Devotional 1/28

Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 2 Peter 1:10

Sometimes problems don’t require a solution to solve them; instead they require maturity to outgrow them.

Steve Maraboli

Are there backsliders who will not receive the grace of God to repent again?

We know that the Lord is a benevolent and merciful God, but He is also a JUST God, who weighs the hearts. He knows when the decisions we make are driven by brokenness, desperation, faithlessness, hopelessness, etc., and He also knows when we are acting out of rebellion, spite, carelessness, devaluing of His call, refusal to use self discipline, etc. So it is possible for God to abandon us without the grace for repentance.

Our God can lift, deliver and restore us from a fall, but he also has a cut off point, when He will deliver us to Satan, or depart from us without giving us the grace to repent. We must yearn for and guard the calling of God (and what He has given us), with fear and trembling. The Lord honors humble hearts that are sincere and transparent before Him, but His word says that if we sin deliberately there is no more sacrifice left for us, and that leaving Christ is like nailing him back on the cross, shaming him before everyone. If an individual has learned the word of God, shared in the Holy Spirit and experienced the power of God in salvation and then turns back to the world (leaving Christ), the bible says that it’s impossible for them to start over again.

The Bible says that many are called, but few are chosen! Like the people in the list below: the Lord calls all of us, but we ought to make our election sure.

  • Blasphemers of the Holy Spirit: who attribute the deeds of the Spirit to the devil and vice versa. (Unforgivable sin)
  • The reprobate of mind: who God abandons (Romans 1)

a. Apostates and heresy teachers: types of reprobate minds, who God (eventually) abandons.

b. The man delivered to Satan: (1Cor. 5:5) types of reprobate minds, he called himself a Christian but was willfully sexually immoral.

  • Esau: those who are careless with God’s call and choose to feed their fleshly appetites. (devalue the call of God)
  • Judas: was predestined to betray the Son of God. Many people say that He could have been saved, had he repented… except that he could not repent because He was the son of perdition. (John 17)
  • There will be servants of God, to whom the Lord will say get away from me, I never knew you! (Mat. 7:23)

God is not moved by our feelings of guilt: guilt does not mean “I repent”. The guilt and condemnation which Esau felt, did not move God, even when he wept bitterly. And the guilt which Judas felt did not lead him to repentance, but to suicide. If God cannot draw us back to the right path with cords of love: he will deliver us to Satan and draw us back by force! The Lord knows that Satan’s torment and the consequences of our choices will bring us back to God, even if we physically die-our soul would be saved.

When you stop growing, you die inside.It is necessary to read the bible, and apply it to ourselves! It’s good to know history, and details: but it is not of much value if you do not recognize that God is speaking directly and specifically to YOU. The word of God confronts and changes us.

Let’s pray:

Father God, today I ask you to have mercy on us all. Please extend your mercy to your sons and daughters. I understand that you are just and holy, you are a great and dreadful God, and we not only fear you because we reverence you but because you can destroy both our bodies and our souls! Jesus, please extend your mercy to our families in the flesh, and in the faith God. May they humble themselves before you, and surrender their will to you once and for all. Reveal yourself once again God. We repent for ever walking away from you for whatever reason, even if it was in our minds or emotions, or if it was in anger, in shame or desperation. We thank you for drawing us back with your cords of love, and ask you to glorify yourselves in the lives of those who need your love God. In Jesus name, Amen.  

 

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