I Thought I Was a Christian

Today, when I realized I had less than an hour to get ready for Bible Study, I prayed I’d be out the door in forty minutes. Then I decided that would never happen. I immediately repented. Nothing’s impossible to God, (Luke 18:27). God answered my prayer. 🙂

I only puttered in the kitchen today and showed up early for the nearly 90 year old I pick up at her apartment.

This lady worked hard to get out of the nursing home after a major surgery a couple of years ago. A short stay for a mishap earlier this year and then out again.

The 94 year old born again friend of hers really enjoyed the study today. She’d had Bibles to read from in the past.

Our 89 year old explained today that she was in a denominational church for decades. She even taught children about Jesus. She learned Jesus was good, but she never heard the gospel and the chance for salvation all those years in church.

I think the 94 year old may have attended the same denomination. Some denominational churches believe the Bible is God’s inspired Word, some don’t.

If they don’t believe God inspired the various writers, then they’re free to disregard any part of Scripture that doesn’t fit their philosophy.

I intended to write for one denomination and I decided to study their doctrine so I could please the editor with the writing. When the guidelines asked authors not to address God as Father or give Him a masculine gender, I wrote them saying I wouldn’t be sending them a manuscript after all, and why.

So, my 89 year old friend said she thought she was a Christian all those years and tried to be good, but she couldn’t. Not that born again Christians are perfect, but they are new creatures in Christ, as it states in 2 Corinthians 5:17, (NASB): “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

2 Corinthians 5:18-21 (NASB) says, “Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

I wish I could be perfect now, but that’s impossible in this earthly body. So, I run to Jesus when I mess up and tell Him I’m sorry and then experience His grace and His forgiveness and His peace. Thank You, God!

May He bless you.

 

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3 responses

  1. Praise God for your faithfulness in handling the living word.
    So many come so close and yet do not receive the fullness of the grace in the salvation offered. It’s like they come to the living waters of life and stop at it’s banks and stand there, but fail to take the drink. Some wash and walk away feeling clean for a short while, but they failed to then drink of the waters and be filled with everlasting life and sustaining waters of our Lord God and Savior Yeshua-Jesus. We see how the word of God falls on different types of soils in the parable of the sower Jesus talked about (Matthew 13). Too many will initially receive the Lord as savior, but then fail to take him in to be master and commander of their flesh and spirit. It’s one thing to make it all head knowledge and another to make it a matter of the heart.
    Colossians 2:6-15King James Version (KJV)

    6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:

    7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

    8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

    9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

    10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

    11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

    12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

    13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

    14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

    15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

    The process we go through is surrendering all to God and he is faithful to make it come to pass. He is able to do all things and it is this faith that he can and will transform us and shape us according to his will, that we depend on. He reminds us often, “If you love me, you will obey me.”

    Blessings to you and your readers Constance. May our Lord God Father and Savior Yeshua-Jesus continue to guide you in his works according to his will.

    • Thank you! I love those verses, and one of the reasons is that it clearly proclaims Jesus is God in Colossians 2:9. I like being reminded to walk my faith in Jesus Christ, Colossians 2:6, and I love verse 15 in that same chapter: And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Thanks for adding wonderful insights.

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