Monday, June 11, 2012

Godman or Seeking God


2 Timothy 3

New International Version (NIV)

1. But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7 always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. 9 But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.

After Kalki Bhagavan's scam, Swami Nityananda's sex scandal has surfaced shaking the country's faith in the religious leaders and godmen, who are treated equivalent to gods by their followers.

What about you. Take a look at your life right now. Do you seem to be at a bit of a dead end? Perhaps you feel like you have come to a stop and are waiting for something to happen.These can speak of problems in your life that can stop the new thing that the Lord is doing in your life. You need to get them out of the way before the road can be finished. God is purposeful in all that He does and He is in control of the circumstances of your life. The solution to an impossible situation is not found in what you can do, but in what God is doing.

Making a brand new road that wasn't there before takes time. Sometimes there are also things that need to be removed like the rocks and plant growth that could get in the way.These can speak of problems in your life that can stop the new thing that the Lord is doing in your life. You need to get them out of the way before the road can be finished.

There is good news to this story. Once that road has been completed, you can simply get on it and put your foot flat. It will be fresh, new and smooth. Take a look at your life right now. Do you seem to be at a bit of a dead end? Perhaps you feel like you have come to a stop and are waiting for something to happen.

If this is the case it could be that the Lord is building a brand new road for you. He is starting it from scratch and it is in the process of being built.

You may feel like you are at a stop and not going anywhere, but there is a busy time ahead. Simply rest in the Lord and let Him complete the job. Soon you will find the new road that the Lord has made for you and you can move quickly and easily. It will be well worth the wait. Only through personal engagement with a problem may one hope to solve it. And only by owning the solution to one’s difficulties will that solution be truly lasting. 

Similarly, if we wish to right the wrongs within our world, we must take an active and personal role in doing so. God allows situations like this into your life because He wants you to turn to Him and see Him do what you can’t. If you ignore God’s part in the situation and try to find a way through it in yourself, you short-circuit what God is doing.

So really, repent is a perfect description of what happens when you come to Christ. You no longer reject Christ, but now you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God. You do a spiritual about-face, which in turn changes everything.

And not only do you change your mind about Christ, but you change your mind about sin as well as you discover what it really means to honor God. You realize that it’s no longer about
performance. It’s about a heart attitude that confesses Christ and seeks to honor Him in every aspect of life!

As our world becomes ever more interconnected in this Information Age, it has become increasingly easy to assume that when a problem arises someone else is fixing it. With so many people walking the earth, surely somebody has already thought to remedy the ills we all glimpse in our world on a daily basis. Our own contributions would be so tiny (or so we tell ourselves). It couldn’t possibly make much difference in the long run if we remain complacent – content simply to cheer others on from the sidelines.

According to Ephesians 2:4-5 -But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were  dead in our transgressions, made us alive together  with Christ (by grace you have been saved).

God’s grace toward us is even more amazing and beautiful in light of His holiness!. Just think about it for a moment. What is God’s grace all about? It’s about the fact that we didn’t deserve God’s love and mercy, but He gives it to us anyway. This generosity isn’t because of what’s in us, but because of His own loving nature. Why don’t we deserve God’s goodness? Because God is holy and perfect. He doesn’t even have the hint of sin or imperfection. Because of this, He cannot have a meaningful relationship with anybody who carries the guilt of sin.

Since every one of us has done what we knew was wrong countless times, we all deserve God’s judgment, not His goodness. Just stop and think about what your life and all of eternity would be like for you if God gave you what you deserve from Him. Take a minute and consider it.

Now do you see why God’s grace is so amazing? God’s reminding us today of how much He’s given us, although we didn’t earn it. Stop and thank Him. If you’ve never experienced His grace, pray to Him now and ask Him to pour out His forgiveness on your life and change you.

So should you be afraid of the word repent? No! Instead, embrace the idea of doing a spiritual about-face, turning to Christ and away from sin in your life!

Blessings,

Raj Kosaraju

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