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12:55 PM   [11 Feb 2012 | Saturday]

SALVATION IS A FREE GIFT, BUT THERE IS SOMETHING WE MUST DO !!!

Many people claiming Christianity go through life with very little conflict or trouble and believe it is because they are a child of God and He is giving them their perfect life. If this is the case, these people are in for a big surprise on judgment day. They pray for many things, mostly material, and are always answered and given whatever they have requested. It is true that God tells us to cast all of our cares upon Him, but it is also true that Jesus tells us to do it in private. There is a reason that we should only pray within our minds, because Satan is always listening in on our requests to God. God is the only One who knows what is in our best interest and will not give us anything that will ultimately hurt us. But, Satan hears our requests and may very well answer our prayer and we think that it was given to us by God. We must remember that Satan can transform himself into an angel of light and so it is easy for us to think that God is answering our prayers. Satan cannot read our minds, but he can hear all that we say openly and when our request is given to us by him and it works out badly, he has succeeded in creating doubt, which is his favorite activity… It is not that God wants us to be poor, but He knows how wealth can and does corrupt almost all that achieve financial success…

The life of a true believer is not usually very easy. We are filled with feelings of shame and guilt because we cannot stop sinning. Certainly, there are people that enjoy the fact that all of their sins have been forgiven, and there are some that take advantage of this incredible gift. Satan is always there creating doubt about all sorts of aspects of Christian life and influencing some to alter the words of God for any number of reasons. And, he has been very successful in this endeavor. He has caused many misunderstandings of the lessons given to us and have sent many down the wrong road… It would be nice to think that all we need to do is say a few words and we are given our ticket to heaven, but it just is not that easy… However, Satan is telling us this and there are many that think that it is true. It is true that the gift is free, but there are also things that we must do to finally get our ticket. Most are not difficult and some are very easy…

There is one thing however, that every saved and true Christian will have to do at some point during the process of salvation. Each of us will be tested to see the extent of our faith. And, this trial will not be easy, in fact, it may be the most difficult thing that we will ever have to experience. We can look at Job from the Old Testament to get some idea as to the degree of the trial that we will face. Peter tells us of this testing 1 Peter 4:12 “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:” Peter is not saying that this trial may happen, he is saying that it will happen, and the word “fiery” tells us the extent of this testing. It will be very difficult !!! Earlier, Peter mentions the purpose of this trial 1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, ….” We see once again the use of the word “fire”. Being caught and burned in fire is, perhaps, the most painful thing a human can experience. This will not be pleasant and we do not know when or for how long our trial will take place, but we do know that it will happen !!!

However, there is a side to this trial that is very exciting to the ones that know that it is going to happen and because it means that we have been considered worthy to be tested… And, we also know that God will never put us through anything that we cannot handle; although, at the time, we think that we cannot take any more and there are some that do fall by the wayside. We are tested many times during our walk towards salvation and sometimes it seems that these tests are pretty tough. But, when the fiery trail begins, we will know it and it will not be enjoyable… Remember the words of Peter when he tells us that we will think some strange thing has happened to us, but also remember that the trial of our faith will, and must come….

If a person who claims Christianity does not experience this trial, then two more things will most likely happen to them. One is that after the Rapture, that person will still be here on Earth; and the other is that when the door is closed, that person will be told to depart from Me, I never knew you !!!

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