August 5, 2016

Saying, "Thank you."

I have heard it said (by supposed Christian teachers, and Christians, and I forget who all says it, but maybe you say it) that a redeemed soul can forget to say "Thank you" to the Redeemer.

Honestly?

I do not understand how that is possible.

It makes me wonder if that "redeemed soul" has truly been redeemed.

You see, not every one who says that they are redeemed, or believes that they are redeemed, are truly redeemed as is born out in the passage spoken by Jesus in Matthew 7:21-23.

How is it that a soul, bound for hell, and then isn't, and never will be, can forget it?

How is it that a soul, bound up in sin, and unable not to sin, can forget the freedom they now know?

How is it that a soul, who tried, and tried to love, and couldn't, and then can, ever not be grateful?

To go from chains to freedom, and to know of it always, not as some earth-bound people who go in and out of prison, but one who is born new, never to know chains again...how is it possible?

I submit to you that it is impossible.

Those who would say that they "forget" to praise the Lord, and need reminders, is to say that they were once drowning, and were as good as dead, and then were saved, yet they tend to forget the Savior, not to mention the ecstasy of grace, and the release of a flood of love through their soul.

It's as though none of that really happened.

Is it possible that it didn't?

Jesus would say that it is very possible.

That is what he was saying has occurred if you were to walk backwards from Matthew 7:21-23.

Jesus is saying that many are walking around now thinking that they are saved, and they are not.

So what is the proof?

Fruit.

Not just sometimes, but always.

A good tree, Jesus said, always produces good fruit (Matthew 7:17).

Will you argue with him?

Go ahead.

And while you are at it, ask him about the lack of love you exhibit.

And the fits you pitch.

And the way you cannot stop taking his name in vain.

And the unkind ways you have toward some because, after all, you know they don't deserve kindness.

And the lack of patience you have with most everyone who is not quite as quick as you are.

And your selfishness, and lack of generosity.

And....what else? What is crossing your mind right now?  Will you ask him about that?

But most of all, do you love God with all your heart?

He commands it.

Do you do it?

Are you prayers being heard?

Do you rest?

Are you thankful?

The Holy Spirit is calling the weary to rest, but there is no rest while still in sin.

If the yoke you carry is heavy, then it is not the yoke of the Lord.

Repent.

Agree with the Lord about the sin that you do.

Time is short.

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked, and a woman will reap what she sows (Galatians 6:7).

What are you sowing?

Thankfulness, good fruit, and endless prayers?

Or complaining, worry, and strife?

Seek the Lord.








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