August 31, 2016

That it might go well with you

If I have my gummy vitamins...

If I get to do my Pilates....

If I get my 7&1/2 hours of sleep...

If I get my walk, run, and nap....

If the sun shines....

If I have three meals, and two snacks every day...

If I have my desired outing....

If I don't have to leave the house....

If I only eat organic...

If my husband calls as he said that he would, and if he answers my texts immediately, or if he remembers to take out the trash, and pick up the milk, and gets home in time to bathe the kids....

And then what?

What happens if all goes according to your plans, your desires, your demands?

What must go as you deem necessary for all to be well with you?

What is on your list in order for you to be happy, not grouchy, and moody, and even keel?

Here are God's thoughts concerning your life, and what it takes:

"(You) be careful to obey.....that it may always go well with you and your children after you..." (Deuteronomy 12:28)

"(You) honor your father and mother that it may go well with you," (Ephesians 6:3)

"You shall walk in all the ways that the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may go well with you..." (Jeremiah 7:23)

You.

That is who God is commanding.

And God commands, not that you take a walk, or eat this, or not eat that, and see to it that your husband is obedient to you, or to the commands of Scripture, or that you get a certain number of hours for sleep, or take your vitamins for all to go well with you.

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and your neighbor as yourself."

Do that.

Only that.

Just those two things.

Nothing more.

Then, and only then, will "it" go well with you.

How is it that we get to that point of doing just those two things?

In knowing God.

That is key.

How does that happen?

Only in repentance.

No sin. One cannot stand before God with any sin in them.

Yes. Sin will always, till you get your new body, be in your flesh. Sin causes aging, and death to the physical body. But sin in the soul is gone upon repentance, and the soul comes alive after repenting.

Once alive, always alive.

Upon repentance, sin is gone as far as the east is from the west. (Psalm 103:12)

Or do you not want sin to be gone that far from you?

Do you want to continue in your sin?

You will continue to sin if you want to sin, i.e., not love God totally, and your neighbor too.

And it will be because you love darkness (John 3:19).

Do you believe the Word?

Did you balk at the fact that you just might love darkness?

That is why Scripture says that sin is committed.

Or would you say that you do what you hate?

If so, then who made you do what you hate?

Is "someone" in you causing you to do what you hate?

Are you controlled by someone?

Or is sin automatic, and you just cannot help it?

It is time to study the Word concerning sin, the reason for the Holy Spirit, and if a Sovereign (God) shares heart space, for to choose to be ignorant, and willful, will not get you a pass out of hell.

Sentiment has no bearing with God.

Any argument that begins with, "I just don't 'feel' that God will do such-and such," will not stand.

Feeling have no bearing before God.

Only facts (Scripture) stand, or have any significance to him.

He sent his son to die for a reason.

Why was that?

He does not "feel" one way about you and your sin, and another way toward Hitler, or Josh Duggar, or Anthony Weiner, Ted Bundy, Andrea Yates, or transgenders, or homosexuals, or serial liars, or philanderers, because sin is sin, and sin is done in darkness, and if you sin, you are in darkness.

God does not have a different attitude or opinion about you just because you try to do his will.

Trying is not a part of the equation for the redeemed.

Can you find anywhere that God says, "Try to live the life that I command you to live, and it will go well with you!"?

He says that we must do it.

It is one way, and not any other, that we must live, and then it will go well with us.

What is the "well" to which God refers concerning our lives?

It is eternal life that is the good, excellent, and wonderful part of knowing God through repentance.

If you think that it is anything else (health, material possessions, bigger and better of anything), then you are mistaken, and you want more than knowing God, and being redeemed, and nothing is better.

Those who do his will have eternal life, and eternal life does not belong to those who try.

If you think differently, find it.

Find the passages where one must "try" to live according to God's word, and that is it okay to get it wrong sometimes, and not love as he commands.

Life and death hang in the balance.

Going well with you hangs in the balance.

Destruction or restoration.

Bondage or freedom.

You choose.

Go your way, or repent.

Repent, that it may go well with you, and that you may have eternal life.

Nothing is better.






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