Getting IN to Something is Much Easier Than Getting OUT!

8 Jun

God is just as real today as He was when all the events of the Bible took place. He walks with us, covers us like a shield. He goes before us, behind us, beside us. We cannot go anywhere that He is not there.

• Pro 7-12 “Where can I go from your Spirit?Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there;if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn,if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me,your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,’ even the darkness will not be dark to you;the night will shine like the day,for darkness is as light to you. us. We cannot go anywhere that He is not there.” NIV

God offers to us the greatest gift ever given – His Son, Jesus Christ who died on the cross for us, was resurrected and now sits at the right hand of the Father and intercedes in our behalf. How can we refuse that?

It is vital that we move Him to a higher place in our hearts and lives and develop that friendship and personal relationship He desires from us. It won’t be the easiest thing we have ever done. Our flesh will scream and our minds will try to take our attention to something of less importance. We will have to train ourselves to deny those things and spend time getting to know Him. We will have to wait upon Him when making decisions. We will be tempted to rush our decisions and to take action instead of waiting on Him. When we do that we will make mistakes, wrong choices, and even lose more time than if we had just sought His direction to begin with.

Getting in to something is much easier than getting out. Waiting on God is much more efficient than rushing ahead and losing our time and money because we made the wrong choice. Waiting on God is not a waste of time. Eventually it should become a way of life. As we learn dependence on God, our level of joy inexpressible and peace passing understanding will grow stronger until we can rest, truly rest, as God works in and around us and leads us to our destiny.

Obedience is where we begin when referring to fellowship with God. He is not our servant and He is not Santa Claus. He doesn’t exist to give us what we want, when we want it. More importantly, He wants to us to lives of significance by learning His ways and doing His will.

God loves us and wants us to develop our relationship with Him. He wants to take us from the every day trials and tribulations we live in and give us His peace, joy and love in the midst of it all. Don’t understand? That is why it is called joy unspeakable, peace that passes understanding.

This is real. It is possible. This is a gift to us from our Heavenly Father, God. Although it is a priceless gift, there are sacrifices to be made. If we haven’t already asked God to forgive us of our sins and asked Jesus to live in our hearts, we must start there. He won’t say no. He won’t expect immediate dismissal of our old ways and habits. Time is on our side. He is not the one in a hurry with things. His goal is for us to become like Him and to be with Him when we leave this earth. He knows that it takes time. He knows we may have to gain the knowledge we need to reach His goals. He won’t withhold His love or His blessings until we measure up. That doesn’t mean there may not be some consequences we have to face from previous wrong choices. He will be there with us to face those issues and will walk us through them to a brighter outcome. Do we deserve it? Of course we don’t. That’s where God’s mercy comes in. He sees us as complete, through the blood of Jesus.

Saying “no” to ourselves is hard to do. Not having control is more difficult. Suffering consequences from past mistakes is complicated and painful at times. Giving everything over to God indicating that we trust Him with the outcome is where our faith comes in.

• Heb 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” NKJV
• Heb 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” NKJV

The great news is that God never fails! He is faithful to take our mistakes and turn them around for our good and His glory. All of our uneasiness melts away and He gives us the faith we need to continue walking with Him, loving Him and yearning for Him above all else.

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