Soften our hearts (part 2)

“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,” Acts 3:19 NKJV

Dear Heavenly Father – Thank you Lord for your continued grace. Thank you that you are faithful when we repent to forgive us our sins. Please speak to me and to everyone reading this as we know your word is empowering and transformative. Open our eyes, wake us up, and please open our understanding. In the name of Jesus – Amen

Grace – this week I am bathing in grace.  If not for grace we would be condemned to eternal hell-fire – but through grace we find mercy and forgiveness, conviction to repentance. Grace! Glorious grace! The kind of grace that brings all glory to God! Because if not for God, where would we be?

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:1 KJV

First hold in your heart that all conviction is from God unto repentance and all condemnation is of the enemy to bondage to sin.  Then, we can move on.

We have a heart condition – all of us – the modern church and body of Christ. The heart is part of The Body and if the heart is in trouble the entire body is in trouble. I did not want to apply these messages to myself but right from the beginning of this week – these are all for me as much as for the body. Many times we look only to ourselves and forget that we are all interconnected and all part of the same body – all over the world – one body of Christ. We must pray this through and as a body be healed! There is no other way than repentance.

Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years. 10 Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart; they have not known my ways.’ 11 As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest.’” Hebrews 3:7-11 ESV

What generation has provoked God? Our world is as it was in the days of Noah. It is as it was in Sodom and Gomorrah. Can we then say we are immune to the wrath of God? Have we lost our understanding of His holiness and righteousness?  Was our righteousness given to us too easily as maybe without having seen the act of the cross in person we fail to understand the great price that was paid for that gift?! God’s righteousness was not a gift to Himself – He earned it with an eternal record of being pure, flawless, faithful and perfect. He earned it with sacrifice and sorrow over having to judge the bad and joy of judging and rewarding the good.

“But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,” Romans 2:5 NASB

Repentance is a daily thing. Yes, I am going to say it daily this week. None of us are righteous of our own merit and must clean our hearts daily – we have a heart problem. And until our hearts are pouring God’s glory out of our mouths – as a body we must repent! Individually and as the body of Christ coming together and repenting.

“The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45 ESV

What are we sharing on social media? What are we texting, emailing, and doing when no one is looking and we feel safe hidden behind a keyboard? What is truly in our hearts? Are we evoking the wrath of God? Are we continuing in sin to the promised end of the wrath of God?!

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but wealso glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”
Romans 5:1-11 NIV

The wrath of God was deferred by the blood of Christ shed on the cross! We can repent and be delivered from the bondage of sin!

It’s a heart problem and the answer is so simple – Love.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.”
1 John 4:7-21 ESV

We all, both the believers and non-believers, shall sit before the judgment seat of Christ. If we are in obedience to Christ, then when we are judge we shall be rewarded for our obedience. If we are continuing in sin, then we are judged according to our disobedience.  And if we are full of the love that is God, then God gets the glory!  And all things were created to glorify Him and if he gets the glory in us then we are fulfilling our purpose.

If you don’t already, and today you would like to have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**

Thank you for reading ~ Grace be with you
Be healthy and blessed ~ Love one another
~ Watch and Pray ~
Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

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