OCCUPATIONAL HAZARD

The worst I believe, is DISCOURAGEMENT, which can happen to any Christian, no matter how spiritually maturedBut how does one arrive at discouragement? Discouragement creeps into our lives for various reasons and at different times. Discouragement can result when there’s not enough support or cheering on (encouragement), not enough supplies to work with, obstacles and threats in the way, and the absence of fruit. Discouragement, if not appropriately addressed can lead to despondency and throwing in the towel.      

 NOT A WOODEN CROSS, BUT THE WOODEN CROSS

The only sinless Person who ever died such a horrible death was God. Why did He die if He was sinless? He died to pay for the penalty of man’s sin. Without this act, there could be no forgiveness of sin (see Hebrews 9:22), as His death was the only acceptable payment for the sins of man. That one act covers their past, present and future failings (see Hebrews 9:28). Without it, there’d be no restoration of the relationship between man and God.

PLEASE DON’T CONTRIBUTE TO THE PROBLEM

So clearly, when we don’t practice what we claim, teach, and preach, we give occasion for non-believers to talk ill of our Lord and the Church He died for. In addition, we become stumbling blocks to them. It is not unusual to hear comments like, “If that’s what the Church is like, then I want no part of it.” This is a sad statement, because people for whom Christ died are turned away from the truth because of our inconsistencies in obeying the Word of God.