Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Perfected forever; continually-never ending.

Genesis 29:7-8 (NKJV)7 Then he said...Water the sheep, and go and feed them."
8 But they said, "We cannot until all the flocks are gathered together, and they have rolled the stone from the well's mouth; then we water the sheep."

One day when I was listening to some preaching I heard in my thoughts "search in your bible (electronic bible) for the the words stone and well." This brought me to the above passage in Genesis. As I read these verses I heard the Lord say to me "My people come to church on Sunday and receive My forgiveness. They praise Me, receive an encouraging word and feel refreshed. For the next six days they try to be good "Christians" and in many cases fail miserably".

The Lord then went on to say "The problem then gets even worse because they think they have failed Me. They fall under condemnation and even avoid talking to Me".

You see the stone in verse 8 above signifies the law that was written on stone tablets. The well on the other hand is our life source, our connection to God. If we try in our own efforts to be righteous we will fail. This is why God gave His Son Jesus as a sacrifice to make payment for our sins. When we fail at being righteous we feel condemned. That self condemnation gets between us and God.

When we go to church and gather together we sense the presence of God. We take the condemnation (the stone) away and enjoy His fellowship. What many of us need to understand is this; God doesn't leave us when we leave church. He doesn't love you less if you fall short on Monday. He wants your continual never ending fellowship. If we don't put the condemnation in the way of the well, He will break unhealthy bondages in our lives.

When God breaks an unhealthy bondage, He replaces it with something better. The Bible tell us in Hebrews 10:14, "For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified." That offering was Jesus. The word forever comes from two Greek words that mean continually and never ending.

God provided Jesus so we could always be in right standing with Him. He will make the changes in those areas where we are too weak to change on our own. He takes great pleasure in this. Take advantage of His presence no matter what you have gotten yourself into during the week. He loves you no matter what and He can only do great things for you when you turn to Him.

Just talk to Him even during the worst circumstances. He loves to talk to you and will not condemn you (John 3:17) no matter what!

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