I’m not talking about a type of contemporary music but the sadness, even
depression that many of us may face during the holidays. You may be one who
sinks into grief or a sense of loneliness when Christmas comes. We all see the
busy shoppers, TV excitement, and hear of holiday plans that others are making.
Many will spend ridiculously trying to find happiness. Others of us have no
family nearby or have lost a loved one or possibly suffering from an infirmity.
Then again there are those that may be struggling with bills or family issues
such as wayward children, a broken home, or a marriage that doesn’t seem to
work. In today’s world millions are finding temporary escape in alcohol, drugs,
or some other virtual reality.
boring you with the details let me share the fact that you are not alone. This
pastor and many of the members of Amazing Grace have faced many of the same
issues that you are now facing. We have come to realize and accept our own
imperfections and that of the world around us. We also have adjusted our
expectations of others and are trying to understand and help them come to the
source of hope. There is a source of
course you’ve heard that you need to “get Jesus” and you’ve come to realize the
triteness and shallowness of this type of bumper sticker Christianese. You don’t
need religious platitudes or warm and fuzzy sentimentalism. These things are
common in today’s “feel good” world and in Christianity.
you need is truth, solid unmovable principles to redirect your thinking and
your life. Truth can bring immediate results in some areas of your need, and as
truth is followed and obeyed then long-lasting change will take place in you
and around you. Jesus said, “You shall
know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” Notice, Jesus did not say
go to church, praise and worship (feel good music), or participate in some
religious ritual. These might have some temporary success in helping you for a
moment, however, your greater, more long-lasting benefit will not be found in
something but in someone.
core problem that brings on our depression and sense of hopelessness is found
in our lack of relationship with our Creator. We were created to glorify God
and to enjoy a personal relationship with Him. He knows your heart and life in
detail; He is knowledgeable and interested in every part. He wants you to fully
turn to Him for His gracious, loving salvation and the outcome which is the
fulfillment of your needs.
is not a genie in a brass bottle that you can rub and presto – chango all your
wishes come true. He is the source of absolute truth and that truth is what we
need to find life’s meaning and purpose. When we call out to Him, realizing our
terrible, personal sinful condition, He will respond to us. The scriptures say,
“. . . without faith it is impossible to
please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and
that He rewards those who seek Him.” God is not accessible to us humans as
long as we think that we have no sin. He is absolutely holy and will have
nothing to do with sin. If we think we can change enough to please Him we are
fooling ourselves. You already know that the conditions of your life have not
been changeable as of yet. You are powerless to change others, though you’ve
tried and the condition of your own life has only taken you deeper into
sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to deal with the issue of our personal sinfulness.
This is the reason for Christ’s coming. He came to die for us sinners and in
doing so, satisfied the holy demands of God when He declared that sin must be
punished by death. Jesus died and rose again that sinners such as you and I
might be saved. It is in the knowledge of these truths that you will find your
way through the dilemma of your sinfulness and the outcome of sin - the sorrows
you now face.
is alive and very active in our world and will do everything he can to
discourage and defeat you. Turn to God and call out to Him continually, get a
Bible and read the Gospel of John repeatedly and prayerfully. I suggest an
English Standard Version (ESV) or a New American Standard Version (NASV) of the
Bible; they are both much easier to understand. Go to God with an honest heart
acknowledging your sinfulness and your realization that without His
intervention you are without salvation and hope.
will bring people into your life that will be a resource for help. Be careful
to only listen to those that will point you to Christ and His word. There are
many false teachers who will make promises to get you into their religion but
the outcome will only make your situation worse if you permit yourself to be
distracted from seeking God. Remember, your hope will be in God alone and in
the application of what He will teach you from His word. Read the rest of
the articles on amazinggracepv.org and you will be given greater understanding.
God; seek His word!