How would life be like if becoming a Christian was synonymous with an easy carefree life? If accepting Jesus meant that you would never ever be sick, never ever have any problems again? I guess it would be very easy to get people saved, who would not want freedom from all of lives problems and challenges. But is this the reality of the Christian life? Of course not, being a Christian does not exempt you from lives many challenges. You will still become sick, there are still bills to pay and sometimes life will still suck big time.

So what is so special about Christianity? Is it all about the next life, is Christianity relevant to this life at all? Does it present us with any solutions to the here an now problems of our lives?

The Bible tells us mans problem is sin, and our sin hinders us from being reconciled to God. But it also hinders us from having a relationship with God. So if we do not repent from our sins, and choose to trust in Jesus dying for us, we will end up in hell when we die. And there is pleasure in sin, so we might even live the good life here on earth and still end up in hell when we die.

Hell or heaven will never stop or seize to exist. Hell or heaven will be for an eternity, but this life on this earth will be for just a moment in time. So it is obvious it is very important for us to make sure we end up in heaven and not in hell when we die. Even if it means living a life on this earth filled with challenges, trials and tests. It is better to have suffered for a lifetime on this earth, and then live for ever in heaven then to have lived in pleasure for a lifetime on this earth and then live for ever in hell.

So it is obvious we need to make sure we have repented from our sins, and put our faith and trust in Jesus dying for us. And when we do, it does not exempt us from the hardship of this life. We will still be sick, some of us will die from sickness even if the Bible promises us healing. We will have times of life when we will be unable to pay our bills, and we will have times of life when something happens we do not understand, something that just shocks us the core of our very existence and makes us question everything.

Does this mean Christianity does not have a solution for this life?

Christianity does have an answer, a solution for this lives challenges and hardship. But to get to them we have to go through the cross of Christ.

God knows this life is not easy, He knows we suffer and He knows that life sometimes sucks and sometimes it sucks big time. But He has a solution for us, and the solution is the cross of Christ.

When Adam and Eve sinned they where kicked out of the garden of Eden. But something else happened, the relationship they had with the Lord was broken. In the garden of Eden they had walked with Him and talked to Him. They had a genuine relationship with Him where He cared for them. But the sin problem, their choice to sin, broke that relationship.

The first time you told a lie, your relationship to God was broken. God hates sin, it really angers Him and He has to do something about it because He is holy. So when we sin He has to withdraw from us. He can not have anything to do with sin, and He can not have a relationship with a sinner.

This of course means that a person who sins is kicked out of his or her own garden of Eden. They are left to their own to care for them self. They are without His protection, without His care and without His love. (Matt 6:32)

So when you sinned the first time, He turned His back on you and you where left to your own. You where left to care for yourself and at the same time, His anger was against you. Sin really angers Him and He is really upset with sinners. (Rom 1:8, Col 3:6)

But God wants to restore your relationship to Him. So He gave you Jesus as a sacrifice for your sins. And He has made it very easy for you, the only thing you have to do, is to accept and trust in what Jesus did for you. And the relationship will be restored and you will know you will end up in heaven when you die. (Rom 3:22)

Ok, but right now I have so many problems in my life that I am not sure if the relationship is restored. It feels more like His anger is still against me….

This is the point of it all in a way. Because even though your relationship is restored to God, He has not promised you an easy life. You will still be sick, need money, and sometimes life with God puts you in circumstances that really sucks and sucks big time.

But the difference is this, when that happens you will no longer be alone. He will be there with you when life sucks and sucks big time. (Psalm 23, Psalm 91) And this is the huge difference, choosing to trust that Jesus died for you not only secures your entrance into heaven when you die. It also ensures that you do not have go through the valley of the shadow of death alone.

But I do not want to go through the valley of the shadow of death…..

I know, we dont want to, but as  long as we are on this earth we have to. There will still be sufferings and valleys to go through as long as we are on this earth. But we can not make it on our own, so we need to be in a close relationship with God or else we will die on those valleys of death. And the only way we can be in a close relationship with God is through trust in what Jesus did for us.

But this brings us to another important aspect of being in a relationship with God.  For God has made 2 very important promises in His word. Two promises that pertains to how we are to handle life when we are entering into a valley of the shadow of death. How we are to handle life when life sucks and sucks big time.

Trusting that Jesus died for you makes you righteous. If you are righteous, you are in a relationship with God. So the only way to remain in a relationship with God is through trust in what Jesus did for you. (Rom 3:22).

Tithing, bible reading, prayer, church attendance, financial gifts, services in the ministry, none of that makes you righteous. None of those things keeps you in a relationship with God. Trust and only trust in Jesus dying for you keeps you in a loving relationship with God. (Rom 3:22)

If you are righteous, God says in His word that He promises to deliver you from all of lives afflictions. (Psalm 34:19) He does not promise you you will not see affliction. He does not promise you that life will never suck and never suck big time. But He does promise you this, that when life sucks and sucks big time He will be there to deliver you from it. But ONLY if you are righteous. And you can only remain righteous by continued faith and trust in what Jesus did for you on the cross.

Are you now beginning to see how dangerous it is to trust in anything else? So many trust in Jesus dying for them for their salvation, but they add something to it for the rest of their lives. so they trust in Jesus for their salvation, + their bible reading, church attendance, prayer life, tithing, their ability to have faith, their great faith, their inheritance, their (you fill in the blanks). That is SO dangerous, because when people do this they are no longer righteous. And if they are no longer righteous, the relationship they once had with God is broken and He will not help them anymore and He will not deliver them when life sucks and sucks big time. But the most dangerous part of this is the fact that when they die, they will be expecting to end up in heaven but instead they will end up in hell. (Gal 5:4, Matth 7:21-23)

So how do you face life when something shakes your very existence to the core and life sucks big time? How do you respond when all you want to do is to go back to bed, and hope to wake up the next day and it will all be over?

When fear comes, sickness comes, when life sucks do not try to deny reality. Do not try to pretend like it is not happening. But choose to fight the good fight of faith (1.Tim 6:12) by answering the circumstances with “I trust Jesus died for me”.

Ok you might have physical pain, but Jesus died for you. Perhaps you do not have any money right now, but Jesus died for you. No food? , but Jesus died for you. Lonely ? , but Jesus died for you.

How is this going to help me you might ask?

God can not lie (Numbers 23:19). So if God has said so, then it is so. If God has promised that He will deliver the righteous of every trial then He will do so. But we have to do our part, and that is to make sure we are righteous by answering every trial with trust in the cross and what Jesus did for us.

How He will do it, when He will do it is up to Him. He might do it in our time frame and how we want it. But He might not do it right away and the way we want HIm to. But we know He will do it, and we know that when He does it it will be the perfect time. But if we do not do our part, and that is to keep trusting no matter what in Jesus dying for us, we will never see His help.

Money and health are the two things that affects us the most. God has already promised us to deliver us from every trial. So if you need healing or money, He has promised to do something about it as long as you remain righteous by remaining with your trust in what He did for you. (Numbers 23:19)

But when it comes to money He makes one more important promise.

Our Lord owns the cattle on a thousand hills. (Psalm 50:10)  and all silver and gold in the world belongs to our Lord (Haggai 2:8). Yes I know, the wicked of this world seems to have more money then the Lords children sometimes. So there seems to be a difference between the word of God and reality sometimes. But this has to do with fault on our part as Gods people, and not because of fault on Gods part. This has to do with how few righteous people there are in this world today.

Remember how we become righteous? By continued trust in what Jesus did for us.

But in the church world today there are not many righteous people. Just click on Christian TV and you will soon be told the latest scheme and human fad on how to get rich fast, how to make God meet your needs. Some will tell you that if you starve yourself to death each night between midnight and 3 am, you will move God into action and He will come through for you. Others will tell you that if you need money you just have to give to their ministry, and that gift will make God move on your behalf. Others again will tell you that as long you tithe, God will give back to you more then you gave. Tithing, fasting and supporting the work of God are all Biblical important things we should be doing. But they will never ever make God act on your behalf. And if we believe God will act on our behalf because of what we do, we have lost our righteousness. (Gal 5:4)

We can not do anything to make God move, because all we do is a sin. (Rom 3:10, 14:23)

But if we trust that Jesus died for us, and continue to trust that Jesus died for us no matter what happens we remain righteous.

The Bible gives us one important promise. God has saved up the wealth of the wicked for the righteous. (Prov 13:22)

I know how many of us would think right now, if God has laid up the wealth of the wicked for the righteous we have to find out how to make God give it to us. And then we would construct all our plans and all our schemes on how to make God give it to us, but in the process, we would loose out on it because we would loose our righteousness.

We can not do anything to make God give us money, and if we try, we will sin (Rom 3:10, 14:23)

But IF we are righteous, God promises us that we will have the wealth of the wicked. (Prov 13:22). Let me repeat myself, IF we are righteous God will make sure the wealth that are right now in the hands of the wicked will be transferred to us.

So how do we do this? How do we make God give us the wealth of the wicked?

By remaining righteous, by choosing to always no matter what happens to us trust that Jesus died for us.

If we do this He will deliver us from all our trials AND make sure to transfer the wealth from the wicked to us. He did it like this when the Israelites left Egypt and He will do it each and every day for us IF we remain righteous.

The Israelites lived as slaves in Egypt. Their life sucked and it sucked big time. But because of their righteousness God fought for them and He delivered them from Egypt. And in the process of delivering them He transferred the wealth of the Egyptians to them.

He did it then, and He will do it for you IF and only IF we remain righteous. And the only way for us to remain righteous is to choose to face every trial and test with a decision to trust Jesus and what He did for us, no matter what happens.

Life as a Christian is not easy and carefree. We will still walk through the valley of the shadow of death. But If we choose to trust that Jesus died for us, we will delivered from each valley and we will never lack any money. We will have enough money to pay our bills, to support the work of the Gospel and to feed our families. We will still be sick, and we will have unexpected things happen to us. Sometimes life will suck and suck big time, but as long as we trust that Jesus died for us and choose to answer all the suck of our life with simple trust in the cross, He will deliver us from it all and prosper us in the process.

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