Do We Complicate Christianity?

14 Jul

In my post “The Simple Life” I showed how prayer is a two-way street. That when God speaks to us we should be listening to what He has to tell us. We have learned to pray as Christians but have we learned to listen?

In my post “Two Ways To Live” I wrote how we have the choice to be positive or negative in our life and our choices determine who, what and why we are who we are.

I followed up with my post “The Silver Lining” where I tried to show our every thought, word and deed is tied to our relationship with God and how close He watches over us.

Now let me try to bring it all together. We as Christians believe Jesus died for our sins and that the Bible is God’s Word. We have faith that what God promises will happen and hope that God has made a room for us in His Kingdom.

We pray daily for His guidance and blessings. Many Christians I talk to feel that their prayers are not answered or not answered how they expected. Some, myself included, have running conversations with Him all day long. I have to say most feel prayer is a one way street and don’t feel that God talks to us, but does answer prayers in His own time. .

The truth is God does answer prayer, many times right away, but we don’t always listen to the answer because we don’t necessarily agree with it. Sometimes we have to wait for an answer, for our time and God’s time are on different time tables. During your daily walk in life you should invite God to walk with you and have a running conversation with Him. You will be surprised at the insight He has on your life. He is there to guide you around and over all the concerns in your life.

God has given us free choice so that we have a certain amount of control on how we live. Choice is very powerful and we need to be thoughtful on the choices we make as Christians. Our life as a Christian is under the microscope of everyone thinking of becoming one, as well as the Christians around us. We need to remember that we just might be the only bible someone ever reads. We may have the choice, but we also have the responsibility to live our life for the One who saved us. God loves to see us. happy and full of joy. Joy is His glory and His glory should be our joy.

Life is full of problems and obstacles, God never promised life would be easy. How we handle these problems shape our relationship with God and build our character. We shape our future by the decisions we make and build our character by how we handle obstacles. As Christians we have God to help us make our decisions and climb over the obstacles. All we have to do is ask and listen. Each problem and obstacle has silver thread in it that ties us back to our relationship with God

Jesus taught us how to love and to forgive and forget. Yet so many Christian’s have a problem over the forgetting part. They have no concern over the forgiving, but insist on keeping the burden and stress of the problem with them; they just can’t forget. As Christian’s we should, like God, wipe the slate clean, purge our minds of the problem and continue living a loving life.

When you realize the silver thread ties our every move, every word and every deed to God you then realize how close God is watching over us, how much He loves us and just how He takes care of us. So why do we try so hard to complicate it?

God is Love! We as His children are love and our job is to share that love to lead others to Christ. There is nothing complicated about it. We pray, God answers! We follow His guidance and live our life for His glory. It is simple – there is no secret, we just need to listen and love!

What do you think? I value your opinion and comments.

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6 Responses to “Do We Complicate Christianity?”

  1. the warrioress July 16, 2014 at 8:49 pm #

    Reblogged this on life of a female bible warrior and commented:
    People love to complicate Christianity. Jesus gave direction that was not complex, if one was open to it with a sincere heart. Ed explores how we can complicate something that is really quite simple.

    • efchristi July 16, 2014 at 9:00 pm #

      Thank you Adrienne, when you re-blog a post it says the message is something worth reading. I appreciate it.

      Ed

      • the warrioress July 17, 2014 at 11:26 pm #

        Ed, you are one of the godliness men I know. I want to be more like you in my walk with Him.

      • efchristi July 17, 2014 at 11:40 pm #

        Adrienne, I appreciate the compliment, but know we all struggle at times in our daily walk. I’m positive as you continue your walk it will become easier for you. Just keep Him at your side with continuous conversation and listen to what He has to tell you. After I realized He was talking to me and I was not listening. Life got a whole lot brighter.
        God bless you and J!

        Ed

  2. scott July 18, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

    rsn, Finally had the opportunity to read Silver Thread and Christianity Complicated !! Great words of wisdom and all of it can be found in the scriptures. Problem is, most of us can’t or won’t find the time to read the “living word”. I am as guilty as anyone. Most of us don’t know how to differentiate between “worldly wisdom” and spiritual wisdom. As a brother in Christ, I appreciate your including me in your blog. Blessings

    • efchristi July 18, 2014 at 5:47 pm #

      Scott, thank you for the kind words. I appreciate that you took the time to read my blog, it means a lot to me.
      It isn’t that people can’t or won’t find the time to read the living word, I feel it is because most people, when they read, aren’t seeing what is being said. They are just words. That and the fact most don’t know when God is speaking to them because what they are hearing is not what they want to hear.
      We and the church try so hard to make more out something than God intended. That may be a result of free will or the human thought that if it is complicated we always have an excuse when we stray in the wrong direction. I don’t think that is what God wants from us.
      Thanks again for the comment!

      Ed

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