Dear believers in Jesus, I bring you simply a plea. I encourage you to receive a message of repentance and reconciliation with God. As Christians we live where Jesus reigns, in a world within the world. The Kingdom of God has set up residence within us. In God’s time we decided that Christ held the best plan for living so we took Him up on His offer of both complete forgiveness and a life of purpose. We all still have persistent struggles but we are never expected to change ourselves. That is the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit. “…the Holy Spirit has been at work in your hearts, cleansing you with the blood of Jesus Christ and making you to please him.” 1 Peter 1:2 Living Bible.
And yet something is profoundly amiss. Too many believers are giving up on being led and controlled by the Holy Spirit. Often by default we are turning to another power. Could it be Christians are purchasing property and establishing a second residence in the demonic kingdom? Perhaps we haven’t spoken in plain enough words. Ungodly influences can saturate our lives. Do we no longer believe in the consecrated, abundant life that was promised us at the moment of spiritual conception? Could we be pushing our senses beyond what they can absorb when we read or watch movies depicting the occult, violence, or explicit sexual content? What cannot be processed will be acted out in some kind of overflow often leaving us hardhearted and insensitive to both God and others. We live out anger, arguing, and bad language when we take in an impure bombardment of both mind and emotions. We can become sick inside through frequent violations of God’s principles. “Obey God because you are His children; don’t slip back into your old ways- doing evil because you knew no better. But be holy now in everything you do…” 1 Peter 1:14, 15 Living Bible. Mental, emotional, and physical illness can develop after too many times of saying no to conscience and the wisdom of God revealed in His Word.
At times we all experience pressure even to the point that we don’t know which way to turn. It’s easy to make family the whipping boy for our stresses because we haven’t walked closely with God, relying on him to bear our burdens. We have been made in the image of God and only by returning to Him will we find relief. As Creator He knows how we work, what makes us tick, and how we can become happier, healthier people. We can overcome our doubts, fears, and struggles as we acknowledge that through the precious blood spilt at Calvary we walk away from the cross not only forgiven but whole. We have been given a brand new lease on life with fresh clean pages to begin an exciting new story. Turn the corner and dance like King David, praise with positive declarations about our Heavenly Father, and plead the blood of Jesus Christ to rescue and protect our minds. Let’s pour out our feelings, our deepest longings before God, lifting our heart to God in song. It’s time to take down that elaborate front of self-righteousness and pride. Dismantle that false sense of security that says because we are Christians we are ok. Kick in those rotten boards of jealousy, gossip, and unforgiveness. With God’s help we can build again!
Dear believers, take this opportunity to start over, to live again under God’s ways outlined carefully, perfectly in the Bible. Let us have only one resident address- PO BOX Kingdom of God. We don’t have to be unhappy! God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the greatest holy trio known to man, are available every moment to help and deliver us from the worst scenario known to man, our destructive sin problem. Don’t ignore the path to victory! God did so much to make a way for us. We don’t belong to any part of the darkness. “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5 Living Bible. We can step out into the light and enjoy all God has made for us and planned for us. We were specifically created for such a time as this. Friends, please believe me when I say it isn’t too late. With all His heart Jesus bids us welcome back. Come home to Jesus. Come home.
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