Does God Love You?
We hear todays Pastors tell us over and over that God loves us, and that there is nothing that can separate you from the love of Christ Jesus! While this is true for real God Seekers, it is not true for most in today’s Lukewarm Churches.
The Bible actually warns us about teachers who say that God treats us better than we deserve.
NLT Jude 1:4 says “4 I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives.”
While the bible declares that the true disciple of Christ can not be separated from his love; those who reject Jesus, more specifically those who reject the Holy Spirit, and his life of humility, honesty, and service to others will find that they are far from God’s love. They will experience God’s judgment. This passage in Jude is explained here: Our Dangerous False Teachers.
God has already shown his love for us by sending his son. He has done his part. Jesus showed us how to live for God. He even died for us, allowing us to overcome sin as we live in him. We are called us to follow God, to consider others first, to humbly serve, to continually seek God and do his will, to sacrifice our lives for his sheep – for other seekers, to repay good for evil, and to really love others.
Please don’t think that God will not follow thru on all of his promises. The goats, the ones who refuse to help the poor, weak, sick, and the foreigners will be cast into doom.
God gives us the awesome opportunity right now to commune him, to walk with the creator of the universe by our side. Many will never schedule their appointment, and this will have eternal consequences. Many will stop part way, never reaching their full potential. Please, don’t let yourself remain in that group. God wants to walk with you in this life, to share your burdens and to guide your steps.
I think that we need to spend a little time on on hearing God’s voice. God wants to share his wisdom with us. He wants to show us what to do. The kicker here is our ability to listen. God requires that we turn away form our selfishness, away from our worldliness, and seek his Holy Spirit. Here’s the promise that God wants to show us what to do.
LB James 1:1. From: James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.To: Jewish Christians scattered everywhere. Greetings! 2. Dear brothers, is your life full of difficulties and temptations? Then be happy, 3. for when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow. 4. So let it grow, and don’t try to squirm out of your problems. For when your patience is finally in full bloom, then you will be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete 5. If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you, for he is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask him; he will not resent it. 6. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to tell you, for a doubtful mind will be as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind; 7. and every decision you then make will be uncertain, as you turn first this way, and then that. If you don’t ask with faith, don’t expect the Lord to give you any solid answer.
If we ask for wisdom but lack faith we are in trouble. This passage tells us to ask in faith, but what does that really mean? I think asking in faith requires a degree of obedience. It we have faith we can start to understand spiritual things. So often we listen with worldly ears, and wonder why we don’t hear from the Holy Spirit. To hear spiritual things we need to be listening with spiritual ears! We concentrate on spiritual things by: Building heavenly treasure (helping the weak, giving to the poor); reverently fearing our creator; being the thankful servant, seeking only his will and his glory.Seeing Straight, Seeing With Spiritual Eyes
We reap what we sow, so if have a worldly perspective, and do only worldly things we will have very poor spiritual hearing. We need to be feeding the spirit, living in the Spirit Drinking The Living Water
Whenever we rely on formulas, processes or routines to follow God we have trouble. We are called to remain in fellowship with God. I think this passage on “Praying Continually” helps us to accomplish this.
NLT 1 Thess 5:14 Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone. 15 See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people. 16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying.[NIV Pray continually] 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 19 Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. 20 Do not scoff at prophecies, 21 but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. 22 Stay away from every kind of evil.
I think that the idea of praying continually is really just an attitude of walking with the Holy Spirit. We can’t hide anything from God, so praying continually can be a simple recognition of God’s attention on us, and an ongoing attempt commune with and honor God!
This is our assignment; to encourage the timid, to take care of the weak,to be patient, to pay back good for evil, to be thankful in all things, to test everything we hear against the word and hold on to the good, staying away from every kind of evil.
Please help us to continue to seek you, to pray continually, and to remain in communion with you. Help us to to hold every thought captive to you, to seek only your will and your glory, to encourage the timid, to take care of the weak,to be patient, to pay back good for evil, to be thankful in all things, to test everything we hear against the word and hold on to the good, staying away from every kind of evil.
P.S. Steps to Walking in Communion with God:
1. Recognizing appreciating even embracing God presence. This is explained in Easy Belief or True Faith
2. Seeking God’s Perspective, rejecting worldliness and selfishness God Is’ Versus
3. Seeking God’s Wisdom & Guidance, seeking his will. This is following the Holy Spirit. Following The Spirit’s Leading In Every Part Of Our Lives
4. Obedience: We actually have to do what we are told. If we refuse, we end up separated from God, unable to hear.
5. Thankful humble response – not allowing an attitude of ego or pride to separate us from God. Like the servant in Luke 17, we need to have an attitude of humility; only doing what was expected. Lets take a look at the passage where this is spelled out for us.
LB Luke 17:7. When a servant comes in from plowing or taking care of sheep, he doesn’t just sit down and eat, but first prepares his master’s meal and serves him his supper before he eats his own. And he is not even thanked, for he is merely doing what he is supposed to do. 10. Just so, if you merely obey me, you should not consider yourselves worthy of praise. For you have simply done your duty!”
Really the best thing we can do, the only thing that honors God is living in obedience to his Holy Spirit. If perhaps while we are doing this we win a Nobel prize or receive any worldly honors we must remember that we are not worthy of praise, we have only been doing our duty!
Pls do not think of these as a sequence. We need to keep them all working together. If we remove any piece at any time our efforts to walk in Communion will likely fail.
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