So often people ask about God. They have a curiosity about
God. They want to know more about him. But at the same time, they are born
in the flesh but not in the Holy Spirit. They are in this world and
accustomed to its ways. Yet, they have a void deep down inside that only God can
fill. As they approach someone, anyone, who seems to know something about
God, they ask their curious questions. These questions often reveal an
understanding of God that is wrought with false teachings and misconceptions
about just who God is. These folks want to know God but keep their distance
for three major reasons as I see it.
First, these folks
misconception of God leads them to believe that they must be "pure" enough
to approach God. They have the misconception that people who are close to
God are virtually sinless. This of course is not true, but this is how they
have been taught and this is what they think. All people are sinners and ALL
people sin. The actual fact of the matter is that those folks who do get
closer to Jesus in their understanding of Him are more harshly targeted by
satan. Make sense? As you learn more about Spiritual Warfare, you will begin
to understand this concept. Satan has to expend much more effort lying,
deceiving and tricking the "found" than he does the "lost." Consequently,
sometimes those closer to Jesus, still living in the sinful flesh, sin more
than the average person. No one likes to admit it but is it true. When this
happens, they pray just that much harder and Jesus comes to their rescue as
He provides the power to overcome these temptations. But sometimes the flesh
enjoys the sin and we put off praying and asking Jesus for help. If everyone
understood this, there would be no looks of shock when it is announced that
a preacher has committed adultery.
As for being pure, there are two yardsticks in existence. One is in our
hands as we see and judge others including ourselves. The other is Godís as
He sees us. Jesus knows who we are. He knew who we would be before the
foundations of the world. Yes, before Jesus even created this world, He knew
every hair on your head. He knew we would fall and need to be saved. He knew
every action and thought that could possibly be a sin. Knowing all this,
while we were yet sinners, Christ came into this world as Jesus to redeem us
and make things right with God the Father. While we were yet sinners, He
came down out of the heavenlies to be spit upon by us, humiliated and
tortured to death. He did this of His own free will. Can you approach Him as
you are today, an active practicing sinner? You bet you can. When Jesus
walked here on earth, where did He spend His time? Not wining and dining
with the elite upper eschelon. He sought out sinners, tax collectors and
prostitutes to name a few. He went to them. He sought them out. Just as He
does YOU today. Here, right now. A Perfect, Sinless, Awesome, All Powerful
God, wants YOU as you are, an imperfect sinner.
Donít try to deceive yourself. Do you honestly believe that you could
clean up your life good enough to justify your approaching Jesus? If you do,
you have much to learn about the Perfection of God. If you lived a hundred
lifetimes, you could never become pure enough to justify the presence of God
based on your merit. In fact, the longer you live, the further you move away
from that "pure" condition. This is the nature of our fallen state.
Know that Jesus approaches YOU and He wants you to come as you are!
Jesus has already performed the redeeming act of giving up His life by
shedding His blood so that the whole world MIGHT be saved. Why did I say
"MIGHT?" Because even though our Almighty God has bought for
us the gift of
salvation, it is not applied to us until we ACCEPT it. Yes, we must ACCEPT
His free gift in order for it to apply to us. Jesus died so that the whole
world might be saved. But the whole world will NOT be saved. Only those
ACCEPTING HIS free gift of salvation through FAITH in Jesus will live
forever with Him in heaven for an eternity.
So get over it, you ainít ever
gonna get pure enough to approach Jesus on your merit. Jesus has already
approached you. Why do you think you are reading all this? Just accept Jesus
on faith and let Him in your life as you are.
The second reason as I see it that folks want to keep their
distance from God is this: Fear of having to give up ones licentious
lifestyle. I would no longer be able to bla bla bla. Fill in the blas with
your own sins. I would have to clean up my language. I would have to go to
church on Sundays. I would have to be a "Goody Twoshoes." These thoughts
wreak a silent horror within us that invariably keeps us from coming up too
rapidly on the truth. Even the fear that we may not succeed at ridding
ourselves of these evils holds us back. Once again, our false teachings and
misconceptions succeed at holding us back.
The reality of the matter is that once we truly understand what Jesus
sacrificed for us, our heart goes 100% out to Him. We could never do enough
for Him. And in fact, we donít have to. Our acceptance of Jesus Christ as
our savior brings with it His Holy Spirit to live within us. It is His Holy
Spirit living within us that performs these good works from this point out.
Our bodies do these good works powered by His Holy Spirit living within us.
Yes, we do still continue to sin, but now we KNOW that it is an offense to
Jesus and we actually DO curb our behaviour somewhat but the bulk is merely
a function of His Holy Spirit living within us. What a joy!!! How could I
ever have waited so long to experience this much joy? Why didnít I accept
Jesus sooner in my life? Well, hindsight is always 20/20. Have faith in
Jesus. Just DO it! Be sincere and accept Him with all your heart, soul and
The third reason as I see it that folks want to keep their
distance from God is this: Fear of criticism. How could my life come to
this? How could I come to possibly even consider becoming one of those who
my friends and I have criticized and made fun of for most of my life? I will
have to eat crow. I will be embarrassed.
Well, let me think about this. I could either accept Jesus as My God and
my savior and eat crow with my friends, or I can reject Jesus as my God and
savior and be safe with my friends. Thinking...................
I would save embarrassment with my friends. That is good. Is also
immediate. I will have plenty of time to accept Jesus as my God and my
savior later. That way I could do both, have my cake and eat it too. But
what if I die unexpectedly? I would not get into heaven. Hmmm. Is it better
for me to assure my place in heaven for all eternity now and just deal with
my friends criticism? Duh,,, no brainer. I will accept Jesus as my God and
Savior now. If my friends were smart, they would too. Seems I have an awful
lot of new friends now too :) And I DO sleep better at night. Smart choice.
Thank you Jesus!!!
Hmmm, can I be saved after I die? Good question. Once again, false
teachings and misconceptions. The answer is emphatically, No! We must choose
Jesus while we are still living although satan would much rather have you
think otherwise so that you may procrastinate accepting Him. Click
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