When We Embrace Other Ways

One could religiously attend church weekly all the years of one’s life and yet, nothing changes. One may know that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, yet, one would embrace other ways to find life, peace and happiness. Because one doesn’t understand the Word without the Holy Spirit’s help. Why would one continue to cling to something that is not helpful and not realize that one is so lost?

I grew up attending church every Sunday with my family. I had memorized and recited strings of prayers, and yet, when I became an adult, I embraced the ways of the world. I followed the wide road and couldn’t remember a single lesson I learned in church, yet, I memorized The Ten Commandments by heart. I wasn’t really taught the truth of the Word of God. Ignorance could bring one to utter destruction.

While a young career woman, driven by the lust for worldly success, yet with an inner craving for true happiness, I devoted my personal time drinking in self-help books. Those books that were collectively labeled “inspirational, spiritual”. I thought books that were labeled such were all good. How wrong I was! For I later realized (that was when I heard the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and have started to read the Word of God), much to my great dismay, that self-help books are anything but good.

Please pardon me, I’m only speaking of the truth that happened to me. For after I had hoarded about two sacks of hard-bound, first-edition (yes, I collected them) self-help books, there were two things I learned: covetousness and self-centeredness. Why? Because that was what they all taught: to love yourself, to understand yourself, to pamper yourself, to pursue what makes YOU happy. And that is before you even learn to love God above all, and others, too?

I devoured “hook, line and sinker” all that they offered just to have and to hold true love, true joy and true peace. How can one find these things when one is farthest from the truth? But I know now that one must be born of the Spirit to receive it, be indwelt by it, and bear its fruit, for  the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Gal. 5:22-23).

I even read a trilogy of New Age books which twisted the truth of the Bible (well, I didn’t know it then), and yet, I drank it all in, gulping it like a potion believing it would bring me true liberation. Whether an entirely different persuasion, spirituality or philosophy, New Age or pseudo-Christianity, I had read them and tried to learn from them. But in the end, when I began to learn the ONLY TRUTH, which is the Word of God, I realized that self-help books DO NOT HELP AT ALL. And I had my shelves cleaned of them and had them burned in the vacant lot.

You cannot blame me. For years that I had been drinking of them, my life remained in the same old rut. I was successful in my career (but then, this wasn’t due to those books), yet, in the matters of the heart and soul, I didn’t score at all. I pampered myself: bought and worn the latest fashion, amassed beautiful jewelries, pursued my own happiness… But what did those lead me to? To destruction! And if it were not for the great mercy of God, where would I be now? I tremble at the thought!

Ignorance of the Truth could kill. But knowledge of it could liberate.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also will reject you from being priest for Me;
Because you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children. 
(Hos. 4:6)

So, you see (I’m speaking to those who have embraced “other ways” and not the whole truth of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ) how following untruths could lead one astray and never ever find the way to freedom. What saith Jesus?

 “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32)

(If you haven’t received the Lord Jesus Christ in your life and are not sure if you are saved and heir of eternal life, know the keys of salvation here).

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My weekly gratitude list ~ thankful to the Lord for:

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  • the kids’ trip to Zoocobia and Paradise Ranch.
  • the Holy Spirit’s leading for me to step up my writing ministry. Inspiration from Him has been pouring out and I’ve opened up my heart and hands not wanting to miss anything – I’m His willing vessel! Thank You, God!
  • the tears that fell while rebuking Hannah for watching a secular TV show that she’s not allowed to watch (influenced by her cousin who’s temporarily staying with us). Thankful because I felt the fervor of my love for the Lord and her genuine repentance.
  • a Sunday-full of glorious praises, amazing testimonies and the sweet presence of the Lord; drinking in all His goodness all day!
  • for every single day – to share, to love, to obey, to bask in His light!

Our photo on Mother’s Day 2012.

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