Is Faith Hard to You?
And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith (1 Corinthians 15:14).
“Mayday! Mayday! I’m sinking…”
This was the opening line of an email I received. My heart went out to this gentleman as I read his story.
“I am what some have said to be a doubting Thomas. I know the only way to be saved is through faith in Christ, but faith is hard for me. I always have an “I hope” or “I think maybe” in the back of my mind. I’ve asked Christ to come into my life many times, but have never experienced the power of the Spirit you talk about on your program.
I no longer have the strength to continue the fight for God’s invitation to the party you all enjoy. I’m just tired of the struggle. I’d settle for a seat at the gates of heaven if there was a chance Christ might walk by once in a while.”
I’ve been where this gentleman is. I doubted my salvation and prayed numerous times to receive Christ in my life. Faith was hard to me, too. This may be your story as well. If so, you know the frustration, the fear, the doubt and the deep longing for rest and peace.
The solution is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and particularly, the good news that Jesus is alive! The resurrection is the sticking point for critics and skeptics. They laugh and jeer at us for believing such “nonsense.” But it did happen – Christ was raised from the dead. We believers stake everything on this one historical fact. Without the resurrection, we might as well eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die. But with it, everything changes.
The cross is where our stale, empty lives end. It is at the empty tomb where new life begins. This is the story of Christianity.
Here is the good news: The power that released Jesus’ body from death and clothed it with immortality is the same power that is available to you here and now. Living in this power will change you and enable you to experience a quality of life you’ve never known before.
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