Archive | May 2013

Life without Christ Here on Earth

What does a life on earth without Christ entail? It can be different for different people. To some, it is horrible and they make a mess of their life. To several, it is grand and they become “someone” in life and have “all” the world has to offer, except God. To others, they just exist and have no real purpose in life. Life without Christ is different to different people while on this earth, but life without Christ when you leave this world is the same for all, an eternity in a lake of fire. What you do with Christ while you live on this earth determines what your life will be like when you leave this earth. You must believe in Him or you are without Him and will not enter into Heaven. John 3:18 tells us, “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

 Without Christ on earth, we are like sheep without a shepherd. We look for happiness and contentment in things that do not satisfy (relationships, money, fame, etc) In Matthew 9:35-36, Christ saw the multitude and had compassion on them because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Sheep wander aimlessly not knowing what to do and are totally unaware of the danger that is around them.

That was my life. I was walking in circles. My behaviors were self-sabotaging and I was continually making bad decisions. My life was missing something and I just could not get to a place of fulfillment and purpose. What I was missing was God! I am so glad that God saw my faults and still welcomed me with open arms. When I accepted Christ as my Savior, God changed my heart and began the process of renewing my mind with His Word. The changes were hard sometimes, but slowly and surely old cycles and habits were broken. He began to help me make wise decisions. Psalm 32:8 says, “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with Mine eye.” God has led me from a life of going in circles to a life filled with joy, peace, love, and the compassion to help others.

People look for happiness and security in people, money, and things. The bad thing about that is those things are temporal and can be gone in a matter of minutes along with their happiness. When our happiness is Christ, it will not waiver because He is eternal and unchangeable. There are many people who have millions and billions of dollars and are living the life of “Riley”; yet, when they stand before God after they leave this earth, what good will their money do? Money cannot buy you eternal life. We can see with the economy and other events in the world that even on this earth, it can all be gone in a matter of minutes. Look at what happened in Oklahoma. You just never know when you can lose it all. Let Christ be your happiness, your rock. If you have Christ when the things of this world come and go, you will remain standing and He will walk alongside of you through it all.

Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasurers in heaven, where neither moth or rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

 In the next blog, I’ll talk a little more about what will happen if you leave this earth without Christ.

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Strong Faith Is a Process

Boy, wouldn’t it be great to accept Christ as your Lord and Savior and instantly be like Him? Well, that’s not how it happens. We are born spiritually as babies just as we are born physically as babies. As we grow in the Lord and feed on His Word, we begin to grow into mature Christians. You will see by my blogs that when I first started, my faith was not where it is today. I, like Abraham, have had many trials and testing and have made some pretty big mistakes, but I continue forward so God can accomplish His Will for my life.

 Even the disciples, who were with Jesus 24/7, did not get it all the time and had growing to do. They had to learn to think spiritually instead of physically. Jesus told them not to labor for the food which perishes, but for food which endures to everlasting life (John 6:27). Another example is Peter, who denied Christ three times (Mark 14:66-27) and cut off the soldier’s ear who was trying to take Jesus (John 18:10-11). Remember the storm that raged in the sea? The disciples were afraid they were going to perish and cried out to Jesus. Jesus asked them why they had no faith. Their faith grew that day when they witnessed Jesus calming the storm (Mark 4:35-41). Sometimes, God will bring storms into your life to help your faith grow.

Talk about a process, I remember when I was a new Christian and was asked to read a story to a group of 3-year-olds. I was so scared that I had to give the book back to the other leader. She had to finish the story. Later, we moved and started attending a new church and they asked me to be a director in the AWANA program, which is a wonderful kids program whose goal is to hide God’s Word in children’s hearts. I told God, “I can’t even read a story to a 3-year-old and they want me to be a director who does all the lessons; I don’t think so.” God gave me a verse, Ephesians 5:18 “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,” He asked me, “Do you remember how you were when you allowed alcohol to control you? Well, if you will allow the Spirit to control you, He will talk through you. Trust Me!” I said I would do it.

Sure enough, the Spirit talked through me and I loved telling stories to the children. I probably learned more than the kids. Years later, I became a preschool teacher where I was telling 3- and 4-year-olds stories all the time. Today, God has me speaking and teaching many adults. It took over 25 years to get me to this point, but He was able to take me from a paralyzing fear to a place where I no longer will allow fear to control me. I still have fear, but I don’t let it stop me anymore. The important thing to remember is, not to limit God and follow where He leads. He will take your weakness and turn it into something amazing. When God uses your weaknesses, you know it is God and not you. If God is asking you to do something, take that step of faith and watch where He leads. You won’t be sorry.

 II Corinthians 12:9-10 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 

By: Linda Svacha 🙂