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Thursday, March 06, 2014

If God is for you...

i hate to be a killjoy but i'd rather be one now, i'd rather you hate me than get to the judgment seat of Christ and have Him say, "Depart from me, i never knew you."

God is good.  He causes the rain to fall on the just and the unjust alike.  He is slow to anger and withholds his wrath in mercy.  "Or do you despise the wealth of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart, you are storing up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and of the revelation of the righteous judgment of God..." (Rom 2)

We love to quote God's promises, all things work for good..., but i know the plans i have for you, plans of prosperity and not for harm, to give you a future and a hope.  That God is going to raise us from the dead.  Glory to God in the Highest and on earth peace and goodwill... 

But we hate to remember the rest of those verses...

"And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose, because those whom he foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he should be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined, these he also called, and those whom he called, these he also justified, and those whom he justified, these he also glorified." (Rom 8)
"For I know the plans that I am planning concerning you,’ declares Yahweh, ‘plans for prosperity and not for harm, to give to you a future and a hope.  Then when you call me, and you come and pray to me, then I will listen to you. When you search for me, then you will find me, if you seek me with all your heart. And I will let myself be found by you,’" (Jer 29)
"“The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, for they are not even able to die any longer, because they are like the angels and are sons of God, because they are sons of the resurrection." (Luke 20)
"“Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace
    among people with whom he is pleased!”
Even our quote from Psalms says, "His loyal love prevails over those that fear him."  God's ultimate promises are for his people.  Yes Christ died for all but only those who trust in his death, those who have died with him, receive his inheritance.  Look, i'm not trying to make you doubt your salvation.  i'm not looking to give you a to-do list.  You cannot please God with your works.  The works of God are to believe in the one whom He sent.  When you do this, you are given the Holy Spirit as a down payment on things to come.  It is the Holy Spirit who gave you the ability to believe in the first place, again, God goes before you!  It is He who causes fruit to grow in your life, off your little dead and shriveled branch.  John says those who believe are evident by their love.  James says they are evident by their works.  Do you see this fruit?  Do you see love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control and humility in your life?  Are you broken about what breaks the heart of God?  Or are you numb?  When you read the word, if you read it, does it speak to you?  Do you want to see more of Him?  Are things less and less important to you and God himself, his person, knowing him, more and more crucial and the aching of your heart?  Do you desire the things He desires?  Do you desire to be among others who desire Him?  Yes?  Awesome!  Then live as Paul says, "Always Confident."  Do not doubt!  Rest in Him.

No?  Then, as the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy sagely warns us, "Don't Panic."  The most oft repeated command in the Bible is "Do not fear."  God is for you!  Look what he has done for you!  Look!  This is your work.  Look into these things!  See Jesus!  See and then believe!  Believe and the Spirit will come.  Let Him worry about the to-do list.

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