Monday, April 02, 2012

A cigarette break.

Romans 8:38-39 (NKJV), "For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

A few years back when I smoked cigarettes, I would smoke about twenty to twenty-five a day. If you calculate at eight to ten minutes for each cigarette, that translates to about two or three hours a day smoking cigarettes. At the time, I did not understand grace so every time that I lit up, I separated myself from God. If I only had ten minutes and had to make a choice to pray or smoke, I would have a smoke. I did not think it was right to do both. I felt it would be disrespectful to God.

I know now, no bad habit should separate us from God. In fact, I think if I had talked with Him, as I would with a friend over a coffee and cigarette, He would have been unhindered to work on me. He would have broken that bondage. I even believe, from my experience of other broken bondages, I would have found myself just forgetting to light up!

We seem to get this idea that we can make ourselves holy enough---by not sinning---to enter the presence of God in prayer. Nothing could be farther from the truth. In the Old Testament, a priest would have to go through a week-long process, and numerous animal sacrifices, just to enter the presence of God on behalf of all the people. (Ex. 29:35--37).

The Bible says in Hebrews 4:16, "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Notice that it says, "in time of need". If you are having a cigarette, and you would like to quit, is that not the time of need?

We have a miss-conception that we have to prepare ourselves to enter into the presence of God. We could never do it. God has clothed us in the righteousness of Jesus so that we can come boldly to the throne of grace. Any other righteousness would fall short. He did this so we can fellowship with Him continually. I talk to God continually, through-out my day now. whether I feel righteous or not.

Maybe you have some other habit that separates you from God. It could be a bad temper, foul language or even a drug, alcohol, or food addiction. Whatever the case, do not let it separate you from God. He wants to free you, He can only help if you are connected to Him.

Jesus came to set the captives free (Lu. 4:18). Let Him set you free. If you are like me, you can't do it on your own. Put your feet up and relax. If you want to respect God, talk to Him like He is your closest friend that you can share anything with at anytime.

Be Blessed!

1 comment:

  1. Im glad he is so easy to talk too. Always good to hear and get reminders about God's grace.