Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Throughout Pauls letters he addresses the need to stand for truth, beware of false teachers, and those who distort the gospels. This concept has become a passion of mine over the last year as I have walked through a few different situations where I have seen the gospel distorted, truth twisted, and people decieved. My heart is saddened by these situations, as I have seen people hurt, broken, and walk away from meaningful relationships, and for some even Christ. As I have been wrestling with this, I have even questioned my own heart. Am I standing for truth? Am I distorting it to fit my own agenda's? Am I really hearing God, or is it my own selfishness that is leading my decisions, the way I handled things? and as I have searched my heart, my soul, and have sought God in it, I praise Him that as I keep coming back to the scriptures, He is confirming my decisions in these situations. I have learned a lot through this year. I have learned more of who God is, how big is he is, and that he will continue to blow me away. I have also learned that there are those who will willingly walk away from this truth to fulfill their own desires, and claim to be walking in Christ. We have a choice to make... We follow Christ in all his Glory, we surrender completely to Him, and risk it all to shepard, love, and guide those around us, or we become like the wolves who lead people astray. Our actions, our words, and our lives reflect one of two things - either we live for Christ, or we don't. Have I lived a life that reflects Him? Have I been a shepard, or a wolf? Do I portray Christ in my life? We all need to examine our lives daily. Live for Him, and let Him do the rest. Galations 1:10 "For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or, am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a 'servant' of Christ." I pray that my life refects one who is seeking the approval of God, not man. I know that I struggle with this - as I am a people pleaser by nature. I pray that as you read this, you also examine your heart. Seek Him. Let Him reveal truth to you. I pray that you will not be lead astray by the wolves, but allow the shepard to keep you close.