Thursday, April 11, 2013

If you were once close to God, but now are not...

..if you were once an effective witness for Jesus Christ, but now ..somehow you are not.. if you once walked with the Lord, but then stumbled and fell down.. you know, got all bruised with skinned up knees so to speak but not really due to praying. 

Then get back up. Run to the Word of God, not away from Him. Run to church, not away from a decent church ..yeah, even if the enemy accuses you and says you're way too hypocritical and dirty to run to Him again. Ignore. Shun. Resist. Reject Mr. Lu-Cifer. 

Never allow what that loser says keep you away from your first-love, or from fellowship with other growing believers.  

"Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another." Mk. 9:50

Just confess, honestly repent, and go on tight with Jesus. "With Christ" as your leader, not you as His. He will indeed restore the joy, the harmony and the peace for you. He hasn't stopped caring. 

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 Jn. 1:9, nkjv

"Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent." Rev. 2:5

"Jesus said to him, 'No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.'"  Lk. 9:62

Please remember that the Lord isn't surprised, or angry ('s cuz of the cross) or like us. He is limitless in His Love for you and He is perfect too. He understands fully and will bless again. He shows flawless compassion as well as beautiful agape and mercy to you and me.. yes, in so SO many ways. If another believer or leader has let you down (and they will from time to time), it's no time for you to stay down. Forgive them just like you have been. Sure, it's time to get closer to God than ever before.. looking to Him to meet all your needs. 

Stop and think about it. Was there actually a time in your personal history when you were more on-fire for Jesus.. more all-out in-love with Jesus.. more enamored and focused on Him? ..well, decide right now to get with Him again and get much closer than that. Don't wait or procrastinate. Be filled with the Holy Spirit and do things His way this time. Worship and serve on His terms (according to the Bible) instead of on your own. 

"Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded." Jam. 4:8 

"See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no "root of bitterness" springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled.." Heb. 12:15

"'My wayward children,' says the Lord, 'come back to me, and I will heal your wayward hearts.' 'Yes, we're coming,' the people reply, 'for you are the Lord our God.'" Jer. 3:22

"How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You." Psalm 119:9-11 

I appeal in love. I'm not talking down to you, but it's no time for excuses, self-righteousness, or human rationalizations now. It's simply time to return as you are, to be free, cleansed, confident, absolutely fearless and go tell others about Jesus Christ.. while we still have some time.

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