I wish to encourage you to persevere in Christ’s clarity. The arch enemy of the Lord seems quite effective at clouding mankind’s thinking, even blinding the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God (2 Corinthians 4:4). Even the Beloved in Christ can easily become foggy in their understanding of God, leading to grey beliefs, and undistinguished living. On the other hand, the wonder of Scripture is the clarity with which Christ and His gospel are portrayed. The simplicity of language used to set forth the truth in the Holy Spirit’s authored Word (2 Peter 1:21) exposes us to immutable spiritual realities.
Make no mistake, Satan is a well experienced craftsman, messing up our lives in ways that are uniquely designed to capitalise on our weaknesses, vulnerabilities, and fears. This highlights our need to unceasingly be looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2). Clearly, God concurred His enemies in Jesus Christ at Calvary, He (God) disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him (Christ), Colossians 2:15. Likewise, clear thinking that shatters the enemies’ attacks should always start with giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light (Colossians 1:12). PRAISE GOD!
That devious old serpent understands that the supernal beauties of Christ can only be seen and appreciated by those who have apprehended the gospel. The father of all lies knows that he needs to water down, to make cloudy, and to popularise the gospel message in order to achieve his dark plans. However, we believe that which is …of first importance… that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
While darkness delights in spiritual experiences and masquerades, deceiving light shows of all things grey, we who believe in Christ will not be distracted from the unparalleled, life-giving Word of the Lord. Why, because the law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; (8) the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes (Psalms 19:7-8).
Now, on the faith side of life, Paul tells us that in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:37-39). The apostle John emphatically affirms that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. (7) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:5, 7). Such clear truth of belief in Christ heightens our sense of security in Him. Our assurance of salvation is validated as we walk in obedience with the Lord, while our earthly fellowship with our brothers and sisters in the Lord is sweetened as we live the sanctifying power of Christ’s blood which was shed for us. Our growing realisation that God is light is deepened and made more resolute as we walk in ever increasing purity and Christ likeness. Don’t allow yourself to become stagnant in the apathy of grey, wishy washy belief. Live Christ!
Today, be encouraged to keep in the forefront of your thinking the beautiful truths of Christ our Saviour. Cling to the certainty that we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. …rejoice in hope of the glory of God (Romans 5:1-2). The apostle Peter wrote …exhorting and declaring that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it (1 Peter 5:12). Hold tenaciously to Christ as Lord. Find someone to share these clear truths of Christ with today. Be uncompromising in Christ’s grace, be generous in living Christ’s mercy, be eager to speak well of the Saviour, and rejoice as you live expecting the soon return of our Lord and King, Jesus Christ.
Together for Christ: Lincoln Forlong