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Surrounding the Christian
faith there is what could be called, mystique; the
definition is; an aura of heightened value, interest, or meaning surrounding
something, arising from attitudes and beliefs that impute special power or
mystery to it.
There is amazing
power attached to the Christian faith but care must be exercised not to go
beyond the stated parameters in scripture.
As a youth I was
amazed by magicians and their ability to work their magic. To my eyes it was
real and try as I could I could see no other way for it not to be real. I was
captivated by the mystique of it all.
When it comes to
Christianity it is important to stick to the realty and not wrap it in some
mystique of fantasy that is not part of it.
As Christians at
times we have to face some difficult experiences and it seems that we are on
our own, but the realty is we do have to go through things.
This is called
life and life must be lived.
Paul’s life is an example of being on his own even though Christ was in and
with him.He suffered beatings,
rejection and rebuke and there was no magic.
1 Peter 4:12 Dear friends, do not be
surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange
were happening to you.
As Paul found out
there are some things we must go through. Even though we through faith can move
mountains there are some issues that are in the valley of the shadow of death
and we must deal with them by going through them. This is the time when his
presence is most needed.
Does all this
negate our faith believing? Not in the least it only strengthens our resolve to
continue until we experience our personal victory.
He that the Son
sets free is free indeed.But along with
our freedom comes the responsibility of living our life as one subjected to
stress and tests that are common to all men, not as superman.
The difference is
while we are on our own - - we are not alone. This line of thinking will help
keep us on an even keel and not lose it. The pressure of living can be intense
at times and what is required is maturity, a kind of steadfastness in the face
of trying times.