“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Cor. 12:10)
From The Second Half of the Cross
Lucifer attacks the pivotal Christian salvation experience, as would be expected, with one of his most deceptive and malicious lies. Lucifer accuses the newly born-again Christian, through family, friends, and people at work or school, of being weak in character and “copping-out” by turning to Jesus Christ as a crutch to lean upon in life. The world accuses the Christian of not being individually strong enough to go-it-on-their-own, without outside assistance from God. This attack upon the Christian salvation experience subtly attempts to confuse and obscure the real truth behind going-it-on-our-own.
The real truth is that there cannot be a journey of faith with God while we are in the condition of being our own god. There cannot be two people effectively acting as sea captains aboard the same ship. There cannot be two people acting as main chefs working in the same kitchen. There cannot be two kings on the same throne. There cannot be two leaders of the spiritual expedition of faith in a God-directed life. By definition, an adventure of faith presupposes man in a subordinate position following God. If we are sitting atop the throne of our lives, the only god we can follow, in that condition, is ourselves.
A journey of faith similar to any of the people of faith in the Bible, in which we can experience the ultimate God-composed life script leading to the discovery of eternal truth and purpose, necessitates first being in the correct spiritual condition of subordination conducive to being able to follow God. We are in our highest natural condition as human beings, not as gods. Born-again Christians, who have stepped down off the thrones of their hearts to make room at the top for God, can now venture out into genuine walks of faith following Jesus Christ wherever He leads, precisely because they are now operating as human beings and not as a gods.
The Christian salvation experience, of stepping down off the throne of our lives, and regaining through Christ the correct position of spiritual balance, is the crossroads turning point of all of human experience. Both God and Lucifer know that two kings cannot occupy the same throne. Lucifer deceptively tells man to remain in his fallen nature as gods on the thrones of our lives. Lucifer’s appeal is to the individualistic pride of man as independent rebels, sitting in the seat of power, freely exercising our God-given talents on the throne of our lives as gods. God’s alternate appeal to man through the gospel message of salvation is to come down off the throne of our lives and to enter into a walk of faith in fellowship with Him.
Man’s eternal destiny hinges upon grasping and acting rightly upon this concept. Get this fundamental issue right, and the redeemed Christian man or woman is poised to go forward into a God-composed life-script of trust and faith following Jesus Christ, utilizing the human gifts and abilities each of us were created with. Get this fundamental issue wrong, reject the offer of pardon and restoration through Christ, and man is doomed to the hopeless individual pursuit of trying to validate himself as the god he is not, and was never intended to be.