I am writing to the people who have said that they are Christians, but when you look at their life, you cannot tell them a part from unbelievers and evildoers. God loves you so much that He wants a REAL relationship with you! For years, I thought I was a Christian and I was going through the motions, but I ultimately came to the reckoning and enlightenment that I was a fake! I was not really living my life for Christ. God got a hold of me and showed me what I was really like and I hated it! I fell to my knees and prayed for forgiveness. I changed and had a real conversion.
My concern is for my brothers and sisters who are on the same track that I was on. You go to church, warm the pew, nod your heads to the sermon, then leave to rush to the restaurant, and then live the same way you have always lived throughout the week. It is like a ritual and you are part of the religious rat race in America.
God doesn’t want just a religious person, He wants a personal relationship with each of you. Do you pray? I mean really pray! Not just a one-minute prayer! I am talking about having a conversation with God. He does not want us coming to Him when we are about to have surgery or are in a crisis, and then the rest of our time, we never say hello to God! God wants us praying to Him. He wants us to pour our hearts out to Him. He wants us to have a REAL relationship with His one and only Son, Jesus Christ. How can we expect God to work in our lives if we NEVER pray and have a REAL relationship with Him.
Will Reagan’s Lyrics from “Break Every Chain” speaks it all for me! “There is POWER in the name of JESUS! There is POWER in the name of JESUS! There is POWER in the name of JESUS! To break every chain, break every chain, break every chain!”
Yes, friends! There is power in Jesus name. I know there is because I talk with him every day! If you pray and ask in Jesus Name, the evil one will flee. Satan wants to destroy lives and tear apart families. Don’t let the evil one destroy yours. If you at one time asked Jesus in your life and somehow, you have lost your way, Jesus is waiting for you to come back to Him. He loves you so much! John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” Christ came to bear our sins and redeem us from our unrighteousness. God wants a personal relationship with each of us. It does not matter what social status you are in. It does not matter if you are a police officer, business owner, office executive, or pastor. Yes I said pastor. There are some who have never accepted Christ as their Savior, believe it or not. 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
God wants a REAL relationship with you as well as me. He wants us to study His Word and pray to Him daily. Mighty things can happen when we pray! It is only by God’s grace that we take our every breath. It is through His grace that He forgives us once we recognize that we need Christ and turn from our wicked ways.
I will leave you with this last passage taken from 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Joseph T. Lee, Copyright © February 23, 2018, The Lantern & Shield Times LLC. All Rights Reserved.