Tuesday, August 18, 2015

I Can’t Go to God

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Perhaps it’s not easy for you to go to God when you’re struggling, especially when dealing with the consequences of your poor choices.

Maybe you’re disappointed in the way God answered your prayers in the past which left you feeling as if He wasn’t listening or didn’t care about you or your problems.

Or perhaps the idea of going to your heavenly Father doesn’t feel like a safe option because your relationship with your earthly parent(s) is messed up.

But what if you’ve allowed the past consequences of your choices, your lack of understanding of God’s timing and sovereignty, or the imperfection of those around you, define who God truly is?

What if He is a much better Father than you’ve ever dared to believe? It’s at least worth considering, isn’t it?

God wants you to know that He loves you—intensely. He grieves for (and with) you for the situation you’re in. Consider having a conversation with Him, similar to that of the Prodigal Son’s.

Luke 15:18 (NASB)
I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight."

Even if you think it won’t work because you’ve tried it before, risk trusting in God’s love for you, one more time. If necessary, call someone who has a relationship with God and let him or her pray with you.

Please don’t wait until things get worse. You may not survive worse. Allow God to throw His strong and compassionate arms around you, so He can help you break that cycle.

There is hope. There is a right path for you to take—beginning at this moment.

This week, read Luke 15:11-24 every day, especially in the Amplified Version, if possible, and discover more about yourself—and your heavenly Father.

Which verses stand out for you? Consider meditating on them, and possibly memorizing those that will help you, as you deal with your failures and your need for forgiveness.

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  1. This scripture really helped me come to understand repentance. Repentance is not a one time thing, but is something we need to develop a habit of doing as we falter. God wants to have fellowship with us, and He doesn't want anything to keep us away from Him. He made every provision for us to come directly to Him by way of the cross. Forgiveness is for whosoever will come.

    "For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:15-16

    1. Isn't that true?! True repentance is ongoing. Thankfully, His love, grace, power and compassion keeps us on track when we're genuine.
      And I love the verse you added, Barbara.

  2. I enjoyed this and it felt very important to me. Thank you Sheryl! I felt the urgency of the Holy Spirit calling for us to make use of today because we may not get another chance to run home into His arms. The urgency of His love which says to us come home, and don't waste another moment on your own.

    - Olivia

    1. What a great comment, Olivia. You are so right. Thank you for stopping by!

  3. LOVE THIS!! It's so true, and you've done an excellent job of expressing it. Sometimes we're afraid to go to our Father in Heaven to confess because we're fearful of the "punishment," but He is full of grace, loving, and forgiving. He is likely to provide encouragement, hope, and a way out that we can see and take because His plans are for our welfare, He desires us to be free of our sinful natures, and so He provides that perfect path.. we just have to walk that way!

    1. Thank you, Sandra! And I LOVE your comment. Our God is a compassionate, loving Father. He knows what's best for us!
      Thank you SO much for stopping by! Please do so again.


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