Theft By Deception

   One of Satanís greatest lies and tricks is making people believe they arenít good enough to be saved or because God doesnít answer them, or seem to, that he doesnít hear them or love them. It can effectively cripple a Christian from sharing the Gospel and living a wonderful life for the Lord. It can also hinder one accepting the FREE gift of salvation. Being human, we judge love and understanding by how someone reacts to us and our needs. That is issue number one. It is not about OUR needs, but what God desires. We do not deserve anything but punishment from him for our rebellion, yet freely He gives to us. Not everything we want though, no matter how urgent the crisis is to us whether monetary, emotional, physical, even in life or death situations. He does not owe us an answer, not our way we want something answered. So Satan pulls the human side of us out and makes us think, ďWell He is not hearing me. I donít hear Him speak. Things arenít changing how I want them to. He doesnít hear me or love me even though I believe.Ē You have just been defeated by deceptionÖ a lie.

   First, scripture declares that salvation and Godís love is nothing you can earn, do, or deserve. It is a free gift:

Ephesians 2:8-9

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

   So ok, we get that now. You canít do anything to clean yourself up good enough for God, your righteousness amounts to nothing:

Isaiah 64:6

But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

   So letís eliminate the salvation part of the whole matter, it is clear that is a lie. But what about when we are a child of God, a believer, and bad things are happening? We ask for stuff to stop hurting us, we tell Him we know only He can take it away, or even deliver something to us we think we need. The false gospel of prosperity preaching would tell you it is because your faith isnít enough, and sadly, though many say they donít buy in to that type of preaching, display a belief in it by thinking because they arenít getting answers they arenít loved or heard. A simple answer is to ask people if they give their child everything they want. Of course not. But that opens up the fact that we would not let our child seemingly suffer through something either. Check this out:

Hebrew 12:3-4

3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

   Do you understand that? No amount of suffering you are doing has brought you unto death. Our Saviour came and had undue and undeserving death brought upon him and suffered and died. God is telling you, yes, it might be tough, but finish the race, because you havenít suffered nearly what I did for you. But why would some things not be taken away from us? Of course you will remember where Paul asked for something to be removed from him and it was not. The answer is because Godís grace and love is enough, and you need not know the reason why it is not being removed, just that it is either not time, or not in His will.

2 Corinthians 12:8-10

8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

   Let me explain it this way. I have a 2001 GMC Sonoma I started driving to work because it got great gas mileage and it is a little over 20 miles one way to work. It had a few small dings in it, the interior was not perfect, but overall a good truck. I took it as mine with all its imperfections (relate that to Godís free gift of salvation in Ephesians 2:8-9). It developed an oil leak about 6 months after I had it. I chose not to fix it, because it still got good gas mileage, and cranked up every time. The clutch went out on it and I replaced it though. Why? Because without the clutch, the truck could not function how I needed it to. It could not perform the tasks and works I had prepared for it. Now, while the transmission was out, I could have fixed the oil pan leak but chose not to. The truck is totally dependent on me to fix that leak, it canít fix it, and the leak makes it smoke some, and gets it dirty, and all other kinds of stuff. But that oil leak does not stop it from doing the works I have set for it to do. I still love/like my truck, and listen to its needs like giving it gas and oil, tires and stuff. But the oil leak, no. And I donít have to tell it why. It belongs to me, and I provide its needs. So is our relationship with Christ. The stuff you want fixed is not something He sees needs fixing for you to do what it is you need to for Him. So stop believing the lie. Stop the deception, and get back up. Donít let Satan knock you down. You were created for a purpose, oil leaks and all. Go do them.

Ephesians 2:10

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.


In His Grace,

       Mike Harris Jr.




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