Offenses Against God
September 30, 2020

Some people are worried about what others think of them when they should be concerned about what God thinks. He is the sovereign and Holy God, the Creator of morality and truth.  In Acts 4:19, Apostles Peter and John ask, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judge.”  Unfortunately, many have lost a reverential fear of God, because they believe they can take advantage of the Father’s grace and patience.  They blasphemy his name, disobey his commandments and even turn others away from the faith in favor of doing whatever they please. This is an extremely dangerous position to be in.  In Mathew 10:28 Jesus states, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”  In addition, others grieve, resist, and offend the Holy Spirit instead of yielding and being sensitive to the Spirit. God’s desires and thoughts which are found in the Holy Scriptures must be a priority in our lives. The Bible reveals the Lord’s words and ways, and the Holy Spirit reveals his heart and plans.

His Patience Has A Timer

Our heavenly Father is merciful and wants everyone to get it right. He waits for years, even generations for people to surrender to his love and perfect will for their lives – but he never forces anyone to do anything.  Apostle Peter states, “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance”(2 Peter 3:9)  He lovingly and firmly rebukes, warns, and waits.  Finally, he judges if we don’t turn from our sinful ways.  Our job is to receive the correction, repent, and obey what the Lord has spoken to us before time runs out.  2 Corinthians 5:10 states, “For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.”

“O loving and kind God, you are righteous and holy in all your ways. I come before you broken and honest for that is what you desire. I can not hide anything from you.  Forgive me for offending you with my sin of pride, doubt, and disobedience. Please cleanse me from wrong thoughts, ungodly words, and unholy behavior.  I don’t want to grieve the Holy Spirit.  I need your Spirit that guides me into all truth, empowers me to live for you, and works through me for your glory.  Help me to be sensitive to your Spirit and quickly obey your word.  Lord my desire is to please you in everything I do and say.  In Jesus’ name – Amen.”

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