I posted this back in December, but have felt strongly that I needed to repost these words. It’s time to break away from anything that may be hindering our walk with the Lord. Hebrews 12 tells us to”run the race to win, throwing off any weights or sins” that are slowing us down. Is there anything slowing you down? King David prayed and asked the Lord to search his heart and show him any hidden sins he was unaware of. Each one of us should also ask the same.
You don’t realize that I am watching you. I am watching all of you. Your sinful deeds are all around you, and I,the Lord, see them all. You entertain each other with wickedness and lies and many of you are aflame with lust. Yet, as I watch and listen, not one of you cries out to me. You continue to mingle with godless foreigners and you made yourself as worthless as a half baked cake. Are you for me or do you long for the things of this world? Have they filled your heart so much that you no longer desire me? Haven’t you read the warnings? My people have become lukewarm.
Do you cowardly cringe when you say the name of my Son Jesus? If you deny Him, He will surely deny you before ME. What sorrow awaits those who desert ME. For I sent My only Beloved Son FOR YOU, Yet you consider it as nothing. My fury is about to be poured out like boiling water from an overturned pot. How much longer shall I call out to you?
My heart weeps for you. If you would only open your eyes and see how much I LOVE YOU. You seek me, but you don’t find me. You have looked everywhere but you your sins have weighed you down, you carry them around as ropes tied to you. When will you confess?- for I am an all forgiving God- and Savior. But you don’t admit your wrongs. Have you not heard that there is no sacrifice that will cover your deliberate continual sinning? You don’t cry out to me with sincere hearts.
Hear the Word of the Lord:
The Lord says :”for I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them.” Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; “I called you so often, but you wouldn’t come. I reached out to you, but you paid no attention. You ignored my advice and rejected the correction I offered. So I will laugh when you are in trouble! I will mock you when disaster overtakes you— when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster engulfs you like a cyclone, and anguish and distress overwhelm you. “When they cry for help, I will not answer. Though they anxiously search for me, they will not find me. For they hated knowledge and chose not to fear the Lord. They rejected my advice and paid no attention when I corrected them. Therefore, they must eat the bitter fruit of living their own way, choking on their own schemes. For simpletons turn away from me—to death. Fools are destroyed by their own complacency. But all who listen to me will live in peace,untroubled by fear of harm.” Proverbs 1:24-33 Ez 11:5
“The arrogance of Israel testifies against her; Israel and Ephraim will stumble under their load of guilt. Judah, too, will fall with them. When they come with their flocks and herds
to offer sacrifices to the Lord, they will not find him, because he has withdrawn from them. They have betrayed the honor of the Lord, bearing children that are not his. Now their false religion will devour them along with their wealth Hosea 5:5- do your children belong to Him? are you raising them up in the Word of the Lord?
“His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ And since this is true, we shouldn’t think of God as an idol designed by craftsmen from gold or silver or stone. “God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now He commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him. For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.” Acts 17:27
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him Hebrews 11:6 luke 11
For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him Ezra 8:22
The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth. Proverbs 14:6 .Psalm 119:2 Psalm 53:2 Psalm 10:4 Psalm 14:2 Psalm 27:8
I asked the Lord; “Lord, what weights do I have that slow me down – what hinders my race?” (I had, on my own wisdom, listed plenty of things that I Thought were hindering me) He told me that my thoughts get in the way. Really? I asked the Lord, what thoughts? I was scared to hear the answer…but He told me that I feel unworthy to go to him when I have sinned. He said ” I love you”- and He wants all of us to run back to Him – not to hide feeling condemned. I wonder if others feel the same way? The Lord was absolutely right and opened my eyes to this. Sometimes I don’t want to pray or read my bible because I remind myself of what I did earlier. Maybe I don’t want to go to the Lord because I don’t want to face or remember what I did. I guess that is the moment when we really need to go back to Him. If we ask Him, He will show us. Set your mind and all your being to seek Him with all your heart and run to win- throwing off anything that slows us down- distractions, sins, thoughts, addictions- go to the throne. He is waiting for you.