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Faith Stuck on Autopilot -by Lois Macdonald

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Are you flying by the seat of your pants with your faith stuck on autopilot? Sickened by the lust and corruption polluting this world, the young man began the search for a better way of life. Fueled by faith not bigger than a mustard seed, he found Jesus and asked him to be his personal Saviour and Guide. Leaving all the baggage that he had accumulated from the past, he stepped out from the shadow of denial, into the brilliant Light of Salvation.

“For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” Romans 7:18.

Empowered now by the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit, the new believer’s faith blossomed and eventually bore fruit. Those who knew him before he became a Christian, could not help but see the amazing transformation taking place. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17. The further he navigated away from the world’s escalating immorality and brokenness, the more this young man’s life shone and reflected Christ’s goodness. He experienced peace for the first time. So much so in fact, that in time he forgot God’s warnings and set his faith to cruise in auto-pilot. Within the blink of an eye, he hit a wall of turbulence!

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8.

Though well-studied in Christian theology, and though he sat in the same church pew religiously, the young man had grown complacent and needed a wake-up call. Like so many Christians, he preached but didn’t always follow Christ’s mandate. To “love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12. The Spiritual gifts that God had blessed him with, served his pride well, but seldom served the poor and those in need of a helping hand. These God-given gifts had clear instructions, to be used for the “sole” purpose of spreading the “Good News ” of Salvation and the sharing of God’s unconditional love.

He had reached a cross-road. He could choose to use this setback as a stepping stool and grow in faith, or step back into the shadows of denial that rule this corrupt world.

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