by Joseph M. Stowell
President, Moody Bible Institute
Better Than We Deserve, April '92
GOD's holy word proves this teaching is fallacious; few believers see life, redemption etc., most mere mouth, happy in sin + death.
Testimony meetings can be discouraging events for many of us, who are just common folk, going through good times as well as bad, seldom seeing GOD's hand moving in dramatic ways. Compared to the spectacular accounts of the LORD's intervening power that we sometimes hear or read, our own lives seem rather drab and ordinary.
Our LORD not only works through relief or release, but sometimes His greater grace is given to make us strong in weakness (2 Cor. 12:9, 10).
Even if there were nothing else, we must never forget that all of us who know Him are walking displays of the most spectacular, supernatural event in history - the transforming power of the Cross of Christ.
It's the touch of redemption on our lives that is the most spectacular miracle of all. Hell's been canceled and heaven guaranteed. Once under the judgment of GOD, now we have His Holy Spirit living in us, guiding, reorienting, and enabling us daily. Old things have passed away, and all things have become new (2 Cor. 5:17).
If GOD never does anything more than redeem us, He has already done far more than we deserve. That one act gives us enough to be grateful for every day of our lives. We have far more than even the children of Israel, whose Red Sea experience cannot compare to our redemption through Christ's blood.
Been everywhere but heaven ... see you there! Who could ask for more?
The year was 1939 and the Spanish Civil War was almost over. Just outside Madrid, the rebel general Mola was ready to begin his attack. Someone asked which of his four columns of troops would be the first to enter the city. "The fifth," he responded. His answer became world famous. The general's most important column was a band of rebel sympathizers inside the city. They were already behind the Loyalist lines helping him. Since then, the term fifth column has been used worldwide. It describes traitors, those who assist the enemy from within.
In more recent years, the church has had to contend with liberalism and neo-orthodoxy. And not too many years ago, apostates even claimed that GOD was dead. In our day, some once-great denominations have been overwhelmed by apostasy. Some Christian colleges and seminaries have been infiltrated by professors who deny or water down the Bible as the Word of GOD. Thousands of well-intentioned people have graduated from these schools and then set out to preach without confidence in the gospel message. As a result, some Christians in the pews have been spiritually starved, misled, and blinded by unbelief. Like a mighty whirlwind, apostasy sweeps on, taking its toll. Yet there are at least four things we can do to combat apostasy.
"If ye love me, keep my commandments." Jn14:15