Michael continues from the last post: However, it's not about keeping our vows, rather it's about our vows keeping us. Disappointment is the result when we dishonor and "diss" (disgrace) our appointment with God. Each day we have a “divine appointment” to walk in fellowship with our Lord Jesus Christ, our Heavenly Father, and one with another in the household of faith. To have peace, fellowship and communion with others, we must meet each other at the foot of the cross, for there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus – 1 Timothy 2:5.
However suffering has value in God's eyes. Our goal is to grow and to learn to become just like Jesus. Anything that forces us to our knees is our friend because tribulations and trials bring us closer to God. As Paul said, thy strength is made perfect in my weakness, thy grace is sufficient for me – 2 Corinthians 12:9. We have hope in our Lord, even in the midst of trials and tribulations of this world. He's not the best choice... He is the only choice. The devil's ploy is to make the things of this secular humanistic material world take preeminence over the true Lord Jesus Christ. The first of the Ten Commandments is: "thou shalt have no other gods between your face and God's face."
On Capital Hill in Washington D.C., a Christian candidate was recently vetted for an appointment to public office. The congressman questioning the candidate said, "do you disagree with the Muslims, Buddhists, and people of other religions?" The candidate answered, “By the First Amendment of the United States Constitution’s Freedom of Religion, I'm a follower of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He has never let me down. I will never deny my Lord." The congressman rejected the Christian's appointment solely because he was a Christian. America’s Freedom of Religion now has serious consequences in this now revised and politically correct secular nation.
Christians understand that "this world is not my home, I'm just a-passin' through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue." God has called us to produce men, women and children who know that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and that “for me to live is Christ and to die is gain”- Philippians 1:21. We have been called to solidify our conviction through prayer and dedication to the Word of God. Our testimony and conviction on “the Truth” of our Lord Jesus Christ is because we know Him and have spent time abiding with Him and within Him in our heart, mind and soul.
What changes our life? Become a new man or woman in Christ. Change lords and commit to follow Christ. It was refreshing that God had touched lives through this new commitment to their true Lord Jesus Christ. Human ministries, churches, leaders, and authority figures will always let us down because they are imperfect. Our personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ is the only way to commit our lives to Him. When the crisis comes and courage is required, God expects us to be the reliable ones, who stand fast in the faith ... totally devoted to follow Him.
Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
May God richly bless you!
Your brother in Christ, Michael