After reading Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, Herbert Spencer coined some phrases that are still familiar to us today such as “survival of the fittest” and “only the strong survive.” If we are to rely on such terms, we should believe weak animals and humans will die out eventually and the only ones left will be the strong adapted evolutionary superior.
One thing can be certain. Those who parrot these phrases in modern life enjoy the thought of superiority themselves. They like to think highly of themselves because it is much more comfortable than their true feelings about themselves. If they could lay down their pride and look into their heart with honesty, they would see they are suffering from low self-esteem. Beyond the psychology of it, let’s consider what the Bible has to say about this theory.
Unsurprisingly, God delights in turning these phrases on their head. Think about it. David, the young shepherd boy, defeats Goliath the giant. In Judges 7, Gideon gained victory against 120,000 warriors versus his 300 men! In 1 Samuel 14, the 600 Israelites gain victory over a massive army. There is one reason for these victories. These Biblical heroes trusted in God for victory instead of depending on their own strength to survive.
Ask yourself some questions today. Do you enjoy feeling superior? Deep inside, are you afraid you may not be “enough.” Can you admit you need God for victory? Will you trust God with your life?
Here is what the Bible says:
“He [God] gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” —Isaiah 40:29
“For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”—1Corinthians 1:25
“…God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”—1Peter 5:5
“…And He who sits on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new ” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.'”—Revelation 21:5
Everyone you know believes in Christianity. Could that be the reason you reject it? Everyone has a desire to be unique. In settings where there is little room to express uniqueness, that craving may be magnified. Consider the school setting. Students are rarely treated as individuals. They do not often have the right to choose what they will read or study. In this setting, we would expect to see individuals with a strong desire to differentiate themselves. Hence, we sometimes see the odd-colored hair or attention-grabbing clothes. The desire for uniqueness can also be seen in the large corporation setting with the cubicle decorations. The longing for uniqueness also intensifies for people with personalities that would be considered independent.
Are you in a setting where you are not treated like an individual? Would you consider yourself independent? Do you shy away from clothing trends and follow your own fashion rules? Don’t let these factors affect your decision to accept or reject Christ. Give Christianity a fair chance. Let go of everything you think you know and research it. Don’t reject because you know a few basics or just because it is popular!
You may think you are a good person. I don’t doubt it but only by comparison to other people. Compared to God, you are not a good person. Let’s take a look at some of the standards God set forth for mankind, also known as the Ten Commandments.
- Have no other gods but God.
- Do not worship statues.
- Be careful with God’s name. (Only when you are talking to or specifically about God with reverence—never saying OMG or using the Savior’s Name as a cuss word.)
- Remember the Sabbath. (Rest from work and dedicate the day to worship).
- Honor your father and mother (yes both of them).
- Do not murder.
- Keep your marriage vows (all of them.)
- Do not steal (not even a pen).
- Do not lie (even little lies).
- Do not covet (or wrongly desire what belongs to someone else).
Even if you kept some of these, you did not keep all of them perfectly. Even if you did, there are many more wrongdoings that qualify as sins. Even knowing the right thing to do in a circumstance and failing to do it is a sin according to God.
Yet somehow Jesus kept every commandment perfectly. How? Because He is the Son of God. The good news is He died to pay for your sins and the sins of the whole world. If you die, please don’t try to justify your sins by saying “I’m a good person.” Your best bet is to simply say, “Jesus died for my sins.” In God’s eyes, Jesus is a good person.
You have heard it, and so have I. Maybe you have even said it or thought it. It is the phrase: I don’t want to be judged. We think if we somehow hide our real selves around when we are around our Christian friends or leave out certain details from the stories we tell that we can avoid judgement. Unfortunately, hiding our real selves robs us from authentic relationships and close friendships.
The fear of judgement can be even more harmful when we apply it to our spiritual lives and relationships. You may be rejecting the idea of salvation or delaying acceptance of Christ because you fear being judged by God. The Bible tells us we will all be judged whether we come to Christ or not. In fact, our decision for Christ now washes us clean of all of those mistakes and sins that we feel ashamed about so that God only sees a spotless version of us. If you do not come to Jesus now for our salvation, then we will be judged according to our many sins by a perfect God with no hope for justification, redemption, or purification.
The Bible says, “…today is the day of salvation.” We are not guaranteed a single more day in this lifetime, and judgement is certain. You admit you are a sinner—I admire that! You are ashamed of your sins—that’s admirable too! Now take the additional step and ask Christ for your salvation so that you can be judged a pure and spotless saint. Then you can enjoy eternal life with the rest of God’s people.
According to scientists, rejection triggers real pain in our bodies. Think back to the times you experienced rejection. It may still hurt to think about it. You may have been rejected by one or more parents. Siblings or school peers may have rejected you. Then there is the most painful type of rejection: unrequited love. Now think of the times you have rejected others. You may barely be able to remember those people, but they remember you because they still feel the sting of your rejection.
Consider for a moment how God might feel. Yes, that’s right—God. Have you rejected him? Has he reached out to you through other Christians only to have you shut them down? Have you been invited to church and rejected their invitations? God has all of the emotions that humans do. The Bible says we are made in his image. In fact, he loves so much more deeply than any human ever has. If you are currently experiencing rejection from someone you love, perhaps God is using that circumstance to demonstrate His love for you and your rejection of Christ. I encourage you to stop rejecting the God who loves you and accept Christ into your heart. It is the best decision you will ever make.
If you are a Christian who has accepted Christ as your Savior, you may want to take a moment now to forgive those who rejected you. After all, there was a time you rejected Christ and He forgave you. Set yourself free from bitterness and say aloud, “I forgive ____________ for ___________________________.” Now take a minute to ask God to move the hearts of those you rejected to forgive you. There. That’s better, isn’t it? Stay blessed.
We hear of some tragedy. Someone has been murdered. Someone committed suicide. Natural disasters claim lives. Each of us individually asks God the same question: Why?
If you have read even to the third chapter of Genesis, you have heard God’s answer. God spoke to Satan, who took the form of a serpent in the Garden of Eden to tempt mankind to sin. God cursed Satan with these words: He will crush your head, and you will bruise his heel. The curse foretells of Satan’s minor triumph of putting Jesus to death in the body. It also foretells Christ’s great victory over Satan. Jesus rose from the dead, which opened the way for all people to gain eternal life.
How does this verse explain modern tragedy? Today when we learn of someone’s death in the body, keep in mind that Satan has merely “bruised their heel.” Jesus has already gained the ultimate triumph by giving that person eternal life if that person has put his or her trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior.
Lord, We come to You in faith and pray that those people who You know by name will:
- realize the depth of their sin and its destroying power
- discover Your amazing holiness
- seek to know Your all-encompassing power to forgive sins
- recognize their need to be reconciled to You
- see their mortality as a short window of opportunity to reconcile with their Creator
- confess You are the Way, the Truth, and the Light
- accept Your Son’s blood as payment for sins with their whole hearts and minds
- reject other “ways” as Lucifer’s lies
In Christ’s Name, Amen.
Perhaps you are the one who has never officially accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior. If you have not, join me now in this prayer:
Lord, Thank You for making known to me the distance sin has put between us. I know Your Son Jesus died for my sins and rose again to reconcile me to You. I believe it with my whole heart and mind. Send Your Holy Spirit to me to guide me in my life. In Christ’s Name, Amen.
Skeptics might accuse Christians of being hypocrites because we do not follow Old Testament laws. In answer to that accusation, please know the Bible is clear that those laws were written specifically for Abraham’s descendants. In fact, the New Testament says Christians are free from the Old Testament laws.
Many Christians find wisdom in the Ten Commandments and try to keep them. One such command is to observe the Sabbath. To Abraham’s descendants, observing the Sabbath meant resting on a specified day to remember the Lord set them free from slavery to Egypt. They did not free themselves. God did it. However, Christians observe the Sabbath to remember the day Jesus Christ rose from the dead. We did not save ourselves. God did it.
I hope that explains some things. If you have not trusted Jesus as your Savior, please consider saying this prayer now:
“Lord, thank You that You died for my sins so I do not have to do any other work other than believing and trusting that You paid for my sins with Your blood. I believe that You rose from the dead and will put Your Spirit in me to guide me to holy decisions. Thank You that I will be live eternally with You in heaven because You saved me. In Christ’s Name, Amen.”
“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will…” —Ephesians 1:4-5
I feel God has stirred a memory for me to share with you. My mother’s friend had no children of her own but desired to have a daughter. After spending a great deal of time and money on the adoption process, she flew to China to adopt the young orphan girl. When she arrived, she discovered that the girl had an older sister. She decided to adopt both of them. Again, she went through the long expensive adoption process. However when it was time for the two girls to travel to their new home in the United States, the older sister refused to go. She refused her new mother, and in doing so rejected her sister and the amazing new life of love and family that awaited her here in America. Instead, she remained alone in an orphanage. This true story reminds me how Jesus laid down His life for us; yet, some refuse to come. Some reject a loving Father, multitudes of brothers and sisters in Christ, and citizenship in heaven. Do not let your opportunity to be adopted into the kingdom of heaven slip away. It has been paid for and is simply waiting for you to say, “Yes, Lord. I will come with You.”
PRAYER: Father God, I confess I have made mistakes in my life and sinned against You. I believe Your Son died on the cross, and His blood paid for my sins. I believe You raised Him from the dead, and He is alive today. Thank You that Jesus Christ is my Savior. In Christ’s Name, Amen.
There are many reasons people doubt Christianity. How many of the following reasons apply to you? Answer true or false.
- People consider me a rebellious person.
- Friends think I have too much pride.
- I avoid certain situations because I am fearful.
- I suffer from deep emotional pain.
- My family says I am stubborn.
- I hate conformity.
- I have not forgiven someone for abandonment/death/divorce.
- I have not forgiven persons for neglect/abuse.
- I have not sought healing/counseling for neglect/abuse.
- It is hard for me to accept my own vulnerabilities/weaknesses.
- I think I should be the master of my own life.
- I do not think God is loving.
- I do not think Jesus is the Son of God.
- My identity is in my family.
- I often worry and have anxious thoughts.
- I have not sought information about God.
- I depend on my physical beauty to gain approval.
- I depend on my skills/success to gain provision.
- I depend on wealth to protect me.
- I depend on indulgence/pleasures to make me happy.
- I depend on intellectualism to make all of my decisions.
- Righteousness seems boring to me.
- I enjoy my sins.
- No one has taken the time to explain the deeper things of Christ.
- I have never asked Christians about God or to visit their church.
Even one single reason can block you from knowing the true God. You need God’s help to see He is loving, and Christ is His only Son. Ask God to show you if He is real. Ask Him to tell you if Jesus really is His Son that died on the cross for Your sins. When you discover all these truths, do not waste a moment! Tell God you trust Him to save your soul. Tell Him you do want to live eternally with Him in heaven. Today, you have been invited into the kingdom of God.
MY PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, I pray for any person reading this list and their loved ones to overcome these blocks to salvation. Bring about healing for the ways in which they have been wronged. Open their eyes to Your true character and the true nature of Your Son. Inspire forgiveness, wisdom, and righteousness in their hearts. Deliver them from any thing that keeps them from accepting Christ fully into their lives. In Christ’s Name, Amen.