Sunday, June 21, 2015

Isn’t God wonderful?

One mystery of God is being allowed the freedom of choice. Everyone is born with this choice. Freewill is a gift and holds the key to an up close and personal connection with God. Our experience coupled with Christ’s teachings proves we need the Lord every day, yet God leaves it in our hands to decide.

The moment we are attentive to God’s call and seek our whole life changes. There is no greater connection with the world than the one the Lord allows us to experience. Living in God’s Spirit will give the strength to sustain a world riddled with wickedness and places us on the road to eternity. 

When God introduces us to Christ, our entry into His kingdom is opened. We know this truth: Jesus told him; I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. (John 14:6) 

Until one can accept this reality, hope for an eternal future is unavailable.

Once God anoints you with the Holy Spirit, the essence of salvation is understood. Eternal life is still elusive without the Holy Spirit. Our Father uses the Holy Spirit as the means to let us see the truth between salvation and an unsaved soul. The LORD made this experience one of a kind. Nothing comes matches its impact. It’s an awakening full of His glory and one with everlasting effect.

Have you felt the Holy Spirit? Or do you continue to experience the Holy Spirit? Is it daily?

Now armed with God’s facts, it becomes our responsibility to pick up our cross and walk with Jesus. It’s not how many times we drop the cross that matters to God. It’s picking it back up and trying that gets God’s attention. Failure to do so is fatal!

God promises us this: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) 

God’s faithfulness never ceases! He always follows through with His word. The Lord is perfect and never walks away from faithful followers. You can always count on Christ, but the ride isn’t free. The price is sacrificing the flesh.

How willing are you to deny yourself for the Lamb of God?

Our Father’s first calling is but a beginning, for faith without works is dead. Just recognizing the Lord’s voice isn’t enough to overcome the trials and tribulations hidden from our vision. A persistent reliance on Christ and vigorous action on your part keep you on the road to eternity. Nothing less will do for the enemy uses inactive faith as a tool for evil purposes.

Apostle James in his Epistle clarified it this way: “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in the mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.” (James 1:22-24)

Sometimes I share the Gospel, but fail to live it. And the people around me notice my behaviors don’t match the words I speak. They hear me pass judgment on others, become irritated over matters and complain over life. Then they experience anger and fear running wild throughout my attitudes. In those times, I’ve returned to the darkness and have forgotten Christ’s Light of godliness.

But once my conscience exposes the disobedience, and I correct it, then God shows mercy. Through repentance the Lord forgives. And allows us to discover this: “But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” (James 1:25) 

Every time I act on Christ’s commands the blessing are abundant and my life is full of love. Then an incredible peace enters my soul, and the Holy Spirit becomes noticeable.

As we grow more active in faith, our ability to humble ourselves before Christ increases. Then we discover humility isn’t what we expected. It far exceeded everything we could imagine of living a life centered in selflessness. God makes humility so desirable we enjoy serving the needs of Christ and others. We don’t miss letting go of personal preferences for God renews us with heavenly treasures. Another quality of humility is remaining teachable. To know Christ on a deeper level involves learning and without staying docile we stop growing.

There are so many ways God interacts with us. Those are a few. Even though our relationship with Christ isn’t the same we can agree, God is the reason we exist.

Isn’t God remarkable!