Don’t let Satan trick you into thinking that God can’t use you because of your past sins. If and when God calls you to speak, encourage, advise, write, pray, teach, act or minister in accordance to His Word – do it! Remember the great heroes of the Bible that God used in spite of their past sins:
Abraham – the liar
Moses – the murderer
Jacob – the deceiver
Rahab – the prostitute
David – the adulterer
Peter – denied knowing Christ
Paul – the persecutor
Sounds to me like we all pass the eligibility test!
Since when am I the standard
for perfection and holiness?
You may steal, lie and cheat,
but I’m also full of mess!
Last time I checked the Word,
the goal was for us to be more like Christ.
So please help me understand
how what we’ve become resembles the Christian life?
I measure your sin
by how I feel it compares to mine.
But when did that become our focus?
When did we cross that line?
Have we been so deceived
that we honestly can’t see,
that Satan is busy at work –
in Christians today – literally!
Blinded by anger, bitterness, and hate,
we gossip, slander, degrade, and lie;
forgetting the very words of Christ
and the main reason He came to die.
Love was the concept he preached over and over again,
the one command he left us to live by and for.
Yet love continues to vanish in our midst
as if thrown out the window or trampled on the floor.
We walk around pointing fingers at each other
playing right into the devil’s hands.
Neglecting time with God in His Word
and instead making up our own Christian demands.
We rewrite His rules
and interpret them our own way,
defining right and wrong
based on what we personally believe and say.
Not realizing that we too
are greatly deceived:
by lies, false teaching,
and a corrupt society.
The world now dictates how we live for Christ.
We adapt, modify, and daily transform,
moving further away from God;
Metamorphosis, in its worse form.
I just can’t seem to wrap my head around the fact that we live in a world today where the Bible is depicted as being outdated, fictional, irrelevant, and not valuable. And the sad part is, that those of us who profess to be Christians are adapting that line of thinking and most without even realizing it.
We waver in our core belief of the fact that the Bible is the very Word of God and are instead adopting the non-Christian view that it’s a book of fiction written by mere men. And because we don’t fully trust in it, we stop reading it which leads to lack of knowledge. Hosea 4:6 clearly says that “my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge”. Looking at the world around us, it is evident as Christians compromise their beliefs, standards, morals, faith, and lifestyles.
There is a common saying these days: “it’s not that serious”. But I’m here to tell you, this is VERY SERIOUS! Any Christian who willingly lacks knowledge of Scripture/deliberately chooses not to read/learn it, is set on a path of destruction – destruction of mind, which ultimately leads to destruction of body.
Little do we realize, that Satan preys on this “lack of knowledge” more than anything else.
I Peter 5:8 – “Be careful—watch out for attacks from Satan, your great enemy. He prowls around like a hungry, roaring lion, looking for some victim to tear apart.” (TLB)