to play and they find it hard to resist. I was reading a question/answer area on Focus on the Family and this comment was made by the one answering the question about willful sin after salvation:
We are in a war. We ALL are struggling at one point or another. We all are fighting battles big and small. Furthermore, if you are studying to show thyself approved (2 Timothy 2:15), I know satan is hitting hard and often. There have been times when satan snuck up on me with something I struggle with and before I knew it, there I was in a place of sin and feeling exposed and wretched.
However, there is good news – Jesus can and will deliver us!
First, He delivered us from sin when He saved our souls.
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered to you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:16-18, 23
Then, through the Holy Spirit, He guides us on our path.
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of Truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth; for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you. John 16:13-15
Lastly, as we walk with Him, he delivers us from those sins that stop us in our tracks.
The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations…2 Peter 2:9
I write all of this to bring hope to those in bondage; those of you who continue to struggle with the same thing over and over. Jesus came to the earth, died a cruel death, rose from the grave, and sits on the right hand of the Father making intercession for us so that we can have eternal life and find deliverance from sin. Every Christian struggles with something. Don’t sit in silence with your problem but share it with a trusted Christian friend. Ask for prayer. Let others bear your burden with you (Galatians 6:2).
If you need prayer, please feel free to click here and leave me a message. Myself and others will pray for your need. We will seek deliverance for you through prayer. If you haven’t accepted Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, please click here and watch the video. Consider Jesus – He loves you more than you will ever know.