I have been a missionary with my wife Donell, since 1989 in Papua New Guinea and have been keeping a journal for that many years of my experiences with the Lord. I am so tired of people claiming that Christianity is just another religion from their exposure of church in the Mass Media or from their bad experiences without finding out the dramatic differences that there could be when God is allowed to take control of their lives. I desire for my posts to point at showing what Christianity is supposed to be about. SUPERNATURAL, not humanistic and temporal (see my post on the impossibility of Christianity by God’s design.) I am not saying that I have arrived. By no means. Even the Apostle Paul says that he of all people is the “greatest of sinners” by which I must reply “besides me”. That is the nature of true Christianity. It is said that the older you are in Christ, the more your realize how much more you need to grow in Him.
The church is constantly criticized for being filled with hypocrites, but we have to remember that the church is not supposed to be filled with self confident, “righteous” people, but rather, people who acknowledge their lack of ability and have come to place their dependency on God to do for them what they cannot do for themselves. Jesus came to save sinners. But I hope that the more I open my life to Christ’s control, the more I will look like him in the midst of trials. That is where Christianity shows itself the best and distinguishes itself from all other religions. Christianity is Christ’s righteousness given to us, and His working it out in our lives until we die. Phil 1:6 “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
The Holy Bible: New International Version, electronic ed. (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1996), Php 1:6.
I highly recommend the following books and devotionals which have opened my eyes to these deeper truths to the Christian life and I would love for you to put them on your must read list:
Miles Stanford’s -The Green Letters, Principles of Position, and especially None but the Hungry Heart
David Platt – Radical
Brother Yun – The Heavenly Man (this will give you something to think about in hard times)
Henry Blackaby – Experiencing God
James Piper- Desiring God
John Cross- Stranger on the road to Emmaus
other books are Wild at heart, There is a Difference, Purpose Driven Life, Changed into his image,
On Creation: “Battle for the Beginning” by John MacAurther, “Evolution’s Achilles heels”; and “Creation Facts” by Gary Parker
“Walking in Victory” by Dennis MacCullum, “Tipping our Kings” by Jack Crabtree
To be more like Jesus,