What’s in a phrase?

Have you noticed that some people are referred to as a “person of faith”?  And when they receive something it is credited to “the power of prayer”?  As good as these phrases are, I don’t think they go far enough.  They leave someone out.  The person doing it.  God.

Our faith (trust) is in God.  Not in faith.  It is God’s choice and God’s power that answers our prayers.  Not the prayer.  And God is so much more than power.  He is unbridled love toward each one of us:  every man, woman and child on the planet.  He wants everyone to experience his love forever.

Jesus said, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.”  Or said another way, turn away from the things that hurt you and others and trust Jesus and ask him to lead your life.

Jesus wants to love you and help you love others.

Now the above message is good, but I left out something very important.  When you surrender to Jesus, satan gets very mad.  And the people who do not love God get very mad.  If you give yourself to Jesus, you now are NOT a slave to satan.  You now are a threat to satan.  You now are a child of God.  You now are able to resist satan.  You can expose him.  And you can lead others away from his control and to Jesus and his love.  Satan wants to stop you.  He wants to hurt you.  Because through your pain he hopes to hurt God.

When you become a Christian you may refuse to do something immoral and be threatened with losing your job (like I was).  You may be forced to leave your job because of a false accusation from someone influenced by satan (like I was).  And you may experience a terrifying, 20-year long, chronic crisis of raising kids who don’t respond to traditional child rearing or adult influence because you obey God* by adopting special-needs kiddos from foster care (like my wife and I did).

The idea that if you become a Christian life will be problem-free is a myth.

Though satan is more powerful than us, Jesus is infinitely more powerful than satan.  And Jesus has provided a way.  Jesus said that if we put Jesus first as Lord and Savior, he will take responsibility for feeding us and clothing us and giving us shelter.  And that is all we really need.  Therefore, we don’t have to fear what satan can do to us.  Jesus has already defeated him on the cross and Jesus will defeat him in our lives too.

Following Jesus is hard.  But it is also fun.  I would never want  to go back to being a slave of satan (And free only to do evil).  Now I am a slave of Jesus (and I am free to do good for others and myself).

Jesus chose to die rather than spend eternity without you.  And he did.  What is your choice?

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*God’s plan was to make us a family.  Satan hurt my two boys in their birth home and continues to attack them today through the residual effects of early trauma.

 

Author: james bruce mcnaughton

I became Seriously Mentally Ill at age 18, ten years later I got and took the right meds, I accepted Jesus, and my recovery began.

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