The gospel as articulated in full by the Apostle Paul: the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ Jesus, the foundation of our faith, the message that birthed the church, the milk and the meat of our happy existence is the good news, the totally good news.
If the gospel is that good and complete, if it is all we need to see us through, why do believers sometimes feel miserable and defeated? Why don’t we rest in the truth all the time? This is the answer: There is a subversive element, an unseen population whose purpose is to divide and separate us from the truth.
1 Peter 5:8-9 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
Thoughts come to our minds, sometimes our own thoughts, sometimes not. The devil is the originator of thoughts that cause us to lose sight of our secure position in the Christ. We must refute and put down unhealthy thoughts, which, if received in our hearts as truth, have the power to depress and defeat us. NOTHING has the power to remove us from our secure position in Christ, yet our enjoyment of the knowledge of the truth may be compromised by hearing and meditating on a lie. Meditate on this:
Romans 8:33-39 – Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Jesus is our salvation, redemption, justification, and our loving Savior. We are forever forgiven, redeemed, justified, and safe. Condemnation is the main course and the deadly dessert offered by the devil. Do not receive it. Just say no. NO. Believe the truth and enjoy the gift we have in Christ our Lord.
Isaiah 53:10 – The Bible (KJV) – Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
Believe the gospel. Rest in it. Jesus is Lord! We are His forever. Our future is eternal and bright.