“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand” – Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)
The foundational principle guides and directs our relationship with God and our participation in the salvation provided through Jesus Christ. The person who continues to rely on God take Him at His Word and follow him faithfully through all circumstances will receive what God promise and will be saved eternally. Such people are not afraid to approach God with sincere hearts. The person who shrinks back is one who stops relying on God and abandons his or her faith by deliberately and continually sinning against God.
The problem is that most of us don’t really trust God to do what He will do in the Bible. The Bible says that “a righteous person will live by faith” – Hebrews 10:38 and that “it is impossible to please God without faith” – Hebrews 11:6. The object of our faith, then, is God Himself. Once we understand who God is -that He is not only Holy and Righteous, but He is Loving and Forgiving, All-Wise and full of Mercy – we should have no problem trusting Him.
God, the Bible says, loves us unconditionally and eternally. In other, words, no matter what you do behind God’s back – or to His face – He loves you. Once we understand that, we can ask His forgiveness and then trust Him with our lives totally and completely –Isaiah 43:25 (NIV) “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more”.
Many people are afraid of God. They see Him as some kind of “super fuzz,” a big lefty policeman sitting behind a cloud with a spiritual AK 47 waiting to catch them disobeying the law so He can punish them. As a result, they are unwilling to totally surrender their life to Him for fear that He will put them in handcuffs and chains and put them to work as prisoners doing hard labour. To them it is better to stay as far away from God as possible.
Maybe you have felt this way about God. You felt if you gave your life to Jesus Christ that God would march you off to some concentration camp and beat the life out of you. Nothing is further from the truth. Instead of putting us in prison, faith in Christ sets us free. – John 8:32 (NIV) “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
I like the illustration used by Dr. Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, which is called the Great Commission Movement in Ghana. Dr. Bill Bright says: “My wife and I have two grown sons. Suppose that when they were little boys, they had come to greet me when I returned from a trip and said, ‘We love you. We missed you. We are so excited about your being home. We have been talking together and we have decided that we will do anything you want us to do. From now on, you issue the command and we will obey without any questions. We just want to please you.
“What do you think,” Dr. Bill Bright asks, “what would have been my attitude in response to their expression of love for me? If I had responded the way many people think God will respond if they said to Him, ‘Lord, I’ll do anything you want me to do and I’ll go anywhere you want me to go, ‘I would have taken them by the shoulders, look at them with an evil eye and said, ‘I have just been waiting for you to say that. Now I’m going to make you regret your decision to trust as long as you live. I am going to take all the fun out of your lives. I will make you miserable as long you live.
“No, I wouldn’t have said that. I would have put my arms around them and given them a big hug and said, ‘Zac, Brad, I love you, too, and want to justify your faith in me. I want to be a better father to you. I want to do everything can to help you find full meaningful lives.
Do you think God would do anything less for you? Remember:
- He loves you with an everlasting love – 31:3 (NIV) “The Lordappeared to us in the past, saying: ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness”.
- He sent His only Son to die for you and pay the penalty of your sin – 2 Cor. 5:21 (NIV) “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God”.
- He wants to bless you – 28:1-14 (NIV) “If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully followall his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth ……………………….. Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them”.
- He wants to give you power for living – Col. 1:11 (NIV) “being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience”,
But He cannot bless you unless you trust and obey Him—unless you are willing to live by faith. As you exercise faith in an unlimited God and draw upon His unlimited resources, you will begin to experience the abundant life, which Jesus came to give! John 10:10 (NIV) “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”.
Prayer: Dear God, I’ve been living my life my own way. Now I want to live it Your way. I need You and I am now willing for You to take control of my life. I receive Your Son Jesus Christ, as my personal Saviour and Lord. I believe He died for my sins and has risen from the dead. I surrender to Him as Lord. Come, Lord Jesus, and occupy the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.
God is a prayer answering God so if you sincerely pray Jesus will come and live in you by His Spirit.
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