Well that’s not very comforting! Where’s that feel-good approach they told me about in church?
First, being a Christian is not easy. The God we serve sacrificed His only son who hung beaten and bloody to die for us. All but one of the disciples died gory deaths. So if anyone tells you that you’re doing enough to serve God and you get the feeling you’re not, then God’s trying to tell you something.
The problem is that man doesn’t make the determination on the extent of our faith. God does. So, if we want answers we need to seek His word to see how He wants us to build our faith.In Matthew 4:4 we are told [Jesus] answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” This was the response of Jesus when Satan attempted to force Him to prove he was the Son of God. Jesus' reply remains a message to us that He does not have to prove who He or who God is by miracles and changes of circumstance in our lives but that through the Word we will be sustained.
We are, therefore, commissioned to stay with Jesus — at His feet, and seek the Word of God. Read the bible daily and regularly. Set aside the time to reflect on what you've read and pray about it. How does what you've read affect your own life?
If you are going through a particular struggle in life, there are many devotionals that will focus on God's Word as it pertains to your struggle. Prayer and the Word will see you through and build your faith.
Next be flowing water. John 7:38 tells us "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'" When we share what we know of Jesus we also strengthen our own faith. Just like water quenches our thirst so does Jesus. When we are full and that abundance overflows, it spills onto those around us. Don’t keep Jesus to yourself. Share Him through fellowship, in small groups and during the service, but most importantly, to the people you meet on the street you don't even know. Be an example of Jesus. When people see Him in you, they, too, will thirst for His salvation.
We've all heard the expression, "There's strength in numbers." Jesus knew this and applied the principle when He sent out His disciples to minister: "And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits" Mark 6:7 KJV. You will stumble in your walk of faith, but what you don't want to do is backslide and return to a sinful life. An accountability partner can help you to stay in Christ through encouragement and reminders but will also buoy you when you begin to sink. Walking with Jesus will give you the power to walk on water, but we sink when we take our eyes off Him as Peter did in Mark 14:29-31 KJV: “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Our accountability partner is the one who will remind us that Jesus is there when the storms and the enemy distract us. And make no mistake, those distractions may not be dramatic. The boss hires someone you find attractive and suddenly your eyes are off the Lord. The situation worsens because you don't see it as a problem and never address it, until you're drowning in it. Discussions with your AP can refocus your attention where it needs to be.
What's spiritual junk food? Simply put it's seeking pacification and absolution from people who appear to know the Word of God but who's motives are not tied to your salvation. Any minister who gives you the green flag to continue to sin when the Bible — the unchanging Word of God, says not to, is feeding you spiritual junk food.
Celebrity preachers have more fame for this than for their ministry. But your local house of worship may have the same issue. Whenever you have a question about your faith and your walk with Christ, the final answer should always come from the Word. It is THE authoritative answer. Psalm 119:160 KJV "Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever" is repeated stated in the Bible (in various forms) over and over. (Like most parents, God has to repeat Himself dozens of times before His children listen!)
Online Pastor Jordan Riley recently posted on His Facebook page a video detailing the false teaching of many celebrity preachers. (You can check it out here in our video collection.)
Why do they feed us spiritual junk food? They're human and the devil has gotten to them to. They may have a ministry they want to preserve so they tell a group of homosexuals exactly what they want to hear so their tithe dollars go to that preacher's church. Maybe talking about an easy walk with Christ with bird chirping before you as walk softly down the sunlit path will cause you to buy their newest book or devotional. (Seriously, your life is in the pits. What's easier to sell to you: a book that tells you everything will be fine and pulls only the comforting passages out or the true word of God that says, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance." James 1:2-3 NIV?) Really? Joy in my trials? Failing to recognize the lessons that the Lord has put before us robs us of the joy that comes when we prevail.
Finally and perhaps most importantly, you have to take personal responsibility for your walk with Christ. It’s not your pastor’s, your parents, your spouse’s or anyone else’s job to make you a better Christian. The journey will not be easy. God tells us that as Believers we will be mocked, scorned, ridiculed, and perhaps even killed. You and I are sinners. Jesus never sinned and look what they did to Him. Do you think the world would do less to you?
No, it’s not easy. But the reward is eternal and best of all, God will help you – if you ask Him.
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