convictions and conveniences.

  I’ve said it many times in conversation and have plastered it in my news feed on my Facebook wall. I think it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty of what we call living outside of God’s will. God’s will is spelled out as plain as rain in His word. He encourages us and urges our hearts towards Him. He’s called us to live holy which is also the key factor in putting one foot in front of the other to live as Him. Living holy doesn’t mean we live in a way that downtrodden’s those in our lives, or even thinks we are ‘holier than thou’. Living holy is a setting apart not because we are anything but dust, but because the one who created the dust called us worthy. Sometimes we can get the wrong impression when a confidant explodes our sin barricade and stands to make us accountable for our actions and way of life that is so contrary to what we profess or even believe.

Plain and simple sin is to be confronted.

Sin, when confronted is uncomfortable, it’s agonizing, even hatred boils, because someone has blown our facade. Galatians confronts it like this: Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering yourself, lest you also be tempted. (Gal. 6:1) I know that in times of my life I’ve been confronted and restored back. Someone cared about me and the road I was heading enough to speak up and speak out. What’s been heavy on my heart for almost over a year now is friends in Florida that I have left behind. I’m not talking about unbelieving friends, but I’m talking about friends who grew up in church, friends who had a relationship with God, and even friends who have moved to other states and have also separated themselves from their true love. The hardest thing to watch is friends, even good friends, turn from what they know. Whether it be living with their boyfriend/girlfriend, drinking,drugs, each will try to ‘justify’ their lifestyle as if it’s just another day in Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.  A good friend of mine stated it like this: “You can’t divorce holiness from grace.” Just because God saw the big picture before us and still created us knowing we would sin, knowing we would need someone to be the sacrifice on our behalf, He still went through with creating you and me. He still went in and created the ultimate redemption. The only redemption that can fully cover the stench of our former life and make us more than acceptable to communion with Him.

If that’s not true? If that’s not real love? Then our perspective on love is perverted. 

 

 Our hearts do have to be opened to Him in order to receive all that He has and wants for our lives. Let me assure you what He will’s for our lives…it’s good. James says, every perfect gift is from above…(Jms 1:17) Yet He didn’t just stop there, God has supernaturally opened men’s eyes so that they can understand who He is. Since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse. (Rms 1:20) That’s a big GULP, when it comes to God. What that verse means is that we are without excuse because He is in all that He has created. We are constantly given access to Him and we reject Him with our own agenda. 

 When we’ve traded convictions for conveniences and turned our heads to living holy we reject the ticket of redemption.God has called us to live as set apart people so that we may glorify Him. It’s never to late to turn back to Him. Never to late to make that decision to run to God and forget our pride and shame. Our pride and arrogance of thinking that we know what’s best only reveals our true lack of Him in our lives.

 

Our true lack of Him is from not knowing who we really are in Him and what He wants for our lives.

I encourage you to seek after, to run violently, back to the arms of Love. His adventure and marriage to you is wild. He’s not through with you. He hasn’t finished your chapter in permanent marker but waits to blot out your transgressions. Run to Him.

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