Yesterday I attended a Women of Faith conference. It was my first time and I went hoping to get inspiration to deepen my relationship with the Lord. I walked away feeling like I had gone to a self-help seminar.
Maybe because I didn't pay, I was a volunteer, I wasn't able to get a lot out of it. Maybe my expectations were too high. Maybe there was a moving of the Holy Spirit and I truly missed it.
I hesitate to say something negative because maybe someone else went and came to know Jesus Christ as their Saviour. Maybe someone there was motivated to read their bible more and spend more quality time in prayer with the Lord. Maybe someone left there yesterday and went home with the desire to serve the Lord , to step out of their comfort zone and reach out to a lost world.
Mostly I left feeling that maybe sometimes we lose respect for the Holiness of God. We forget that He is so holy that He can't and won't look upon sin. Where does that leave me? or you?
I can't speak for you but I can say that i have sinned many times, sometimes daily. Sometimes knowingly, sometimes unknowingly often times willingly. When I think on the Holiness of God I realize that there is nothing good in me to allow me into the presence of a Holy God who can't even look upon sin. A God who HATES sin. Is there any hope for one like me?
I can't be good enough. The very things I don't want to do, I do them and the very things I do want to do, I don't do them.
I try, I really do, but the rags I have clothed myself in are dirty. The things I have allowed into my heart are unclean, impure and wretched.
Again I ask, Is there any hope for me?
I need a saviour, a redeemer. Someone who will redeem my soul. Someone who will go before me into the presence of a Holy God, who will strip off these dirty garments and cover my nakedness with clothes fit for a king.
Who will save me?
Here is a verse out of the Bible, a very familiar verse, that says it all.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
Here is another verse:
He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him
So this is the redeemer that God sent, His Son. What is His name? Jesus Christ.
Isn't it funny that since we can't do it ourselves God did it for us?
I know many don't like Gods way. There are many who want to keep trying to be good enough, to do good things. Many who just want to say "There is no such person as God" and try to deny His existence. And yet this very planet, Earth, shouts the existence of an awesome creator. If it weren't so then why do people try to continue creating? It is in our nature to create, this is the very nature of God.
A God who loves us so much that He made a way for us to be saved from our sins. He sent His Son to save us, to redeem us. And Jesus, like His Father, came.
He took our sin onto Himself so that we could stand before a Holy God, but the most important part that we cannot and should not ever forget is that Jesus put sin to death with Himself and then He, Jesus Christ, raised Himself up from death because death couldn't hold Him. Our sin caused Him GREAT PAIN and yet He bore it to the cross and conquered sin so that we can have eternal life with Him. WOW!!!
God is able to use things we can't see to change things we can see. God is able to take the things we can see to change the things we can't see.
This is what I was looking for. A reminder of who God is. I think we all need that. Sometimes, most times, we get so caught up in who we are that we forget to think on who God really is
What would happen if today we decided to give back to the Lord 10% of our time? 10% of a 24 hour period. Think about it, I know I am.