Isn’t the word of God amazing? Have you ever felt crushed by life, confused, and defeated? I certainly have. In these times his word sustains me, over and over again. Why do I doubt?
I’ve mentioned at points about the various difficulties I have with KindlingTruth. Finding the right balance of perspective that shows love for all while disagreeing with most is hard for me. Especially among those of the Christian faith. It seems that yet again, Satan would have me defeated by my own weaknesses. I’ve been struggling with some hard things inwardly, facing some old spiritual foes that I thought were long gone, and just when I think I have the clarity I need, confusion and doubt sets in again.
I know I’m speaking in a way that doesn’t really make my struggles known, but I’m sure Christians can relate to the general feeling of doubt, confusion, and fear of defeat.
I find that often, when we call out to God and ask Him to show us the way using His word, He will. I’m going to share a passage with you that the Lord led me to in my despair, and I hope you will read it as encouragement, not as something to be afraid of. There is always a remnant of God’s people, and though I do believe Christianity at large is heading down the path of Sodom and Gomorrah, Jesus is merciful and he will lead us to his rest.
When you read this, please consider what is being said.
Romans 9:27 – Romans 10:4
Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved;
For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.
And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabbath had left us a seed, we had been as Sodom, and been made like unto Gomorrah.
What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness of faith.
But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.
Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of law. For they stumbled at the stublingstone;
As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offense: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
Christians, are we ever-learning but unable to come to knowledge of the truth? Are we so focused on tradition and arguments over doctrine that we stumble over the gospel of Jesus Christ — the gospel of the kingdom of God that dwells within those who put their faith in him — thereby freeing us from sin as we are conformed to his laws by faith?
Why do we insist on entering the kingdom by force? Why do we insist on our works-based salvation and declarations of faith that do not proceed from a fruitful faith? Why do we succumb to sin, perverting grace that would make us free? Why do we lay law upon law, trying to make the outside of the cup clean first?
We are doing the very things Jesus came to free the Jews from. Are we not Israel, Christians? Are we doing the same foolish things those before us did? Are we of our Father Abraham? Do we have his faith, or is our faith of the Pharisee, who’s father was the devil? I hope you can hear what I am trying so hard to make clear.
I understand that the tone of this article can be offensive. It is not my intent. I hope you will see this as strong conviction, not accusation or negativity. It’s hard to get things across the right way when writing, because there is not the benefit of tone of voice and such. If we had a face to face discussion, I think a lot of misunderstanding would be cleared up, so as always, questions and comments welcome. Please consider reading:
All things are in the Lord’s hands. I’m thankful there is a remnent.
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Amen. Im thankful for the understanding that God is in control. I read this post and thought of a point I should have made clearer. I cannot say we are at the point of Sodom yet. I dont want to stir fear or confusion in those who worry over “end times” as I once did, and sometimes still do. We arent there. Not yet. So, let us push on and seek the Lord while we can.
Sorry my comment was so lame, I want to actively support your site, I’m just super tired, my head is in a cloud. Thank you for the time you put into understanding.
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It wasnt lame at all. I needed that reminder that God is in contol. Youd be surprised at how I lose sight of that. This might sound lame, but your online presence is comforting for me. Dont stress yourself on my behalf though. I hope you find some time for rest. Easier said than done, right?
God is a God Who steps into the mess, confusion, and doubt of our lives, transforms us, and uses us, sometimes in spite of ourselves. Psalm 107 affirms that whether we are in the desert, in a prison of our own doing, whether we are sick, or afraid, when faithful people cry out to Him, He answers us. I agree with your thinking that Jesus did come to set us free from all the theological hairsplitting.
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Thank you for the comment, and for the great Psalm reference. That is a beautiful psalm and very relevant. “Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” Praise the Lord, indeed for his faithfulness and mercy towards us.