Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Do You Really Trust God?

Do you believe God is the one true God? Do you believe Jesus Christ is your savior? Do you Love God? Do you trust God? If you are a Christian I imagine you answered “YES” to all of these questions.

Do you love God? Well, Jesus says in John 14:15 “if you love me, you will obey what I command” Do you obey God? Do you trust God? Well, Romans 6:18 states that “You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness." And 1 Corinthians 10:13 states “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” Do you trust and believe God when he tells you that you are free from sin and that you can say no to all temptation and therefore not sin?

You see, if you really trust God you will believe you can have complete victory over sin. And if you truly love God, you will obey Him and not continue living in sin. Then why do so many Christians who say they love and trust God make excuses for sin. If one truly trusts God, then they will believe and act upon that belief that through Christ and by the grace of God they can live the life God has promised them – a life free from sin. Not a life partially free from sin. Not a life just free from the “big” obvious sins. But a life free from sin – period. Yes, even free from anger and selfishness. Additionally, if they love God they will obey Him. He commands us to flee sin. He tells us to go and sin no more. Then why don’t Christians obey Him? Why does it appear as though many Christians say they love God, yet they do not believe Him when He says there is no temptation we experience that we cannot handle and he even promises that he will always give us a way out; an escape? So, does your life and do your decisions indicate that you really love and trust God?

Let’s never forget this important fact, God doesn’t expect you to be able to have victory over sin on your own, that is why He sent His Son - Jesus. For those who are in Christ Jesus he also provides the Holy Spirit and His grace. This is why God expects us to no longer live in sin; He gave us the tools we need to put sin to death in our lives. It is time that Christians truly trust God, accept the gift of these tools, step out in faith, obey God, and put sin to death in their lives today.

Thursday, May 04, 2006