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Permalink 03:00:17 pm, Categories: GraceHead teaching, By Trent, 405 words   English (US)

God can't bless the sinful????

It seems so much of religion is a recipe of behavior in which you can change God from opposition to blessing. It seems that we are always on the prowl for a way that we can push God's buttons and obligate Him to bless us. Its almost like God is some kind of computer in the sky and religion gives us the access codes. Maybe if I am humble enough, or sinless enough or generous enough, then God will have no choice but to bless me. But this is a dangerous road, because it leads away from God. I say that because God has unconditional love, and seeking to EARN His love pushes away the understanding of it.

I looked for God in self-righteous successful behavior, but I never found Him. However, in the burned-out mess of failure and despair, I found that He loved me in defeat and unrighteousness, and depletion. I know the love that God has for those that would spit on His Son, the Lord Jesus ... but I only know that because I found love in His eyes while I was cursing Him and raising my fist to heaven and anger and rebellion.

I'm no better then Peter, who would loose faith and drown, though he walked upon the water.
I'm have no boast over David, who murdered the innocent to have what he desired.

forgiven of much!The Lord Jesus bled and died and turned my black-as-coal heart into white-as-snow, and not one of us ever deserved that, nor have any of us the means by which to repay it. We can only receive it with thanksgiving, as helpless weaklings that are forgiven of much.

I like the God that I found in defeat, much better than the God that I looked for in righteous / religious success. His love means more to me now that I see that His mercy is greater than my fall, and His grace is greater then my weakness.

I hope you can find God's love, and rest in it completely. He cannot love you more, and He will not love you less.

Job 35:5-7 (New International Version)
5 Look up at the heavens and see;
gaze at the clouds so high above you.
6 If you sin, how does that affect him?
If your sins are many, what does that do to him?
7 If you are righteous, what do you give to him,
or what does he receive from your hand?

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Comment from: lisa [Member]
Hey Trent,
What a heart warming post! I, too, much perfer the God I found when I was wallering in my sinful ways, than I did when I was busy trying to get nominated for" Ms. Christian of the year" I think we appreciate His love much more when we realize that there is not a thing within us that would "make" God love us. Your thoughts remind me of that woman Luke spoke of (Luke 7: 36-50) The Pharisee got all bent out of shape because Jesus was 'allowing' the sinful woman to hang around him. However, as Jesus pointed out, those who are forgiven much, love more. I dare say I'm in the same boat as that woman was (Was she Mary magdalene or merely an unnamed character?). When I was playing church, I sort of took God's blessings for granted. A give and take deal on both sides, so to speak. However, when I finally got so burnt out that I just stopped everything in 'real' life, that's when the tables were turned. I had become unfaithful to the God of my youth, I had stopped reading my Bible, stopped teaching in the kids' ministries, just totally stopped. Then, not only did I just 'stop' doing the 'goody goody' stuff, I "started' doing bad stuff. Nothing that would taint my reputation (at least not as long as nobody found out about it) but stuff that for once, I didn't HAVE to be the answer to everyone's problem. One thing led to another... and POW! Here's the prodigal son (daughter) wallerin' in the pig stye. Talk about appreciating God's love all the more. Oh dear heavens! God must really be disappointed in me! To show me just how wrong I was, God sent one of His kids to share His love with me. I was at the end of my rope, that's when God's love started being my salvation... by reality.
And every day, I'm reminded of just how much God DOES love me, in spite of my sins (which can be many)
I think it's His love that draws me back to Him, and makes me NOT want to do the things I used to do. Not saying I don't ever do them, but I'm reminded of His love all over again, and I REGRET doing them. Not because God's going to zap me for doing such and such, but mainly because God loves me, and I want to love Him in return. And when I choose to wallow in my sinful ways--that's not a response of Love.
Thanks for sharing Trent,
Permalink 07/22/06 @ 18:49
Comment from: Trent [Member] ·
Spoken like a true gracehead. Looking back on the many years of self-righteous rebellion (you know, the type that the church applauds but not God) whenever my sin was acknowledged I ran from God, rather then to God. I figured once I spiffed up my righteousness, then I God would have no choice but to approve of me. HA HA! What a delusion!

When we are in sin, we run TO the Lord. He has the solution, and the Way to rescue us. But pride often makes us unsure, as if we trust more in our good-deeds then His finished work. ... so we flee, when we need Him most.

Perhaps if there is any one indicator that would show us most often when we are broken and soft hearted it is simply our reaction to the appearance of our sins. And whenever we are heard of heart and pridefully stiff-necked we flee away from God, and retreat into disgust and self-effort ... trying to earn back by goodness what we think we lost by evil.
Brokenness is sorrowful gasping and humble dependence of mournful regret. Softness has zero hope in impressing God, and a deep need for His nearness.

Permalink 07/23/06 @ 15:45

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