I’ve heard countless times from people who say, “I’m ‘blind’ when it comes to believing in Jesus.”
Please don’t fall into the same trap. No fence. Either “you are or you aren’t” and nothing in between.
There is no place to hide, procrastinate, or delay when it comes to Jesus. His very existence forces everyone who sees him to make a decision about him.
Like a liner that cuts through the waves to part the sea, Jesus moves people left or right as he moves through the crowds. They cannot just stand there unaffected.
Faith in Christ is a two-way switch.
Saving faith in Jesus can be compared to a light “switch” in two positions with no neutral. It is either on or off. Jesus made this clear in Matthew 12:30. When I Against myself; and the person who does it do not gather With me scatter”
Before I came to believe in Christ, I truly believed that it was a perfectly reasonable, safe, and even wise position to hold until all the “facts” were revealed, until I really had time. , would have described himself as “at stake”. to think about it.
The truth is that unless God intervenes in my consciousness, reveals the errors of my thinking, and convinces me of the obvious and present dangers I face, I will never “avoid it.” “Grace” started by scaring me out of my wits.
As any good physician knows, it is sometimes necessary to make a patient uncomfortable and to wake up from complacency before the treatment can begin. It’s one of the reasons mentioned. I did not come to bring peace, sword”
His message was a good concoction of clichés, not sugar daddies. The sword is the last thing a modern “name-and-claim” prosperity minister wields as he tries to draw a paying crowd.
Yet Jesus acted without fear of audience approval or disapproval.
I’ve been following a great video series lately, Chosen personIt beautifully depicts the day-to-day “earthly” perspective of the Gospels through the eyes of the apostles.
I was particularly impressed by the skillful depiction of various people’s reactions to Jesus’ apparently miraculous events. It shows that it is a matter of a deliberate decision to agree or disagree with Jesus regardless of
The Old Testament prophet Isaiah saw this happen to the Israelites centuries before the time of Christ when he wrote in Isaiah 30:14-16:
The Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, said: Calmness and trust are your strengths.but you don’t want”
It’s the same today. It addresses that I have sinned against myself. Because if so, the impact on my lifestyle is unacceptable. It’s as easy as pressing. Isn’t that what Americans did before Pearl Harbor?
For many “fencers” Jesus Christ is historically an “inconvenient truth” that continues to emerge despite the relentless attacks of so-called “science” and our pervasive non-theistic culture. .
The problem is that many “inconvenient facts” claim the opposite.
(Illustration from Pew Research Center)
According to the Pew Research Center, “Christians remained the world’s largest religious group in 2015, accounting for almost a third (31%) of the planet’s 7.3 billion people, according to a new demographic analysis from the Pew Research Center. increase.”
Not bad for a few 20 followers led by a penniless “uneducated” itinerant preacher who was publicly executed 1900 years ago. What are the odds?
how about you
Did you vote for YES or AGAINST YES? We obsess over national and local elections, researching candidates, scrutinizing issues and bills. But none of them determine your eternal soul destiny. But we think little of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Belief is primarily a matter of will to the revelation of divine truth rather than an intellectual “thing”. In John 7:17, Jesus made these wonderful promises to those who truly seek the truth: willing to do his willwhether it be God’s teaching or I speak from myself, he will know about the teaching.
If you really want to know, God will reveal it to you.
So is that what you want?
— DC Collier is a Bible teacher, discipleship leader, and author focused on Christian apologetics. A mechanical engineer and Internet entrepreneur, he is the author of My Origin, My Destiny, a book focused on the fundamental “value propositions” of Christianity. Click here for more information. [email protected]Here is the past column. The opinions expressed are his own.