“Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”
Hebrews 10 vs 18
Are we ready to accept this???
Well …. I guess it’s the whole point of accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and saviour – right??!!!
So – we have a choice.
Either we accept that Christ has done, and indeed finished all the work / works, thereby enabling us to throw away once and for all those feelings of shame, guilt, fear, anxiety and constant worry.
We continue to strive for perfection with our own works and in our own strength; leading to a life of continuous worry, shame, guilt, anxiety and fear.
Did Christ really die for us so that we can forever experience the above????
I hope that after reading Keeping God Happy 1 and 2, most of us have decided to finally accept that;
God sees us through Christ – all the time
He loves us unconditionally – all the time
He is pleased with us – all the time
By so doing we are able to focus on what really matters.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another…”
Hebrews 10 vs 24 to 25
The important words in the above text are ‘encourage’, ‘meeting’, ‘good deeds’, ‘spur’ and ‘love’.
The most important word is ‘love’.
We congregate in churches every sunday
We meet in fellowship groups
But if there is no love or trust between those who are congregating then these meetings (church or fellowship gatherings) are wholly ineffective, and quite frankly pointless.
If our focus continues to be the formula for prosperity and success in careers and business then we are doing nothing more than developing another generation of self focussed people who care not about God but about how God can bless them.
Is this really the type of relationship that God wants?????
I distinctly remember how I felt about church in the mid 1990s.
Like so many others I thought services were staid, and oh so tedious – no oomph, no fire, lacking in life and energy.
Then the pentecostal movement arose.
It was like a breath of fresh air – praise worship, vibrant prayer and so much more. This lively form of worship enabled so many of us to feel more connected to God.
But I can’t help feeling that people are becoming a little disillusioned with the pentecostal movement – particularly with the prosperity preaching side of things.
Everything seems to revolve around what we must do for God to bless us.
Many are yearning for some respite – a break from the constant hammering of how we can be successful and prosperous.
The message is more or less the same at all churches – keys to your unlimited success – divine wealth and prosperity – unimaginable blessings etc etc etc
Has our relationship with God become entirely based on money and success???
To make matters worse the constant prosperity preaching subconsciously encourages us to compare with one another with regards to God’s blessings, and our various levels of prosperity.
This invariably leads to a distinct lack of peace of mind; leading us far away from that Rest that we are supposed to get from Christ.
What people are crying out for more than ever is healing, support, encouragement – LOVE.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.
What each and every one of us needs more than anything is to understand and practice ‘love’.
If churches across the country focussed their messages on love for just six months, not only would we see lives change but we would also witness a magnificent transformation of our society – our nation.
If we truly believe the bible then we should try it.
Because the bible says that love never fails.
Accept that God loves you unconditionally
Accept that God is pleased with you – because He sees you through Christ
Accept that He no longer remembers your sins
Forgive yourself – God’s already done so
Allow God’s unconditional love to flow freely inside you – thereby enabling you to love others unconditionally
Accept that God wants the very best for you
Accept that it is not foolish to love and serve others
By so doing we will be able to;
Focus less on ‘self’ and more on others
Help others to heal
Encourage those who have fallen to get up and go again
Focus on fulfilling God’s purpose for you
Love God with all you heart, strength and mind
Love your neighbour with all your heart, strength and mind
I remember going to a friend’s house for dinner during the week many years ago.
When I arrived at his house, his first words to me were, “Segs, let’s eat now. I’m starving”.
Dinner was promptly served.
Before taking his first mouthful his three year old daughter, who had previously been fixated with unfolding events in Thomas The Tank Engine, left her seat and approached the dining table.
There was no hesitation in her approach; no fear, and definitely no doubt in her mind that her father would share his food with her.
She confidently climbed onto his lap, and smiled at him, in expectation of her first mouthful of food.
Without hesitation and with all love her father started to feed her.
She proceeded to eat half his dinner.
She was confident in her knowledge of her father’s love for her.
Your father in heaven, who is perfect in love, loves you unconditionally.
He is at peace with you – deal with it.