Have you ever wondered what your unsaved and back-slidden friends are thinking regarding Jesus and God’s ways? Surely they must be thinking the wrong thoughts to stay in their unsaved/back-slidden condition. Well, here are some things to think about that might help when dealing with these people.
First of all, God is a good God! That comes as a surprise to many people who think He is mean and angry, sitting in Heaven ready to pounce on people when they mess up. Not so! God’s not angry and He’s not even in a bad mood! He is LOVE. He doesn’t just have love, He is love. His DNA is love! He’s out for our good!
Secondly, whatever happens that’s not good or right, it is never God’s fault. He’s not the One Who didn’t answer the pray or send the blessing! [I’ll explain later.] But that’s what most people think when they don’t get their desired results. It doesn’t even occur to them that maybe it’s their fault. Maybe they missed it somehow. Or – maybe the devil got in there and obstructed the answer. No, they automatically – like a knee-jerk response – blame God for not answering their prayers. Again, they take no responsibility for the lack of results.
Thirdly, these same people are the very ones who don’t like the way God has set up things to work on earth. They want to do it their way and still blame God when they don’t get their answer even though they didn’t do what He told them to do to make it work. This won’t wash. You can’t play football with baseball rules and be successful!
These same people get mad at God for how He operates! Imagine that! They fail to see that Almighty God, Creator of the heavens and earth and the whole universe – stars, planets, galaxies, etc. – Whose wisdom makes our puny wisdom pale in His sight, has so lovingly set up everything to work for our benefit, for our success, and well-being. But – we must follow the rules. We have to play by the same rules that He has set up in order for things to work in our favor.
As I said earlier, it’s never God’s fault that you didn’t get your answer because He has already sent the answer. Now it’s up to us to receive the answer that’s already been given.
Brothers and sisters we are so blessed above all the people on the face of the earth. We need to start walking in that blessing so that the goodness of God that’s seen on us will draw the unsaved/back-slidden back to God! How awesome!
Here are some of the things that God, by His grace, has already given us through His Word:
Romans 2:4b (KJV) 4 …. not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
2 Peter 1:3-4 (KJV) 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Mark 11:23-24 (KJV) 23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
1 Peter 2:24 (KJV) 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Romans 10:9-10 (KJV) 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
James 4:7 (KJV) 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
1 Peter 5:8-9 (KJV) 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.