Come Forward Unafraid!

Posted: September 30, 2016 in Uncategorized

When you think of God, what is the first thought that comes to mind? When you think of God as a Father or Creator or ruler of the universe, what do you think of?

Many of us will probably have an automatic response that may include the thought that God is love and that is certainly true. But how many of you had first thoughts that actually had something to do with God’s anger, displeasure or disgust toward you?

This is certainly not a new response when it comes to people’s perspective of God. Actually, this started back in Genesis when the law was put in place to show people their need of God. They had to offer sacrifices of all kinds on a regular basis to atone for their sin because it was approximately fourteen-hundred years prior to Jesus going to Calvary to atone for sins and absolve us all of guilt.

God gave Moses the Ten Commandments and then made it clear to the people that they were to live by them. He made it very easy for them to understand that choosing to follow His commandments would result in lives of peace, blessing, prosperity, victory over their enemies and a bright future for them and their children.

He also made it quite clear in Deuteronomy 28:15-68 what the consequences of disobedience and rebellion would be if they made that choice.

However as human nature would dictate, the Israelite’s carnal nature led them into rebellion and disobedience time and time again. This brought God’s judgment and displeasure and it actually caused fear in the hearts of God’s people. Due to their lack of understanding of His nature and purposes, it was the wrong kind of fear that they allowed to enter their hearts, just as it still is today. We are to fear God, but it is supposed to be a reverent fear. God deserves our respect and obedience, not because He’s on some kind of a perverted “power trip” but because He loves us very much and has good plans for each of us.

God Is Not Mad at You

It is my personal conviction that you cannot truly believe God is mad at you or even just slightly ticked off at you if you have a personal revelation of what happened on the cross (see Isa. 53). Neither can you adopt this kind of thinking if you have an reasonable good understanding of His nature that was manifested in His Son Jesus.

I believe people may arrive at this conclusion because they still do not understand the concept of grace. More than likely, they are still operating with the mentality of a legalistic, law-oriented perspective of a God that is just waiting for them to step out of line. It could also be that they simply have not studied God’s word enough on their own to allow the Holy Spirit to provide them with a personal encounter of who He really is! God genuinely loves you and has totally and forever forgiven you of all sin, past, present and future.

God made a way for every human being on the face of this earth from the beginning of time until the end of time to be accepted and loved by Him for all eternity. John 3:17 says that God did not send His son into the world to condemn them but to save them. The word save in that verse means to save, heal, and restore the entire person; spirit, soul and body.

However, there is a responsibility each person must take because John 3:18 says that he who chooses not to believe is condemned already. God doesn’t condemn you if you don’t believe in Him, you do it yourself. It’s a spiritual law with specific consequences that will last for eternity. There are spiritual laws in operation in the unseen realm just as there are natural laws of gravity, lift, heat, cold, etc.

Now, you may be saying, “I thought you said God wasn’t mad at me!” You’re right, He’s still not angry with you; Jesus took all His wrath on the cross. But when this age is over, all of us, and I do mean all of us are going to be held accountable for the decision we made about Jesus because He owns this planet and everything and everyone on it. His judgment will be fair, just, and FINAL!

His Kindness Extended

 God made us because He loved us from the beginning and wanted a creation to fellowship with. However, true love does not make someone love them back. If you’re a parent, or a son or daughter, I’m certain you understand this principle in relationships of responsibility and accountability for actions.

For those who belong to God through accepting Jesus as Lord, look at this wonderful promise in Isaiah 54:10 (NKJV). “For as I have sworn that the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth, so have I sworn that I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you. 10 For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has mercy on you.”

Did you get that? The mountains and hills will be removed before God is ever angry with us again. That’s why Jesus went to the cross, to appease God’s anger for sin against Him. And the second you receive Him into your heart, this wonderful promise is activated and enforced…forever!

Look at the words that I’ve underscored above. Those are important key words in that passage. When God swears an oath or covenant with someone, it’s taken care of forever. He will never go back on His word. He cannot lie, anything He’s ever spoken must come to pass (see Numbers 23:19 and Isa. 55:10-11).

Is There an Expiration Date on Grace?

Yes! When it comes to God’s mercy and grace, many people think that it will last forever. However, for those who choose not to believe in Him or pattern their lives after His instructions, there is a time coming in the future when they will be held accountable and this is strongly supported by scripture.

His mercy will last forever if you accept His son Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord. However, when God has made it SO easy to understand His invitation to accept His Son, He will not make exceptions for anyone to come in their own way. There are not many ways to heaven as the world and new age religions suggest.

John 14:6 says that Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life”. You cannot enter through good works, or some family association with a church because of a relative. You can’t even come to Jesus because you happen to be religious, regardless of your definition of religion. You cannot come through being spiritually enlightened through some new age technique or any other false religious mantra, etc.

Nothing Else Will Be Accepted!

 There is only one way to come to the Father, and there has always been only one way; through Jesus Christ, God’s Son, who is the door. Romans 10:13 says, “All those who call on Me shall be saved.” Romans 10:9 says to confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead and you will be saved. God made it so simple for you to take possession of something that will last for all eternity; but it cost Jesus “everything” He could possibly offer. And this is just the beginning.

God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit will move into your human spirit and take up permanent residence and you will never be the same. You get an immediate invitation into heaven and an eternal inheritance as a member of God’s family. You are adopted as His child and sealed by the Holy Spirit forever with the full down-payment or return coming to you when we go to heaven.

And there’s still more!

So you see, God really is NOT mad at you!

Even if you reject Him after reading this post, you’ll have no excuses and you won’t be able to blame God because He loved you to the end through His Son Jesus.

I’m sure that your reading of this post is not the first time the Holy Spirit has tried to get your attention. I am also certain if you reject Him this time, He will keep pursuing you with an intense and fierce love until the end. He will continue trying to get your attention because He paid such a high price for you and He doesn’t want to lose you. But, no one but God knows when you will have rejected His gentle drawing of your heart for the “very last time!” Please, don’t play spiritual Russian Roulette with God, you will lose!

Please choose Him today? It’s so easy!

Serving You Truth,

Dennis

 

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