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The Tragedy of Excuses in the Sight of a Holy God

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Author, David Parker

What excuses do we have? What excuse are we going to give God when we meet Him? We have to ask ourselves this question now so we will not give these excuses later. Whether you believe it or not, everyone is going to meet God when they die. Yes, the one who you are made in the image of, the one who has allowed you to exist, and the one who has graciously allowed you to ruin His magnificent creation. The very breath we breathe is by the awesome power of our God who willingly grants it out to us. That is the God that we will meet when we breathe our last breath. Let us gather our excuses now and see if it would be completely viable in the sight of The All Mighty.

 Here are some major excuses that we give for not completely giving our lives to God:

Common Excuses

1. Time (I had my own goals in life to achieve)

What about the time excuse? You may be person that says to God you just did not have time for Him in your life. You had so many goals and aspirations that needed to be met. There was just no room to fit God into your schedule other than Sunday morning at church for a couple of hours. There was no need to keep diligently seeking God because you knew that He existed. There was no need to put God apart of every area of your life because you did not want God in control of all your desires. You got comfortable in this world and completely ignored Gods plea for you to put on the new self in Colossians 3:1-17.

2. Doubt (did not believe you existed)

What about the excuse of doubt? You may be the person that flat out tells God you had great reasons to doubt his existence. Your mother/ father, friend, or loved one past away too soon so that caused you to doubt. You may have lost your job or in someway got your worldly dreams shattered. Whatever the case may be, you just could not get over the fact that a God would not allow everything in your life to go perfectly right. You may doubt because you got caught up in the evolution nonsense and all its supposedly surmountable evidence against the existence of God. You were so lost and enamored in human knowledge that you never took the time to actually taste The Giver of Life.  You may have missed what God said about confidence in world in Philippians chapter 3.

3. Unfairness (did not have the same opportunities has others)

You may be the person that tells God that life just was not fair. You did not grow up in a Christian family or you did not like any of the Christians that you ran into. You knew right from wrong and you thought the Christians you met where no better than you were. But you failed to realize that although your sins were common with Christians your response after the sin was not. You may have missed the part when they fell on their knees to God in repentance with deep sorrow and pain for their foolishness. You may have missed the part when they fervently acknowledge they need the help of the Lord Jesus to enable to them to a live a new life. You were so focused on their sin that you did not realize your pride and their humility. You clearly missed the parable that Jesus gave us in Matthew 25: 14-30.   

4. Lust (the world was just too good)

You may be the person that tells God you really enjoyed the countless pleasures in the world and you just thought it was much better than God. You may or may not have known that God existed but the pleasures of sex, money, or drugs were all you needed. You abused God’s beautiful gift of sex for your own satisfaction. You never got over the idea that sex was meant for a husband and wife in holy matrimony. You never grasp the idea of sex in the sense that your pleasure is the ability to please your spouse and not the other way around. You might have gotten hooked on pornography and just could not fathom letting it go. You seek pleasure from mere images and videos rather realizing how far Christ had to go set you free. You might have gotten caught up into drugs and could not fathom life without it. You did not realize that the high you got from those drugs were pale in comparison to the high you could have gotten in a passionate worship session of God. You might have gotten lost in the love of money or tried to only use God if it benefited you financially. You never wanted God; you just wanted all the good stuff that came from God. You could have greatly benefited from the way that God calls us to live in 1 Thessalonians 4.
       Whatever excuses you may have now, it will not be legitimate in the sight of God later. I know I have fallen in the trap of some of these excuses but by the grace of God and the enlightenment of his truth, I have been set free. We know that no one likes to hear excuses so why would we give them to God? Let’s get over ourselves and stop making excuses on why we are not “All In” for serving the only being that is worthy to be served. “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” (Romans 1:20)

No one will have an excuse for not knowing God so no one will have an excuse for not serving God!

 


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Getting Ready for Revival

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Author, Daniel Rentie

Author, Daniel Rentie

Preparing Ourselves

Here are a few things to keep in mind as we prepare to walk into this new season of our lives. A strong revival is coming, & it’s going to shake this world. Get ready!

1. Accept the Challenge

As you may know, there have been several things happening throughout society that would lead one to question the influence of Christianity in today’s culture. As believers, it is our duty to accept this current state as a challenge, so that we can fulfill the Great Commission that was given to us by Jesus Christ. It challenges us to be all that we can be in living Holy Spirit-led lives. It is the key to living — really living. It is the difference between simply existing & living fulfilled lives. The Apostle Paul expressed this difference by openly stating, “I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given to me — the task of testifying the gospel of God’s grace.” (Acts 20:24)

2. Accept Criticism

Personally, I would consider myself as a very outgoing person. I hold a high value for people and relationships, which made it really difficult for me to understand that everyone isn’t going to always love you. In fact, if we are properly living how Christ wants us to live, we will even be hated. Mark 13:13 states that we will be “hated by all because of his name.” With this is mind, it is vital for us to carry extreme confidence in who we are, & in our faith, because persecution  simply comes with the territory. In fact, 2 Timothy 3:12 states, “all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” Think about it, if even Jesus was persecuted, what makes you think that we as believers won’t? So be prepared for it when the time comes, and walk boldly in who God has called you to be.

Preparing the Church

One of my favorite examples in the bible shows us how we can approach experiencing a great revival. Let’s look at 2 Chronicles 7. Solomon, who was a son of David, was widely known as one of the most successful kings  in Israel’s history. After building a new temple, the Lord gave Solomon a promise. He states, “if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV) From here, we are given the three steps to experience a spiritual revival.

1. Humility“if my people who are called by my name humble themselves” 

God is simply asking for us to take our own pride aside.

2. Prayer“pray and seek my face” 

I think we all have experienced ordering at a fast food restaurant. In the drive thru, if we don’t ask for what we want, how will we ever get our meal? But here’s the catch! Not only does God tell us to pray, but he also tells us to “seek his face.” This means to truly create a relationship with him by consistently getting to know him.

3. Repentance“turn from their wicked ways”

God isn’t expecting us to be perfect. He desires for us to have a genuine relationship with him. He wants us to be completely transparent, so don’t be afraid to openly confess your sins to him, so that he can express his grace and forgiveness.
Turning away from sin is essential to experiencing the presence of God, & also remaining in his presence. We cannot come into the presence of a God who is holy in our own righteousness.

God tells us that if we do those things, in return, he will forgive our sins & heal our land. Are you ready?

-DR

Random bible verse

Do not judge, or you too will be judged.
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