“Man did not begin with ignorance and gradually work his way up to intelligence; he began with a blazing revelation of the power and wisdom of God and turned his back on it.” Warren Wiersbe – via sermon by Chuck Gililland
I have spoken many times to women over the years about “getting right with Christ.” Along the way, I have encountered the statement, “God doesn’t answer my prayers.” My response is always this: “What is standing in the way of your relationship with Him?” Think about this for a moment. There are several answers to this question but today I want to focus on what is causing our decline in the relationship we have with Christ as it pertains to the focus of our attention.
Romans 1:18-19 tells us that “For God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against all godlessness and unrighteousness of people who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth, since what can be known about God is evident among them, because God has shown it to them.” In these verses, Paul answers a common objection to belief in God: How could a loving God send anyone to hell, especially someone who has never heard about Christ? Paul goes on to tell us that God in fact DID reveal Himself to all people plainly in the creation. “In His image” man was made. Still we reject even this basic knowledge of God. Also, everyone has an inner sense of what God requires, but they choose not to live up to it. In other words, people’s moral standards are always better than their behavior. If people suppress God’s truth in order to live their own way, they have no excuse. They know the truth, and they will endure the consequences of ignoring it. Although someone may believe there is a God, they refuse to commit themselves to Him. Knowing that He exists is not enough, we must learn that God is loving and that He sent His Son to demonstrate that love!!!
Now, I pose the question as above, “What is standing in the way of your relationship with Him?” What are you “committing” your time to, when you should be spending it chasing wholeheartedly after Him? What are you replacing Him with; what is your idol? The words that Paul writes in Romans can be intimidating and somewhat scary but true. We must examine our hearts and accept Christ as our Lord and Savior and then spend our lives pursuing Him! It is only by this selfless act, that we can begin to experience the life God means for each of us to have.
I challenge each of you to pray on this. When you identify and rid yourself of your idol and then focus your attention on Christ, you will notice that you are a better mother, father, sister, brother, friend, co-worker, etc.
God Bless you all.