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12:10 PM   [18 Aug 2009 | Tuesday]

Being A Christian Is Not Easy, But For The True Beliver, It Has A Happy Ending

Being a Christian and claiming Christianity are two different points of view. Christianity is not all about “Praise the Lord” and “Life is Great” because it is not… Christianity is not a state of mind; it is a state of being.  A true believer suffers for many reasons as a result of their decision to follow the Lord. That person is constantly and consciously attempting to follow the lead of Jesus and that is impossible to do. And, because of this attempt, that person is besieged with all sorts of negative and evil influences trying to persuade that person to give up. The New Testament is filled with stories and warnings concerning this very aspect of Christianity. And when we do succumb to these satanic pressures, we feel a sense of guilt and shame that we would not have felt if we were not so dedicated to our commitment.

 

Certainly, there are times when our Lord grants us a miraculous event in our lives, but for the most part, we are waiting for our supplications to be answered. Televangelists tell us of all of the wonderful things that are about to happen in our lives. Riches, fame and happiness are about to fill our lives according to them, just as long as we buy their books or send them money or some other device to get us to support them. This does not mean that all of these people are corrupt in what they are doing, but many of them are and their following is tremendous. However, true believers know that this is not the case. We should not expect or even ask for things that we do not need but just desire. We are guaranteed all that we need, but not all that we want. And, it is not up to us to decide what it is that we need.

 

There are many that claim Christianity and feel good because they believe that they are saved but then go on about their lives giving no thought to their commitment. But a true believer suffers because of their own inadequacies as well as feeling the pain of all others that they know and love. They place others before themselves and sacrifice their time and resources to help others in a time of need.  True believers do not live a “normal” life. We have been taken out of this world but must still exist in an atmosphere of greed, immorality and corruption. It is not easy… But, there is a good side to this story and a very happy ending. Those that remain committed and faithful until the end will receive the reward of being with our Lord for eternity. That makes it all worth everything else that we must go through on this earth.

 

We must never forget that the people that were so excited about the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, the “Praise the Lord” people, that some of these same people were screaming to have Him killed on the very next day. We are warned about the falling away prior to the end and this could be happening now…. The point to consider is that there are some that cannot fall away from something that they never truly had. But, for the faithful, when we meet our Lord and know that He will be there with us for eternity, then it is truly the time to “Praise the Lord”

 

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