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6/21/2020 12:21:00 AM
Came To Believe
Charles R. Swindoll — 'Life is  10% what happens to you and  90% how you react to it.'

Charles R. Swindoll — 'Life is 
10% what happens to you and 
90% how you react to it.'

Rev. Susan Smith
Guest Columnist

The world is a crazy place today. COVID 19 has changed our lives. Protests across the country are causing us to question our views on racial justice and what we need to do to address the generational effects of racism in all its forms. People are hurting. Our country is divided.

Add to that the trials and tribulations of life that were already present before this pandemic and the social unrest that has come from the murder of George Floyd. Humanity has a sin problem and people have life problems. Many of us are trying to recover from traumatic life experiences that happened in the past. Addiction and incarceration are wreaking havoc in families everywhere. The stress of financial and health crises is a daily challenge. Life is difficult. In the face of all this it is easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless to face the day. Some of us might feel ready to snap, but God’s people have spiritual resources in times like these that can make all the difference.

A good illustration of how this works comes from the 12-step movement which was founded on Biblical principles. In Step One we admit that we are powerless over people, places, and things and that our life has become unmanageable. Feeling powerless in our ability to manage our life is not good, but it can lead us to seek a power greater than our own. Step Two says that we came to believe in a power greater than our own than can restore us to sanity. For Christians, this power is from God through a relationship with Jesus Christ. We cherish the time that we came to believe in Him and His power to save us.

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We remember when we came to believe He could help us get clean from drugs or endure a period of financial stress. Many of us have testimonies of recovery from a divorce or a health crisis and we know we would not have been able to get through those times without Him. In times when sin had us in a chokehold, we were able to break free because we came to believe we could do all things through Christ who strengthens us. When we came to believe He could save our children or loved ones, our prayers for them had more power. We were able to let go and let the Lord help them.

The fact that we came to believe changed our life forever, but the truth is that for many of us it was a process. Holiness takes time. Some people go the altar one way and leave totally changed. I remember my friend Oscar who told me he went to the altar with his drug addiction and he was instantly delivered, but often it doesn’t happen that way. For many people, coming to believe is a spiritual journey that unfolds over time. Wherever you are on the journey, keep going because we need Him now more than ever before.

Matthew 11:28-30
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Rev. Smith is Associate Pastor of Exodus Missionary Outreach Church and she can be reached at 828-962-8196, or P.O. Box 3311, Hickory NC 28603.

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