Someone once asked, "Is it hard to be a Christian"? Man said,"No, it's not hard, it is impossible without Jesus Christ living in you".
---pat on 10/17/12|
Do we have it tough, ask Paul, the first member in the boC
2 Cor 11:24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. 25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep, 26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren, 27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. 28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.
---michael_e on 10/17/12|
The Christian life is joy unspeakable. Its not difficult in any way. We need to rest in HIM. HE set us free.
---duane on 10/16/12|
Hello,to bro.Jim,say here read your post, agree 100% you speak truth as they use it,yes like a commodity.. " "being a christian" you are correct ! I am humble to say the lord knows yes,been times felt so,happy. and other times, yes,I cried out before the. lord please help me,fallen and yes, get back.up! Pro.24:16.for
Though a rightous man falls seven times he rises again, but.the wicked
are brought down by calamity.
Please know how appreciate all and takes me a while. But I am learning.God bless you all.
Regardless. of my physical limitations and. illness,,
Strive to succeed,Can not let it stop me from.to keep my mind focus.
---ELENA on 10/15/12|
I have to be the one here to speak up on behalf of Christianity and GOD's name. There is no such thing as "being a Christian". It makes it sound like something you buy. Following GOD requires diligence from day to day. And we WILL fall flat at times. But we get up. It is not an easy life. Jesus proved it. And until we literally give up our role as members of "society", we will be hypocrites in GOD's eyes. A fine example of this hypocrisy is rock bands. There is no such thing as "Christian rock". It's more deception to drag GOD's name through the mud. How do you think He feels about people who exalt those that are guilty of such acts? Are you guilty?
---JJM on 10/13/12|
Here are the scriptures you have in mind.
(Lk 9:23)Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.
Mk 5:41 If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.
The secret is in the last part of Lk 9:23.
God's not speaking of being a martyr. He's talking about giving yourself over to Him and giving Him full control of your life.
WITHOUT doing this, the Christian life is not hard, it's impossible.
---Donna on 4/24/10|
christ told us to
run another mile for your brethren
don't think of yourselves, bec. self is sin
these verses 'dictations' from the bible make life difficult.
---mike on 4/23/10|
I dod not know thatbeing a christian was difficult.
LIFE IS DIFFICULT
being a christian is easy.
Every thing that is significant to your life is lovinly dictated to you by God. From what to eat, to what to wear, and how to dress, how to build a house, when to work, when to rest, is in the bible. Just follow it and you will be fine.
There is even freedom to allow you choices like what car to buy, where to build your house, what career choice you want
being a christian is easy.
---francis on 4/22/10|
catherine-- I don't think you see... at least your response doesn't indicate that you do. I said nothing about giving to God, or to preachers or about being selfish or about God's view of "selfish people". Whatever your point, I missed it.
I commented on a peculiar fact of human nature. That's all. I think you were reading a lot into my comment that I never intended.
---Donna66 on 4/20/10|
I see, donna. God hates selfishness in people. True believers had better not be. Selfish, that is. God needs more trues, but, He is not saving many, now a days. Inspite of what preachers are maintaining in this, millions are not truly born-agains.
---catherine on 4/20/10|
catherine-- My comment was meant to apply to anyone...you, your relatives, anyone who reads the blog.
---Donna66 on 4/20/10|
Hello Donna66>>>When God asked me this question He was not referring to me, He was referring to a member of my family who thinks she is a Christian but Jesus has yet to save her. To understand my blogs, well, some, you may not.
---catherine on 4/20/10|
Catherine-- So often it's easy to be a "good Samaritan" to those you hardly know. It's easier to help a needy person whose every fault and failing you do NOT know. You can imagine the best of THEM.
But when it comes to family...It's easy to say, "they don't really need my help" or they don't "deserve my help... they are lazy"...or.."before I had money they didn't
pay any attention to Me!"
This can be a real test of our "Christian" love.
All the more amazing that Jesus who knows us inside out, heaps blessings upon us and loves us despite our inadequacy and self-centered attitudes"
---Donna66 on 4/19/10|
It is not, Jesus' yoke is easy and his burden is light. When you love Christ it is easy to live for him: but if you do not love him, then it will be difficult for you to live for him.
---Eloy on 4/19/10|
Aka, very good points. If you remember the two Commandments Jesus gave, the second was to love our neighbors. The passage is quoting Lev. 19:18. Which states "Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord"
I know Jesus is quoting that passage, but in my heart I feel that love is sacrificing of ourselves for others. Just like Jesus did for us. That was love. When Jesus said, I needed food and you gave to Me, and all those words He was speaking about the conduct of the believers and how He had done so and so. That to me is love, to sacrifice ourselves for others. I don't really believe it means we are to love all the wicked people and molesters, murderers.
---MarkV. on 4/18/10|
Our living the Christian Life is not just difficult, it is imposible for us to do.
The only person who ever walked on this earth who lived the Christian Life was Christ Himself.
The key to living the Christian Life is not our living it, but Christ living His Life in and through us, Galatians 2:20-21
---Rob on 4/18/10|
However, I know that His Strength is made perfect in weakness. It is just difficult from day-to-day. I was not trying to be a proponent of bitterness towards anyone.
---aka_joseph on 4/17/10|
Yes, akajoseph. God asked me a question not too long ago, that, "if I had the means to help someone [meaning money wise], would I help them?" Many professing Christians in name only wouldn't give-up anything to help their own relatives for just the sake of helping. You know the "love thing" which all true Christians posseesses. Might help others but not their own kin-folks, even if they did, what about their motives?
---catherine on 4/17/10|
The Bible does directly and indirectly tells us to pray for each other, but it also clearly tells us directly and indirectly care for each other. I would not have little hardship if I was paid a nickel or given 5 minutes of help time for every time a Christian said they would pray for me or told me that God "put me on their heart" but they failed to respond.
Do people really think they love God if they do not just simply help others without concern for themselves and dismissing each other by saying, "I will pray for you." or waiting for "God to put in on their heart"?
Common sense is also God given. Thank you for using your brain and helping where it is needed and thank you for sharing.
---aka_joseph on 4/17/10|
AKA thank you, I did mean single parents. And thanks for reminding us to do something for the single parents who have it real hard who pray for God to help them, to be that help that God will sent to them.
Reminds me 1990 when my wife separated I had enough money for the devorce I was going to pay the lawyer 2,000 dollars in five more days, and one night, through our prayer group I heard of a sister who was losing her home, and everyone was praying for God to help her. The next day I went and ask her how much she needed and she said 1,500, so I told her I would help her and gave her 1,500 from the money I was going to use for the devorce. God answered her prayers and He answered mine too, my wife came back home 1 year later.
---MarkV. on 4/16/10|
I think MarkV meant to say "single parents." :~)
Allow me to point this out to those who are not single parents:
1. All single parents have a tough road.
2. Thank God for all the single parents that have family and friends that do help them.
3. God bless the single parents who have little help from the outside.
If you know number 3, please sacrifice a little of your time for them. Money, food, and clothes contributions are good, but your contribution of time and companionship is greatly appreciated. Single parents without have many needs, so don't count the costs but remember to establish and keep your boundaries too.
---aka_joseph on 4/16/10|
The Christian live is easy for me living in a free country, but it might not be easy for those who have a family to support and no job, and are barely making ends meet, or single moms with kids who need someone to help them, who are looking for a good father for their children. They know they are Christian and cannot do what the world woman do to find a man. Yet many a single Christian mom will move in with someone and take a chance. Thinking that is the man God had for them and later find out he was a jerk. It's harder for single mom's then it is for single man. The Christian person is commanded to be different. And so it is hard on many. It is also hard for those who had a lot of bad habits. Little by little God helps him, but not all at once.
---MarkV. on 4/16/10|
Even the apostle Paul struggled with the flesh. In Rm7, he talks about not being able to do the things that he "would to do" but found himself doing the things he "would not to do" and summarizes that it is only through Christ that he could be righteous. He said that the "thorn in my flesh" was left there by God so that he would not boast. We rely upon the righteousness of Christ. If we could be perfect on our own, we would be prideful and have no need for God. Humbly seek God and He will lift you up and cause you to stand.
---jody on 4/13/10|
betty -- I love the story of the "Pearl of Great Price" because the merchant knew the pearl was SO valuable, it was worth more than ALL he possessed. He willingly sold all! So it must not have seemed like any great sacrifice, or an unwelcome requirement, to sell his possessions. He was totally captivated by the PEARL! It was ALL he wanted.
It might not seem so hard to be a Christian if we understood the remarkable great value of what we gain, as opposed to what we give up. (Sadly, I sometimes lose sight of that).
---Donna66 on 4/13/10|
A pearl of great price is our reward if we do well (acceptance into the Kingdom of God). In the Bible, Jesus mentions a parable in which a merchant found one pearl of great price and sold all his worldly goods and bought that pearl. Matthew 13: 45,46. People need to do difficult things like give up their sinful lives, and things that keep them from serving God. The Holy Spirit of God can help us find joy in being a Christian.
---Betty on 4/13/10|
Aka, out of all the great answers everyone gave, I also like yours very much because you said things that are very important. Pastor MacArthur mentioned the same things you did.
1 Theological bias. Some are victimized because we grow up in a certain theological system and we become indoctrinated by it and we begin to live it. We spend so much time believing it that we wind up defending it, and we've spend so much defending it that we could never get rid of it. So, we bring a theological bias from our background into a passage. For example: If I've been raised all my entire life to believe that such and such a passage teaches a certain thing and I have defended that, I am not about to give it away.
---MarkV. on 4/13/10|
i dont find it hard but it is quite lonely, it is like having a contagious desease and no one wants it.
---debra on 4/13/10|
No one ever taught me anything, as God pointed out to me one day. And I said, "well, well, well". Kinda sputtered on that one, yeaaa. A lot of factors plays into it. You messes when God got you, ect. And, God expect more from some than from others, too. God had a lot to teach me. A wonderful teacher, God is.
---catherine on 4/13/10|
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aka brought up some good points. In addition, traditions of men seem to confuse what it means to follow Christ. As one endeavors to follow Christ, it can get quite confusing because so many churches and people tell people all the "rules and regulations" people need to keep to "follow Christ," when the "rules" are simple, "love God, and love others."
---Rod4Him on 4/12/10|
It is difficult to be a Christian, because Christianity is made up of centuries of man made confusing religion systems, practices, doctrine, and dogma not necessarily alwways based on Scripture. It is difficult to be a disciple of Jesus because He said his disciples will suffer in His name.
Our flesh does not like to suffer therefore we gravitate towards the former, and it then becomes a vicious circle for the rest of our life. We hope in the end that Jesus delivers us from this cycle so we can hear, "Well done, good and faithful servant" instead of "get away from Me...I never knew you."
---aka_joseph on 4/12/10|
to donna 66
Opps. you are right!
how does grace apply in the real world?
---mike on 3/26/10|
so how does the grace of god apply to the real world?
Are you sure you are asking the right Donna? I hadn't posed anything when you asked this.
---Donna66 on 3/25/10|
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mike -- The church can never "cure" a Christian who is dysfunctional. Only Jesus can do that. We are, in fact, all dysfunctional in some ways when we come to Jesus. And all our dysfunctionality doesn't usually change instantly.
If a person has grown up receiving constant criticism, they will not likely do well in a church that doesn't emphasize Grace.
They need to understand that even while they were yet sinners Christ died for them...and HIS love (unlike that of others in their life) is constant. They will need lots of prayer because there will always be Christians who are quick to condemn for any reason.
---Donna66 on 3/24/10|
Don't forget that the life of a sinner isn't easy, either. You can do what you like...but the consequences will come back to bite you!
---Donna66 on 3/24/10|
because after a person leaves a dysfunctional home & becomes a christian, he/she cannot FUNCTION in the real world. worst christianity does not give an answer to the issues of a dysfunctional person they make it worst by pointing every issue to sin. many believers are struggling not bec. they lack faith but the answers are weak & shallow.
self is a sin
how can a person have a relationship or perform his responsibilities when christians say that self is a sin. it defeats what christianity is.
---mike on 3/24/10|
We can think in terms of the flesh or terms of the Spirit. Christians have been born again of the Spirit. Our new life as a Christian is only joy, its not a buden.
Jesus said, come unto me and I will give you rest.
---duane on 3/23/10|
Is it difficult to be a Christian? Yes indeed it is, too difficult for the likes of you and me. That's why it is so very important to realize that we are not depending upon ourselves to be Christians. We are depending on the righteousness of Jesus Christ being imputed to us in order for us to meet the qualifications of being Christian. Without the righteousness of Christ imputed to us we are woefully, terribly inadequately, short of any ability to achieve being Christian. To be Christian is impossible for the fleshly human being!
---mima on 3/22/10|
The reality is, since the days of Adam, we are genetically programmed with a sinful nature. That means, Our hate, selfishness, lust, & rebellion seem "normal" to us. scientists say we needed those tools to survive, but in all truth, in the Garden, we already had everything!
the fall brought out the worst in us.
Lets fast-forward 2,500 yrs... at this stage of the game, even those of us who overcome SELF must contend with the systematic removal of everything and everyone godly. The bible says Lucifer was given the power to DECIEVE the whole world! . U think that his authority will make it easy?
---Tru_believer on 3/22/10|
Following God's commandments and precepts is difficult for two reasons.
The first reason is that ALL of God's ways are directly the opposite of man's ways. For example, let's look at money. Man's way is to keep what we have, save up for a rainy day, store up for tommorow. God's way is to give, do not keep for yourself, do not store up for tomorrow.
Secondly, the longer you lived in the world before you became a believer, the more worldy thinking you have to "unlearn". Thinking right is the believer's hardest battle. If we think right, then we will act right.
---Mark_Eaton on 3/22/10|
so how does the grace of god apply to the real world?
the person asking the question seems to have difficulty in applying bible quotes & how the real world works.
---mike on 3/22/10|
People fail at being a Christian because it is from their own effort instead of allowing Christ to live His live in and through them, Galatians 2:20-21.
---Rob on 3/22/10|
It could be because 1) you haven't had a deep revelation of God's love for you and don't know the length and depth of that Love.
OR 2) You don't see yourself as the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus, as the redeemed of the Lord and you may not be in love with Jesus.
3) Being a Christian is painful at times, but for the Joy set before Him, He endured the cross. Do you know what that means?
4)Weeping may endure for a night, but JOY comes in the morning.
Put the Word of God inside of you and it will become living water. Get to know God pesonally, so much so that you can kid around with him and know he's laughing. Fall in love with Jesus, He's a spectacular person to get to know.
---Donna5535 on 3/22/10|
I think you should read Darlene 1 post of 3/20/10.
You may not be saved. All Christians (as David saids) "delight in the Gods Precepts"
If it is only an obligation to you, it may be a sign you are outside the Covenant.
Please DO NOT confuse this Joy with what the Fake Psuedo Christians do. Acting bubbly and always happy here on Earth.
No it is quite the opposite, as we all have a cross to carry in this world. It is an inner joy of belonging to G-ds Family.
As Christains we know we are just passing through this foreign land and crave to go home.
Try Praying feverently to G-d for Salvation and Grace to be bestowed upon you. He will reveal the Truth to you.
---John on 3/22/10|
the reason for the difficulty is because the teachings of christianity is vague, weak & shallow. when you have questions you are given a 'religious' answer.
ie luke 18:35 the beggar cried out for healing but the people said 'shut up'
the beggar has faith but the people are obstacles to the healing.
luke 13 christ healed a crippled woman but the pastor said healing on the sabbath is a sin.
many christians are arrogant, experts in the law & hypocrites. they quote a verse so the others can say 'he had a biblical answer'. but usually that quote only makes matters worse.
---jim on 3/22/10|
True Christians live a very disciplined life through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It's only difficult when we try to walk this life in our own strenth.
---Shary on 3/21/10|
Being Christian is the joy of my life, its not a burden. I am perfectly happy and content being Christian. People need to know how to REST in HIM.
---duane on 3/21/10|
It is only difficult to be a member in good standing of THE CHURCH OF MAN. It is easier and more enjoyable to be a 'GODLOVER' and observe the PERFECT law, the law of LIBERTY.
James 1:25....and 2:12.
"the perfect law".
...many worshippers follow the old IMPERFECT law and experience many difficulties....
"by abolishing in His flesh the law of commandments and ordinances"/rules.
The Israelites didn't have the FINAL cleansing, we do. If they had the final cleansing of Jesus,...
"they would no longer have any consciousness of sin" (Hebrews 10:2).
The word "sin" is now only a figure of speech for "wrongdoing" but has NO 'spiritual' meaning.
---more_excellent_way on 3/20/10|
ALL OF GOD, people hate not having a part in salvation, even faith God has too give. Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
THAT NOT OF YOURSELF
Mat 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
Mat 19:23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 19:24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
Mat 19:25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
---steven-rem7000 on 3/20/10|
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It is difficult to be a Christian because the Bible and Jesus said it would be. The Bible says that in this world you WILL have trouble - if you are alive and breathing you are guarenteed to have trouble - it's part of life. Jesus said that because of Him you will face persecution and hatred from others. People want to live their own way, not the way God is calling them to live, so if you tell them to, or you yourself live holy then you will face persecution and hatred. Also, because you now belong to God, Satan wants you back with him, and will do whatever it takes (including giving trouble) to make you fall, and be back with him. Being a Christian will cause you MORE trouble, NOT less or none. Anything stated different is a LIE.
---Leslie on 3/20/10|
Did not Jesus tell us to take up our cross daily?
---Cluny on 3/20/10|
Yes, Josef . . . Jesus says, "'For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.'" (Matthew 11:30) Also, we have,
"Good understanding gains favor,
.But the way of the unfaithful is hard."
*When* I'm struggling or down or nasty-reacting, I am pushing in my own ego, therefore having run-ins with God's resistance (James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5). So, I need to *confess* this as sin, however I am emotionally hung-up and troubled, and trust God to make me more naturally loving, submitting to how He rules me in His peace (Colossians 3:15). As we *learn* how to do something that at first seems so impossible, then it gets easier and easier. Jesus says, "learn from Me", in Matthew 11:29.
---Bill_bila5659 on 3/20/10|
It is difficult to be a Christian only when you haven't surrendered every area of you're being to God. That means your heart,mind,soul,life,flesh,thoughts,hopes, and I coould go on but I think that pretty much paints the picture of complete surrender to God. If you will fill your life with the love of God through his son Jesus,if you stay your mind on him,if you pray and praise him continually,if you study the Bible and take time to get alone with the Lord every day,if you love God more than yourself,in other words if you die to self and live to God then it isn't hard to be a Christian. It takes a new purpose and direction in life,turning from the worldly to the Godly.
---Darlene_1 on 3/20/10|
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It is not difficult to "be" a Christian. It is difficult to find spiritual accord in a world that is upside-down in it's thinking, and manipulates people with social systems that are purposefully constructed by ungodly men.
---Elaine on 3/20/10|
your flesh doesn,t like it,and believe me your flesh affects your mind much more than you realize.
---tom2 on 3/20/10|
"Why is it so difficult to be a Christian?"
It is only as difficult as you deem it to be.
Remember the words of Jesus. "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Mat. 11:29
"There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest." Heb. 4:9-11
---josef on 3/20/10|