“Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the Right Hand of the Throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2
Our faith is tested in order that it may be strengthened in the Cross of Christ when it is authored by Him. It is the simplicity of this faith in the Cross of Christ that the devil beguiles and bewitches the Believer through a corrupted gospel; a gospel cloaked in Scripture but points to another source and another means for victory over the world, the flesh and the devil.
“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.” 2 Cor. 11:3
Make no mistake, the devil knows this simple faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified will snatch the Believer from his (satan’s) authority and place them squarely under the Government of God’s Divine Grace.
Yes, there are many Believers who remain under the Government of Law because their faith has been authored by rules and rituals of the church birthed from the vanities of man’s mind that are being taught every Sunday as Biblical doctrine. The philosophy of the modern church to join the world in order to overcome the world has left them corrupted and weak.
Sadly, the seed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified which is planted in many new converts is received by the way side or in the stony places with no one there to contend for the faith. Regrettably, far to many of the elders have been overcome, one compromise at a time, as they desperately sought other methods to win the lost. Bound by the political correctness of their seeker sensitive church, they do not see what was once a tree of life in their local community is producing nothing but dead fruit. They are like a frog in boiling water and will stay their until life is choked out of them as well.
“19 When any one hears the Word of the Kingdom, and understands it not, then comes the wicked one, and catches away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that hears the Word, and anon (immediately) with joy receive it;
21 Yet has he not root in himself, but endures for a while: for when tribulation or persecution arises because of the Word, by and by he is offended.
22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that hears the Word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.” Matthew 13:19-22
When the trials and tribulations come…and they WILL come; they are allowed and used as an instrument to test our faith in order to strengthen it. Look unto Jesus.
At Calvary’s Cross, Jesus made away for the Believer to live under the Government of Grace but it is conditional…conditional of faith in WHO HE IS and WHAT HE HAS DONE. The Cross of Christ is sufficient for our dilemma. Look unto Him and see the Salvation of the Lord. Be determined to know nothing else among you.
-Donna Clark Warren