Enoch lived 365 years, walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him. (Genesis 5:23, 24 NLT)
God created mankind so intellect, emotional and decisive to have meaningful relationship and fellowship.
This expectation was ruined when Adam sinned, developed guilt, become unwilling to repent and couldn’t face God.
After many generations Enoch for what ever reason “abnormally” fell in love with God and had a constant fellowship with Him – which thrilled God so much that He can’t let him die and lose forever. God took Enoch to be with Him permanently.
John 3:16 says, God sent His Son Jesus to us – so our sin, guilt, unwillingness to repent & reconcile (Adamic nature) be removed, and we can have constant fellowship with God and live permanently with Him!
For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. (Psalms 32:5 NLT)
The need for God is realized when we know we messed up. The thirst to get closer to God is the only thing that will make us to confess, repent and receive forgiveness from God.
The real confession and repentance always be forgiven by God in His grace and mercy – which isn’t cheap, but costed God the life of His Son. And, more importantly a requirement to establish an accountability to God that we “sin no more”.
This accountability to “sin no more” is the key for freedom, otherwise the confession was a religious relief of guilt and there was no genuine repentance before God.
We read in the Books of Gospel that our Lord Jesus always forgave those who came to Him, but commanded consistently, “Go, and sin no more.”
When His command is kept, our transgression is removed!
He forgives all your sin; He heals all your diseases. He redeems your life from the Pit; He crowns you with faithful love and compassion. He has not dealt with us as our sins deserve or repaid us according to our offenses. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:3-4, 10, 12
Then Jesus began to denounce the towns where he had done so many of his miracles, because they hadn’t repented of their sins and turned to God. (Matthew 11:20 NLT)
Abusing God’s grace is unthinkable, but this is what willful rebellion (sin) does.
By meeting our needs supernaturally (miracles) God is not convincing us to worship Him. He does that to help us in our helpless situation only because of His deep love for us.
After seeing the hand of God move in our life if we don’t repent and turn to God – we just abused His grace on us.
God’s Kingdom is moving and ever expanding. His grace thru’ Christ Jesus hovers over all of us, and He is faithful to deliver all who calls upon His Name. There is only one expectation from God – repent and be baptized (meaning let go of our old willful self and put on the new man in Christ Jesus)!
The intervention of God in our lives must humble us, make us to self examine, feel awful about our sinful nature, agree to our deepest need for God’s salvation and cry out in repentance.
For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death. 2 Corinthians 7:10
The Lord is more pleased when we do what is right and just than when we offer him sacrifices. Proverbs 21:3
We often think sacrifices that we offer to God would set things right with God when we failed to do things right, or at least it would be a good substitude in place of not doing right and just thing.
But in truth, God can never bless a unjust no matter how much sacrifices are made to make it up.
God knows our heart, we can’t impress him with false/not-so-genuine repentance either. Unless we get into a time of godly sorrow there is no way we genuinely repent – we simply fall back again, this time only further deep into the same pit.
Faithful walk with God is not about sacrifices or offerings, but about repentance, obedience, doing the right things the right way and being just. When you do the right thing, ofcourse no one notice this as it doesn’t put big show as sacrifice or offering, but pleases God!
Obedience is better than sacrifice… 1 Samuel 15:22
Don’t neglect to do what is good and to share, for God is pleased with such sacrifices. Hebrew 13:16
However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart. 2 Chronicles 32:31
King Hezekiah loved the Lord, no doubt about it – he was one of the very few kings that not only served the Lord faithfully but also lead the people to serve the Lord.
He ran to the Lord every time there was a threat, because of that the Lord fought his battles and rescued him. But there was one problem with King Hezekiah consistently – he was quick to fall prey to pride.
About that time Hezekiah became deathly ill. He prayed to the Lord, who healed him and gave him a miraculous sign. But Hezekiah did not respond appropriately to the kindness shown him, and he became proud. 2 Chronicles 32:24-25
Although Hezekiah was also quick to repent and humble – God was indeed waiting to test him at one point of time!
Like King Hezekiah, we all have issues and none of us are perfect. By His grace we are who we are (good part of us), without His grace we will fall.
The scary part is what if the Lord wants to test us and see what’s really in our heart and He withdraws Himself from us for a season just the way He did in King Hezekiah’s life. We really don’t know who we are until we go thru’ that season of time, that’s when we will come to know our true colors, real character and hidden motives.
Only two things can help us pass the test if we prepare before that testing time –
- Daily reading and applying of God’s word in our lives: For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrew 4:12
- Be open and sensitive to God’s Spirit to convict us: Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! Psalm 139:23
Let’s pass the test; we get only one shot at it.
“His father said to him, ‘… We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!’” Luke 15:31-32
Read the complete beautiful parables of “Lost & Found” here.
Repenting of our sins is ironically the greatest joyful time of our lives.
Lord Jesus Christ in all these 3 parables (The lost sheep/silver/son) justifies that God’s Kingdom rejoices when there is a repentance and there is absolutely no room for any condemnation!
The best decisions in our lives are made when we take time to address the convictions in the right way. Spiritually this is when the bondages in our lives are broken, doors of blessings are open, and the joy & peace of God are restored in our lives.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. Psalm 51:12
This joy would became familiar and it won’t take much effort for us when we’ve to rejoice with others of their repentence irrespective of what went in their lives.
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 2 Corinthians 7:10