But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:3 NKJV
Did you ever notice how the simplest instructions are the hardest to follow? Have you ever wondered why?
In my opinion, I think perhaps we’re full of pride and don’t recognize it. Think about it. You purchased some item that requires you to put it together, but instead of reading and following the directions you rush to put it together based on the picture on the outside of the box. In the end, it’s not quite right. There are pieces left over that leave you wondering where they go.
Sadly, we treat God’s Word like that sometimes. We think we know best and decide not to read the instructions He’s given us. After all, His message is so simple. Romans 10:9 NKJV “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” We have a picture in our minds of what a Christian is. Since we don’t validate that picture with the truth of God’s Word, we’re trying to live a life God never intended. Then we find we are still not satisfied, as though something else is needed for us to be saved.
That’s where we’re wrong. Nothing more is needed. Jesus died for our sins. When we acknowledge who He is and what He did for us, all we need to do is accept His gift; freedom from sin and eternal life. Once you’re saved, you’re saved. But that doesn’t mean we can neglect God’s Word. We still need to read it to understand our self and God better and to remain out of bondage of sin.
Lord Jesus thank you for your simple message, although it was not simple for you to carry out. Help us to accept your gift of salvation and continue to grow in our knowledge and understanding of our self (our weaknesses) and you (your character). Deliver us from the entanglement of sin and set our feet on the pathway of life. In Jesus’ name Amen.
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