Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Simply Faith

I've thought so much lately about what is important in our lives and how we should prioritize these things. In a world of despair we can either choose to fall in line with it and have the doomsday theory or we can remember that this world is simply a speck of time before we reach eternity. I know that the things that are going on in our country and in the world can seem just terrible and we can sit and watch CNN 24/7 (I only watch Fox News) and be totally depressed and think, 'what is the point of even going on?', well the answer to that cannot be found on CNN, but it can be found just by opening your Bible. He has the answer to every question we ever need answered right in the Word.

His commandments are there not as a guide to look at every now and then but a guide to how we should live our lives every moment. If words we say go against His Word we can't possibly believe that it is the right thing to say, words can be so very vexing to us and if we choose the wrong words we do not obey Him. For instance, there are words people use to describe folks that are different than them, sometimes because of hatred simply because of their skin color, this is wrong. God created every one of us and we are His creatures, if we believe we are above another human being we are wrong, it's that simple. If we put cruel labels on fellow human beings, it's simply because we are not keeping our hearts and eyes on Him.

When Jesus walked the earth He spread the love of His Father, I don't remember ever reading in the Bible that only if you lived here you could enter into Heaven, or if you lived there and helped all your neighbors you could enter into Heaven. So, if we start being nice to the family down the street that is different just to get some brownie points on that train to Heaven, we will be so sorry when we leave this earth to find out that our deeds were not the ticket to that train.

Indeed Christ died on that cross for all of our sins, it's a done deal, He died to wipe out the sins of His people. Doing good deeds in the hopes of that getting you in Heavens door is like trying to stop up a sink drain with running water, it's senseless.

When we have been saved, we find out that that's it, we now have life everlasting, but it's important that we read His word and live as He commands. We will never be perfect, but in Christ we will have forgiveness for our sins;
1John 1:9 says:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

God is a loving and forgiving God but to think that He's simply there to sprinkle fairy dust on us when we ask and shower us with wonderful things is totally false. We will always have trials, we live in a fallen world, but His promise is that when we walk through those trials He will be there with us to carry us through, He feels our pain. So you see I don't mind having to deal with clinical depression, everyone will have burdens, what I do mind is when it pulls me so low that I can't look to Him, but at those times I truly believe the Holy Spirit intervenes and takes my burdens to the Cross for me.

We know from the scriptures;

Hebrews 13:5
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you." We don't need to fret about things in this world, we need just be content and live for Him, and we know that He'll never leave us, sounds good to me.

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