WHY IS GOD SO FAR FROM ME?
Does God seem like He’s far away? Does it seem like He is not listening to your prayers? Do you wonder why doors of opportunity seem to be closed to you?
Maybe it’s our fault; so don’t look at it like God is not living up to the promises He has made to believers. Don’t blame lost opportunities on God – or anyone else.
The LORD says to Joshua (Joshua 1:6-9) – and also to us, “No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
Are you doing YOUR PART?
Are you obeying all of God’s commandments that He wrote in His “Owner’s Manual” for life…the Bible? I will be willing to bet that most Christians worship God, their very Creator, with lip service and occasional chats to Him…usually when we need something…or we need “a favor from God”.
I will be willing to bet that most Christians “do their duty to God”, which they feel is to go to church on Sunday morning (or Saturday, if that is your practice), and we listen to the singing….sometimes participating…but more often than not, complaining that the songs are “too modern” or “too antiquated”.
Then, when the offering plate is passed, we toss in a “tithe” of our income or less, and we have no idea as to why we are giving OUR MONEY (which is really money that belongs to God) in the first place. Maybe we look at the little church flyer that is passed out before the service, and we see that the total offerings for the year are down….way down, and we wonder, “Which of us in this congregation isn’t giving?”
Then we listened to the sermon or message that the pastor has studied for (or not), and, rather than listening and asking ourselves, “What blessing or what lesson can I take away from this message”, we evaluate the message to see if it is “entertaining” enough to us. “Well, I give the preacher a 5 out of 10 score this morning because it was boring, or he wasn’t dynamic enough for me today.”
Then, we leave church…perhaps with family in tow, and we either discuss how bad church was today, or we get into an argument with our spouse over something, or we yell at our children who may be acting like children in the back seat. Then, we get home, and whip the TV set on, have some lunch, and feel relaxed in our own comfortable skin – doing what we like to do best.
Monday through Saturday rolls around, and we might think about opening that dusty Bible…God’s Owner’s Manual for living the life that he created, but then we get distracted by other things. We leave for work during the week, and we think about anything but the one who died on the cross and who suffered an agonizing and humiliating death – in our place.
We fail to remember that it was through faith in Him, and belief that Jesus is the Son of God, and only He can save us from an eternity in hell, that positioned us to be joint heirs with Jesus, and that He promised to give us life eternal in a place called heaven, that brought us to salvation.
Sunday rolls around again, and we “attend” church once again, and we repeat this cycle of “worship” to almighty God…and we wonder why He seems so far from us.
Imagine this: Your spouse talks to you for about ten minutes a week, and ignores you for the other 167.9 hours out of the 168 hours a week that we have - and this goes on for years. Do you think you would have a good relationship with each other "devoting" ten minutes a week to our spouse?
The same holds true of our children? You yell at them all week, or discipline them (if you are the dad…or single mom), rather than bring them to you as Jesus did, and hold them…and tell them often that you love them. Discipline for correction purposes is Biblical...yet, the government has banned spanking a child. Doing so may lead to having the state remove your children from you and place them in a foster home! Does that make any sense? The government is forcing you to do things that God told you to do. They are violating your religious freedoms time in and time out.
If we avoid God, what kind of relationship, then, do you expect to have with Him?
Our nation is falling into the hands of Marxists-Socialistic “Progressives” who want to control the populace through political correctness, while they steal your liberty and religious freedoms from you almost on a daily basis.
The president recently told Muslims that they have their religious freedom to worship as they want, and it is okay to build a mosque in a place where Islamic Jihaddists destroyed the lives of 3000 Americans. This same president and his radical Marxists - who now control the White House and many in Congress, tell Muslims they have freedom of religion - yet, they are trying to take “In God We Trust” from coinage and bills, and they are telling military chaplains to refrain from publicly using the name of Jesus Christ in their prayers to their soldiers of like faith.
These same people arrested Christians who were praying on the steps of the Supreme Court - praying that God would bless the decisions of those who are the final judges over legal matters in America. If, on the other hand, a group of Muslims were on the same steps and praying to Allah, our government would not dare approach them and tell them to move on! You KNOW that what I am saying is true.
I have nothing against Muslims (Jihaddist, yes), but I realize that Christians are being singled out as the enemy of the state - and we wonder, “Why is God letting this happen? Why does He seem so far away from us?”
In fact, all who follow the teachings of Jesus know that He said, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another: as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
To truly LOVE one another, we must set aside intolerances, while at the same time, we must NOT condone outright sin.
Our "religious freedoms", granted to us by our AMERICAN CONSTITUTION, forbid us to sin against God's laws spelled out in the Bible, yet we tolerate those who are changing our laws to reflect their anti-God religious belief system - called "Progressive Secularism".
We are allowing, by default of not voting - or not voting properly, certain people to rule our schools, Congress, the Senate and our judicial system, and we are allowing persecution of Christians for adhering to our belief system - our religion. We are allowing this by failing to act responsibly toward God, our Creator, and by allowing men to violate and restrict our belief system spelled out in the Bible when they make laws that challenge God's laws that we MUST KEEP.
That said, when people who are NOT born-again believers, meaning they do NOT believe that Christ came to the earth to sacrifice Himself on the cross for the sins of all mankind, or that He is NOT the Son of God...as God Himself told us He is (“This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased…hear ye Him”), then they must suffer their own consequences of that unbelief.
Those who believe that Jesus is now sitting at the right hand of God and has gone back to heaven to prepare a place for those who believe….are born-again believers. Born again believers(and not all who say they are “Christians” are born-again believers), are the ones who must obey the teachings of Christ and that is to “Love the Lord thy God with all your heart, and love others as we are supposed to love ourselves.”
We have lost our first love, according to the Owner’s Manual. We have lost our love for our Creator. We neglect God in favor of “distractions”, and distractions are the devil’s tools to keep us from staying on the path that God wants us to be on.
Distractions come in two forms from Satan: "Baubles" or enticements are one distraction (new boat, truck...ski mobile, seaside cottage, etc.) and the other distraction is fear. Fear is the weapon of choice that Satan uses if baubles fail. We are afraid of our government because they can fine us, put us in jail if we protest too loudly (unless you are from Acorn or SEIU or a homosexual rights activist, but we ought not to be afraid. Fear is from the devil. "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind" - 2 Timothy 1:7.
We, as born-again believers, have also lost our second love, and that is to love others…especially of like faith. Those who believe the above tenets are co-heirs with you and me and Jesus. We all inherit eternal life and all inherit heaven, so why do we fight with other “brothers and sisters in Christ” over gray areas of doctrine?
I don’t believe in a whole bunch of things that I was taught as a child, and others of different faiths or denominations are being taught….but we must still love them because they and we are joint-heirs. Romans 8:16-17 tells us, “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”
And, as important, we are taught in God’s Owner’s Manual, “Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. One man's faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him. Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.” – Romans 14: 1-4.
We have learned that God wants us to know that all born-again believers, regardless of all other things they may have been taught (or not) are united in Christ if we believe the same tenets of the faith that the thief on the cross believed. He wasn’t a Baptist, or Catholic, or Jew, or anything other than a sinner who believed all that Jesus told him. And Jesus assured him that he would, indeed, inherit the kingdom of heaven because of his belief that Jesus is the Son of God, and that he was hanging on that cross for his sins…and ours. There was nothing fancy about the thief’s salvation. There were no “hoops” or rituals to jump through….just a simple child-like faith in the Redeemer.
We wonder why we are broke. We wonder why things don’t go our way, or that prosperity and other good things (that God wants to give us when we are obedient to His Word), seem to elude us.
God told us, in His Owner’s Manual, “Be careful to obey all the laws found in my Holy Book. If you do, “No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life”…. and, “you may be successful wherever you go” – or, “I will never leave you nor forsake you”, and, “you will be prosperous”…” You will not be terrified; and you will not be discouraged.” God is the source of all resources, and the source of your next breath of air.
God has made many promises to His believers - but He wants us to have a close relationship which involves speaking WITH (not at) Him every day, and getting into His Word to read about all the things He wants us to know about to live a successful, fearless life of freedom and liberty.
When we fail doing that, He will let us suffer the consequences, and those include losing our freedoms…or having Progressives teach your children all about homosexuality in the public school systems, while demanding that they not be taught the U.S. Constitution or Bill of Rights…and they withhold the truth about our founding fathers (that most of them were God-fearing people) from them.
They say to Muslims, “You have the same rights as anyone else while in America, and that is the freedom to worship as you wish”, yet these same public officials and judges tell us that our religious belief system cannot be followed - in AMERICA!
Our Bible teaches that homosexuality is a sin. “Man shalt NOT lie with man as he does a woman.” – Leviticus 18:2. If you prefer the New Testament part of God’s Owner’s Manual, just visit 1 Corinthians 6:9 – “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind” Men and women are indeed abusing themselves with mankind by committing the same acts that are an abomination to God. As many of you know, God rained down fire and brimstone on Sodom (where the act of sodomy comes from) and Gomorrah. Obviously, God is not happy with homosexuality...yet, the government forces born-again believers to violate God's Word, by enacting laws that call homosexuality and gay marriage legal...and those who oppose it are bigots. God is a bigot!
If Christians fight this Progressive belief system that excludes God, (by standing up to those that pervert the Bible...and by voting them out of office), we may risk arrest or be condemned as “bigots or racist”. So, we have been conditioned not to fight back. We are fools!
What we need is a common source (maybe the Tea Party) that we can channel our efforts, time and money into to organize against those who wish to destroy America and destroy our religious belief system, which is anti-Constitutional...even by Obama's standards. That's the one thing he has said that I agree with, but he speaks from both sides of his mouth. Anti-God demonstrations take place BECAUSE they are organized. Thousands show up to demonstrate in front of Congress or courts, and politicians, afraid of being kicked out of office, listen to these protesters...and change laws for their benefit.
Where are WE? We need to be and get organized. There are far many more of us than them.
We serve the Living God of the universe who promised us, “No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life if you worship me, and keep all of my commandments that you don’t seem to have time to read.”
Some have asked me, John, "Why would God send people who have never heard about God or Jesus Christ to hell for their sins?” The answer is painfully clear, but one has to read the Owner’s Manual to discover that God has an answer for every question, and for every law that man makes…with or without His guidance.
God told us, concerning these “END TIMES”, and considering all of mankind who Jesus gave His life for as a sacrifice for their sins, “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that MEN ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools.” Romans 8: 18-22.
The ELITIST PROGRESSIVES of today believe we are stupid, and they are wise. This is why they are "fundamentally transforming America". They are transforming America by trying to enslave us to themselves (too much government leads to too much power), and they need to get rid of God from our American society and replace Him with themselves as our gods.
In one of my books _ America's Two Holy Wars (available in the Faithwriter's Bookstore), I have written 495 pages about all that is secretly going on in the background, and how Progressives (under Obama's leadership) will form an alliance with Islam to create a One World Governmental power. Download it if you have the chance. The $9.95 goes 100% to Christian ministries, food pantries, homeless shelters, battered women homes, etc..
God said, “I have made myself known, through nature itself, to EVERY MAN on the planet. If they seek the truth, and ask me to guide them to the truth, I will point them to my Son through a missionary, or in some other way. It is when people know me, and they do know me because the knowledge of me is written on the hearts of AL MEN (Titus 2:11), but do not seek me out, then I cannot point them to salvation, and they will pay the consequences when they have to stand before me, and ALL MEN and WOMEN will stand before me.”
Instead, most men and women ignore the God who has revealed Himself to them all (unless God is lying, which He cannot do). Romans 3:3 –“ What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God's faithfulness? Not at all! Let God be true, and every man a liar.”
God is faithful to deliver the knowledge of His existence to man…EVERY MAN and woman, and it is up to the man or woman to either seek Him out, and ask Him to lead them to the truth or reject Him. If they seek, God is faithful to deliver them to the truth, and He is patient. “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9.
Today, men and women have turned from God, and have rejected His wisdom and knowledge that he wrote to all of us in His Owner’s Manual. And, now, Americans in particular, will have to suffer the consequences of allowing this anti-God movement to encroach into the fiber of our being, into our schools systems, into our courts, into the law-making Congress and Senate, and now even into the Office of the President.
God wants us to have that personal relationship with Him. Will you agree to start developing one?
There is a turn-around cure, dear reader, and it starts with YOU. “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
It is time for born-again believers to get back to their first and second loves. To honor and respect God and His Words…and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. It is time to pray once again. Maybe it's been a long time since you have actually taken the time to get on your knees and pray....or pray sitting in a chair, or wheelchair...but pray.
Fight for your religious freedom at the polls. Write to your Congressman and Senator (and the president) and tell them that you wish to worship God as you see fit, and that the government is turning its back on the one who created them. In November...don't be lazy in your right to vote....vote for those who have a backbone and who do not want to see Americans fall into slavery to the government, which is tyranny at its best. Pray - pray - pray. "Seek God's face".
Pray….seek God out. Turn from our wicked and lazy ways, and do something to show God that He needs to hear our prayers and heal our land.
John Tyler, Author of nine books.
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