Faith is the beginning.....

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Rescued....


The word "rescued" conjures up many thoughts on the subject. I'd like to mention a few things about being rescued, but first, here are a few synonyms that describe the word:

Liberate, release, save, redeem, ransom, extricate, recover, liberation, deliverance, release, redemption and recovery. Wow. These words ring "FREEDOM", don't they?

As you can imagine, this applies to us as Christians. This is what it's about, people! But all too often the true meaning of salvation through Christ is twisted to mean something other than it is. For instance, a teaching that is spreading like wildfire throughout Christendom is that God is not a God of judgment, not a God of wrath. For some reason perhaps they think it will offend the unbeliever to include the "less desirable" aspects of God, so they make it more palatable to the masses. If God doesn't punish sin, if God is not a God of justice, if God isn't wrathful against evil, then what does He stand for? What is He rescuing us from? If God is only a God of love, where is the rest of the equation? You can't love fiercely unless you hate fiercely. If you love that which is good, right and holy then you must hate that which is loathsome, wrong and evil.

And so God is a God of love and God is a God of hate. I wrote a comment on a site that referenced the upcoming movie, 'Son of God'. The author of the article said, "...it failed to reveal who the true Son of God is" (my paraphrase). In my comment, in which I agreed with the author, I wrote that God's love is a double-edged sword that pierces and divides and demands that the one He loves give Him their heart, their mind, their very life -- none of this nauseating fluff that Jesus is there to make your life easier.

So when God demands that we love Him with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind, He is saying, essentially, in our doing so, we will be freed from self, from our own evil desires and sinfulness. We will be set free from our sin and we will be given a new nature. How glorious! Freed from sin, rescued from death! But only God Himself can free us from ourselves.

So, yes, I've been rescued. Rescued from darkness and all the things associated with it. A life devoid of God. Darkness. Spiritual Death. Empty. Aimless. I was as it says in Ephesians 2:12, "....without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having NO HOPE, and WITHOUT GOD in the world."

Call out to Him, He's there. He will rescue you.


Mtn Girl

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Does Your Private Life Line Up With Your Public Life?

                                                                   DUPLICITY
Interesting article on the Christian's dual life by Paul Tripp...we all have some hypocrisy to one degree or another. The important thing is to remember that we should always be asking the Lord to reveal in us any duplicity. One of the points in the article said, "Are you a member of a small group who participates with spiritual enthusiasm in front of people but lives in fear and discouragement when no one is looking?" This hit home for me...I struggle with doubt and discouragement more than I care to admit. I am not trusting God when I should be. So the article states we need to evaluate our heart and make sure we stay before the Lord and confess our sins. Unbelief is a sin, is it not? And when we confess we are then comforted with a comfort that comes not from the world but from God Himself. To Him be the glory!! May you have a day that is filled with His forgiveness and may you be reminded of His patience and love! 
           Mtn Girl

http://www.christianpost.com/news/spiritual-schizophrenia-115724