Because we humans are unwilling to fully obey God’s laws, guilt is our common human experience. To refuse to algin your life with God is to reject His love and compassion. To ignore, avoid, or resist the living God is to choose to live your life in rebellion.
The best time to get right with God is right now. The longer you wait, the less likely you’ll do it. If your heart is made and kept right with God, your lifestyle will soon follow. If you’re not right with God, it’s because you don’t want to be, not because you don’t know how.
Passivity strays from God. Getting and staying right with God (growing in grace) requires openness, humility, sensitivity, and obedience towards Him. When you feel like saying, “There’s no way,” that’s a great time to look for God’s way.
To get right with God, begin to align your desires to His will. If you don’t want to stop doing wrong, you’re probably not right with God. The more you align your life with God, the less you will be applauded by the culture around you.
Unconditional love and strong disapproval often go hand in hand. Some people think that compassion requires that they denounce the Bible, but Jesus demonstrated compassion while strongly affirming the Scriptures.
A world without God’s laws would be a world without justice. Nothing would hold evildoing accountable. All humans have broken God’s laws and have earned His judgment. On the cross, Jesus suffered the judgment for all your wrongdoing.
In the Bible, both Jesus and the Old Testament prophets were very critical of institutional religion. Church too often causes Christians to ignore the reality of Christ in them and instead to look for Christ in a preacher. Church is easy to check off your religious to-do list but following and obeying the risen Jesus is 24/7/365.
Many Christians have substituted going to church for open-hearted Bible reading and. replaced their conscience with a pastor’s sermon. Much that is called church is classroom lecture devoid of intimate, heart-to-heart connection. It’s mere formalism without genuine community. A Spirit-led, open sharing format (as described in 1 Corinthians 14:26) is much more conducive to community. Staying faithful to the Bible in that kind of community releases genuine spiritual awakening!
“The pursuit of happiness” isn’t a Christian concept. Christ-followers are called to “hunger and thirst for righteousness” and to “seek first the kingdom of God.”