|Salvation is not an
end in itself; rather, salvation is the first step of an exciting,
challenging journey. When we accept Christs forgiveness and
repent of our sin, we open the door to that relationship with God
that He has created us for. Just because weve taken that first
step, however, doesnt mean the rest of the journey will be easy.
The Bible never promises an easy, happy life for those who follow
God. It DOES promise that God will be with us along the way and that
He will provide for every need:
Deuteronomy 31.8 The LORD Himself
goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you
nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
2 Corinthians 9.8 And God is able to make all grace
abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all
that you need, you will abound in every good work.
Philippians 4.19 And my God will meet all your needs
according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
2 Peter 1.3 His divine power has given us everything
we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him
There are certain principles, or foundational truths,
that the Bible gives us to help us along in our walk. We wont
be able to prevent storms that shake us, but by building a strong
foundation for our faith with these basic truths, we WILL be able
to make it through the storms and grow from those experiences. (See
Luke 6.46-49, The Wise and Foolish Builders) If we can
understand and apply these principles, our journey with God will
be off on a good start!
These truths are more than just theory: what we believe
dramatically impacts how we live. When we believe lies, we live
in defeat and wonder why our walk with God isnt working. In
fact, most spiritual problems and many psychological problems in
our life are the result of lies we believe. An incorrect view of
God or belief about how He views us is detrimental to our faith
and will negatively impact our walk with Him. In contrast, those
with healthy spiritual and emotional lives are usually that way
because they are living in the light of the truth given us in Gods