Devotional 1/12

It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age— and then have fallen away—to be restored again to repentance, because they themselves are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting Him to open shame. Hebrews 6:4-6

Be thankful for the thorns and thistles, which keep you from being in love with this world, and becoming an idolater.
Charles Spurgeon

The Lord God is righteous and just. We have all sinned, and come short from the splendor, connection and divine manifestation of God. None of us is fit to be in God’s presence. But God sent Jesus Christ, His Son to experience the hardship and temptation of being human. Jesus never sinned, but died as the worst sinner; He died to reconnect us with God. Let’s say, you have received the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and confessed Him as the Lord of your heart: you are now SAVED. Image result for i am saved

Being saved:

  • Receive God’s forgiveness
  • Receive eternal life
  • Become children of God
  • Receive His Holy Spirit
  • We have 24/7 access to God’s throne of grace
  • Jesus intercedes for us, as a lawyer fights in the court of law
  • God gives us a specific call according to plan for the world
  • God delivers us from evil

This week God has led me to speak about backsliding. Backsliding is the concept of a Christian departing from the faith, by in some way going backwards. We can all lose our way from the faith; either by thought, by desire, by practice and by faith. We don’t deserve God in the first place, but imagine being saved and as the bible says ‘tasting the goodness of God’s glory, and departing.” God may forgive you, if you come with a truly changed and committed heart, but you have subjected him to open shame. The bible also says this in the OT various times: ‘The Gentiles blaspheme the name of God because of you’. This open shame refers to the reality that others (watching or following us) would conclude that God is not alive and/or what Jesus did on the cross does not have the power to save!

God tells us through His word, in the context of departing the faith and these scriptures that bad soil bears thorns and thistles. Then we have Matthew 13, where Jesus metaphorically assimilates the condition of our hearts with the different types of soils where seeds are planted. Jesus said that seeds planted in rocky soil, could not bear fruit because it grew thorns; and these thorns would choke out any fruit that did sprout. Worldly cares, shame, grief, and thoughtlessness can all be considered thorns. During Jesus path to Crucifixion, the soldiers mocked Jesus authority putting a Crown of Thorns on His head (this symbolized shame and curse: Matthew 27:29)The bible also mentions thorns as being messengers of Satan, which God will not remove but will give us grace to be able to bear it (God’s grace is sufficient: 2 Cor. 12:9)

There are things in your life, which can choke the Life out of you, if left unattended.  

Let’s pray:

Father God, I thank you for your Holy Spirit. I present to you myself, and those reading who are struggling in any area of their lives; may You sanctify us wholly, soul, spirit and body. May our entire beings, be preserved blameless until You return. Lord Jesus establish us in your predestined good works. I ask you to illuminate us and strengthen our sensitivity to your spirit. Protect us from losing our way like the many mighty men of God in the bible, David, Solomon, Peter, Elijah, Moses and Sampson. I ask you for a fresh anointing for all your sons and daughters, rekindle our passion for life and for you God. In Jesus name, Amen. 

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