The True promise of God
The following are Pastor Crutchfield’s sermon notes from this morning’s service.
THE TRUE PROMISE OF GOD
By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
Senior Pastor, Compassion Church of Katy
There are those who would have you believe that Christianity is some sort of “magic pill.” Just become Christian they say and the birds will always sing, you’ll never run out of money before you run out of month, and all will be right with your world ! Sadly it just isn’t true. Worse yet it isn’t what scripture teaches us. God promises us through scripture that his comfort and strength will be with us in hard times, he never promised times would not get hard.
Let’s first look at
“ Go in through the narrow gate. The gate that leads to destruction is broad and the road wide, so many enter through it. But the gate that leads to life is narrow and the road difficult, so few people find it. “
So we see that following God is not supposed to be easy. God tells us in this verse the exact opposite. Following him will not be easy. In fact he tells us that many people will not take his path simply because of how hard it looks, especially from the outside.
Did God ever promised that Christians would not struggle ? Let’s take a look at this next verse,
“We are all born weak and helpless. All lead the same short, troubled life.”
To paraphrase the old Lynn Anderson song from the seventies God never promised you a rose garden. That went away with the fall of man in the garden of Eden. Our imperfect world mad up of imperfect people inevitably leads to struggle in life. God will help you over the bumps in the road, but we would be fooling ourselves to believe traveling through life will always be easy ! This verse also reminds us that our time in this imperfect world is but a brief period preparing us for a much longer happier life alongside God in Heaven. This not the absence of struggle in our earthly life is the promise of God.
This is made even clearer by Christ himself in,
“ I have said these things to you so that you will have peace in me. In the world you will have distress. But be encouraged ! I have conquered the world.”
Here the son of God himself tells us that our time in this world will not be without stress or struggle. This is the FALSE promise ! The true promise is in the last line of this verse where Christ tells us he has already conquered all that makes up this wold including our struggles !
God will also strengthen us through our troubles this also is part of the true promise. We see this in the words of
“But not only that ! We even take pride in our problems, because we know our trouble produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope. “
So you see anybody that tells you being Christian means you will never struggle are making false promises. The true promise is that God will comfort you, and even strengthen you through your struggles. As Christians we should not avoid struggle but embrace it. This is the true promise of God !
Posted on October 14, 2012, in Compassion Church of Katy and tagged Christians and struggles, Compassion Church of Katy, God's True Promise, Life's struggles, Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.