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Wed, Sep 28 2016 - 03:58 AM

IS FAITH A CRUTCH?

THE GOOD REPORT  

Wednesday, September 28, 2016  

Richard Deemy: Editor

 

Is Faith A Crutch?

1 Peter 5:6-7Amplified Bible (AMP)  Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God [set aside self-righteous pride], so that He may exalt you [to a place of honor in His service] at the appropriate time, 7 casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].

How many times have you heard people, especially outspoken atheist’s, refer to religion as a “Crutch?”  Let me quickly say, there is a huge difference between “religion” and faith in Christ Jesus!  When you examine most “religions” you will quickly find they are mostly fatalists.  They have very little confidence in their gods.  They are ready to accept whatever comes as their “fate” in which they have little or no control over.  Many refer to it as “Karma.”

I rejoice in the fact that we, of all people, have great hope in our futures!  We serve a Living God, who is intimately involved in our lives and who cares affectionately for us.

I like the Amplified Version’s rendition of this passage as quoted above.  Those who refuse to accept God’s grace and mercy do it out of self-righteous pride.  That is why they are quick to criticize those of us who chose to lean on our Savior for help and support.  All I know is, when I am broken I need a crutch.  Someone outside of myself, who is qualified and able to treat my brokenness and bring me healing and wholeness.  Jesus is the only One qualified to do that, so why not lean on Him?

As the scripture implores us, “casting all your cares, anxieties, worries, concerns, once and for all upon Him for He cares about you with deep affection and watches over you very carefully.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for sending the Holy Spirit to watch over me, for when I am broken I quickly lean upon You.  Amen! 

 

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