Jesus is coming
Jesus is coming:
John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable. Luke 3:16-17.
There is much to distract us from this eminent fact and the enemy has a thousand faces. Do not believe for a second that something in your life can't become an idol. An idol-among other things is a distraction that places the focus on anything but God. No matter how good or helpful we think a thing is, even if for the kingdom of God. If it is not God breathed and takes your focus of the King of Glory, it is bad. Enough to take you out of the race by degrees.
Jesus said to hate everything else that got in the way of your devotion to God. Luke 14:26 To be more clear, the Hebrew word sane used here means -to love less by comparison- (Jacob I have loved but Esau I have hated). That is true of our relationship with God. How successful you are at anything is determined by you effort into it, and your effort is determined by your love of the same. To generally quantify your love of God may sound like religiousness but, I challenge you to test this with your spouse or dear friend. Time spent interacting with a person directly relates to how you feel about that person. Faith with out works or activity is dead.
Daily one on one time - or what my wife and I call- "Face Time" is absolutely essential to any relationship. (Your spouse or friend will also detect if you feel sense of drudgery in the obligation to this exercise. Although if you are just starting to implement regular interaction with them it would help by letting them know your desire to be intentional out of love). With time it will become a joy to meet because, the sense of duty (speaking primarily to men here) and fear of saying the wrong thing will pass. I love to see my wife face light up when we sit down together and as she tells me her day stories, it is like her face blossoms and her burden is visibly lifted from her shoulders.
We are Gods prize possession, we are His bride and we are deeply loved by Him. Some of us think that He is distant and uncaring, and why wouldn't we if we never initiate interaction with Him on His level or His language. This is the part where your brain may hurt from the stretch but, He hears all that we say whether directed to Him or not but, He responds to His Holy language of love. He may hear your words but sometimes He can't answer them being they are filled with doubt and fear...
One day after not spending time with God for a painfully long time, I forced myself to sit quietly and Just listen. It took time to quiet myself and I felt like a heel. As I finally did quiet down, There he was as if He'd never left. He had never left. He was waiting for me to come back. I said nothing in word or thought. I just listened. It was so different from my times with him before. I just listened to Him. I wrote feverishly to capture the wisdom love and kindness. It was months before I asked Him for any thing because He covered what I needed before I knew what to ask for. telling me His thoughts on seemingly random things only to realize later that they were answers to my prayers I hadn't thought were connected.
What if I only feel guilty, condemned or in anywise icky when I converse with God?
First, The word your searching for is "conviction" and it's a good thing. This is a legal term the is usually followed by Sentencing and then punishment. Remember that when you are convicted in God's court you most assuredly have done something wrong. But as in earthly courts a lot can happen between conviction and sentencing. In earthly courts -although difficult- you can change your plea after conviction. Similar to Gods' court. This is where the allegory ends. When God convicts you via the Holy Spirit You may repent telling the Judge your deeply sorry and by the blood of Jesus, your advocate. (Assuming you have made Him such) you can be made innocent. It's important to note that conviction without recourse is in fact condemnation. So if your in the habit of telling people to stop condemning you when they point out a possible blind spot you may have, remember that, that person Just might be trying to help you.
I said all of that to leave you with this: Though it's often said and agreed on
that, God loves you and seeks not to condemn you, most of us don't believe in our hearts. and that's one major reason why disciple of Christ find it hard to have an open conversation with our Daddy. It's a lie from the pits of hell that God is in the condemning business. Though it is true that one day, very soon, God will convict those who have utterly rejected God and His plan for redeeming us. Those people will be condemned. Sinning is inevitable even for the "Born Again". I always say that " If the apostle Paul called himself the cheapest of sinners then who am I.
So my friends, Stay focused on His plan, Reject the devil's lie that you're unworthy to sit at the saviors feet, and share that good news of Gods' kingdom