It’s easy to get a bit of a twisted theology when everyone is sharing their opinion about the Lord.
I would hope I never confuse anyone or discourage someone (that’s the exact opposite of the mission statement for Posibody!). But, here are lies we may fall into about God Almighty:
1. God can’t use you because of your sin
If you mess up, confess up.
Yes, sin is a terrible thing and shouldn’t be done, but when you do sin, there IS grace, there IS salvation through Jesus Christ and there IS enough it for this entire world.
Read the Bible and you’ll see God used all kinds of people from eight-year-olds to prostitutes, fishermen and carpenters, convicts and persecutors. When you encounter Jesus, your heart changes instantaneously.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
And your life can be used by God Almighty to shine a bright light on His grace, His faithfulness, and His loving salvation.
2. God’s okay with your sin because, grace
“Sinner on Saturday, Saint on Sunday.”
Does that phrase or a version of that phrase sound familiar?
Especially when the action of going to church has become a family tradition for many, we begin to think if we visit with God, our Father, on Sunday: raise our hands in worship, listen intently to the sermon and pray, that excuses us for the next round of sin we’ll do that coming week.
But, you know, it’s okay because Sunday’s coming.
If we’re not careful, we can start viewing God as a dad who will bail His child out time after time after time because His hands are tied with His offering of grace through the sacrificial death (but, resurrection) of his Son, Jesus Christ. So we’ll take advantage and keep living a life of sin because we know God will bail us out.
How wrong we are in thinking like this. Our actions diminish our ministry to the world. What makes us think living a sinful life, but claiming the name “Christian” ensures us eternal life with Christ? We become what Jesus calls ‘lukewarm,’ neither entirely on fire for Jesus nor cold towards Him. And you know what He does with lukewarm?
“So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:16
Of course we’ll sin. We’re human. But sin leads to death. It’s a serious issue and one that should be severely handled in our lives.
“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.” Ephesians 5:3
3. God won’t give you more than you can handle
Moses freed 600,000 people (Exodus 12:37).
Esther saved all of her people from death.
Abraham became the father of many nations.
David defeated Goliath.
Mary, a virgin, gave birth to Jesus Christ.
Do you think those people did extraordinary things on their own?
It was all because of God’s strength and guidance. They wouldn’t have been able to do it on their own, mostly because many of them would’ve been too frightened to do it.
When God gives you a great big calling, fear is right there trying to discourage you every step of the way. But, it’s God’s constant calling and guidance that makes the goal attained, the mission accomplished.
God Almighty will more often than not, give you (an ordinary person) an extraordinary calling, a calling that you won’t be able to grasp immediately. A calling you, by yourself, won’t be able to handle because of your limitations.
That’s where your faith gets exercised.
Lean on the One who called you, the One who is limitless and you’ll accomplish far more on this earth than if you tried doing it all on your own strength.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
*featured image: Asja Boros