Like a car on a slippery road, running from God takes us in the wrong direction. I could not imagine a day in my life without Him. Parents of adult children love those spontaneous phone calls or the drop-in visits. There is no greater feeling than having those we love enjoy our company and value our friendship. Building relationships require time and effort. Even with the best intentions, relationships can grow apart. Something happens that causes a disconnection.
The Lord will never let go of us. Jesus made a promise, “that none of those in which the Father had given him could be snatched out of His hand” (John 10:29). Salvation is a” blessed assurance” to the believers in Christ. When opportunity presents itself, we have the option to remain in God, as well as, the choice to move away from Him. What causes a person to disconnect from their relationship with God? Shame, worry, and sin are a few of the reasons Believers choose to separate from God.
Shame creates a wall between us and God. The shame and guilt hinders our prayer life. We no longer feel worthy to offer up prayers. There is a spot or blemish deep within that the soul refuses to release. Regret clings to an act committed long ago. Like a story on rewind, shame rehearses the act over and over again. The strong grip of guilt drowns the torn soul in remorse. The remedy involves placing shame on the altar…never picking it up again. It is over. It is done. It is in the past. So, let it go!
Another reason people of faith allow their relationship with God to grow cold is worry. Worry the opposite of faith wears down the believer. The “cares of the world distract and take the believer off course”…loss of focus (Mark 4:18). When life becomes hectic, our bond with God is placed on the back burner. The Worrywart lays awake at night fretting over something that never takes place; neither can they change the outcome. Instead of taking the problem to the Lord, the worrier seeks answers in all the wrong places. After a period of sleepless nights, illness, and frustration, the exhausted worrier decides to seek counsel from God.
Sinful behaviors create barriers between us and God. The living God is unable to look upon sin. A lifestyle of sin dilutes the existence of a Believer. Repetitive sin leads to a reprobate mind. Activities that were once shunned become easier to perform…instead of righteous living, ungodliness becomes the acceptable way of life. Indulgence to fulfill the lustful cravings of the flesh leads the Christian directly into a path of sin. The strongman sends strong delusions. The Follower of Christ views life through distorted lenses.
During this period, they sink deeper into sin. One transgression leads to another. Bad choices are made. Unhealthy alliances are formed. Curses are birthed. Detrimental soul ties attach to the victim. Evil rules and reigns. The victim finds him/herself blown and tossed with every wind that blows; leaving behind bruises that take a long time to heal. The outcome is sad. All the while Jesus stands with a willingness to rescue the drowning victim from the muck and mire.
Can I leave you with this? I need to tell you that “nothing can separate us from the love of God. Not tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword. Neither can death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:35, 37-39). It does not matter what you may have done. Repent. Ask God for forgiveness. Take comfort! Believe! Move forward!
Return unto the Lord, He will take you back! He is the God that looks deep into our hearts and still desires to walk with us…Amen!
Written by Laura Alexander