GraceLife Blog 61-Juicy

When we turn to Jesus in humble apology, our sins will always be forgiven.  The Lord will hear our prayers, and he will turn to us.  He will not turn his face from us and we will once again be with God.  Being filled with the Holy Spirit is exactly what we need, because God is good.  If we aren’t filled with Jesus Christ, what will take his place in our hearts?

Allowing God to become one with us is important not only so that we stay with him after we leave this earth, but also so that we succeed while on this earth.  God will make us successful and keep us safe if we strive to become completely good.  To become good, we need to be willing to figure out what is right and what is wrong.  We can’t expect God to bless us in all areas of our lives if we continue to sin because we plead ignorance.

Keep praying to Christ that he reveals his ways–that he reveals what is right and what is wrong–in our lives so that our confusion is cleared up.  Seek God’s face.  Find out who he is and who he isn’t.  And once we are convinced that something we do is wrong, we must do everything we can to stop.  Don’t deliberately sin.  “If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left” (Hebrews 10:26).  We need to always move forward in our progress toward perfection, toward living as Jesus wants us to live.

God will pleasantly tell us over and over that we are wrong.  He will tell us for years and years and he will have patience until we finally realize that we are wrong.  But understand that a time will come when he gets fed up with our misconceptions–generally gotten from unwillingness to part with sin: otherwise known as an excuse–and he will make something unpleasant happen in our lives to help us conceive more appropriately.  Isn’t that plain to see?  Isn’t that how all good father’s discipline their children?  It’s our choice.  Is it going to be the easy way or the hard way?

What the wicked dreads will overtake him; what the righteous desire will be granted (Proverbs 10:24).

No harm befalls the righteous, but the wicked have their fill of trouble (Proverbs 12:21).

The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous (Proverbs 3:33).

The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of judgement (Proverbs 10:21).

If the righteous receive their due on earth, how much more the ungodly and the sinner! (Proverbs 11:31).

Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will go free (Proverbs 11:21).

The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.  Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again.  Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you” (John 5:13-14).

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