Fight Truth Decay
1 John 1:8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
John 1:17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Psalm 25:5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
Psalm 119:160 All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.
Psalm 145:18 The LORD is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth
John 8:32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
I am sure when I did not know Jesus as Lord and Savior of my life, I thought I was in control—after my parents, of course! Then, after a bad relationship and allowing my self-esteem to be flattened, I realized there were always going to be other things in control. Not me. It was about this time, I accepted Jesus, but thought things would just iron out and I would be protected and go on my merry way. I didn’t realize then, I had to seek Him, and use a bit of energy to find who He truly was/is.
Over time, thankfully, I came to realize I am not in charge. I seek, He directs. My life is not without issues, but certainly my handling of problems, worries is much simpler. I ask, seek and wait. And the answer comes. It used to be that waiting 15 minutes was a long time. I was SO into immediate gratification. So, with His help, the help and coaxing of the Holy Spirit, I tapered my impatience. It is still an occasional flaw I deal with, but I know He will guide me as I wait. NO question.
There is no question in my mind, heart, and soul as to whether Jesus really is the Son of God and came to die for us. Not a single one. It grieves me that so many believe they are solely in charge of their life and destiny. I don’t like the feeling of losing friends and not knowing in my heart that they were saved. The fact they may not have ever accepted Him, grieves me. There is only one way to be in heaven and live eternally, and that is through acknowledging Jesus Christ is your Savior, He died on a cross taking your sins as well as all others who accept and hold Him as Savior. He freed us. He has taken our sins, so we can have an entry pass to heaven.
Yes, He hopes we strive to get to know Him personally. He wants a relationship and I must say it is awesome to share a smile or giggle with Him. Obviously, He knows what will please me, surprise me, and gifts me with it. I can feel HIs grinning when I exclaim in pleased surprise that there is a hawk on my back deck, or a painted bunting, or having dolphins jumping and putting on a show, a glorious sunset or rise….but He knows me, He knows what treasures tickle me and bless me. I can do nothing more than give thanks and praise HIs awesomeness; He opted to drop by and gift me with one of His blessings—just because He loves me.
That is so freeing. I am so sure of where my eternity is. I don’t know the path I will take before reaching there, but I know it will be good and prosperous because He promises that in Jeremiah 29:11. There is no doubting for me. It grieves my heart that others are arrogant enough to think they are in control and in charge of their destiny. They are so afraid thinking they are relinguishing control. We are guided by Jesus and the Holy Spirit—they show you the best path—it is still your choice to accept or deny and go in a different direction. I’ve done that a few times—not the best decisions, and the price was high.
I know some think they will “have to give up too much.” He blessed us all with free will. Free to choose Him and eternal life, or your fun and control and eternal hell at death. Shudder!
Once I learned that I needed to work at knowing who He is through bible reading, going to a bible teaching and living church, bible studies and my own delving to a closer relationship, things became calmer, less stressful, and I gained patience, peace, gained with kindness and gentleness. I gained; never lost or gave up anything that was a struggle. I still want to give up more—coarse mouth, overeating, and more. But it will come.
I had been sucked into the belief that we could compromise. Yes, God loves all people, but He does not want sin and sinful behavior to be accepted by us, and then for us to have an expectation of forgiveness when we are going to continue the sin. No, God does not want us to compromise. But in your relationship, you become less willing to compromise, you want to be pleasing for Him.
You can’t recognize gossiping is sinful, confess it and expect it is okay to do an hour later. You need to work with the Holy Spirit to have immediate correction brought into your mind. And this is so for any of the sins we commit, whether it be lying, overindulging, sexual misbehaviors, and a myriad of other sins that are listed clearly in the bible, when you choose to read and study.
I am by no means a saint, and still sin—a lot. But it’s a process, just like any other relationship you have. It grows and develops over time.
Bible does not change. His Word still stands; there is no compromise.
But as my relationship grows, I want to do things for others first. It is more about others than about me. I have all I need. I am blessed indeed. But I still pray for others in my life whom I love who are resistant to believing there is a greater power than them.
You give me rest. I am so thankful I get to lean on You for ‘me and mybellaviews.’