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What If I Fall Away?

To what extent is God willing to forgive those that fall away from Him, if they should turn back?  I’m not excusing sin nor am I giving licence for believers to sin, but I know that temptations, inner pressures, false value systems and demonic attacks can easily lead people astray from the truth and ways of our Lord.  But if that one who has fallen away desires to return back to walking with our Lord, is there any hope for restoration and reconciliation with The Lord God?  Would God be willing to walk again with the one that pulled away?
   In the Old Testament, when God established a covenant with His people, God would declare what He will do and would often invoke a seven-fold blessing in the proclamation of the Covenant, (See Genesis 12:2,3 and Exodus 6:6-8).
    It is interesting that in Deuteronomy chapter 30, after God gives the warnings about what will happen if His people disobey and turn away from Him, that God says what will happen when they try to return to Him.  Read through Deuteronomy 30:2-9, in these verses God asserts seven positive things that, “The Lord your God” will do.  He re-establishes His covenant by declaring that He will:

  • Bring them back from captivity and have compassion on them (vs3)
  • Gather them together  (vs4)
  • Bring them to the land (vs5)
  • Change their heart (vs6)
  • Put the curses of sinfulness upon the enemies (vs7)
  • Make them abound in all the work of their hands (vs9)
  • And God will again rejoice over them with singing (vs9)

   You might think that your sin is too great for God to restore you, but in effect The Lord says that He will again proclaim His blessing because we turned back to Him.
   Take a moment to reflect on the loving and forgiving nature of God.  He is always willing to receive His people back to Him.

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Good Things

There are some things that I have prayed and prayed for, only to find that they never seem to come to pass, the results are never received.  I understand that some prayers were for selfish things and James chapter four talks about one of the reasons for unanswered prayer is because we ask out of our own selfish desires. Yet, what about when we pray with a good heart and proper motives, and the prayer still does not seem to be answered?
   Take a moment to read Matthew 7:7-11, here Jesus gives us some instructions about asking and receiving. Jesus says that, in asking it will be given, in knocking it will be opened, and in seeking we will find.  Then He says, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! (Vs 11)”
   Jesus specifically says that the Heavenly Father will give good things when we ask.  Of course we can have many situations where we say we prayed and good did not come about, things got worse, or perhaps there was no apparent answer to the persistent prayer.  However, Jesus says the Father in heaven will give good things.  This means that God is answering and He is doing good things, it just might be that we are not seeing the good from His perspective. 

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God Showed Up

Having had a great set of meetings it would be easy to say that, “God showed up!”, and perhaps from the perspective of an outsider it might seem like God did show up.  However from the perspective of a born again, Spirit filled believer, shouldn’t we be conscious of the fact the God is always  with us?  The very name of our Lord, as being Immanuel, “God with us” (Matt 1:23) should cause us to confidently walk in the assurance that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5).
   We often feel that we need to be waiting for God to come and stir the water before we can anticipate anything happening.  However, should we be constantly begging and pleading that God would come down from heaven and that He would do something on our behalf, or should we be thanking and praising our Lord that through the work of Jesus, by His Spirit, He has already come?  After the day of Pentecost, the New Testament believers were very aware that the Spirit of God was upon them and with them.  As a consequence, they went out and ministered in a confident assurance that God was there.
   Let’s also confidently live, knowing that God is with us, for He says that He is.

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Increased Greatness

God is always working according to His character and nature.  Being in charge of all things, He does all things to His glory, He does all things in love.  Yet, if this is His nature why are there struggles in the situations around us?  The Psalmist says in Psalms 71:20-21 “You, who have shown me great and severe troubles, Shall revive me again, and bring me up again from the depths of the earth.  21 You shall increase my greatness, And comfort me on every side.”
   This God who shows us severe and great troubles on every side will also revive us again from the depths, and if we respond rightly, will increase our greatness.  No one likes the times of trouble or being brought down, but in exercising godly responses, true greatness can follow.
   Lord Jesus, Your purposes are good, they are to bring increase to me, when I respond in accordance to Your Word.  Help me to trust You when I feel like I am in the depth of situations.

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