The single greatest need in the church today is to simplify the gospel. We’re born again, filled (baptized) with the Holy Spirit, and all have our own fiery trial to go through. But at the core of our struggle, learning how to consistently walk with the Lord and understand his will on a daily basis is very often the question we wrestle most. The desire can be there, and the need is obvious, but although the Bible simply calls it walking in the Spirit the way forward can be illusive.
That’s because the first obstacle to overcome is the complexity Satan has injected into the gospel. There are so many voices, conflicting voices, lying voices, sent by the devil, complicating the gospel to the point where many Christians despair of ever successfully understanding how to please God.
So we’re going to spend the next weeks and months simplifying the gospel and removing the conflicting doctrines and lies that cloud our understanding of a walk that should be plain and accessible to every Christian.
The early church had the advantage of only ever hearing One Voice, the voice of our Savior Jesus Christ. And it took generations for Satan to inject the complexity that we’re left with. But there is a singular, rock solid voice today and if you are willing to get alone with him and become his disciple, the Holy Spirit will teach you as plainly as Jesus taught the apostles.
The end result will be the Rest that is promised to every child of God. (Thank you Jesus)
Tell me if this applies to you. You are born again, filled (baptized) with the Spirit, and knowing God has brought joy and peace to your heart. But eventually, finding yourself in the battle of your life, bitterness or anger, confusion, depression, restlessness or doubt have crept in. Or in some other way your countenance has changed from what it should be as a child of the King. Perhaps a sin or passtime is controlling you, you’re in conflict or unforgiveness with someone, or your body is ill.
The first step towards deliverance in your battle (and it is really not a battle with others, it is an inner battle, a battle with yourself) is setting your heart to seek God no matter what it costs. Making this one decision will start all of the other (heavenly) kingdom building events in motion.
Have you been counting the cost? I know you have because everyone does. You count the cost and then entertain yourself with other things to avoid the cost (of following Jesus with your whole heart and life).
But I’m here to tell you we no longer have that luxury. Even if the Holy Spirit has not already arranged a sudden personal trial, world events are about to unfold that will knock every Christian off the fence.
And the word of God promises that if you cross this one hurdle, all of the devilish lies and confusion afflicting you (and so many other Christians) will be banished from your heart.
Stay tuned for more.