Time to own our Responsibility (3)

“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV

It is never too late to repent. We, the people of this world, have made a mess of things and God is willing to step in and deliver us as we learn to handle what God has told us to handle.

Dear Heavenly Father – Today you have something to say and I lose your words and bind all that intends to hinder it! Please open our eyes to see and our understanding to know what we are studying today. Please continue to pour out your grace upon us! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

When we are married or in any type of relationship (and friendship), we must work on those relationship. We must communicate with each other spending quality time. If not – the relationship dies. The same is true for our relationship with God.

This week as God has impressed so many studies on our responsibilities as Christians, I am a bit leery – knowing a list of duties can become a tool to further insincerity, manipulation and deception in the hands of a luke-warm Christian or a hypocrite. So I share out of love, as a reminder, to those who are shedding their flesh and lining themselves up with God. I share out of loving corrections to those who are not taking responsibility for their Christianity.  I share for those who do not know these things – our salvation is a free gift of grace, but once we enter into it we are responsible to read the Bible, pray, and grow in the Lord (essentially, to obey).  But obedience without understanding Who it is we are obeying will also lead you astray.  It is time to get to know God.

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6 NKJV
This word knowledge literally mean knowing God. You can have the Bible memorized – I have a large portion memorized and had the understanding on how to rightly divide the scriptures. Yet I walked away from God for quite a few years. This word knowledge in this scripture isn’t head knowledge of theology – this is knowing God in a deep and personal way that only comes from devoted time in the Bible and in God’s presence.

We must be diligent and devoted.

“If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13 ESV
Our very nature is faithless to the core and our heavenly Father is faithful. So when it seems like we are putting so much more effort into things – it is simply because we need to overcome ourselves.  Humans cannot even be faithful in a marriage or faithful to raise their children – how much more must we work to learn faithfulness to God? God literally sacrificed His only son for us (John 3:16). This isn’t one sided.

“But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.” 2 Thessalonians 3:3 ESV
First He must establish us – I told you about when I was going through a foundational time. God tore down, what felt like, everything. Then He rebuilt me the right way, from the base up. I must first be established.  During that time the enemy, the world, my flesh and anything else seem to come against me – I was vulnerable without a foundation and without a guard. Everything shook me, everything made me cry out to God to save me, and everything was SO MUCH. 

“The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.” Psalm 145:18 NKJV

So many lessons and so much building and so many prayer times I felt so close to God. But as you go along, you don’t always feel God. You must just believe the word is true and He comes near the moment you call on Him. We have the responsibility to grow and walk in the truth of the word and not in our feelings.

They say the salvation or destruction of the USA is in the outcome of the election – and many are crying out to God this past week believing that this is the end. They are in luck, as God is moving near to them!  But also to them I quote the verse at the top – fast, pray, and repent and God will heal our land. Spending quality time in His presence will heal us very quickly.

“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,” Deuteronomy 7:9 ESV
There are so many “if/then” clauses in the Bible. Pay special attention to them. Yesterday’s post was filled with them and here is another today.
If we love God and obey Him, then He will be our God, He will be faithful, He will keep all this promises, He will continue in steadfast love for us. 
Earlier in this same post we thought it felt like so much work to read, pray and commit to a relationship with God as He was just so easily faithful.  But he is so much more than faithful – every promise in the Bible is a yes to us. Every.  
“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” 2 Corinthians 1:20 NKJV
To the glory of God is the key – we were created to give God glory – for God to be glorified in and through us. This is why all of the promises are yes, when we obey. It is the prescribed method for His glory.

And when the promises haven’t arrived yet and when we are begging for God to open the gates and let those promises in. When we knock and knock and persist like the widow in Luke 18:1-8; let us not grow weary.

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23 ESV

Meanwhile, as we wait for the promises we should continue to grow in our relationship and take responsibility for our actions and our side of the relationship. Maintain – even as it gets worse. Maintain even as it begins to look impossible.

“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear;” Isaiah 59:1 ESV

Cry out to God:
“Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.” Jeremiah 32:17 ESV

“For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37 ESV

“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” Mark 10:27 ESV

It is in what is impossible for man, that God is the most glorified! All glory be to God!

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,” Ephesians 3:20 ESV
Not only is it possible with God, but He will do it OVER THE TOP! I always say if it isn’t exceedingly abundantly more than you could ask or think, then God isn’t done yet!

There is however, one thing that is impossible for God:
“So that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.” Hebrews 6:18 ESV

This is our promise, as well. So take responsibility of working on your relationship with God.

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 ~ I love you and love one another
Watch and Pray ~ Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

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