I just finished reading the God’s Heart for You devotional by Holley Gerth. I suck at devotionals, especially hers. I tend to read them straight through, OOPS J I love how her words speak to me and while reading it through like a novel often means I don’t do the reflection portions the first time around I become so inspired by her words and how God radiates through her work!
On page 126 of the book Holley talks about the 8th chapter of the book of Romans. I semi-copied this tidbit into my journal.
- If God is for us, who can be against us?
- Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen?
- Who is he that condemns?
- Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
All these questions are rhetorical as no one can do these things, however, we are often our own worst enemy and that means we can pull away from God and set up road blocks. How? Because we have free will!
I love what Holley has done here because she has shown us these questions in plain English and tells us that we are the ONLY ones who can separate us from God. Not you, or your hubby, or your pastor or anyone else can separate you from God. It is 100% up to YOU about how you look at your relationship with God and how you deal with your relationship with Him.
If you are anything like me you have strayed away from God and then clawed your way back to him begging for mercy and crying your apologies because leaving God and saying you don’t need Him is a lie. Lies allow Satan in because he is the father of ALL lies. So when we deny Christ we accept lies aka Satan and our lives may seem great for awhile but then one thing leads to another and you are a soggy mess bawling your heart out into the blankets while eating ice cream straight from the container and avoiding phone calls and saying everything is alright because you are scared to admit that you really do need Him. Er, unless I am really really unique J
When do we tend to venture away from God?
I can think of two opposite scenarios.
- When life is going great and you feel like you can do anything while on top of the world
- When something tragic happens, like a loved one passes and you blame God and denounce your faith
I have witnessed both of these scenarios and I have fallen into both categories at one time or another. Yet, I always come back to Him with my tail between my legs and asking Him for forgiveness. Like any good parent, His door is always open and He accepts my apology and relieves me of my sin and allows me to continue our relationship on a good note. In a strange way this pulling close and then pulling away has helped me to remain close to Him for longer and longer periods because each time I leave I realize how much I need Him and I delve deeper into the Word and give more and more of myself to Him.
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