Jesus Changed The Natural Born Condition Of Humanity, Freeing Us From Who We Were Born To Be; Part 2

By: Curtis Ophoven 0 Comments   1/16/2012

This is part 2 of an article that I just cannot end without putting another nail in this popular myth and pointing out that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.

In case you missed it, here is part 1.

Everyone puts their faith in something.  Don't put your faith in the myth that we have no choice but to live out our natural born desires many of which are to sin against God.

If this were true, there would be no such thing as hope for us to be reconciled with God.

There would be no such thing as freedom from our selfishness and no such thing as a God who loves us, because a loving God would not leave us in bondage to our own destruction. A loving God would provide a way out, a solution to our dilemma.

Will You Reject The Seed?

The difficultly is when a seed (the knowledge of Christ, Matt 13) has been planted in us and we being to struggle with what do you with it. When the knowledge of Christ has become known, we have only two choices.

Either we reject the seed and continue to embrace our own natural desires, or we embrace the seed and seek after God striving to be holy as He is, denying our natural born desires.

It is not an easy decision.

When a seed is first planted many have an extremely difficult time, until they make a decision.

Once the knowledge of Jesus is in our heart, it is impossible for the human soul to rest until we believe in it. Rejecting the seed does not bring us rest.

The hardest part is when we try to live with the seed without letting it grow while trying to ignore it. It’s not an easy struggle and it is much harder when we surround ourselves with friends and family that embrace our natural way of thinking.

The higher the cost the harder it is for us to give up our lives that we are living for ourselves. Many people spend their lives trapped by the fear of losing their friends and family. Jesus talked about the high cost of following after him (Matt. 10:38).

We have a way of surrounding ourselves with people that believe in the myths that we believe in, which are the very things that keep us in bondage to the sin that is in our natural hearts.

Sometime the only way to grow our seed (knowledge of Christ) is to leave our friends and family behind, move to a new location and surround ourselves with people that believe in Jesus that can increase our knowledge of Him. It is worth it.

Even the smallest seed can be more than enough because the truth is so compelling. There is nothing else more fulfilling or more pleasurable then learning about the depths of the person of Jesus.

He is more than we can image. The more we learn about him and the more we discover about him, the more he reveals himself to us. And the more we gain in learning about Him and his perfect character the more we want to learn about him. Unlike a drug addiction, it is an obsession. This is why even drug addicts can turn to Him.

Scripture tells us that this obsession will go on forever (Psalm 44:8) because He is so magnificent that we will never fully get to know all of Him.

Our original design was to be in his presence. We were created to be in his presence, but because sin entered the world we are born sinners that are separated from him –but that is not the end of the story.

Jesus came for us. He left everything to come for us. The power of that reality reveals where we belong – in his presence. We belong in his presence.

If you have not done so yet, give it up, whatever it is that is keeping you from Knowing more about Him.

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