My other thought on the necessity of God was, is God enough? Sometimes I think the devil knows enough about us Christians to know better than to try to make God not necessary. Instead he tries to convince us that God is not enough. He won’t deny Jesus’ need to die on the cross, but he will try to convince that there are a list if rules we need to follow as well or it’s all for naught.
The devil tries to convince us that the Bible has some good stories and possibly some good rules yet they are not the full picture. The devil sprinkles in his lies by adding to what the Bible requires of us and also saying that some requirements are only suggestions or not necessary. He does this in a couple of ways. For the Christian, he tries to convince us that we have to add works to the free gift of salvation in order to be saved. For the non-Christian, he tells us that we have to be a certain way first. Both fly in the face of scripture which tells us that salvation is not based on our works (Ephesians 2:8-10) and that we were given the free gift while still a mess (Romans 5:8).
Do I live my life as if God is enough? In 1 word, no. I fail and screw up daily on that. God knows we are not perfect and will mess up a lot. That is the great thing about salvation given by Him. He knows we are screw ups designed in His image and if we starter ting Him, He will begin to shape us and help us to know that He is enough. That does not mean that it will be an easy pain-free process. It just means that we will get a better understanding of who God is and who He wants us to be both individually and corporately as Christians.
The previous post in the series can be found here.