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When Jesus rattles your cage - based on John 8:43

June 3, 2012

John 8:43 Why can’t you understand what I am saying? It’s because you can’t even hear me!

The religious establishment never liked Jesus because he rattled their chains and shook their comfort zones. The Jews who had believed in him - and even his own disciples had a hard time believing he was the Savior of the world.

Jesus wasted no time in telling the unbelievers that they chose to do the devil’s desires. As I read the Scriptures relevant to this note, I kept asking the Lord to reveal his message. There’s simply no way to sugarcoat the fact that God’s plan is perfect. We simply get to choose whether we believe or not. Follow or not. Sin or not.

Whether we tell ourselves that our sins are small, medium, large or extra-large – it’s all the same to God. And, if we can’t decide whether God is real or not. Fine. But the fact remains is that God is God.

When we decide to go with the moral-less majority and favor same-sex marriage, the right to get rid of an unborn child – then so be it. But the fact remains is that the Word of God stands. Our opinion is only our opinion. But God’s Word still stands.

Consequences stand from Genesis to Revelation. God has always given us the opportunity to make the right choice. We can’t blame him for our failures and never give him credit for our successes. But many of us do.

I’m the first to confess that I am the world’s most imperfect daughter of the King. But at the same time, I will tell you that I hear the LORD’s voice loud and clear whether I like what he says or not. Make sure that your beliefs line up with the Word. Make sure that the father of lies hasn’t put lies in your heart and mind.

We can all be easily deceived by the evil one, popular opinion and our own spin on the kindness of Jesus. Yes. There is no love like God’s love. But there’s also no wrath like God’s wrath. Don’t allow your mind and spirit to drift into complacency in your walk with Christ.  

You and I will be held accountable.

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