Yes, but there is a better life than that. Here's why.
Losing faith is what the Bible calls the sin of unbelief. What happens when men lose faith in Christ? Defeat develops. People become habitually disobedient to God. Sin separates man from God's Saving Grace. As we all know - the wages of sin is death. Did you know losing faith can become a habitual life of defeat? Keeping the faith means you are faithful to God with victory in Jesus. Losing faith means you are unfaithful to God and living a life in defeat. Faith is a consciousness and awareness of Christ in your heart and life. If you don't know if your sins are forgiven. They're not! Faith in Christ allows man to know that every sin is forgiven and that the heart is clean and holy in the eyes of God. You can keep this victory every day of your life with the power of God's Grace.
A clean heart comes from your trust in what Christ did for you personally. Your trust in Christ and what Christ did for you personally is why you're forgiven by God Almighty. You will know you're forgiven because the guilt of sin is lifted from your conscience. You are aware of the fact that Christ made you a new creation and you know every sin is forgiven. This is soul rest. Soul rest is freedom from the guilt of sin. Redemption comes through your personal trust and belief in Christ. Can you lose this trust? Yes. Can you regain it? Yes. Don't waver back and forth in defeat. Stay steady with victory by the power of God's Saving Grace.
Men fall into sin. Why? They lose faith and quit trusting Christ for personal forgiveness. They turn back to sinful conduct. Sin is not an unconscious act. Sin is a wilful act of rebellion and disobedience to God. When faithfulness to Christ is lost, unfaithfulness to Christ is found. Unfaithful men are sinful and wilfully sinful. Not a product of belief and trust in Christ where Grace is found. A defeated life of misery and shame with "wavering faith". Christ gives us something better. It's a connection to the power of God's Grace we are to keep, "without wavering".
God's Grace and mercy is always connected to man "if" (notice I said if) man believes and receives Christ into the heart and soul. God's Grace and mercy is disconnected from the soul when man "loses faith in Christ" or "lets go of Christ". The Bible calls this disconnection grieving the Spirit and/or quenching the Spirit. You must hold on. Can you be reconnected if you let go? Yes. How? When you get every sin forgiven "again" through personal acceptance of the cleansing power that flows from the blood of Jesus Christ that hung on Calvary's tree. Faith in Christ can be lost or let go of. Faith in Christ can be regained. Who wants to go through all of this?
Wouldn't it be a better life to just, "Keep the faith?" Paul said, "Fight the good fight of faith". Paul said, "I have kept the faith". There is no better life than to stay faithful to Christ all the way to Heaven. No faith lost. No faith to regain. The Bible calls this "immovable in the faith". Glory! I get blessed just writing about keeping faith in Christ and in the Bible. They both have shown this writer that nothing can defeat the child of God! Faith in Christ doesn't have to be lost. Stay satisfied with a faithful life connected to Christ in the Spirit. Greater is He in me...than He that's in the world. Isn't joyful? Is this what the Bible means, "Joy unspeakable". Hallelujah!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Sleeping in the night are those who are living in darkness. Sleeping means to be unaware of what's going on around you. These are godless and without hope. People today are so unaware of Christ and to be honest Christ is the farthest thing in life from their hearts and thinking. People drink and drug today without an inkling of what will happen in their future. With no ideal that substance abuse will control their lives, marriages, relationships with Christ. The booze takes over their mind and actions. the drugs take over their mind and actions. The temper is altered from use of drugs whether illicit or legal. Nobody in darkness knows how much the booze or drugs are going to consume them. These people are sleeping in the night. Living in darkness and unaware of Christ our Saviour. Even the adulterer or fornicator who begins the relationship outside the sanctity of marriage, doesn't have a clue of where these relationships will lead; or how many people will be hurt or affected by their sinful conduct and dirty living. These people are sleeping and unaware of what they are getting into. Darkness rules and blinds the minds of those who believe not in the Gospel of Christ.
I've written all the above to say this one thing,
I've written all the above to say this one thing,
"The child of God is aware of Christ and Christ's saving Grace. The child of God is not sleeping nor does he walk in darkness anymore. The child of God is sober and right at all times in the eyes of God because he has the God given power to do right. The child of God is not "overtaken" by booze, by sensuality, or by dirty living anymore. The child of God has the person of Christ in their hearts. They are sober and constantly watching for the coming of their Lord Jesus Christ. Their hearts are prepared for trials and tribulations that come during our life on earth. Children of God walk in the light because God's Grace made them overcomers in the world. Nothing can defeat the child of God. Children of God are of the day, not of the night. Children of God do not sleep in darkness, they are aware of Christ and His return to Rapture the Church. This is the character of a child of God who depends on Christ for every need in life. The child of God is aware of Christ and ready for Christ's return. The heart is prepared and watchful. Goodbye Devil...hello Jesus".