Almost, But Not Quite.

Today a guest writer will bring a message that has been “burning” in her heart.  She is a dear friend of mine for over thirty years; she is passionate about God and I asked if she would share this message with you.  DeAnne, you have the floor, or page.  LOL!

My husband and I like to walk around a lake near us, especially on a beautiful summer morning.  As we walk we enjoy the beauty of nature, greet the people we meet along the way and in general enjoy God’s handiwork.

Recently, as we were on our way to the lake, while driving there, I happened to notice some drivers who sort of “fudged” a bit on the traffic rules.  It set me to thinking and I want to share those thoughts with you in hopes that it will challenge you.

When we first learn to drive we are very careful and very diligent to obey all of the rules, but familiarity brings with it laxity.  We exceed the speed limit by just five miles because we know we won’t be stopped, we sort of roll through the stop sign instead of coming to a full stop, we may not use a turn signal because no one is around, and how many of us approach an intersection, the light is yellow and you know it will be red before you clear it, but you go through it anyway.  Some people have even taken to going through a light when it turns red.  What we are really saying is, “The rules don’t apply to me.”  Really?

How about spiritually?  We meet Jesus, we are born-again, we are hungry, hungry, hungry.  We can’t get enough Word, enough Bible Study, enough talk about Jesus and God’s Kingdom.  We go to church. We go to meetings. We attend Bible Studies.  We so much want to learn about this amazing God who died for us, who gave His life that we might really live.  We can’t wait to share what we are learning with others.

But in time something happens.  We miss a service here and there.  We start finding fault with the people in our Bible Study, and church does not seem to draw us like it once did.  We don’t take time to read the Bible, listen to teachings or have “God” conversations.  Our hearts start growing cold.

There are many ways that we justify ourselves.  We may think: “God loves me, I know that, but He knows I can’t spend all of my time in church.  I have other commitments too.”  “I have grown a lot over the years, I am actually doing pretty good.  How much more do I have to grow?”  “I am not so bad, I go to church most Sundays.  I am not the pastor or Bible teacher, I am just a homemaker, a mother and now I am a grandma.  I need a break.”

“The other day I was walking through the family room and I heard a TV preacher say, “God misses His time with you.”,  “I thought, come on, I am no one special.  But that thought nagged me, He misses me?  Could it be….maybe it is true.  Could that be why my children aren’t living so great.  Could I be backslidden?  Does God really miss me when I don’t spend time with Him?”

“I am somewhat of a church goer.  I give some in the offering baskets.  I am not a freeloader with God, am I?  Well, our finances aren’t as good as they used to be, things are getting a little tight.  I haven’t talked to my godly friends in a long time.  Hmmm, maybe God is trying to tell me something.”

“A few months ago my believing friend said something that offended me, maybe I needed to hear that rebuke. Lord, are you trying to help me to listen?  Maybe I need to have a talk with Jesus; my knees probably could stand to get a few callouses.”

“I wonder where I put my Bible.  Oh my, when was the last time I read it?  God, forgive me it’s been a long time, maybe that is why my life is in such a mess, it is a “BIG” mess.  Jesus, I need you, bring me back to the center and be my main focus again.  Today I say, “Yes”, to you.  I will search for You with my whole heart, like I used to.  Thank you God for never giving up on me.  Oh Lord, don’t ever let me go backwards again.  You are so good, so kind, so merciful and precious.  Thank you for never leaving me or forsaking me.  I love you Lord.”

The person in this scenario realized before it was too late that she had let her relationship with the Lord slip away.  You cannot be almost saved, but not quite, you are either saved or you are not.  You can’t have a relationship with someone without communication.  Let us remember we are Children of the Most High God and members of the Royal household, our Brother is the King.  Let’s visit with our family on earth, our Father in Heaven, our Brother, Jesus, and let’s welcome the Spirit of the Lord into every part of our lives.

Deuteronomy 8: 2-3; 11-16 NKJV

“And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.  “So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.

Beware that you do not forget the Lord you God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statues which I command you today, lest, when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt from the house of bondage; who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock;’ who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end.”

God loves you!  It has been a privilege to share with you.  DeAnne

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