IT BEGINS WITH THE TESTIMONIES

I read this quote in my devotions:

“It is Satan’s plan to weaken the faith of God’s people in the Testimonies. Next follows skepticism in regard to the vital points of our faith, the pillars of our position, then doubt as to the Holy Scriptures, and then the downward march to perdition. When the Testimonies, which were once believed, are doubted and given up, Satan knows the deceived ones will not stop at this; and he redoubles his efforts till he launches them into open rebellion, which becomes incurable and ends in destruction.”

To enumerate the points, it follows:

  1. Doubt in the reproofs given by God through His servant(s),
  2. Doubt in the 28 Foundational Beliefs of our denomination,
  3. Doubt in the veracity of the Bible,
  4. Loss of eternal salvation!

I think we all know someone who is following this trek and no doubt, some of us could even attest it having been our own experience, EXCEPT, something happened and we came to our senses.  I, for one, can admit while in my early twenties came to doubt Mrs. White’s writings.  My church attendance fell and my reading of the Bible became nil because I not only not believed what I read but I didn’t believe in the God who inspired them!  And for a time I lived my life not believing in God.

What was the “EXCEPT” part?  He didn’t stop believing in me!

Although we’re not able to see the end, God can.  Thankfully, He doesn’t provide this ability because many of us would give up somewhere in the middle.  No matter what our current struggle will be, what our future struggle will be, what has been an encouragement, to me, is when I remember what my past struggles have been.  How He has carried me through them which has given me faith in knowing He is more than capable of doing so again today and tomorrow.  I’m also glad I trust Him, well, let me qualify that:  I’m glad it is not my “trust” He uses to gauge how much help He’ll provide for me!  Like the song says, “He looked beyond my faults and saw my need”, is so true.  I’m a witness.

People will be lost because they doubted God’s Word, and this occurred because they doubted the fellowship and strength which is contained in the congregational worship of God’s people, where they will hear reproofs which should offend, but offer guidance to their lives, for this is the whole point.  Taken personal?  It should be!  Like a child being scolded by a parent is personal and filled with discomfort, but the end result brings about correction and this brings about strength of character, which enables one to receive God’s Word as truth, which end result is eternal salvation.

So, the moral of this story is, when you find yourself at the end of being corrected, take it.  Use it.  Accept it.  Grow by it.  Then offer it when someone else ventures the path you know too well.  You and they will be thankful in the end.

 

December 24, 2014

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