In today’s world of technology and gadgets that can bring just about anything to our fingertips and before our eyes, knowledge of God’s Word is crucial. No matter how much we trust a website, or even a person, what they say must be tested against God’s Word. As we long for acceptance and acknowledgement it is easy to be lead away by the enemy. It’s easy to accept words of prosperity, healing and acceptance if we’re not careful.
This is not to say that God doesn’t heal anymore, because He does! This isn’t to say that God doesn’t bless with prosperity because He does. And the same for acceptance as well.
Acceptance is a growing problem with Churches today. While it is a good thing to be accepted as we are and where we are, that should never be the final destination. If you are the very same person you were a year ago, same bad habits and addictions, something isn’t right. Something needs to change.
While Jesus saves us right where we are, right in the middle of our mess and chaos, that is not where He intends on leaving us. We must grow and mature. We must grow in our knowledge of Him. Not in what someone else tells us about Him but what He tells us Himself. The only way this is done is by reading His Word, by knowing His Word.
Being Catholic isn’t going to do it. Being Baptist won’t do it either. It doesn’t matter how many times you go through the motions and rituals of whatever “religion” you label yourself. It takes a personal relationship and a personal knowledge of the Risen Savior Jesus.
When we are coming out of darkness, when we are coming out of bondage, we must seek the truth. The truth is the only thing that can truly save. That truth is Jesus. There is nothing else. No other thing under heaven can save us. Jesus Christ, the risen Savior, Son of the Living God. Anything else is a false god. To pray to anyone or anything else is false. But the only way we would know is to read it for ourselves. The only way we would know is to seek out the truth for ourselves.
Does this go against what we’ve been told throughout our lives? Sure it very well might. I know that it did for me. But that doesn’t change the truth. And the truth is, without the true personal relationship with Christ we can’t enter into God’s Kingdom. Jesus is the only way.
I don’t expect you to take my word for it. Take God’s Word for it. Read it for yourself. Read the first 3 chapters of the Gospel of John for starters.
If we’re not getting better then we need to reevaluate our relationship with Jesus. Not better by the world’s standards but by God’s standards. It doesn’t matter how “good” we are. If that were true then there would be no need for a Savior. We wouldn’t need Jesus and the cross would mean nothing. Our “good” is but filthy rags to God. Only Jesus can cleanse us.