Seek the Lord and He will be merciful
Isaiah 55:6-7 says: "Seek the LORD while he may be found. Call on him while he is near. Let wicked people abandon their ways. Let evil people abandon their thoughts. Let them return to the LORD, and he will show compassion to them. Let them return to our God, because he will freely forgive the" (GW).
Always remember that God will forgive you of every sin you have ever committed, will ever commit, and haven't yet committed. God knows everything about your life past, present, and future. He is faithful to forgive you. There is nothing you can do to upset God's plans and purposes for your life. To God you are a "Somebody." There are no "nobodies" in God's Kingdom. God created you for a special purpose, and finding that purpose begins with confessing your sins to God through Jesus Christ.
As the above verse says, the Lord can still be found. A lot of people think that God isn't concerned with us or the world we live in. They believe that once God wound up the universe, He left it to its own devices. Many believe that God doesn't care about us anymore. "Why do you think the world is in such bad shape", they say. "If God really cared, He would do something about it." It's amazing: that's the same thing people said during Jesus' ministry on earth. They were looking for a military leader to overtake Rome, who was making life unbearable for the people of Jesus' day. They wanted Him to overthrow the rulers of Rome and to establish peace and right to the earth. They wanted a bold king to rule them without the constrictions that the Romans were putting upon them. Who they got was a Savior who was more concerned about their spiritual condition than their physical condition. Sure, Jesus did many physical miracles to show the people just who God is: He fed many, He healed many, even raised a few from the dead. But Jesus cared more about their souls than He did their bodies. Yes, He cares about our physical being, but if our souls don't belong to Him, then our physical bodies won't matter, if they will not be in Heaven with Him.
When you think about it, Jesus is, in fact, a military leader who will lead an army of saints (those of us who put our faith in Him) to overthrow Satan at the appointed time (Revelation 20:10: "And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever" NIV.) But we must put our faith in Him before He cannot be found. There will come a time in the future, after God removes His Holy Spirit from this earth when salvation will no longer be possible for those who have waited too long to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Won't you call out to God right this very minute, and secure your place in Heaven with Him for all of eternity, while He can still be found?
What is the first thing that Jesus will do for me after I accept Him into my life?
I will be cleansed and forgive
In Jeremiah 33:8 we read: "I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against me and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against me"(NIV).
This Scripture is talking about the Israelites returning to God after they rebelled against Him, yet again. When you read the Old Testament, you will find that God called out to his people through the prophets many, many times to return to Him, so He could heal them and forgive them. In all of those times God was showing them (and us) that He would not give up on them, and that He would keep on pursuing them until they made a definite decision to either obey Him, or to keep on going their own sinful ways. Until you make a definite decision, God will keep calling to you, because He does not want you to miss out on His love. For Satan has no love for you. All he wants to do is destroy you (1 Peter 5:8B: "Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." NIV) so that God can't get you into His kingdom. Satan hates God and anyone who sides with him. For those who walk around this earth saying, "God is dead" Satan has already destroyed them spiritually. If Satan can keep you from accepting God's Son as your Savior, then he has won a great victory. Satan wants you to keep on sinning, because the more you sin, he believes, the more guilt and condemnation you will feel about them and would never go to God, because God could never accept a sinner like you. Please do not believe that for a second. Go to God no matter how you feel. Don't trust your feelings because they will lie to you. God will forgive you.
Here is an example of how much God loves you, and will forgive you: Place some sand into a bucket to represent all the sins of humanity since the beginning of time. Now think about all the sand left on every beach in the world. This represents God's love for us. If you don't think that God will forgive you, or that there is not enough forgiveness from God for everyone, just think about how many grains of sand there are in that bucket and compare them to the amount of sand left on God's beaches. For every grain of sand (sins) in that bucket there are trillions of grains of forgiveness from God for each person who has ever lived, past, present, and future. Seen in this light, we realize that God's love for us will never diminish, never run low, and never run out. We as humans can never sin enough to take away every grain of sand on God's beaches. There are enough grains of sand to cover the sins of all of God's children forever.
Never say to yourself that God would never forgive someone as bad as you. There is nothing "bad" enough you go ever do to get God to stop loving you, no matter what Satan says. Satan is a liar. Please remember that. If you don't like yourself; if you don't care about your life; if you just want to give it all up and die because the world will get along just fine without you; if you believe that no one cares about you or loves you, or any one of a million thoughts like these, then you must realize that you are being lied to by the master deceiver himself, Satan.
I once believed all of those lies about myself. But if it weren't for Jesus pursuing me until I realized that I needed Him, then you wouldn't be reading this article from someone who has been where you are at today. God loves you, and there is nothing that will ever change that. Believe it with all your heart.
Please, today, answer the call. God is waiting to hear your voice saying His name. Tell Jesus that you want Him in your life, and that you need Him. Surrender all that you are to Him and I guarantee that He will make good on His promise to forgive you, cleanse you, love you, and change you into someone who you can be proud of. His love is everlasting -- it will never die. If your heart is being tugged and your mind has turned toward Jesus, please respond to His voice. You will know it is His voice because you will feel peaceful perhaps for the first time in your life. Jesus said in Revelation 3:20: "Look! Here I stand at the door and knock. If you hear me calling and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal as friends" (NLT). Jesus is knocking. Answer the call won't you?
Scripture marked (GW) is taken from GOD'S WORD, 1995 God's Word to the Nations. Used by permission of Baker Publishing Group.
"Scripture Marked (NIV) taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION . Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved."
Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.
Copyright 2013 by Robert W. Bruno
Bobby Bruno was saved 14 years ago in a way that left him no doubt that Jesus wanted him to reach others with His great and abounding love. He started writing at the age of 12 and hasn't stopped since.
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