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The good news is, Legalism is not a life threatening condition, but it is a spiritual and mental health issue.

So, lets get right to it, so that if you have been infected with this heresy, you can begin to find your way out of its theological darkness.

What is Legalism?
Lots of Christians have random ideas about what it could mean, but here is what it is.......This is NT legalism as found within the belief system of any believer, who is a legalist.
Its simply that they believe, that, the Cross and the Blood Atonement, began their salvation, but didn't complete it. So, they take it upon themselves, to finish their salvation by :

Works.
Keeping Commandments.
Presenting an attempt to live a holy lifestyle.
Holding unto their faith, in their minds.
Obsessive confession of Sin.
Chasing with their lifestyle some idea of what they believe "enduring to the end", means.

Legalist's are trusting in and counting on their " religious behavior", to finalize what Jesus began and finished already for them on the Cross, which God gave them for Free, when they BELIEVED... ("Justification by Faith, without the deeds of the law")

So, all of this SELF EFFORT, is denying The Blood of Jesus its FULL CREDIT DUE for saving them and keeping them saved.

So, how did you get into this circular reasoning mind trap?
Well, the main culprit is that you are involved with teachers and other believers who are also lost within this self righteousness maze, and so, because you are surrounded by them, you dont realize your situation.

Let me now ask you a question. Do you believe that Jesus The Christ deserves FULL Credit, for saving you and keeping you saved? ?????
If you said "yes", then why do you believe that you can undo what you can take not credit for, which is the Cross?
Its because you have been taught to think of your Salvation as : 1 part Jesus... and the rest you have to do, to finish the job.
You have been lied to, by people who also believed the lie.

So, to be free from this..... what do you have to resolve within your belief system....what do you have to get the revelation OF, so that you can see what you have been believing, so that you stop giving the Cross some credit for your salvation, and your commandment keeping and works, all the rest?
How do you stop taking some of the Credit for your Salvation for yourself, which insults God's Grace, and God's Son?
How do you stop trying to make yourself right with God, by self effort, and realize and begin to trust in Christ Alone, now and forever, to be the only and sole reason you will end up in heaven after you die. ???
And THAT, is what you have to first realize you are doing, as until you realize it, you won't understand the depth of the insult you are committing against the very Blood of Yeshua.

So, here is how you start the recovery.
First.....you have to come to a full understanding of your position as God's PROPERTY, "bought with a Price", that has recreated your eternal Identity as, "IN CHRIST".
In other words, you have to begin, TODAY, to see yourself ONLY as God sees you, and not as you see yourself, regarding your Born Again status.
You have to learn to accept how God views you, and let go of how you see yourself.
When you read....>"as Jesus IS< so are YOU in this WORLD".....you have to believe it.
So...
Start here:
 

Colossians 2:20

"And you are COMPLETE in Him, (In Jesus)."

Now do you see that word COMPLETE? Do you understand this word?
Does it mean , partial, or, a work in progress, or nearly? ?
And who are you complete in?
And who is complete in Jesus?......= Its every born again Person......is that you?
And why does the verse say you are "IN HIM"< as the context for "complete"?
Its because this is your STATUS, according to God, as a born again family member of God.
And what is it lacking, if you are COMPLETE?......
Nothing.

And how is this verse to be understood, not only as your eternal "sonship" status, but also, your eternal Salvation, as they are THE SAME THING.......
So, IF this verse tells you that you are not only IN HIM< but you are COMPLETE< in Him, "in Christ", then what verse explains how Jesus has become your SALVATION?....as Completed, as designed by God the Father?

This verse : 

1st Corinthians 1:30

""But of God, are ye IN Christ Jesus, who of God is MADE UNTO US = wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption".

Now do see this part of the verse....>"who of GOD, is made unto us"....

Thats the key, as what this means, is that God has taken righteousness and sanctification, and REDEMPTION , itself, and MADE IT unto us".
In other words, WHO/What CHRIST IS, God has "made unto YOU".
This is SALVATION....This is GRACE.....This is the Blood Atonement, as they have recreated you as "The righteousness of Christ".
This is who you are now, since the day you were born again, and for all eternity.

In other words, it has become, by God's power through the Holy Spirit , not just a part of us, but US......... WE have become what God has "Made unto us"...... We ARE =righteousness, sanctification, and Redemption, itself.
THis is what the Cross has accomplished for us, when Jesus said ::"it is Finished"
"Let the REDEEMED of the LORD...say so."

So, Legalist..... what are all your works, all your good deed doing, all your commandment keeping, as compared to what God Himself has ALREADY made you to be, ....as COMPLETED, In Jesus?

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Good post, ...however there's a problem to their escape from legalism:

And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.  2 Tim 2:24-26 KJV

Again:

A servant of the Lord must not quarrel. Instead, he must be kind to everyone. He must be a good teacher. He must be willing to suffer wrong.  He must be gentle in correcting those who oppose the Good News. Maybe God will allow them to change the way they think and act and lead them to know the truth.  Then they might come back to their senses and God will free them from the devil's snare so that they can do his will.  2 Tim 2:24-26  GW

Maybe, ...unfortunately it's not for certain God will grant them repentance, ...as always, it starts with God, ...God opposes the proud, but gives Grace to the humble, ...and my observation has been what it takes to humble/break a proud heart is very devastating/catastrophic!

Hopefully some will read this and the Holy Spirit will illuminate something you have said to touch their hardened hearts so that the painful breaking of their hearts can be avoided.

Lord bless

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On 4/20/2019 at 4:42 PM, JustPassingThru said:

Good post, ...however there's a problem to their escape from legalism:

And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.  2 Tim 2:24-26 KJV

Again:

A servant of the Lord must not quarrel. Instead, he must be kind to everyone. He must be a good teacher. He must be willing to suffer wrong.  He must be gentle in correcting those who oppose the Good News. Maybe God will allow them to change the way they think and act and lead them to know the truth.  Then they might come back to their senses and God will free them from the devil's snare so that they can do his will.  2 Tim 2:24-26  GW

Maybe, ...unfortunately it's not for certain God will grant them repentance, ...as always, it starts with God, ...God opposes the proud, but gives Grace to the humble, ...and my observation has been what it takes to humble/break a proud heart is very devastating/catastrophic!

Hopefully some will read this and the Holy Spirit will illuminate something you have said to touch their hardened hearts so that the painful breaking of their hearts can be avoided.

Lord bless

Thank you for your thoughts and your post.

I heard a pastor say, "its self righteousness that damns a person".  "trying to make themselves right with God, instead of letting the BLOOD of JESUS make them righteous".

Lots of wisdom there...

And the truly odd thing about a Galatians 1:8, is that they don't understand they are trying to make themselves right with God, AFTER God has already done this through the blood of Jesus.

Imagine the mental workings of a person who thinks this....>"Ok, Jesus saved me, but now what do i have to do to keep it......better get to WORK".

So, somewhere inside them, or inside their denomination's theology, they have been talked out of Grace, fallen from it..... and now are caught up in trying to do good works, in a self effort to keep their salvation and not lose it.

Can there be any joy in a religion like this?...as this is religion, and has nothing to do with Christianity.

You find yourself talking to one of these deceived people, and you point out...."hey, you are ALREADY IN HEAVEN, seated in heavenly places"... and they pause, and then its right back to their list of scriptures they cut and paste 1oo times, on a "OSAS" Thread, while they talk about Law, law, commandments, commandments...

Every breath is a spotlight on "self"..>"well you see what im doing"..>"what im doing"......"see, this is what IM doing".....me, me, me, me.....  you see ME doing ME doing..

You can't find Jesus in all that "see me, doing doing, works, works, ".......but you can surely find them.

 

 

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4 hours ago, Behold said:

Thank you for your thoughts and your post.

I heard a pastor say, "its self righteousness that damns a person".  "trying to make themselves right with God, instead of letting the BLOOD of JESUS make them righteous".

 Lots of wisdom there...

And the truly odd thing about a Galatians 1:8, is that they don't understand they are trying to make themselves right with God, AFTER God has already done this through the blood of Jesus.

Imagine the mental workings of a person who thinks this....>"Ok, Jesus saved me, but now what do i have to do to keep it......better get to WORK".

So, somewhere inside them, or inside their denomination's theology, they have been talked out of Grace, fallen from it..... and now are caught up in trying to do good works, in a self effort to keep their salvation and not lose it.

Can there be any joy in a religion like this?...as this is religion, and has nothing to do with Christianity.

You find yourself talking to one of these deceived people, and you point out...."hey, you are ALREADY IN HEAVEN, seated in heavenly places"... and they pause, and then its right back to their list of scriptures they cut and paste 1oo times, on a "OSAS" Thread, while they talk about Law, law, commandments, commandments...

Every breath is a spotlight on "self"..>"well you see what im doing"..>"what im doing"......"see, this is what IM doing".....me, me, me, me.....  you see ME doing ME doing..

You can't find Jesus in all that "see me, doing doing, works, works, ".......but you can surely find them.

 

I heard a pastor say, "its self righteousness that damns a person".  "trying to make themselves right with God, instead of letting the BLOOD of JESUS make them righteous".

 Lots of wisdom there...

That might be a major understatement —— to me it says everything. Paul prayed for the Jews of his day,saying they were lost because they tried to establish “ their own righteousness” and not submitting to the righteousness of God—- the Gospel and it alone .......you don’t have to be a Jew to get this curse .

 

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That might be a major understatement —— to me it says everything. Paul prayed for the Jews of his day,saying they were lost because they tried to establish “ their own righteousness” and not submitting to the righteousness of God—- thGospel and it alone .......you don’t have to be a Jew to get this curse .

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12 hours ago, Blood Bought 1953 said:

That might be a major understatement —— to me it says everything. Paul prayed for the Jews of his day,saying they were lost because they tried to establish “ their own righteousness” and not submitting to the righteousness of God—- thGospel and it alone .......you don’t have to be a Jew to get this curse .

 

"Religion" = trying to connect with God, based on your ............> whatever it is you think you have to DO., of yourself.

VS

"Christianity" = God coming to our rescue as a sinless MAN,  by pouring out His very own Blood on a Cross, and offering it for FREE = as our Salvation, Justification, and Redemption.

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On 4/17/2019 at 11:33 AM, Behold said:

The good news is, Legalism is not a life threatening condition, but it is a spiritual and mental health issue.

So, lets get right to it, so that if you have been infected with this heresy, you can begin to find your way out of its theological darkness.

What is Legalism?
Lots of Christians have random ideas about what it could mean, but here is what it is.......This is NT legalism as found within the belief system of any believer, who is a legalist.
Its simply that they believe, that, the Cross and the Blood Atonement, began their salvation, but didn't complete it. So, they take it upon themselves, to finish their salvation by :

Works.
Keeping Commandments.
Presenting an attempt to live a holy lifestyle.
Holding unto their faith, in their minds.
Obsessive confession of Sin.
Chasing with their lifestyle some idea of what they believe "enduring to the end", means.

Legalist's are trusting in and counting on their " religious behavior", to finalize what Jesus began and finished already for them on the Cross, which God gave them for Free, when they BELIEVED... ("Justification by Faith, without the deeds of the law")

So, all of this SELF EFFORT, is denying The Blood of Jesus its FULL CREDIT DUE for saving them and keeping them saved.

So, how did you get into this circular reasoning mind trap?
Well, the main culprit is that you are involved with teachers and other believers who are also lost within this self righteousness maze, and so, because you are surrounded by them, you dont realize your situation.

Let me now ask you a question. Do you believe that Jesus The Christ deserves FULL Credit, for saving you and keeping you saved? ?????
If you said "yes", then why do you believe that you can undo what you can take not credit for, which is the Cross?
Its because you have been taught to think of your Salvation as : 1 part Jesus... and the rest you have to do, to finish the job.
You have been lied to, by people who also believed the lie.

So, to be free from this..... what do you have to resolve within your belief system....what do you have to get the revelation OF, so that you can see what you have been believing, so that you stop giving the Cross some credit for your salvation, and your commandment keeping and works, all the rest?
How do you stop taking some of the Credit for your Salvation for yourself, which insults God's Grace, and God's Son?
How do you stop trying to make yourself right with God, by self effort, and realize and begin to trust in Christ Alone, now and forever, to be the only and sole reason you will end up in heaven after you die. ???
And THAT, is what you have to first realize you are doing, as until you realize it, you won't understand the depth of the insult you are committing against the very Blood of Yeshua.

So, here is how you start the recovery.
First.....you have to come to a full understanding of your position as God's PROPERTY, "bought with a Price", that has recreated your eternal Identity as, "IN CHRIST".
In other words, you have to begin, TODAY, to see yourself ONLY as God sees you, and not as you see yourself, regarding your Born Again status.
You have to learn to accept how God views you, and let go of how you see yourself.
When you read....>"as Jesus IS< so are YOU in this WORLD".....you have to believe it.
So...
Start here:

Colossians 2:10

      "And you are COMPLETE in Him, (In Jesus)."

Now do you see that word COMPLETE? Do you understand this word?
Does it mean , partial, or, a work in progress, or nearly? ?
And who are you complete in?
And who is complete in Jesus?......= Its every born again Person......is that you?
And why does the verse say you are "IN HIM"< as the context for "complete"?
Its because this is your STATUS, according to God, as a born again family member of God.
And what is it lacking, if you are COMPLETE?......
Nothing.

And how is this verse to be understood, not only as your eternal "sonship" status, but also, your eternal Salvation, as they are THE SAME THING.......
So, IF this verse tells you that you are not only IN HIM< but you are COMPLETE< in Him, "in Christ", then what verse explains how Jesus has become your SALVATION?....as Completed, as designed by God the Father?

This verse :     

 1 Corinthians 1:30

""But of God, are ye IN Christ Jesus, who of God is MADE UNTO US = wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption".

Now do see this part of the verse....>"who of GOD, is made unto us"....

Thats the key, as what this means, is that God has taken righteousness and sanctification, and REDEMPTION , itself, and MADE IT unto us".
In other words, WHO/What CHRIST IS, God has "made unto YOU".
This is SALVATION....This is GRACE.....This is the Blood Atonement, as they have recreated you as "The righteousness of Christ".
This is who you are now, since the day you were born again, and for all eternity.

In other words, it has become, by God's power through the Holy Spirit , not just a part of us, but US......... WE have become what God has "Made unto us"...... We ARE =righteousness, sanctification, and Redemption, itself.
THis is what the Cross has accomplished for us, when Jesus said ::"it is Finished"
"Let the REDEEMED of the LORD...say so."

So, Legalist..... what are all your works, all your good deed doing, all your commandment keeping, as compared to what God Himself has ALREADY made you to be, ....as COMPLETED, In Jesus?

 

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On 4/17/2019 at 11:33 AM, Behold said:

The good news is, Legalism is not a life threatening condition, but it is a spiritual and mental health issue.

So, lets get right to it, so that if you have been infected with this heresy, you can begin to find your way out of its theological darkness.

What is Legalism?
Lots of Christians have random ideas about what it could mean, but here is what it is.......This is NT legalism as found within the belief system of any believer, who is a legalist.
Its simply that they believe, that, the Cross and the Blood Atonement, began their salvation, but didn't complete it. So, they take it upon themselves, to finish their salvation by :

Works.
Keeping Commandments.
Presenting an attempt to live a holy lifestyle.
Holding unto their faith, in their minds.
Obsessive confession of Sin.
Chasing with their lifestyle some idea of what they believe "enduring to the end", means.

Legalist's are trusting in and counting on their " religious behavior", to finalize what Jesus began and finished already for them on the Cross, which God gave them for Free, when they BELIEVED... ("Justification by Faith, without the deeds of the law")

So, all of this SELF EFFORT, is denying The Blood of Jesus its FULL CREDIT DUE for saving them and keeping them saved.

So, how did you get into this circular reasoning mind trap?
Well, the main culprit is that you are involved with teachers and other believers who are also lost within this self righteousness maze, and so, because you are surrounded by them, you dont realize your situation.

Let me now ask you a question. Do you believe that Jesus The Christ deserves FULL Credit, for saving you and keeping you saved? ?????
If you said "yes", then why do you believe that you can undo what you can take not credit for, which is the Cross?
Its because you have been taught to think of your Salvation as : 1 part Jesus... and the rest you have to do, to finish the job.
You have been lied to, by people who also believed the lie.

So, to be free from this..... what do you have to resolve within your belief system....what do you have to get the revelation OF, so that you can see what you have been believing, so that you stop giving the Cross some credit for your salvation, and your commandment keeping and works, all the rest?
How do you stop taking some of the Credit for your Salvation for yourself, which insults God's Grace, and God's Son?
How do you stop trying to make yourself right with God, by self effort, and realize and begin to trust in Christ Alone, now and forever, to be the only and sole reason you will end up in heaven after you die. ???
And THAT, is what you have to first realize you are doing, as until you realize it, you won't understand the depth of the insult you are committing against the very Blood of Yeshua.

So, here is how you start the recovery.
First.....you have to come to a full understanding of your position as God's PROPERTY, "bought with a Price", that has recreated your eternal Identity as, "IN CHRIST".
In other words, you have to begin, TODAY, to see yourself ONLY as God sees you, and not as you see yourself, regarding your Born Again status.
You have to learn to accept how God views you, and let go of how you see yourself.
When you read....>"as Jesus IS< so are YOU in this WORLD".....you have to believe it.
So...
Start here:
 

Colossians 2:20

"And you are COMPLETE in Him, (In Jesus)."

Now do you see that word COMPLETE? Do you understand this word?
Does it mean , partial, or, a work in progress, or nearly? ?
And who are you complete in?
And who is complete in Jesus?......= Its every born again Person......is that you?
And why does the verse say you are "IN HIM"< as the context for "complete"?
Its because this is your STATUS, according to God, as a born again family member of God.
And what is it lacking, if you are COMPLETE?......
Nothing.

And how is this verse to be understood, not only as your eternal "sonship" status, but also, your eternal Salvation, as they are THE SAME THING.......
So, IF this verse tells you that you are not only IN HIM< but you are COMPLETE< in Him, "in Christ", then what verse explains how Jesus has become your SALVATION?....as Completed, as designed by God the Father?

This verse : 

1st Corinthians 1:30

""But of God, are ye IN Christ Jesus, who of God is MADE UNTO US = wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption".

Now do see this part of the verse....>"who of GOD, is made unto us"....

Thats the key, as what this means, is that God has taken righteousness and sanctification, and REDEMPTION , itself, and MADE IT unto us".
In other words, WHO/What CHRIST IS, God has "made unto YOU".
This is SALVATION....This is GRACE.....This is the Blood Atonement, as they have recreated you as "The righteousness of Christ".
This is who you are now, since the day you were born again, and for all eternity.

In other words, it has become, by God's power through the Holy Spirit , not just a part of us, but US......... WE have become what God has "Made unto us"...... We ARE =righteousness, sanctification, and Redemption, itself.
THis is what the Cross has accomplished for us, when Jesus said ::"it is Finished"
"Let the REDEEMED of the LORD...say so."

So, Legalist..... what are all your works, all your good deed doing, all your commandment keeping, as compared to what God Himself has ALREADY made you to be, ....as COMPLETED, In Jesus?

In the Spirit of knowledge of the Lords commandments and leaning on the Lord in the Spirit of understanding.

"Be ye holy....", as ole sh'aul taught as a tzadik(disciple. Is an emphasis on the commands that are also instructed by Yeshua in revelation. Keep what is Holy in the heart.

And with discernment test the spirits is an important role all tzadik are to have a part in.

For example;

Do you believe murder is the unforgivable sin?

 

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1 hour ago, pinacled said:

In the Spirit of knowledge of the Lords commandments and leaning on the Lord in the Spirit of understanding.

"Be ye holy....", as ole sh'aul taught as a tzadik(disciple. Is an emphasis on the commands that are also instructed by Yeshua in revelation. Keep what is Holy in the heart.

And with discernment test the spirits is an important role all tzadik are to have a part in.

For example;

Do you believe murder is the unforgivable sin?

 

"in the Spirit of understanding"..... is to have the "eyes of our understanding" enlightened by the Holy Spirit.

The bible contains the living words of Life, and these words are opened to our inner man when we live a holy lifestyle, and study the Bible, to show ourselves approved unto God.  And when we do both, then God rewards us with more Light revealed.

this can be understood also, as "reins",  "God's reins instruct me in the night seasons"..

Wisdom comes from the mouth of God, and the entire Bible is God's revelation of Himself as He interacts with His creation.

And to answer your question..... there are lesser and greater sins.......as Jesus Himself explains when He describes a "greater sin"......John 19:11

However all sin is atoned for, by and thru the Blood of Jesus, when a person, by faith, receives Yeshua in their Heart., ... Romans 10:10.... so, murder is also covered by the Blood.

The "unforgivable sin", is the sin of being unforgiven...... Its the sin of rejecting forgiveness.........Its to die having rejected Christ, as once you do this, you have eliminated God's only way to forgive all your sins, because you committed the single sin that REJECTED Forgiveness/Pardon.

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      I was raised in an atheist family (in New Zealand), suffering through bullying within and outside of home. I would have killed myself if not for an online friend - only person who I felt had loved me. I never heard the gospel until I was 21, and would have spent an eternity in hell!  I was seeking my own gain (to network with a singer), when she asked me to meet her at church (in Japan where only 1% are Christian! What are the odds?) I heard the gospel, and moved to tears, without questioning accepted God's gift of salvation. That was 10 years ago.
      When I shared the good news with my boyfriend and mum (those who were my greatest support), they quickly talked me out of it. I never gave up seeking the meaning in life, and explored Hare Krishnas and Falun Gong. Believing that truth leads to meaningful life, I questioned inconsistencies I saw there and was met with frightening hostility! I did stay with astrology and one day suddenly became very sick - almost dying of gallstones - something unheard of in a health-conscious female of that age. I didn't know God, but I remember swearing at the unjust  universal powers that be.
      Through another coincidence, I befriended a Jehovah's Witness. Oddly he showed me Zeitgeist, while keeping his faith to himself so as not to impose. I didn't find out about his beliefs until years later (after surgery) when I asked him about it. I asked lots of questions and was astounded by the beauty and profundity of the Bible, particularly 1 Corinthians 13. I prayed heartily, had a premonition followed by an audible voice, and this is when I made my full-blown repentance.
      At the time, my atheist boyfriend and I were designing a game campaign involving doctrinal differences such as if God is one or Triune, whether to keep the Sabbath etc. I thus looked into these issues before attending a church, and went down a loooong rabbit hole of truth-seeking (on my own!). After about a month of research, I left him after he refused to accept Jesus. I joined a Seventh Day Baptist church (not having had any counsel from experienced Christians) and only escalated into trying to keep ALL the commandments (OT included) from there. Too bad I hadn't come across dispensationalism to realise what applies to whom and when!

      I stayed with the family of a little Messianic Judaism cult where we were led by an 'Apostle' and spent days delving into the minutia of headcoverings, beards and the true name of God. Unsurprisingly, there was a lack in areas of submission in families and love between brethren. When I was continually slandered, I brought it up to the sister, then to two witnesses, then congregation and then in her embarrassment she jumped out saying she will "kill me" and threw me out of her house. I had no fear. I had recently quit a job because I couldn't keep the solar-lunar Sabbaths, and the conviction of my heart was that I would be ready to die for the Lord. Instead, I (on my own again) questioned and questioned this and that until my research led me all the way into atheism and I denied our Lord the second time.
       
      I tried to get back with my first boyfriend, but he insisted our relationship be secret and strictly sexual. I turned him down and found myself another humanitarian intellectual. This relationship too was very rocky - we had our fun times but I wanted him to get his act together and make something of himself and he bristled at my controlling behaviour.
      God wasn't done with me yet though, and about 3 years ago I again came around to Christianity after digging around in conspiracies. I was quick to drop all the sin in my life, including fornication, and this angered my boyfriend. He debated me for hours each day, and I was amazed that I was able to pull out strong, logical apologetics out of thin air. Shaken by the strength of my faith, my boyfriend said goodbye to his spirit guide (who came to him suddenly in a meditation long ago), and prayed and fasted for 7 days to 'see God'. Alas, he said he didn't have the experience. The Holy Spirit was working a miracle through me, I thought, until eventually he talked me out of the faith and I denied our Lord for the third time. Ah, the spirit of Peter that I am! ;o;
      The Lord did bless our efforts though as my boyfriend ended up dropping a lot of degeneracy, but it was hard for me to trust it being genuine and trust issues continued to rip us apart. Oddly enough, because of the same life goals (homeschooling kids on a homestead and political activism to help liberate people from oppressors), and wanting kids to have stability, we ended up exchanging vows before God. At the time, we were learning about the benefits of following Christian morals and were considering ourselves 'culturally Christian', while keeping many new age practices. We joined an angry political group that wouldn't be at all Biblical, and in the pit of my stomach I felt this was a bad plan... 
      While my husband's life was improving mine was continuing to slide - my physical and mental health continued despite finding the 'truth' about nutrition and making everythign from scratch, as well as avoiding chemicals.. and of course LOTS of personal development and increasing meditation. Our relationship too was getting worse despite my tips and tricks. We started our family just before I turned 31, and I miscarried in terrible pain 9 weeks later (no drugs taken so as to keep body healthy). This was followed by a terrible self-move to another city after which something major broke down in the house every day and we were biting each other's heads off from the stress. Our kitten died of toxoplasmosis which she should have NEVER gotten or died of (chance is less than .001%), and I was terrified how I might get infected and ruin our future baby - we fought about litter hygiene daily. Our other cat continued to cause problems until we got them a mate and things got worse. I got pregnant again and miscarried the second time. That was the end of the line for me - life was 99% pain and I couldn't take it anymore. I couldn't help myself and no one could help me. In desperation, I cried out for Jesus to save me, telling Him that if this is all a plan to get me back - fine, He can have me!!  That very instant, I was soothed. Somehow I knew everything would be ok from now on, because "everything works for good to those who love God and are called according to His Purpose" Rom 8:28.
      My husband and I now suddenly had very opposed political views (and he considered breaking up with me for a while), and I was sharing my faith with the Godless group, but they didn't really care, increasing my feeling of being a useless human being. I didn't tell my dad, since he just gets angry, disappointed and parrots "religion is the opium of the people". I don't believe in hiding God's lamp under a bushel, and I care about souls, so I talk to everyone else in my circle - ALL non-believers, telling them my testimony and sharing the beautiful gospel of Christ as it was finally being revealed to me. I also couldn't help but mention other amazing facts in conversation that made the Bible real. The people closest to me (husband and mum) say they like me better as a Christian, which amazes me. I was never able to improve myself, but my husband says my temperament has changed. To me that's a miracle.

      Still, no one seems to have been moved to accept Jesus, but rather with every word and action that proceeds from them, Satan is planting doubts in MY mind. I want to be used by God for great works, but I feel not used at all. I repent and surrender every day, and study, so I don't know what else I can do to be a useful vessel. 
      Lessons learned:
      -Online friendship can save lives!
      -Killing yourself is a bad idea since something better still awaits you!
      -New believers should quickly find Christian support, while not committing to any church or doctrine too hastily
      -Please don't hide your faith from the people around you - you never know who needs to hear it!
      -If we turn away from God, He being faithful will look for the lost sheep and will either bring it back through love or through chastening. Don't be surprised if you are given up to Satan's torture if that's what it takes for you to stop trusting in idols and repent
      -Be very slow to change your beliefs or commit to something for life - be thorough in research, counsel and prayer, especially in weighty matters such as marriage for life and your eternal life!
       
      Thank you for everyone on this forum who has helped strengthen me with scriptures and prayer.
       
      If you have gone through anything similar and want me to be your support buddy or anything like that please reach out <3
       
      With love in Christ,
      Anna
       
    • By HolyMood
      I made a video about christian celebrities who gave their testimonies.
      Hope it inspires some people and give them the courage to keep in faith.
      You can see it here:
      Now I wanna make a new video and it's not that easy to find some FEMALE celebrities giving their testimonies and talk about their faith. If somebody know some christian female celebrities and maybe has a link to their testimonies/christian speeches/or something like this I'd be VERY thankfull!
      Wish you all a wonderful day and GOD bless you!
       
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