Sunday, August 4, 2013

What if

What if as Christians we REALLY followed Jesus's example of how he responded to things in the bible.  I believe that sometimes as Christians we walk in some of Jesus's example, but not all of it.  I keep thinking about the bible as a whole and what it really means to live out the word of God in my everyday life.  I don't mean trying to keep the "commandments" of the law.  I don't mean trying to be "righteous".  I really mean my faith in God.  My faith in God to be everything that He says He is to me.  My faith in Jesus that I truly do sit with Him in the heavenly places.  My faith in Jesus that I can do everything that He says I can do in His name.  I feel like you get to a point where you realize that you have to have faith ALL THE WAY,  Or none at all.  I'm just pondering right now.  I have found in my life that the more I am at rest about everything in my life and trusting Jesus that I am who He says I am and that my family and I have what He says we have, the more I experience the peace, joy and movement of God in my life.  But there are times where my faith wavers.  I stop right here to examine the devil in this area.

There is an area of my life where I was strong in faith and now I waver.  I keep hearing God say, don't underestimate the power of simple things.  What are the simple things.  For me, it's taking communion daily.  Just that simple act can catapult you into everything that God has for you that day.  Back to the devil.  The devil will have you to put off the simple things.  You will hear "you can do it later". That's the enemy.  Like I said there is an area where I was strong in faith and I sense that faith wavering.  I believe I hear Satan sharing with me what the physical consequences will be if I'm wrong in my faith.  But you know, that's where Satan is stuck on stupid.  Because you can't go wrong in faith.  Without faith you can go wrong big time.  The bible says that whatever is not of faith is sin.  It also says that "without faith it is impossible to please God.  Those who come to Him must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder to those who diligently seek Him". 

Satan's main agenda is to get you to question God's goodness to you, to make  you think that God would withhold something from you.  The bible says that He will not withhold any good things from those who walk uprightly.  Before you start questions if you walk uprightly.  Don't worry about it, God doesn't look at your walk but at the perfect walk of Jesus in whom you have every blessing of the righteous, upright person.  Not because of anything you have done, but because of what Jesus has done. 

My son has had a fever since yesterday evening.  I turned to the Word of God to see what the remedy is for a fever.  In the book of Luke, Peter's mother-in-law was sick with a fever and they asked Jesus to heal her.  Jesus stood over her and rebuked the fever and it left her.  Simple remedy right; "rebuke the fever".  He did not say take her to the physicians, he did not say give her medicine.  He did not say give her a cool bath, he did not say put a cool rag on her head.  He simply rebuked the fever.  Many times as adults, we don't receive such simple remedies very well.  The devil tries to convince us that life is more complicated than that.  The bible says that God uses the simple things to confound the wise.  I am encouraged to stand on the simple truths and remedies in the word of God for myself and my family. 

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