The apostle Paul says: "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20).
There are two statements that make the Christian life a frustrating thing. To be honest with you, I don't know of anything that's more frustrating than being a Christian. One night at Falls Creek Cary preached a sermon on "Our Downright Dilemma". I don't know of a more apt description of being a Christian. Sometimes it's just a downright dilemma. And I'm sure that if every one of us was honest tonight, and would stand up and give our testimony, we would say, "It sure is frustrating sometimes to try to live the Christian life". There are two statements that give us this downright dilemma to make the Christian life a worrisome thing. Statement number one: The demands of Christ are impossible. Statement number two: My resources are inadequate.
The Demands of Christ are Impossible
First of all, the demands of Christ are impossible. We've been learning a verse of scripture in Vacation Bible School. I wonder if all the kids realize that it's almost impossible to obey that scripture. It's Matthew chapter 5 where it says "love your enemies" (Matthew 5:44). Anybody find that hard to do? Love your enemies, pray for them which despitefully use you, bless them that persecute you. It's easy to love your friends. But what more do you do if you just love your friends than the heathen do (Matthew 5:44 – 47). "I say unto you, love your enemies". That's an impossible command.
I know another one over in Matthew chapter 6 where Jesus says "don't worry about anything, take no thought for tomorrow, don't worry about what you're going to eat, don't worry about what you're going to drink, don't worry about what you're going to wear, don't worry about anything" (p ...
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