Life is a journey and the decisions we make tells of the path we desire to go. At times we struggle with some decisions because we want to make the right choice. The struggles can come from the desires of the flesh or the unsure end that is been projected in our thoughts. The intent of the enemy in these struggles is to deceive us and sway us on the wrong path. We are encouraged to incorporate the word of God is all the situations of our lives and acknowledge that we all need Christ’s guidance
It is a sad thing for anyone to experience the salvation of Jesus Christ and never finish well. Paul asked the question in Romans 8: 35 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” Paul had experienced Christ for himself and will not allow anything or anyone to rob him of this blessing. Paul himself went on to answer his own question here in Romans 8: 38- 39 “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”
This is telling us how important it is for us to do our best to end well in whatever we are doing in this spiritual journey. we must stand in faith on the word of God and what he is saying to us personally. John the Baptiste the fore-runner of Jesus Christ came and did all he was ordained to do. A t the end when he was in prison while Jesus was preaching and teaching with signs following, John sent his disciples to Jesus with an unexpected question. It was an unexpected question because of the life John lived, the revelations he had received and he was even filled with the Holy Spirit from the womb. John sent and asked in Matthew 11; 2- 3 “Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, 3 And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?” John’s affliction caused him to go into doubt and start asking these question. Jesus then told the disciples of John in Matthew 11: 4- 5 “Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. John questioned the validity of Jesus so Jesus had to send a reminder to John indicating the manifestation of the WORD (Jesus Christ)
If we allow anything or anyone to separate us from Christ it is because we become offended as expectations are not met. As Jesus stated in Matthew 11: 6 “And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me” John’s suffering for the truth caused him to become offended king Herod had put John in prison because John told him it was wrong for him to take away his brother’s wife.
Jesus said in Matthew 11: 11 “Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he” Being offended or operating in doubt can cause us to be separated from Christ. Doubt opposes faith and without faith it is impossible for us to please God. John was active doing all that God ordained him to do yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than him. Therefore we must do self-analysis as often as possible, to see where we stand, so we can eliminate anything that will separate us from God.
Like Paul, let us be adamant in the battle for our soul that we won’t be separated from Jesus Christ. Paul said I have fought a good fight, I have finish my course, I have kept the faith. Let us press towards the mark for the prize of high calling in Christ Jesus by making our problems become the stepping stones to this victory. What should have offended us and separate us from Christ will be the very thing we will use to get closer to Christ.