A person who does not believe the truth of the gospel – will necessarily rail against it.
As believers, our motive should always be that people come to know and understand the truth of the gospel. Not that they can be saved from Hell – but that their lives can be redeemed for the sake of the Kingdom of God that will never end. When people call themselves believers but they rise up against the truths that are in the Bible because it does not suit them, I am forced to ask myself if they are true believers. Paul mentions his former ways and clearly tells us that he did these things out of ignorance – because he did not know that the gospel was truth. But once he knew – his life and his behavior was transformed. His life became about exposing people to their redeemer, Christ, and teaching them how to live for Him so that their lives would matter in eternity. Are we doing that? Leading people to Christ AND helping them to live for Him?
Father, May it never be enough for my heart to see a person come to salvation, but may I always desire that they know you personally as Father and are able to give their lives to you so that they will be made fruitful. Thank you for using me as a vessel of honor. I bless your name! Amen
1 Timothy 1:12 – 14
“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief; and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus”
It is normally quite easy to trust God – after all He is the creator of all things, He is just and faithful, His loving-kindness does endure to all generations. But walking closely with the Lord, you are challenged constantly in your relationship with Him. His ways are not your ways, nor or His thoughts yours. As you walk in obedience, with the assurance that you will have your needs met, there are times when God’s method of meeting your needs does not line up with your logic and understanding. Think about our brother, Job. God presented Job to the enemy as a sacrifice of faith – “We’ll see. Go ahead– do what you want with all that is his. Just don’t hurt him” (Job 1:12 The Message).
In times like this, it is easy for us to dismiss hard times as a part of living and not recognize that they are tests of our obedience and devotion to Him. As a missionary, one of the hardest things that we do every day is depend upon the people of God to faithfully honor the financial commitments that they make to keep us on the field. We have found God to be faithful, but we have seen and are seeing more often nowadays moments when the faithful prove not to be so. Our temptation can be to just go back home and return to ‘normal’ lives; or to feel like we are not fully supported because we have somehow failed both God and man. But as we look at the story of Job, we are reminded time and time again that God’s deepest desire is that we depend upon him desperately – yes DESPERATELY!
Desperation is such a difficult place, don’t you agree? But let’s return to Job’s story – at the end of it all in Job 42 – he says “”I’m convinced: You can do anything and everything. Nothing and no one can upset your plans” (Job 42:1 The Message)
Yes indeed – a witness from a time long ago reminding us that even when the people of God are lulled into a sense of complacency and do not seem to be honoring God’s desire that we continue what we know God has called us to – we must never forget that God is in control and His plans cannot be thwarted.
As I started writing this post – I was feeling a bit discouraged – feeling a praise now coming up from within me that I just cannot keep to myself! Hallelujah! He Alone Is God!