23 April 2018

Depend on Him - totally!

"Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord." (Hebrews 12:14)

The holiness spoken of in this verse refers to one’s closeness to God. It is about creating a lifestyle based on total dependence on God. Such a relationship plays an important role in any Christian's life. It is quite clear that when a person is close to God, their faith becomes stronger and surer, but when there is a spiritual distance between God and His child, the person's faith weakens and brings no results.

Weakness might not come in the form of a feeling. You might say: Well, I have been feeling very sad lately. Does that mean I am spiritually weak? Sadness does not necessarily mean that your faith is weak. It could be a symptom of worry over problems like debts, family arguments or work stress. However, when you stop believing that God can solve the problem and therefore give in to your sadness, then you are acting in weakness and not faith.

Dear reader, have you been drifting away from God? Have you noticed your faith becoming weaker and less certain? How rewarding is it for you to keep on falling, to continue stumbling in life? You sin today and ask for forgiveness. Then, the next day, you repeat the same cycle: sinning and asking for forgiveness. Friend, the clock is ticking and time is moving on. You do not pray like you used to or even fast any more. How will you catch up in this spiritual race?

"Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD." (Lamentations 3:40) God gives the answer: seek His Presence wholeheartedly, return to Him and do what is right. Rebuke all thoughts, desires or practices that are taking you far from God. He cannot give you a new life, unless you decide to give up your old life, your old behaviour.

Remember: God does not patch up lives or 'fix' them. He renews them, turning the old into something new. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" (2 Corinthians 5:17) Will you return to God?

God bless you.

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