Sunday, April 30, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: TIRED OF BEING A CHRISTIAN


I would guess that political correctness existed back in the Apostle Paul’s day when he wrote the letter to the Colossians. It was not called “being politically correct” but the laws of the land ensured that a person could not speak against the government or offend the social elites. Sexual perversions also existed back then (Romans 1:24-27), as did Christian persecution. Therefore, the challenge to live as a follower of Christ Jesus, the Lord, is not an unreasonable thing to ask.

COLOSSIANS 2:6-10
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.  For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;  and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

The same warning that was necessary two-thousand years ago is needed today. A philosophy is a sophisticated way of saying belief; Christianity is a belief. Many, Believers and non-Believers, are being cheated.  There are philosophies prevalent, political, social and religious, that direct many away from God. You must know what the Word of God actually says and live accordingly.
       
JOHN 15:19
If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

Don’t expect anyone to endorse your lifestyle. Again, DO NOT EXPECT ANYONE TO ENDORSE YOUR CHRIST CENTERED LIFESTYLE.  You cannot live like everyone else because you are not like everyone else. Jesus also said:
MATTHEW 10:33
But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.
You cannot be a a ‘proper’ Christian on the Sabbath and live like the world on other days. No one wants to be rejected, no one wants to be alone, but to declare your faith causes many to distance themselves from you. It is difficult to be a Christian AND be accepted by those who live in the world, I would say it is impossible.

Many Believers in Jesus find it is very difficult to follow the teachings of Christ and obtain things they want. Faith is compromised, the Word disregarded, because the world does not live the way God says it should. Scripture is taken out of context, unintentionally or intentionally, to justify getting what is wanted or needed.

It is a challenge to not think the way people in the world think. Same gender relationships, abortion, the acceptance of Islamic practices such as prayer within the walls of Christian institutions (churches and schools) and other such behaviors that the Bible speaks against are ignored or justified in the name of tolerance.

It can be hard to live God’s way while everyone else is lying, cheating, stealing and manipulating there way to achieving their goals. There are days when you grow weary of doing things the right way because it looks like you are no closer to success than you were years ago. But don’t quit because of what you see continue because of what you know.

GALATIANS 6:9
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
No one says “I am tired of being a Christian!” but their behavior may indicate that they are.  The woman who has endured a loveless marriage for years and yearns to spend the rest of her days with someone who does not take her for granted she may want to leave, even though he is not abusive nor an adulterer. To the 30-something who is still single the idea of never finding a mate may lead to premarital sexual activity. The person who never seems to have enough money doing things buying food for someone else using their food stamp card to get the cash; or giving someone less cash than the value of the food purchased when that someone uses a food stamp card. They all know what the word of God says BUT they see what is happening in the world.

Why not do these things? Who does it hurt? Colossians tells us to “walk in Him” just as we received Him, be consistent in your behavior as a follower of Christ. Galatians says: “let us not grow weary while doing good,” don’t quit just because it does not look like things will get better. And Jesus said: “I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you;” what is happening in your life is not a surprise to Father God.

When you first became a Christian you were determined to do things God’s way. BUT then the cares of this world became a distraction.
MARK 4:19
and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
When a person becomes weary of being a Christian he has reached a point in which he does not know what else to do. When you are tired it becomes easier to do things as the world does rather than wait on the Lord.
1 Corinthians 3:19
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”; 
Being tired of being a Christian is what leads to words like: “God knows my heart,” or “things are different.” It is when you get tired of waiting on God that you question your faith- “Has God indeed said,…” (Genesis 3:1 NKJV) Does the Bible really mean “thou shalt not?”

PROVERBS 3:7 The Expanded Bible
Don’t ·depend on your own wisdom [L- be wise in your own eyes]. ·Respect [Fear; Hold in awe] the Lord and ·refuse to do wrong [L- turn away from evil].

Sometimes you have to have an ‘in spite of’ mindset. In spite of what you see and hear you will trust God and do things His way.

HEBREWS 11:8
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.
The challenge for Believers is to focus on the Word and not the world. Faith should not be based on what you see or hear but what you know.

DEUTERONOMY 7:9
“Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;
When you become tired of being a Christian it is because you are focused on the world and not the Word. Jesus told us to come to Him and He would give us rest (Matthew 11:28)not stress. It is also written that you will have tribulation while in this world (John 16:33) but we overcome trouble through Jesus. A marathon runners mindset is needed in order to have victory.

Galatians 6:9
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
I BELIEVE times are not going to get any easier. It is important for those of us who want to spend eternity with Father God to trust Him  and do those things that please Him. If you are tired of being a Christian, if you are tired of doing the right thing, if you feel like you want to compromise your faith then dig a little deeper into the Word.   xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph

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