“…But wait….. don’t we abandon God every time we sin…?”

20130515_152935Is it better to have, at least, some DOUBT regarding our faith in our own salvation, then to have complete CONFIDENCE that you are saved?  2 Corinthians 13:5 – Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?  This is a real problem for me; if I were to have complete confidence that my salvation is not in doubt, then that would be great, as I wouldn’t have any worries…would I?  My problem is, though, I do worry.  I have a former neighbor who for 40 years was the epitome of the Christian walk.  He, and his family, were involved in their Church life, missionary trips, and personal evangelism, more so, than ANYONE that I’ve ever come across.  Then along comes Cancer, and takes the life of their 25 year old son, who was a medical student. The root of the story is that “they abandoned Christ,” such that they, now, FIRMLY believe that there is “no God.”  Period.  They feel they have miss-led hundreds of people throughout their life.  Here’s my point.  This could, very easily, be me.  I’d like to think NOT.  But, when I realize how terrible of a sinner that I am, why should I think that I’m so strong, so faithful, so committed, etc. that I would NEVER abandon God?  Even for a moment?  But wait; don’t we abandon God every time we sin?  Isn’t that the way it works?  Ok…back to the point.  I don’t want to take any chances; so I admit it.  I, sometimes, have doubt.  But what does being an occasional doubter, do for me?  Is there a plus side? I tend to “stay on my toes,” better.  I try to stay better focused on God.  I try to renew (convert) my commitment every day…every minute.  I remind myself of all the biblical doubters… Thomas, Peter, Moses; and even modern day saints, like…Mother Theresa.  Were they better equipped to with-stand all sin, temptation, and DOUBT?  I don’t know, but since I am responsible “only for myself,” I think a shade of doubt will make me try harder to be a better child of God.  I go through the confession process, I am remorseful, I repent, and I do my best to convert from bad to good, on a daily basis.  But, sometimes, it’s hard for me to visualize that He is actually going to let me through the Gates of Heaven.  In other words…. I guess that, sometimes, I run scared, as in fear.  Proverbs 1:7 says – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.  It is when I have these doubtful seizures, that I must remind myself that I’m giving satan a foothold.  Feeling sorry for one’s self, the on-going guilt, the pity-party complex….ALL….give satan what he wants.  If you get doubtful about your salvation, then “dig-in” and ask GOD to PROTECT you from the snares of the devil. The Gift of God’s salvation is so free and simple that mere human-kind cannot take it all in.  2nd Corinthians 11:3 says: “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ”  We sometimes complicate things by either adding or subtracting from the simple Gospel word of God. Why is it so hard to accept the idea that a Loving God in Heaven would want to redeem all of mankind?  Romans 3:4 tells us, “Yea, let God be true, but every man a liar…” The Bible is explicit, and we must accept it at face value.  Most who have those occasional doubts of salvation can ease their doubt, simply, by reading the Bible, and seeking wisdom and guidance in its understanding.   2 Timothy 3:16 – All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  Philippians 1:29 – For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake.   Blessings….cjlb… 6/29/14

About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.

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