When the Son of Man returns, will He find faith on the earth?

Jesus Christ is the most important thing in this world.  He is “the way, the truth and the life.”  He not a way.  He is not a truth.  He is not a life.  He is it.

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

As Aaron Budjen says, “He’s not the consolation prize.”  As believers in Him, as followers of Him, as His children . . . He truly is all that we need.

“‘…However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?'” (Luke 18:8b)

There are so many things in this life that can distract us from the simple fact that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life.  These things begin to take priority in our lives; these other things — as “good” as they may be — become more important to us than Jesus.

Those things are “a knowledge of good and evil.”  Remember that tree that mankind was forbidden to eat from?  When we live by a knowledge of good and evil, by doing what is right and not doing what is wrong, by adhering to rules,  by living according to commandments, by joining the right group, by being accepted by the right people . . . whatever ‘system of good and evil’ that governs your life, it will kill your faith in Jesus.

So He asks, “When I return, will I find anyone who trusts me?”  Anyone!?

Isn’t that scary!?  I certainly do not want to be in that category; I don’t want to be counted among those who have no faith.  I want to live my life in response to what He has shown me to be true, and what He is presently showing me . . . as He guides me into all truth.

Father, we want to be branches that bear fruit; branches that are well nourished by Your love, and that bear the fruit of the Spirit.

“‘Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.'” (John 15:2)

Father, prune us that we may bear more fruit; that we may know you better.

“Catch the foxes for us, The little foxes that are ruining the vineyards, While our vineyards are in blossom.” (Song of Solomon 2:15)

What little fox is in my life that is preventing me from trusting you today?

I want You to be the only WAY I live; the only TRUTH I believe in; the only LIFE I devote myself to.  Nothing else is as important as You.

 

April 20, 2017

Were you taught “first-time obedience”?

After spending 14 years in my local homeschool community, I am compelled to reach out to the kids who were raised in Christian homes, who were expected to be Christians themselves, but who never actually repented of their unbelief and believed in the gospel for themselves.

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Outside of Churchianity

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The law of the Spirit of life has set me free from the law of sin and death. After spending 15 years wandering in the wilderness, the Lord God set me free to enter the Promised Land of Rest.

Previously, the Lord had been stripping me of my belief system that was based on rules and regulations. I was all about, “you have to do this, and you shouldn’t do that.”

But then my husband quit church.

I had spent years waiting for him to repent and obey, so when he gave up altogether, I had to completely let go of my hope of one day having the perfect Christian family.

Church attendance was the First Commandment in my denomination (which was a non-denominational church), but I eventually gave up going to church too.  I was a much nicer and kinder wife after that.

The Lord slowly got through to my thick skull, and by 2006 the only ‘law’ I was still holding on tenaciously to was that we “have to ask forgiveness for our sins.” Finally, the Lord gently removed that one last requirement.

From that point on, I no longer had a Christian To-Do List. I realized that there was simply nothing for me to do. I then began to live my life in a totally different way.

How was my Christian life different?  I began living day by day simply trusting Him to lead me and guide me.  The unrealistic expectations that I put on our three kids slipped away, and I began to relax and allow them to be themselves.  I also began to give my husband grace, and stopped trying to change him into a repentant and obedient ‘godly man.’  I stopped believing that I could “serve God” (as if He needed anything from me!  Acts 17:25), and I began resting in the the work He has already done for me.

In essence, the TREE OF LIFE became my daily food; I had left behind the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

I now live every day with Jesus — who is Life — worshiping Him in spirit and in truth.

It’s a wonderful life.

 

February 24, 2016