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   [25 Jan 2012 | Wednesday]

"I'm Just Not Good Enough..."

Ever feel like you're not "good enough" for God to love you?

Do you ever feel you can't find Him; that He isn't listening to your calls for help, comfort, etc.? Well, don't feel all alone, friend! Many people of faith have times like these...

First of all, none of us is good enough to stand before God...on our own! We are ALL sinners, and we can't keep the laws of God completely. However, God knows this, and He loves us even still. He has already made provisions for our sins. "God demonstrates His love for us in this: that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us..." (Romans 5:8). Through the blood of Christ, we are fully acceptable to our heavenly Father!

(1). We are always conflicted between two desires which "war" within us. These are the "love of sin" and "the love of God." Our Father knows this very well. But instead of "writing us off", He actually lives for the opportunity to take us under His wing! In the words of (2Peter 3:9), scripture says "...He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."

Did you know that the Apostle Paul was a murderer before coming to Christ Jesus? He actually killed Christians because he believed they were blasphemers of God. Yet Jesus saw in him great purpose to advance the gospel of Christ. Eventually, Paul would write some 21 of the 27 letters which would become the books of the New Testament!

(2). As for God not listening to your prayers, nothing is further from the truth! When a sincere prayer is offered up to Him, by a faithful believer, He's "all ears." In (Hebrews 13:5), God says "...I will never leave you, I will never forsake you." Also, He says in (James 5:15-16):

"And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven...the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective."

Now, let us be clear on one important point. There is a old addage which says: "The questions come in our time, the answers come in God's time." Sometimes, He will not answer us as quickly as we would like.

But we must understand that God has reasons and purposes at work in all things which we have no knowledge of. He may not respond immediately because His plans concerning us may not yet be finished...

Think of things in this way: He may be calling attention to something or someone in our lives which needs attention. Yes, He sometimes allows trials in our lives for reasons of discipline, (see Hebrews 12: 7-11). But when we learn to embrace this fact; when we take stock of things in and around us during times of hardships, we will be more mature Christians for the effort!

Finally, consider the complete nature of God. Isn't He all about love, mercy, and forgiveness? True, He will take no compassion upon those who turn away from Him. Those who choose to make an enemy of the Lord will find none of His affectionate nature.

No, His care and concern is reserved for those who keep Him in their hearts and lives! His children know Him, and He knows them very, very well! So, don't look at yourself as one whom God can't or won't love, that is simply not true!

"Come near to God, and He will come near to you." (James 4: 8).

-StevenPaul

   

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

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