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May 30, 2006
“I tried God and He didn’t work for me.”
I can’t tell you how many times I have heard someone say this. Unfortunately, it’s not Biblical nor has God ever asked you to try Him. Sure Matthew 11:29-30 does say, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light”, but that comes only after we have completely yielded ourselves to Him. The Christian life is a journey that can be very challenging at times and depends greatly on your commitment. You maybe called upon to die for the cause of Christ (Luke 21:16).
What many new Christians don’t realize is that when you turn your life over to the Lord you have been “bought with a price (I Corinthians 6:20)”. You’re no longer in control of your life, and from that day forward, you begin a new life in Christ.
Contrary to what many modern day T.V. preachers would have you to believe, God isn’t interested in making you rich or comfortable here on earth. He has the rest of eternity to accomplish that. But that doesn’t mean He hasn’t got your best interest at heart. God promises that even in the roughest of times “we (can) know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).” What may seem at the time to be very difficult God says is ultimately going to workout for our good.
Another factor that many new Christians seem to overlook is the opposition satan will be bringing against them. The day you make a decision for Christ will be the day satan becomes your enemy. He will do everything within his power (that God allows) to turn you around, get you to regret your decision, and commit sin against the Father. That’s his nature and his mission…and he’s not going to take it easy on you just because you’re new. He’s committed…are you?
Living for Christ is a commitment not a trial offer. It’s like joining the army. You don’t get to try it out to see if you like it and I can’t believe that God takes anyone serious who comes to Him on a trial basis. They may come to church for a little while and show some signs of fruit but the minute satan comes against them they will fade away.
“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.” (I Peter 4:12 &13)
Commit your life to Christ today. For that’s the only way He will take you.
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