Is it worth believing something just because you’ve been taught it for years? Or would you rather have what the Bible says?
If someone cuts their hand, gets the flu, or has a stomachache, even the world doesn’t worry about it too much. But why? Isn’t it uncomfortable? Well, yes, but they know that it usually doesn’t last long, and they will be feeling better soon.
If you can’t feel confidently righteous when you do something wrong, then when? Only when you do right? You could’ve done that if Jesus never came. Jesus’ atonement is useless then.
The Pastor yells, “God is good!“ And we say, “All the time!“ Did you know that is completely untrue?
If you’ve been learning with us at Reform Church for a while, you know that we believe what the Bible says, namely that we have everything that Jesus has now. We are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ. Part of that inheritance is eternal life.
When you pray, when you’re meditating, or even when you’re speaking to other people, remember the positive things that Jesus actually gave you, not just what He redeemed you from. What do I mean by this? Take a look at this statement:
Positive thinking is of no use. Being optimistic is just another way of saying that you’re lying to yourself (only seeing the good side of things). The Gospel is not based on optimism but on facts — not seeing the rosey side of things, but seeing the full scope of things and how good all of it is.
What You Were Taught
Allow me to show you what you were most likely taught about fasting. It usually goes something like this:
“Fasting is a way to deny your flesh and put your flesh in submission. It’s something you do to focus solely on God and deprive your flesh.”