Not only does our Savior come to save us from our sin, but He comes to save us from hopelessness, discouragement, and the pit of despair. He came to give us life more abundantly in and through Him! He takes our sin and works of the flesh and makes us grow in the fruit of His Spirit- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The secret to living the abundant christian life is Christ in us- the Hope of Glory!
The devil also comes, not to give, but to take. He wants to steal our joy, our hope, our future. He wants to kill our marriage, our family, our faith. He wants to destroy your home, your child-like trust in Christ, your testimony, and your very soul.
He comes to you when you are at your weakest- when you are tired and have no strength- during an illness, while the children are bickering, or whenever things are all going well and you begin to have a self-sufficient spirit instead of trusting in Christ who is your strength. He tells you lies, one at a time, until you begin to believe them.
He plants discouragement, fear, envy, bitterness, and evil suspicions in your mind. He tells you that you don’t have what it takes to endure to the end and that your faith will fail.
There is only one way to be an over comer and the answer is not to try harder, but to surrender your life DAILY, even moment to moment, to Christ. Stop striving in your flesh. It’s not your righteousness that saves you or keeps you- it’s His. It’s Christ in you- the Hope of Glory! If Christ is truly in you, you will love Him, you will OBEY Him. All throughout God’s Word it says that our love for Jesus is shown through our obeying His Word. We are to be doers of His Word and not hearers only. And we can’t obey Him if we have never fully surrendered our will to His. It is God who works in us to will and to do for His good pleasure. To many people today are burned out trying to live the Christian life apart from Christ.
Are you growing as a christian? A true christian grows more and more each day into the likeness of Christ. Are you more loving, merciful, kind, forgiving, holy, set-apart than you were a year ago? Or are you drifting more and more into the cares of this world, the business of life that keeps you to busy from prayer and reading His Word? Only by spending time daily in His presence can we be conformed to His Image. Whose image do you reflect- the world’s or Christ?
The days are evil and will get worse each day as the end draws to a close. Now isn’t the time to be wasting precious hours on things that wont count for eternity.
We are living in a world with so many distractions and substitutes that keep us from growing into the fullness of Christ. ANYTHING can be a distraction- your blog, your face book and other media, your hobbies, your love of reading good, wholesome christian books.
Yes, I said good, wholesome christian books. There is no end to the making of books and always reading the opinions of others is wearisome to the mind and brings confusion. To place a higher value on christian books over the Bible is idolatry.
And further, my son, be admonished by these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh.
Don’t neglect the One who died to save your soul. He is the only one that can bring true joy and satisfaction. Do you hunger for Jesus more than anything or are you drinking from broken wells of this world that can never satisfy?
For My people have committed two evils:
They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters,
And hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water.
Return to the Almighty and let Jesus be your greatest Treasure! He will Shepherd and oversee your soul and bring you to your desired eternal home at last!
If you return to the Almighty, you will be built up;
You will remove iniquity far from your tents.
Then you will lay your gold in the dust,
And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks.
Yes, the Almighty will be your gold
And your precious silver
For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
I Peter 2:25