Monday, January 11, 2010

Without Faith, Nothing Else Works

I want to make sure I make something perfectly clear before I continue: The pattern of events that brought me to deep satisfaction in life will not do a person any good if he or she doesn't have faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. If you don't confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead so that you could have forgiveness of sins and eternal life, then you need to start at the beginning (see Romans 10:9). The things I will say here have proven to be of great benefit and encouragement to me in living the Christian life, but you have to begin that life by putting your faith entirely in Christ to save you from sin and death.

The things that changed my life are not part of a self-help regimen or the elements of a good productivity and personal improvement plan. They are part of a supernatural work of spiritual transformation in a human life. That's the only thing that will save a person from the dissatisfaction that comes from trying to satisfy your soul with what the world has to offer. This change is more than physical or emotional: it is spiritual, and it comes through the original, Almighty Spirit of God Himself. Reading the Bible can help you see Christ for who He is and may be the very thing that leads you to put your faith in Him, but you won't experience a transformation of heart and mind until you do place your faith in Him. And that transformation is what is necessary to find satisfaction.

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