Are You a Doubting Thomas?

Posted by on May 23, 2012

 

“They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” Revelation 12:11

Is it possible for someone who has lived an intense gay life to be redeemed by the blood of the lamb and claim complete victory?  It depends on who you ask. But 1 Corinthians 15:57 says “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Surprisingly some who have preached and studied God’s Word all their lives seem to have a significant amount of doubt. In fact in doubt and skepticism many are inclined to believe the “gay Christian” because they’re still living in what comes natural to them.  A “redeemed” gay would not continue to claim a “gay” identity.  That would still be a hanging on to the past and identifying with temptation and not the “New Creation” God promised and gives us in 2 Corinthians 5:17.

Perhaps the signficant and visible doubt from some religious figures come from not experiencing victory over some of their own natural sin inclinations. This would lay the ground work for questioning the victory others are proclaiming.  The evidence of victory in God’s dedicated children should be a catalyst of rededication by all make God’s will a priority in their life.  Doubting the work and conviction of the Holy Spirit must sadden and disappoint our Heavenly Father.  We are capable of falling. Not just the person who has suffered from same-sex attraction. Yet this high ranking sin gets undue attention. The “fear factor” seems to weigh down any believable deliverance by many of whom have been declaring that such victory can be had.

In my walk with Christ, over and over it has been proven to me that I am held to a higher level of perfection. And in the “living proof”  that God has made in my life, the doubt many seems to muffle the praise of rejoicing.  I love Jesus and all that He teaches me and the relationship I have developed with Him. I sometimes find myself speechless by the observation of many who will not even speak to or communicate with me. I remain an untouchable to them.  A modern day leper. Many who identify as representatives of Jesus may succumb to a more believable “Jesus” association from those who are outwardly living according to their feelings.  A least in that mode, there is no question as to whether or not they are living sexually pure… a redeemed life.

Our God is so amazing in that He follows through with any promise He has made, providing we believe on Him, submit our will to Him, and walk continually with Him.  Matthew 8:26 “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”   There have been those who have professed  to have “the cure.”  Those who have talked healing, yet continue to walk with the devil in the gutter.   They have returned to vomit such as dogs.  But the opposite must certainly be believed as well. They should be valued and utilized and held accountable.  As there are those God has called who live as He guides and directs. These dear believers are living in Christ in the face of adversity.

I believe Jesus is saying…  please dear men of God .. .will you not believe in my healing and victory of which you yourselves preach?  Living examples of God’s great handiwork are at your fingertips in which you can say .. these are believers whom God is well pleased.  And yet they cower and hide from that which has been so conveniently kept silent for so many decades.   This can be nothing more than doubting the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Every one of us are called to self denial.   Titus 2:11-12 “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,”

A current and much needed call to spiritual reformation is being heard, yet why are we failing to believe the “redeemed”  living examples of those God has put before us.  I don’t know of many heavier crosses than the one a person carries who used to live according to the natural inclinations which are products of our fallen nature.   These are examples of what Christ has promised every sinner.  This life calls for a continual casting off of self.   It culminates in the promise of  freedom He gave us by burying of our sins at the cross. Romans 8:1

When the demoniacs were set free they were told to go back to where they lived and tell of what Jesus had done for them. I can think of no other sin that has had  so much darkness around it, yet when redemption has occurred, the deliverance is kept just as quiet as the sin itself has been within the church for all these years.

I see ministries regarding many other aspects of God’s Word filling the airwaves daily. Yet rarely do you hear of the high ranking sins we seem consider to be more grevious and uncomfortable to mention.  Time is precious and so are lives.  The silence regarding homosexuality can be deadly. And many are leaving churches to join the world of acceptance due to the fact that no one is reaching out to them and helping them understand what they are supposed to be doing with their feelings.  How can we let them go?  How can we believe that God is pleased with our ignorance and lack of willingness to address all that He has provided solutions for?

I am so very grateful for the opportunities God has provided. There are a small number of God’s own who don’t seem to be ashamed of the gospel. They have heard and responded to the voice of God.  Too many are comfortable sitting in silence. Doesn’t this equate to the parable in Matthew in which precious talents were distributed?  What are we doing with God’s valued advice and promises of victory and healing?

Will He one day say to you… “I don’t know who you are … you wicked lazy servant.”   There is no shame in proclaiming the power of the God you serve! How well do you know Him? Does He have victory in your life?  It’s yours!!!! He promises it to everyone who will believe. Claim your freedom in Him today. Engage in a continuous and intimate relationship with your Creator.  He is our AMAZING God!

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