Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A Fresh, Firm, and Fuzz-Free Faith

The bayous in Louisiana have water that is referred to as “brackish”.  Brackish is a mixture of salt water and freshwater.  If you put fresh water into salt water, it will not make the water fresh, it remains salty.  Likewise, if you put salt water into fresh water, you no longer have fresh water, but instead it is now salty.  There is a process to remove salt from saltwater, but it isn’t an easy one.

Many people try to live a brackish spiritual life.  They want to mix the life that God requires with the life of this world.  Instead, we should strive to be persons whose desire is to have a freshwater faith, not allowing our lives to be polluted by things that make our choices fuzzy.

Moral choices become fuzzy when God’s word is not used as the standard. The only way to know the truth of what is good and what is evil is through the Bible.  God reveals truth constantly through His Word.  We can read the same passages repeatedly, and learn something new and relevant depending upon the season of life we are in.  His word is living and it has power.  Read it aloud, read it silently, study it in groups, and be amazed at what it will reveal to you.

We have all tried to justify unholy behavior, and God cannot stand for this.  He troubles the waters so that we don’t mistake our own justifications for what is good.  When we choose to believe that everything is right depending on our point of view, we are looking at things in a very immature way.  Thankfully, when we ask, the Holy Spirit will guide us to the right choices, because without a moral standard we are headed for a lot of pain.

It’s scary to think that there are people who are waiting until they are “good enough” to come to church and seek a relationship with Christ.  This thought process is the devil working his way into your life. Don’t allow him to put those thoughts into your head. None of us are good enough.  We are all sinners that are unworthy of the amazing love that Christ shows us.

He wants you just like you are.  In His eyes, you are perfectly ready to come to know Him. 

 It takes a fresh, firm, and fuzz-free faith to be bold enough to live a life for Christ.  It’s a struggle to walk a different walk and stand firm in what God has called us to do, but when we do it, our spirit feels free and we can enjoy life.

Passages to Ponder:
Isaiah 5:20- What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.
James 3:11-12 Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water?  Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw freshwater from a salty spring.
I John 1:6- So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth.

Contributors:  Karen Bromby, Susan Haynes, Michele Killion, Maria Kucharczuk, Kim McClure, Marla McDonald and Brooke Radnor

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