INTRODUCTION

Sometimes the pressures of life can exhaust even those of us who are Christians…emotionally and physically, as well as spiritually.   When that happens, many times we are unable to be sensitive to God’s leading, and we can miss  opportunities that He has for us so that He may use us for His glory to be able to speak words of truth to those who are held in bondage to lies and deception. 

I found that to be true recently, as I almost turned down an opportunity to spend time with a friend on a day when my flesh just wanted to go home and rest after a hard day at work.  Maybe one day I’ll share that experience, but for now I will just say that God made me realize that we should never turn down an opportunity to speak with someone, as long as our priorities are in order, and we are not putting ourselves in a situation that would  dishonor God, and cause us to possibly slowly drift into sin. 

In other words, never take time to talk with someone if your children are waiting for you to pick them up from school, or you have something else that is equally as important for you to attend to.  And never get involved with an unbeliever of the opposite sex thinking you can lead them to Christ one day, (what’s known as ‘dating evangelism’) and never spend time alone witnessing to a man — if you are a woman, single or married– and the man is married, or if you are a man–single or married–never spend time alone witnessing to a woman if she is married.  Sin is always gradual, and before we know it, we can become emotionally involved and do something we will regret for the rest of our lives, or cause the other person involved to sin by leaving their spouse.  In these instances it’s best to refer a man to another Christian man, and a woman to another Christian woman if someone needs godly wisdom and direction.

None of that was a concern for me, however, since it was a young Buddhist woman that I got together with, and I have no young children that would be waiting somewhere for me.  As I chose to die to myself and the desires of my flesh to just go home, I saw how God provided the strength I needed to continue my day with her, and the wisdom and courage He gave me to say a little of what was on my heart to share with her about Jesus.  That day led to another day together, and I pray there will be more opportunities that God will give me to share His love and truth with her, and trust that one day her eyes will be opened by God’s Holy Spirit so that she will come to understand the hope and freedom that can be found in Christ alone.

Those of us who were once bound by religious deception and have come to know the forgiveness and freedom that is found when God opens our hearts and minds to understand the gospel message, know also the overwhelming joy that fills our hearts when we chose to respond to His Holy Spirit and repent of our sin and place our trust completely in what Christ has already done for us.  We come to deeply appreciate the fact that ‘Jesus was pierced and crushed because of the wretched things we have done,’ (Isaiah 53:5) and our heart’s desire is then to live in a way that is pleasing to God, and also to reach out and share the ‘good news’ of God’s mercy and grace with those who are still in spiritual darkness and deception.   

As we attempt to share God’s truth with others, we then come to realize our inability to make His truth known to someone unless we spend time with God in prayer, and study His Word so we will be able to help them to see the truth in God’s Word.  We also come to realize that no matter how hard we try to show someone the truth, ‘we are fighting a spiritual battle’ (Ephesians 6:12) and ‘Satan has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so they are unable to see the the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God’ (2 Corinthians 4:4) and it’s only God who can open a man’s mind to the Scriptures and enable them to understand  the truth,  and it’s only God’s ‘Holy Spirit  who can convict a person of sin,’ (John 16:8) and ‘God who grants them repentance leading them to the knowledge of the truth, so they can escape from the trap of Satan who has taken them captive to do his will, and they will then be able to do God’s will.’  (2 Timothy 2:25,26)

There are so many people deceived by the traditions and doctrines of men, and it’s only by the power of the Holy Spirit that their eyes can be opened to the truth of God’s Word so that they can be set  free.  Some believe in ‘reincarnation’…thinking that they can right the wrongs they have committed in this life by coming back and having another chance .  Catholicism teaches the doctrine of ‘purgatory,’ …a place where one goes after death, where they will suffer and be ‘purified’ from sin after spending an undeterminable amount of time burning in fire, and then they will eventually enter heaven .  In both cases of ‘reincarnation’ and ‘purgatory’, the person is left with the false idea of hope beyond death.  God’s Word is clear in Hebrews 9:27 that there is no second chance after death…”…it is appointed unto man once to die, but after this, the judgment.” (KJV) 

Purgatory makes a mockery of the atoning work that Jesus accomplished when He shed His blood for us on the cross, died, and rose from the dead.  Right before Jesus died, He uttered these words…”It is finished.”  Tete’lestai..’the debt was paid in full.’  There is *no need for any more sacrifices to be made to atone for sin, (*I will address this issue at another time concerning yet another related false doctrine of the Catholic church that does not allow precious people in the Catholic church to come to the realization of  the joyous fact that Jesus paid our debt to sin in full) and therefore no need for a place of temporary punishment after death to ‘purify’ a person in order for them to enter heaven.  If you place your trust in the finished work of Christ on the cross as making complete atonement for your sins, and not place your trust in anything you have done or can ever do in an attempt to earn His forgiveness, by the authority of God’s Word I can tell you that you can know  that you will be in heaven when you die…

 (All words emphasized in the following Scripture  have been done by me).

“Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”  (John 17:3) 

“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.  I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.”  (1 John 5:11-13)

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”  (John 3:36) 

“I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am [the one I claim to be], you will indeed die in your sins.”  (John 8:24)

We must, however, have a belief that transforms us from within, and this can only be done by the power of the Holy Spirit, because God’s Word also says that the demons know who Jesus is, (Mark 1:24, Luke 4:34) and yet they made the choice to rebel against Him.  God’s Word makes it clear that we must ‘repent,’ (turn from sin), and prove it by the way we live…

“He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed.”  (1 Peter 2:24)

Jesus said,  “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be  preached in His name to all nations…”  (Luke 24:46,47)

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”  (Acts 3:19)

“I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.””   (Acts 20:21)

“…I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.”  (Acts 26:20)

“The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness.  He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”  (2 Peter 3:9)

Being the only Christian in a family of Catholics, my heart breaks for them…I want so deeply for them to know that ‘salvation is a gift of God,’ and that ‘it’s not by works.’   I want them to know the amazing grace of God and the joy that comes when a person grasps the depth of the love of God that He would provide a way for us to have a relationship with Himself by sacrificing His only begotten Son.  I want them to come to the realization that their good works that they are placing their trust in to get them into heaven will never be accepted by a sinless, Holy God to gain entry into heaven, because God has already provided the only and ultimate sacrifice to atone for our sins, by placing all our sins, and pouring out all His wrath intended for us, upon His sinless Son, Jesus Christ, who was, (and is) in fact, God in the flesh. 

The following poem came about because of the overwhelming desire that is in my heart to make the gospel known to my new Buddhist friend, and the realization of the spiritual battle that lies ahead of me as I attempt to make known the truth to her, even though it may destroy our friendship.  It will only be God who can shatter through the spiritual darkness she is in, because there is no way that I alone, no matter how hard I try by human effort, can convince her that her beliefs are not true.  Therefore, with God’s wisdom and direction by His Holy Spirit, I will instead try to share with her the reliability of Scripture, the revelation of God’s love through His redemptive plan through Christ to redeem sinful man to Himself, and the amazing truth that we can have a personal relationship with the God who created all the beauty we see that surrounds us.  To God be all the glory when her eyes are opened to the truth, and I pray that one day she will become His child.

SOME BASIC BELIEFS OF BUDDHISM

  • Savior is ones self and ones works
  • God is an impersonal force
  • No moral absolutes
  • World is an illusion
  • Desires need to be eliminated
  • Ignorance is the problem not sin
  • Nirvana is the ultimate state  –  nothingness

Source- ‘BASICS OF BUDDHISM’ – ‘LET US REASON MINISTRIES’ (*See link below)

As hard as it will be to try and share the truth with her, I cannot remain silent about the fact that her only hope can be found in Jesus Christ.  She needs to know that He is much more than just a prophet, and He is not ‘one Christ among many who came to teach us how to achieve enlightenment  and reach ‘nirvana,’ (the ultimate goal in Buddhism, where the person become ‘one with the universe.’  ‘Nirvana’  means ‘never having to be reborn’)…To remain silent is something I cannot do. 

It is not a coincidence that she decided to become friends with me.  I believe it is a ‘Divine appointment’ that we were to meet, and trust the day will come when her eyes will be opened and that her quest to reach ‘godhood’ will be shattered when she realizes she is a sinner – as all of us are – in need of a Savior, and that God’s love and truth will be revealed to her in a very real way, and that she will accept Jesus as her Lord and Savior and the only true God.

I posted the song below, because it expresses the desire of my heart as I pray and ask God to ‘give me the words to speak,’ to my young Buddhist friend, my family, and all He brings into my life, because without His wisdom and guidance by His Holy Spirit, I do not have the ability to penetrate the spiritual barrier that blinds them to the truth and the beauty of the gospel. 

God bless you, and thank you very much for stopping by and for taking time to read my poems : )

SOME DECEPTIVE BELIEFS …REINCARNATION

PURGATORY

BIBLICAL TRUTH

ARTICLES

>>\’BUDDHISM AND JESUS CHRIST\’ BY JOHN ANKERBERG AND JOHN WELDON<<CLICK HERE

*>>\‘BASICS OF BUDDHISM\’ -LET US REASON MINISTRIES<<CLICK HERE

>>\’BUDDHISM AND CHRISTIANITY\’ – \’COMPARING BUDDHISM TO THE BIBLE\’ -\’GOSPEL WAY\'<<CLICK HERE

 >>IF INTERESTED, YOU CAN DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH ON THE DOCTRINE OF PURGATORY AT MANY SITES <<HERE

SCRIPTURES FOR TRUTH AND ENCOURAGEMENT  (MORE TO COME)

“My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.”                     (2 Corinthians 12:9,10)

“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.  For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?  Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?”       (2 Corinthians 6:14)

“And it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”                (Hebrews 9:27) KJV

“You are my lamp, O LORD; the LORD turns my darkness into light.”                        (2 Samuel 22:29)

“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”  (Psalm 119:105)

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”  (Isaiah 9:2)

“Jesus answered,  “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  (John 14:6)

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”  (Acts 4:12)

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”  (1 Timothy 2:5)

 

DIE

Die to self that’s what I must do,

In order to live my life fully for you,

Being willing to yield to Your Spirit’s call,

Relying upon Your strength when I have no strength at all,

Immersing myself in the truth of Your Word,

Praying You’ll fill me with Your wisdom to share with those who have never heard,

The glorious message of God’s forgiveness by grace,

That’s it not about works, but that Jesus died in our place,

So many held captive, they’re bound to a lie,

Believe if they just lead a good life, then shortly after they die,

They’ll either enter heaven to see all its glories, when their faith becomes sight,

Or enter another body till they make every wrong right,

Lord, I know it’s only by Your Spirit that Your truth can be known,

But I yield myself to You, in hope that through me Your truth will be shown,

To those who walk in darkness, please give them eyes to see,

The truth and beauty of the gospel, and by Your Holy Spirit please set them free.

 

Copyright©2011 Mary K. Dalke /Living For His Glory/Living4HisGlory  All rights reserved.

Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible New International Version® 1973, 1978, 1984, International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan.  All rights reserved.  Also one verse  was quoted from the Authorized King James Version.

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