Friday, April 5, 2013

7 REASONS WHY SOME CHRISTIANS DRIFT AWAY


Last Tuesday, we’ve delved into the likelihood that we’re now on the verge of witnessing the most exciting and equally horrifying experience that men would ever encounter on this planet earth.. The rapture!

One positive sign of this claim is parallel to what the book of Matthew says, that on the lasts days, “... Even the very elect can be deceived” (Matt. 24:24). Please bear with me as we dig further into this.

We’re always been familiar of stories where we heard of fellow Christians drifting away from faith, and this occurs even in our own very churches. We are caught surprised to find out that friends and even relatives whom we esteemed highly succumbed to this dreadful dilemma. More disgusting, of course, if we find ourselves to be in their shoes.

How, then, can we identify the snares so we can avoid or warn others about  them? Here are seven (7) potent reasons to consider, so we can keep ourselves or others away from the bait:

The Alluring  World:

The world has myriad of things to offer to sway us away from faith. It tempts us to feed our sinful desires of things that are appealing to the eyes.

The world has a way of convincing us that there are more pleasures readily available on their side of the fence than it is with the other. It lures us to believe secretly that our faith has a way of depriving us of things we should be enjoying about. Just like a sheep, we tend to foolishly separate ourselves from the flock believing that we could have better things to enjoy if we do it our own way.

The lures of the world is so cunning and deceptive. It capitalizes it sting from the human’s inherent desire to seek for comfort, leisure, pleasure, and enjoyment. People almost always prefer to satisfy these desires at the expense of truth and what is right. It is worthy to note, however, that God does not really deprives us of anything that gives us enjoyment. In fact, He actually wants us to enjoy life. The only difference is that, our own perception of this thing is so shallow compared to God’s genuine desire for us to enjoy by staying in the faith. What seems to be appealing is actually disastrous, and what seems to be forbidding is actually glorious.

Unresolved Questions in Life:

Unbelievers have questions which they find it hard to look for gratifying  answers because of their unbelief. This skepticism caused them failure to capture the truth. The book of Corinthians perfectly conveys it right when it says:

“The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.” – 1 Cor. 2:14

In like manner, believers who have unresolved questions in their hearts tend to lose heart and doubt God’s goodness and fairness. This is especially so when a believer encounters test, sorrow, and pain brought about by a loss of a loved one or anything they treasured so dearly. In their pain, they accused God of being unfair or out of control. When not addressed properly, these unresolved questions and pain could drift away from faith even the most unsuspecting believer.

It is necessary to understand that God’s love for us never changes regardless of whatever adverse circumstances we find ourselves into. He feels our very pain, and though He may not always give us an explanation for every pain and trials we face in life, He promises never to leave nor abandon us. The God who sees the bigger picture never exempts us from experiencing pain, especially that we are still on this planet earth which was marred by sin and Satan. Nevertheless, God has a way of turning our sorrow into joy.

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” – Psalm 30:5

Similarly, the book of Genesis assures us that, “What the devil meant for evil, God meant for good.” – Gen. 50:20

The love of God for us is so powerful, intimate, and unfathomable that there is never yet a question that could ever conquer it.

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Rom. 8:38-39

(To be continued..)

A blessed day/evening to all!!

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