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Topic: Predicament (03/01/12)
TITLE: What A Quagmire
By Mildred Sheldon
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I had been raised in the church and I was taught the Word of God, but after I became an adult it seems as if I’d lost sight of right from wrong. I thought I could handle my life on my own, but I soon found out that indulging in the world is not what I thought. Drinking, smoking and living the wild life was not what I’d been led to believe. I felt so unclean and worthless. Why had I bought into this lie? I knew better, but all my friends seemed so happy without a care in the world.
I was frustrated, and I was just about ready to throw up my hands and quit when I heard this still small voice deep within my soul. It caught me by surprise. I just stood there unable to speak. I’d never heard that voice so clearly. I could feel a peace which calmed me from inside out. No matter the mess I knew everything would be okay.
I slowly took a deep breath, lifting both my shoulders, and tightening the muscles for a moment before I expelled my breath letting my shoulders relax. As I breathed out all the tension left my body and I felt revived.
I fell to my knees with tears streaming down my face. I thought of what I’d been taught as a youth, and immediately repented, and turned back to God. God and His love had pulled me out of this endless quagmire, and I immediately thought about all my friends who had fallen for this outrageous lie. I had to share the truth, and tear down all the lies of the evil old devil who so cunningly ensnared us. With God’s help I had to turn them away from the old devils schemes.
As I was communing with God I thought about God’s Holy Word beginning in Chapter 5 of Matthew, and the Beatitudes. I opened my Bible and read chapters 6 and 7. Jesus outlined everything we need to lead a life pleasing to God. The Golden Rule in Chapter 7:12 said it all. “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.”
As I closed my Bible I thanked God for a love that has no beginning nor end. A love so deep I could not begin to understand. He loved me before I was even created. I prayed I’d never find myself in a predicament that seemed to paralyze me, and I thought about I Corinthians 10:13. “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” I closed my eyes and thanked God for His amazing grace and forgiveness of my sin.
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