Grace & Truth For The Lukewarm Christian
Our God is the God of second chances, yet He is also a holy and just God.
The tweet read: “Radical thought… God’s grace is SO enormous and he loves us SO completely and desires SO much that none would perish, that he gives us another chance to accept him after death?”
That was several weeks ago and I haven’t forgotten.
Not because it was a radical thought, but because it wasn’t biblical truth.
Sure, it sounded good, but it wasn’t pointing people to Jesus.
In fact, anyone who reads the Bible would quickly find that it is contrary to what it teaches.
Does it break my heart that people will go to Hell?
Is it tempting to become paralyzed with fear for my family and other loved ones who don’t know Jesus?
However, living a lie won’t help.
Re-writing the Bible makes the whole thing worthless. It’s an all or nothing kind of thing.
Just Give Me Jesus
Easter is less than a month away.
It’s the day we celebrate our resurrected Savior.
I am so thankful He was willing to give His life for us. But if He didn’t have to do that… if God was willing to throw caution to the wind make another way, then Christ died for nothing and my whole life is based on a lie.
So you can keep your radical thoughts, and I’ll keep my Jesus.
Not just because I don’t want to be caught in a lie, but because my Jesus is beyond amazing.
He made the lame to walk, the blind to see, and the dead to live again.
He takes my pain and He heals it.
Jesus breaks the chains that sin uses to bind us. He sets us free from shame.
Jesus might have died over 2,000 years ago on Calvery, but He is alive and well today; living in our hearts. Moving in our lives. Because of Jesus, we don’t have to face anything alone.
It’s no secret that I haven’t always been on fire for Christ the past few years.
There’s something about chronic pain that wears you down.
But even at the times where I know my faith has suffered, I know Christ has never left me.
My faith is secure.
That’s something that I know because of Jesus.
All this is what came to mind when I was reading Diane’s post this week. She asked the question, are you waiting like the bride of Christ or a lukewarm Christian? Hop on over and let me know what you think.
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Are You Waiting Like The Bride of Christ or A Lukewarm Christian?
P.S. If you find yourself to be lukewarm, remember that you are not alone. Check out this post I wrote two years ago when I thought my struggle with chronic migraines was over. I was wrong about that, but I still shared three steps to rekindling your faith that were on target: Chronic Pain & Lukewarm FaithHave you ever struggled with lukewarm faith? Heather has… Click To Tweet
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We are putting together an anthology that’s all about putting our faith into words.
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Thanks for writing such a great one, Diane. I loved it. I came back several times to soak it all in.
There is always the tendency to become complacent in our faith… Lukewarm Christianity is warned against because it’ so easy to fall into. Thanks for the reminder to stay on fire for Jesus – especially as we prepare for Easter.
It is easy to fall into lukewarm faith, isn’t it, Tiffany? It’s one of those subtle things we don’t even realize is happening until it’s happened.
I love the encouragement to remember we’re not alone even when our faith is lukewarm. It reminded me of a quote by Charles Spurgeon that is always good to remember. It’s a bit long to put in a comment, but I’ll do it anyway!
“Remember, therefore, it is not thy hold of Christ that saves thee—it is Christ; it is not thy joy in Christ that saves thee—it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though that be the instrument—it is Christ’s blood and merits; therefore, look not so much to thy hand with which thou art grasping Christ, as to Christ; look not to thy hope, but to Jesus, the source of thy hope; look not to thy faith, but to Jesus, the author and finisher of thy faith. We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul. If we would at once overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by “looking unto Jesus.” Keep thine eye simply on him; let his death, his sufferings, his merits, his glories, his intercession, be fresh upon thy mind; when thou wakest in the morning look to him; when thou liest down at night look to him. Oh! let not thy hopes or fears come between thee and Jesus; follow hard after him, and he will never fail thee.”