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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Stand firm in God's Truth

In Galatians 1, the Apostle Paul says to the peoples of the Galatia church  ... 6 "I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, ... 7 (that) there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ ...    9 if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received (through revelation of Jesus Christ), let him be accursed (eternally condemned). 10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a servant of Christ."

What is gained when we turn away from the gospel of Jesus Christ? What have we achieved when God's message is watered down with untruths? How can you say you are a servant of the Lord Jesus when you do not follow Him, His ways?

Seek what is pleasing may be your motto. But who is it pleasing? Who do you follow?

Jesus himself has said, "if you have faith as (small as) a mustard seed, ... nothing will be impossible for you." (Matthew 17:20)

But when you allow your faith to be swallowed up by others who purpose in their minds, a better way, you are not living the life Christ called you to.

Being a Christian means we are saved solely by faith in the Lord Jesus, believing and accepting His birth, death and resurrection. The Christian walk is in making the Lord the center, the pivot point in our life, and living our lives in obedience to Him, in fellowship with Him.

We are not saved by what we do (our works), or by what we experience (our emotions) or by what we know (head knowledge).

When we  remain silent over so-called truths that are wrongly being promoted as God's Truth we cause great injury to others -- to lost people who may never come to Christ, to new believers who may spiritually stumble because of confusion, and even to our fellow Christian brothers and sisters.
God's Truth, His Word, is the only truth that matters. We cannot let our fears prevent us from confronting another in the errors of their ways, however, it must be done lovingly.  Being a Christian means we need to stand firm in God's Truth.

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"Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct your paths." - Proverbs 3:5-6