As a kid growing up, I had trouble believing in God because there were so many things being taught that seemed wrong to me. I acknowledged Christ as the way yet with so many divisions and doctrines it made it hard for me to live for Him. It wasn’t until I grabbed a hold of sound doctrine that I began having a true relationship with Christ. God came from being this sky daddy who will bless and punish me to being a Father who isn’t bipolar. Here are some of the misunderstandings I had and wanted to shed some light on.
1.) God sees your happiness & prosperity as priorities.
Actually He does not, He could careless about your happiness if it means sacrificing it for obedience. God wants you to walk in His will, walk in obedience to the word and become more and more like Christ. What many fail to see is that all those who walked with God after Christ ascended to heaven suffered persecution and by persecution we are not talking the common disagreements with someone online that offended you and made you mad but real persecution. Persecution doesn’t make anyone happy. Sometimes obedience itself can be a pain in the butt, denying yourself of your will can feel like torment. He wants you holy, righteous and in His will.
2.) The devil is my biggest enemy.
Actually you are, your flesh is. Too many Christians spend so much times blaming the devil that they can never own up to their bad choices and flat out disobedience. Satan has been defeated, your flesh hasn’t. Satan will flee if you resist him, resist the flesh doesn’t mean it’ll leave you alone. Your flesh is the one convincing you that living in sin is okay, it’s the one distracting you from God’s plan. It’s the reason why most people fail, they just can never get past themselves. As Paul said, die daily and Jesus said to deny yourself and pick up your cross daily in the gospels. Many find it hard to do that and blame the devil, it’s a lot easier. The devil doesn’t mind taking the blame he feels like he’s accomplishing more, he loves the credit. Let’s be honest, you are reaping a fruit of your disobedience and you flat out don’t want to do better.