Have you been rejecting God? Have you been denying that He exists? Have you decided that He doesn’t exist? What would have to happen for you to change and receive Him?
Have you been hurt? Have you been rejected? Have you been lied to? Have you been mistreated? Have you been undervalued? Did you keep talking to God? Did you receive what He was saying? Did you answer “yeah, but…” and not take hold of or listen to what God was telling you?
I have many posts about the power of forgiveness and those are the best example of walking with God but not being fully obedient to Him because I wasn’t willing to forgive for months even though He kept prompting me to forgive them. It took getting to a breaking point before I would receive it! It took one more things, the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back for me to fully take hold of it. Triggered by the song 7×70 which led me back to Him. I gave it all up to Him and walked away transformed! The pressure, the weight, the pain, the … were all gone! God worked a miracle in me that day and taught me a less about how important forgiveness is, not just for me but from me too.
Another example where I resisted God’s direction and wisdom required getting the memo that I had a choice, a decision to make, would I step up and be president for His purposes and His plan, or did I want to be nothing, He let the decision be mine. Nothing didn’t sound very good and turned to being obedient and leaned on Him in and through the process and experience! God called me to step up and step out! God’s not calling the perfect, He is perfecting the called! It’s about the heart! Will we choose to be obedient to God’s calling and purpose for our lives!
Now if we go back to the original part … are you denying God? are you rejecting God?
How bad would it have to get before He could get your attention?
Today’s devotional tells a very powerful story and rather than try to paraphrase it, let me share it with you…
John Newton (1725–1801) was a militant atheist, bully and blasphemer. He was a wild and angry young man. He was press-ganged into the Navy at the age of eighteen where he broke the rules so recklessly that he was publicly flogged for desertion. He was hated and feared by his crewmates and himself became a slave trader.
At the age of twenty-three, Newton’s ship encountered a severe storm off the coast of Donegal and almost sank. He called out to God as the ship filled with water and on that day, 10 March 1748, God rescued him. He began a new life. He started to pray and read the Bible. Eventually he joined William Wilberforce in the campaign to abolish the slave trade and became a leading light in that campaign.
Newton is best known as the author of the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’:
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now I’m found,
Was blind, but now I see.
To be rescued is to be saved, set free, delivered from danger, attack or harm. Jesus is the one who rescues you and brings you into ‘a spacious place’ (2 Samuel 22:20).
When we turn to God and allow Him to start something in our hearts, the world will never be the same! He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we could ever ask or imagine, in us and thru us!
So where are you at in your walk thru life today? What will it take to get your attention? Will you share your story with others that they may hear what God’s done in and thru you so that others may glorify Your Father in heaven? Will you be light in this dark world so that others can realize that there is hope?
A spacious place for you
A spacious place for the church
A spacious place forever